List of prisons in Iceland

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Prisons in Iceland are few and generally low security.

Current[edit]

Name Municipality Established Capacity Security level Notes
Fangelsið Akureyri 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.
Fangelsið Hólmsheiði Reykjavíkurborg 10 June 2016 56 Medium Used for reception and remand in addition to being a women's prison.
Fangelsið Kvíabryggju Grundarfjörður 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.
Fangelsið Sogni Árborg 1 June 2012 20 Open Prisoners are expected to either work or receive education and to take care of themselves for the most part.
Litla-Hraun Árborg 8 March 1929 45 High Used for prisoners with long sentences, particularly those with a history of violence.
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Former[edit]

Name Municipality Established Closed Capacity Security level Notes
Fangelsið Bitru Árborg 14 May 2010 18 April 2012 16 Open Prisoners were expected to either work or receive education and to take care of themselves for the most part.
Fangelsið Kópavogsbraut 17 Kópavogsbær 1989 22 May 2015 12 Medium All female prisoners served their sentences in Kópavogsbær, short sentences could be served elsewhere. Due to the low female prison population, male prisoners with short sentences and no history of violence were also accepted.
Hegningarhúsið Reykjavíkurborg 1874 1 June 2016 16 Medium Used for short detention, short sentences and for new prisoners awaiting transfer.

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