Village of Hope

Village of Hope was established in 2003 and is located on a property that is donated by the founder in Estonia. The facility is part of the non-governmental organization Village of Hope which aims to help socially underprivileged and delinquent people. Village of Hope works on a voluntary basis and participants are encouraged to restore […]

Shelton Abbey Open Centre

Shelton Abbey Open Centre (from now on “Shelton Abbey”) is an open, low-security prison in Arklow, on the southeast coast of Ireland. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Irish prison service and was founded in 1973. Shelton Abbey is, on the one hand, known for their unique location. The estate was owned by the […]

The Spetse Hoeve

The Spetse Hoeve was a former farm in Veelerveen, in the northern part of The Netherlands and is now a mental health institution. They offer help to people who face addiction problems and who have previously been in contact with the justice system or are currently in contact with it. Central to the institution is […]

Vratsa Home for Male Juvenile Delinquents

Vratsa Home for Male Juvenile Delinquents (from now on “Vratsa Home”) is the only prison in Bulgaria that offers an open detention regime and differs from what is expected to be an open detention house in Western Europe. The facility belongs to Vratsa Prison, where Vratsa Home is a separate ward from the prison and […]

CIMI Los Alcores

CIMI Los Alcores (Spanish: Centro Para Menores Infractores) is a center for juvenile offenders, it is located in Carmona, Southern Spain and established in 1998. It is part of the Diagrama Foundation, which has more than 35 secure educational centers throughout Europe and aims to support vulnerable people at risk of social exclusion. For young […]

CIMI Medina Azahara

CIMI Medina Azahara (Spanish: Centro Para Menores Infractores) is a juvenile detention facility in Cordóba, Spain and was founded in 1991. It is part of the Diagrama Foundation, which has more than 35 secure educational centers throughout Europe and aims to support vulnerable people at risk of social exclusion. For young people to rehabilitate, they […]

Loughan house Open centre

Loughan House Open Centre (from now on “Loughan House”) is a low-security, open prison situated in Blacklion, located in the western region of County Cavan, Ireland. Loughan House operates under the oversight of the Irish prison service and was established in the year 1972. It is characterized by its secluded location.

Vanaja Prison

Vanaja Prison is an open prison for women located in the countryside of Hämeenlinna, Finland. Vanaja prison was founded in 1994 and is owned by the Prison and Probation Service of Finland (also named RISE) under the regulation of the Ministry of Justice. The facility houses mainly adult women, regardless of the stage of their […]

Penitentiary Agricultural Center Ruiselede

Penitentiary Agricultural Center Ruiselede (from now on “PLC Ruiselede”) is a dairy prison farm located seven kilometers from the city center of Ruiselede, in Belgium. Upon entering the detention facility, visitors are greeted by a large open area adorned with flowers and cobblestones, creating a farm atmosphere. It was founded in 1936 and falls under […]

House of Recovery Twente

House of Recovery Twente (in Dutch: Huis van Herstel) is an open detention facility in Almelo, the Netherlands. The facility was established in 2021 and is currently in a pilot phase that will last until 2026. It operates under the jurisdiction of the Custodial Institutions Agency of The Netherlands. Within the House of Recovery Twente, […]

"Shaping the future, a 1000 originals

Small-scale, differentiated and community-integrated facilities can be found in many European countries. There is not one, but a thousand detention houses. As part of the two-year WISH-EU Project, Prison Insider developed an interactive map that visualizes a database of detention facilities from various European regions. Throughout this European-funded project, we identified and visited over 40 good practices that apply one or more of the following principles: small-scale, differentiation and community-integration. Since then, RESCALED has continued to identify and visit practices whose stories can inspire us to drive systemic change. We have further developed the map to include various filters and detailed reports so you can get to know these inspirational practices!

"Shaping the future, a 1000 originals

Small-scale, differentiated and community-integrated facilities can be found in many European countries. There is not one, but a thousand detention houses. As part of the two-year WISH-EU Project, Prison Insider developed an interactive map that visualizes a database of detention facilities from various European regions. Throughout this European-funded project, we identified and visited over 40 good practices that apply one or more of the following principles: small-scale, differentiation and community-integration. Since then, RESCALED has continued to identify and visit practices whose stories can inspire us to drive systemic change. We have further developed the map to include various filters and detailed reports so you can get to know these inspirational practices!