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Modernising Latvian prisons

  • With support from the Norway Grants, Cesu Correctional Institution for Juveniles is running a pilot project to improve building standards in Latvian prisons.

    Cesu Correctional Institution for Juveniles is the only Latvian institution where juveniles can serve their sentences. The institution currently houses more than 100 young inmates aged between 14 and 21. The oldest prison buildings were erected already in the mid-19th century, and years of neglect have taken its toll on the institution.

    The Norway Grants are now providing much-needed funds for renovations to the prison, where several buildings require complete rebuilding. With €1 million in grant support, a new pre-trial detention unit will be constructed in accordance with modern prison building standards. The new building will also host premises for various educational and social rehabilitation activities.

    Thanks to the support, a study trip to Norway has also been organised for Latvia Prison Authority, who is behind the project. The prison authorities paid visits to Ila Prison, Ringerike Prison as well as the newly built Halden Prison in Norway. Another study trip to exchange know-how and experience with prison authorities in Estonia is also in the pipeline.

    Cesu Correctional Institution for Juveniles will serve as a pilot project for improving the standard of Latvian prisons, and a set of guidelines and recommendations for prison building standards in Latvia will be developed in conjunction with the project.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Elaboration of Prison Building Standards

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Schengen and judiciary


    € 1,088,425



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Republic of Latvia the Ministry of Justice Latvian Prison Administration

    Type of institution:

    National authority

    Project website:

    Project duration:

    32 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,280,500

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    07 July 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to reconstruct the pretrial detention unit of Cesu Correctional Institution for juveniles, with the overall objective to contribute to an efficient penalty enforcement system in Latvia that fulfills requirements of international regulations and national legislation. Reference is made to the application dated 2 March 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Survey of the current situation including technical documentation;

    - Renovation and reconstruction works;

    - Build a new pre-trial detention unit;

    - Study trips to Norway and Estonia;

    - Elaboration of guidelines (regarding juvenile pre-trial and state prison);

    - Publicity and management.

    The Project Promoter is the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Justice Latvian Prison Administration.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15 percent of the total eligible Project costs.