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Interior Minister: Prison Idea Not on My Desk

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister for Internal Affairs Ögmundur Jónasson said the idea of using a work camp in Reydarfjördur, east Iceland as a temporary prison to solve the current prison housing crisis had not arrived on his desk.

When asked about his opinion of the idea, the minister replied that a work camp turned prison would never replace a maximum security prison facility, reports.

Tenders for the construction of a new prison which is estimated to cost ISK 2 billion (USD 17 million, EUR 13 million) will soon be called for. Currently, 300 convicts are waiting to serve their sentences.

According to RÚV, the temporary solution of fencing off the Reydarfjördur work camp and changing it into a low-security prison facility had been presented to the Ministry of Justice, now Internal Affairs, many months ago.

However, Jónasson maintains that it hasn’t been presented to him specifically and that he will comment no further on the issue before he has familiarized himself with it.

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