Icelandic Prison Service

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Icelandic Prison Service
Fangelsismálastofnun ríkisins
FangelsiLogo.jpg
Official insignia
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
National agency Iceland
Governing body Icelandic Government
General nature
Operational structure
Elected officer responsible Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Minister of the Interior
Agency executive Páll Egill Winkel, Prison Service Director
Website
www.fangelsi.is

The Icelandic Prison Service (Icelandic: Fangelsismálastofnun ríkisins or simply Fangelsismálastofnun) is the national correctional agency of the Republic of Iceland. Along with the Icelandic National Police, Directorate of Customs, and the Icelandic Coast Guard, the Icelandic Prison Service is one of the few law-enforcement agencies in Iceland. The current director of the Prison Service is Páll Egill Winkel.[1]

Prisons in Iceland[edit]

Presently, the Icelandic Prison Service operates six prisons:

  • Hegningarhúsið (Skólavörðustíg 9, 101 Reykjavík)
  • Fangelsið Kópavogsbraut 17 (200 Kópavogi)
  • Fangelsið Litla-Hrauni (820 Eyrarbakka)
  • Fangelsið Kvíabryggju (350 Grundarfirði)
  • Fangelsið Akureyri (Lögreglustöðinni, Þórunnarstræti 138, 600 Akureyri)
  • Fangelsið Bitru (801 Selfossi)

The oldest prison in Iceland, Hegningarhúsið, was completed in 1874 and is still in operation today.[2]

Distribution of Prisons[edit]

Aside from Fangelsið Akureyri, which is in the northern city of Akureyri, prisons in Iceland are all located in the southwest end of the country. This includes the oldest prison, Hegningarhúsið, which is located in downtown Reykjavík. This roughly corresponds with the country's population centres.

Uniforms[edit]

The present uniform of the Icelandic Prison Service is a black shirt with black trousers.

The image displays the former shoulder patch of the Icelandic Prison Service. The present shoulder patch is black with silver lettering and outlining.

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of present administrative staff - http://www.fangelsi.is/fangelsismalastofnun-rikisins/starfsmenn/netfong/
  2. ^ http://www.fangelsi.is/fangelsi-rikisins/hegningarhusid/

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