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PRISON SERVICE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The Prison Service of the Czech Republic

 

The Prison Service of the Czech Republic is an armed law enforcement state agency administering the penitentiary system in the Czech Republic – sentence of imprisonment, pre-trial detention and forensic (protective) detention.
The Czech Prison Service not only ensures the above-mentioned but also carries out many supporting services connected to the correctional systém.
The Czech Prison Service is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice. Its central-level administrative body is the Directorate General (Headquarters). It operates 35 penal institutions (10 remand prisons and 25 prisons) and 2 educational facilities: The Academy of the Czech Prison Service (for the training of staff members) and The Czech Prison Service Vocational School (for prisoners).
Two Forensic Detention Facilities (FDF) are part of two individual prisons.
There are also two prison hospitals providing medical services to prisoners - located within the Brno Remand Prison and Forensic Detention Facility and Praha-Pankrác Remand Prison.
There are more than 11 000 members of our staff. More than a half consists of "uniformed" staff (further divided into Prison Guard and Judicial Guard branches) and "civilian" staff (medicians, psychologists, social workers, teachers, educators, administration, logistics etc.)

What we do
The paramount task of the Czech Prison Service is naturally the management of the prison system. In doing this, some of the main responsibilities are:
•    guarding and managing prisons and keeping law and order within them; ensure lawful sentences
•    guarding and managing forensic detention facilities
•    providing prisoner escort/transfer
•    providing treatment programmes and special therapy
•    creating conditions for prisoner employment (either by the Service itself or by third parties)
•    providing health-care services to prisoners
The Czech Prison Service, however, is also responsible for:
•    providing security and keeping law and order within courts, courtrooms during trials, at the Ministry of Justice and state prosecutor buildings
•    providing education to its employees
•    investigating the criminal activities of prisoners
•    carrying out penological research