Source : Arctic Journal


Greenland : first prison is taking shape

In all, there are 26 Greenlanders serving indefinite sentences in Herstedvester. Another nine are in lower-security Greenlandic jails. In 2018, most of them will be transferred to Nuuk when construction of the country’s first prison is complete. The facility will have capacity for 40 maximum-security prisoners. Another 20 serving regular sentences will also be housed in maximum security, which means the facility is over capacity before it even opens.

“The crime rate in Greenland is falling, but the number of prisoners serving indefinite sentences is growing, because we’re adding more faster than we are releasing them,” Engbo says.

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