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Icelandic Prison Service

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National agency  Iceland
Governing body  Icelandic Government
Icelandic Prison Service
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
General nature  Law enforcement Civilian agency
Elected officer responsible  Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Minister of the Interior
Agency executive  Páll Egill Winkel, Prison Service Director

The Icelandic Prison Service (Icelandic: Fangelsismálastofnun ríkisins) is the national correctional agency of the Republic of Iceland. Along with the Icelandic National Police, Directorate of Customs, and the Icelandic Coast Guard, the Icelandic Prison Service is one of the few law-enforcement agencies in Iceland. The current director of the Prison Service is Páll Egill Winkel.


Prisons in Iceland

Presently, the Icelandic Prison Service operates six prisons. The oldest prison in Iceland, Hegningarhúsið, was completed in 1874 and is still in operation today.

Aside from Fangelsið Akureyri, which is in the northern city of Akureyri, prisons in Iceland are all located in the southwest end of the country. This includes the oldest prison, Hegningarhúsið, which is located in downtown Reykjavík. This roughly corresponds with the country's population centres.


The present uniform of the Icelandic Prison Service is a black shirt with black trousers.

The image displays the former shoulder patch of the Icelandic Prison Service. The present shoulder patch is black with silver lettering and outlining.


Icelandic Prison Service Wikipedia

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