Open prison

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An open prison (open jail) is an informal description applied to any penal establishment in which the prisoners are trusted to serve their sentences with minimal supervision and perimeter security and are not locked up in prison cells. Prisoners may be permitted to take up employment while serving their sentence.

In the UK, open prisons are often part of a rehabilitation plan for prisoners moved from closed prisons.[1] They may be designated "training prisons" and are only for prisoners considered a low risk to the public.

The idea of an open prison is often criticised by members of the public and politicians.[2] However, prisoners do not have complete freedom and are allowed to leave the premises only for specific purposes, such as going to an outside job.[3]

Notable open prisons[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The 1957 Hindi film, Do Aankhen Barah Haath by V.Shantaram, was inspired by the story of an 'open-prison' experiment swatantrapur in the princely state of Aundh near Satara, Maharashtra.[4]

Offener Vollzug in Germany[edit]

In Germany the "Offener Vollzug" is part of the rehabilitation and does affect about 16% of the prisoners.[5]

See also[edit]