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Photographer: Latvian Prison Administration

Correctional services, including non-custodial sanctions

A growing prison population is a challenge for many countries. This leads to overcrowding and problems of ill health resulting from poor sanitation and accommodation.

Norway supports programmes in this area in seven countries, contributing to improve prison conditions and prisoner rehabilitation as well as promote alternatives to imprisonment.

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Read about the programme in each country to find out what activities are funded, how to apply, or how to get involved as a partner.

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For applicants

Funding is available for entities registered in the seven beneficiary countries. These may include public bodies involved in correctional services and prison services etc.

For partners

The Directorate of Norwegian Correctional Service is involved as a donor programme partner in several countries and can assist Norwegian entities who wish to get involved as partners.

Project partnerships between entities in Norway and the beneficiary countries are also encouraged. 

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Project stories, news and features


We have everything we need except for freedom


Many inmates enter Bulgaria’s only women prison with severe health problems. As a result of a reconstruction process, they can now get the health care they need behind prison walls.

Children serving time with their mothers


This is much better than the closed prison. My daughter is not afraid of people anymore,” says Ramona (31), a Lithuanian inmate in the newly established prison-house for female offenders raising children while serving time.

A way back to society


“I need to be re-integrated before getting out of prison. During the past years I have lost my connection to society, I don’t know the new laws, and I need to establish relations with my family again.”