The Finnish prison of SaramÃ¤ki
The prison of SaramÃ¤ki, Turku Finland is somewhat new and modern, built in 2007. It is designed for 255, though it houses 329 on average.
Inside the walls works on average 200 persons, most but not all, are corrections officers, but there also works priest, health care professionals, teachers, social workers, cooks, library workers.
If the convict has a longer sentence he/she can study on welding & metal- and woodworking. Also it is possible to finish school or study courses from gymnasium (sort of pre-university) and it-courses.
Of course there are the normal AA/NA/Anger management groups.
The SaramÃ¤ki prison is a closed facility, there are also open facilities where the prisoners only spends the nights, the days are used working or studying in the outside world in normal schools or companies.
The prrison is divided into sections of 6-18 cells. Each of the sections have common area. The common area is in free use of the convicts- The cell doors are closed from 10pm-6.30am. also they are closed on weekdays during the working hours. The convict can work on some of actions provided by the prison, these activities are book binding, metal/woodwork dept, or maintenance dept. If the person works, he gets paid, 0,70â‚¬ or 0,90â‚¬ per hour of work. On open facilities this pay is higher at 4,10 or 4,50â‚¬ per hour.
This is common youth dept's cell. To be noted: in finnish prison system youn offender in prison is older than 15 but younger than 20. There are special restrictions on young offenders, they serve at max 1/3 of the sentence, the rest is monitored home arrest or conditional freedom.
On the cell, radio & tv is provided by the facility. The convict is able to have own entertainment systems (xbox etc) provided those are pre-checked by the facility. If it isn't possible to open said device, it will not be given.
Similar to the other.
Convicts are able to make calls to outside, by buying a phone card. Or if they don't have sufficient funds, one will be granted to them. Phone calls are monitored and they have to inform the wardens to who they are calling to.
Yep, it is bread knife in the common area. How else would they be able to cut bread.
The convicts eat at the common area, so there is no centralized cafeteria.
On the common area there are also basic utensils as coffee maker, micro wave oven, fridge & freezer.
There is a canteen in the prison area from where the convicts can purchase candy, soft drinks, basic supplies (soap, razor blades, etc) tobacco and lighters. In essence, it is a mini mart. Only without alcohol. Also the monthly amount what they can use is capped at 140â‚¬.
There's is books & stuff in the library. duh.
Came across some interesting info…. Try to guess, on average, how much it costs a year in finnish prison for Finland (state)? On average, the cost is 64 000â‚¬ (or ~88 000$).
The price for the same year in an NY prison is on average 167 000$. (NYT).
The nationwide US average seems to be ~34 000$
These are the holding cells, where the incoming convict spends the first few days waiting for papers to be handled.
Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/4UViP
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