Bella Centre

Bella Center is one of two Community Custody Units (CCU’s), located in Dundee, and was founded in 2022. CCU’s are small-scale detention facilities tailored to support the needs of women in custody through a gender-specific and trauma-informed approach. Seamlessly integrated into local communities, these units provide safe accommodation to meet the needs of women seeking […]

Lilias Centre

Lilia Center is one of two Community Custody Units (CCU’s), located in Glasgow, and was founded in 2022. CCU’s are small-scale detention facilities tailored to support the needs of women in custody through a gender-specific and trauma-informed approach. Seamlessly integrated into local communities, these units provide safe accommodation to meet the needs of women seeking […]

Suomenlinna Open Prison

Suomenlinna open prison is located in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The facility is located on one of the islands that make up the Suomenlinna district, a district of Helsinki. Suomenlinna open prison was founded in 1971 as a subordinate to Helsinki Provincial Prison. It was established so the people in detention could help with […]

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 Mothers’ Unit of Palma

The Mothers’ Unit of Palma (also known as “La Unidad de Madre de Palma de Mallorca”) is an open detention facility in Palma, in Mallorca. The Mothers’ Unit of Palma was founded in 2008 and is owned by the federal government of Spain, Ministry of Justice. This facility is unique because of its specific target […]

Nordre Vestfold prison, Horten unit

Horten unit in the Nordre Vestfold prison (from now on “Horten unit”) is a prison unit with a high level of security. This facility is based in Horten, in the south of Norway. Horten unit was established in 1862 and falls under the direct supervision of the Norwegian penitentiary administration (Kriminalsorgen).

Lyderhorn Halfway House Bergen

Founded in 2006, Lyderhorn halfway house is a halfway house in the outskirts of Bergen, Norway. As part of a network of eight halfway houses across the country, this facility operates under the ownership of Kriminalomsorgen Norway, the Norwegian Correctional Services. Its mission is to help people in detention transition from a prison to free […]

Bjorgvin prison – Youth unit

The youth unit of the Bjørgvin prison (from now on “Youth Unit West”) is a high security youth detention facility. It is one of two youth prisons in Norway and falls under the jurisdiction of the Norwegian penitentiary administration (Kriminalsorgen). The facility is located right next to Bjorgvin prison, in the outskirts of Bergen, and […]

Open Prison Jiřice

Open prison Jiřice is a low-security prison based in Jiřice, a small municipality in the Czech Republic. The facility is located on the grounds of the high- and medium-security Jiřice Prison. Open prison Jiřice falls under the jurisdiction of The Prison Service of the Czech Republic and was established in 2017 as a pilot project. […]

Torres Novas Prison Establishment

Torres Novas Prison Establishment (from now on “Torres Novas Prison”) is a prison in Torres Novas, located in central Portugal in the Santarém district. The facility falls under the supervision of the General Directorate of Rehabilitation and Prison Services and the establishment of this organization reflected a broader framework of progressive development and reform in […]

"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!