Prisons in Iceland

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Prisons in Iceland are few and generally low security.

List of prisons[edit]

Name Municipality Established Capacity Security level Notes
Akureyri prison Akureyrarkaupstaður 1978 10 Low Used for prisoners with a remaining sentence of 1 year or less. Prisoners are expected to either work or receive education and to take care of themselves for the most part.
Bitra prison Árborg 2010 16 Open Prisoners are expected to either work or receive education and to take care of themselves for the most part.
Fangelsið Kópavogsbraut 17 Kópavogsbær 1989 12 Medium All female prisoners serve their sentences in Kópavogsbær, short sentences can be served elsewhere. Due to the low female prison population, male prisoners with short sentences and no history of violence are also accepted.
Hegningarhúsið Reykjavíkurborg 1874 16 Medium Used for short detention, short sentences and for new prisoners awaiting transfer.
Kvíabryggja prison Grundarfjarðarbær 1954 22 Open Used for prisoners with a remaining sentence of 2 year or less. Prisoners are expected to either work or receive education and to take care of themselves for the most part.
Litla-Hraun Árborg 1929 45 High Used for prisoners with long sentences, particularly those with a history of violence.
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