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Prison Crisis Has Been Worked on for Decades

Nearly 20 committees and task forces have been appointed in the past 50 years to solve the imminent housing crisis Iceland’s prisons are now facing. Their task was to plan the construction of a new prison facility in the capital region.

Iceland’s maximum security prison Litla Hraun. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In spite of the effort, 240 convicted criminals are currently waiting to start their redemption. Every week more people are sentenced to custody. Now all ideas for a new prison have been abandoned with cutbacks being called for in all state operations, Fréttabladid reports.

Meanwhile, 650 people have declared themselves willing to be imprisoned by television channel Stöd 2 as part of a game in relation to the premiere of the comedy series Fangavaktin (“Prison Shift”) by Ragnar Bragason on September 27.

Ten contestants will be imprisoned in shopping mall Kringlan in Reykjavík between September 23 and 25. Stöd 2’s prison guards will present them with complicated tasks and the winners will earn grand prizes, such as a holiday abroad and a television set.

Click here to read more about the prison housing crisis and here to read more about Fangavaktin.

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