The money will be provided from Norwegian financial sources. The Ministry of Justice has prepared a programme called “Correctional Penalties including Punishment without Imprisonment” which outlines the means of improving the system of detention facilities.
In a press-release the Vice-Minister of Justice Gytis Andriulionis claimed: “The emphasis will be on rehabilitation. Preparing the offender for life outside prison. It is hoped that this will to reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Needless to say, public safety depends on the results of the rehabilitation of offenders. Norwegian support will also be used for the development of prison infrastructure with a view to the cheaper maintenance of the prison population and the more effective use of sanctions. We have reached an agreement with with the Norwegians and have submitted a financial plan. We look forward to the acceptance of these submissions in the autumn.
The money will be used to buy 125 sets of electronic bracelets, intended for intensive monitoring of offenders and the necessary software. From the 1st of July, after the new Probation law came into force, the Prison Department had already rented 100 sets of such bracelets of their own accord. The bracelets will be given to the conditionally released or to those for whom the sentence was suspended. Monitoring one prisoner using the electronic bracelet costs 13 Litas per day which is cheaper than sending an officer to the prisoner’s home to check whether he’s acting in accordance with the conditions determined by the court.
Moreover, the money will be used for necessary reconstruction works in the detention facilities. It is planned to restructure the rooms of Pravieniškės penitentiary from hostel-type to cell-type accommodation and to monitor the prisoners with modern electric security devices. Such reforms will allow for a more secure and economically viable management of the prison population and will contribute to the success of the rehabilitation process.
Moreover, it is expected that the completion of the construction works at Pravieniškės hospital and the merger with Lukiskes hospital will have taken place by 2015 leaving one hospital instead of two.
In addition, the money will be used for the establishment of a facility for convicted people who are addicted to drugs and psychotropic substances. It is intended to establish this facility in one of the penitentiaries and to use it as a therapeutic centre for drug addicted prisoners.
The financial support from Norway will also be used to bring to fruition other objectives in the modernisation programme planned by the Ministry of Justice.
It is hoped that all works funded by Norway will have been completed by 2016.