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Brno remand prison
The Town Brno has a rich history, especially associated with Špilberk Castle, which is a dominant of this Moravian metropolis. The remand prison was built in Brno-Bohunice in the year 1956 and is profiled as a detention facility assuring custody for accused men, women and juveniles. There were also established the following units, e.g. custody unit with moderated regime and unit for juvenile delinquents.
The total accommodation capacity is 691, of which 268 places are intended for detention and 262 for imprisonment. The imprisonment is served by inmates placed into a supervised prison with its capacity of 91 places. In addition to those permanently placed inmates there are also accommodated convicts for the transition period (those starting imprisonment or being escorted to other courts, etc.). There is also a section for imprisonment with a high security, with its capacity of 18 places and this section is designed for prisoners studying at universities.
The Prison Hospital Brno was opened in 1997. It comprises a rehabilitation pavilion, a specialised section (including internal, infection, intermediate and follow-up medical care units) and a psychiatric pavilion. The Prison Hospital has a capacity of 131 beds. The Remand Prison Brno expanded by new premises in the nearby village Rapotice (roughly 30km west from Brno) on 15 September 2005. It is a large area of almost 100 hectares, which was used as an air defence rocket base of the Czech Army upon 2003. The first convicts placed under supervision were brought into that facility at the beginning of September 2006 and they are employed for example in a courtyard group, in a cleaning group, in the kitchen, or in the maintenance. The area contains an accommodation block as well as an administration building with medical centre, a canteen, a gym and a culture hall. Since mid-2007 a new outdoor shooting range has been made available for the purposes of service preparation. In future, the extensive area can offer various possible uses of storage facilities, former bunkers, etc. In October 2007, extensive construction work started with the purpose of reaching a continuous accommodation capacity of 450 places in the prison for convicts under supervision. Persons, who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment under supervision and external guarding, are assigned for work within the remand prison. The free time activities are reserved for leisure pursuits, which take the form of a wide variety of clubs. There are, for example, language, aquarist, modelling, sports, drama and cooking clubs. The range of leisure activities on offer is constantly expanding. There has been a flourishing ceramics club in the juvenile remand unit since 2003. Representatives of various churches attend the remand prison. A chaplain of the prison clerical care is devoted to detainees and convicts once a week. The NGO Association “Podané ruce” has, as part of the Drugs Services project, addressed and offered help to drug users. Convicted prisoners have had, since September 2004, the opportunity to enhance their qualifications through studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management of Masaryk University in Brno. The lectures take place right on the premises of the Remand Prison Brno.
The employees can enjoy a rich and varied free time activities, which are contributed by the prison management itself. The biggest interest is in sports activities, such as playing football, foot-net volleyball, tennis, field- and ice-hockey, etc. The premises of Remand Prison Brno offer to sports enthusiasts a well-equipped gym and a tennis court. The prison staff can attend, with a financial contribution by the Prison’s Fund of Cultural and Social Needs, theatre performances and other cultural events. The prison has its own recreation facility near the Vranov bay and follows the tradition of organising summer and winter camps for employees’ children every year.