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Just outside of Tartu towards south east you can see Tartu Prison. The prison covers an area of 93,763 m2 on land beside the Emajõgi River. The prison itself is 23,000 m2 in size, with an administrative building, reception rooms, recreational and sports centers, classrooms, rooms for religious purposes and production premises for metalwork, woodwork and textiles.
There are 479 cells in the prison; each cell is measuring approximately 10 m2. As of October 2008 the prison held 907 inmates, 702 of them convicted and 205 being held in custody. The prison employs 402 people, 243 of whom are prison officers.
Security is provided through a system of video cameras, alarms (in the event of attacks on staff) and special monitoring devices covering the kilometer of fences surrounding the complex.
Inmates are educated by teachers from Tartu Secondary School for Adults and Tartu Vocational Education Centre. The prison provides work in the field of finance for almost 80 inmates, and around 20 inmates work outside of the prison.
History of Tartu Prison
Tartu Prison accepted its first inmates on 16 October 2002, marking the transition in the Estonian prison service from the dormitory-style accommodation of prisons to a cell-based system. The construction of the prison also laid the foundations for the development of a regional prison service.
An escort department was established as an independent unit within Tartu Prison as a result of close work between the Prisons Department of the Ministry of Justice and police agencies in 2004. The department organizes the transport of prisoners under armed guard between detention centre’s and prisons all over the country.
In-patient psychiatric services have been offered in Tartu Prison’s medical department since 2005, as the psychiatric department for all Estonian prisons forms part of Tartu Prison. A drug-free centre was created at Tartu Prison in 2007. In the same year the prison received an award from the World Health Organization for a HIV-themed project it had run.