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Vězeňská služba ČR - Prison Service of the Czech Republic
Věznice Heřmanice - Heřmanice Prison
P. O. BOX 2
713 02 OSTRAVA
phone: +420 595 220 111
fax: +420 595 220 289
Heřmanice Prison is located around five kilometres from Ostrava town centre, the administrative and economic centre of the Moravian-Silesian region. Originally a labour camp, it was built in 1959 to meet the demand for mine workers. It achieved its current form following major reconstruction in the 1970s. It is profiled as a secure unit for the serving of terms of imprisonment, and also includes a controlled unit. There is also a specialised unit for mentally retarded inmates, a unit for courtordered treatment for alcoholism and a drugs-free zone. There has, for many years, been a leaving unit in place for prisoners kept under a secure regimen, whilst the leaving unit for prisoners kept under a controlled regimen was set up in 2004. Around 930 inmates are accommodated in the prison, which has a total official capacity of 681. Inmates are accommodated in dormitories containing four to seven beds. Around 72 prisoners are accommodated in rooms with common social and cultural facilities.
The prison has a total of 299 employees, of whom 173 are Prison Services members and 126 are civilian employees. Due to the demanding nature of their work, employees have at thein disposal a range of possibilities to make active use of their free time, including the 'Na Věchýtku' social facilities, tennis and volleyball courts, a sauna, a fitness room, indoor swimming-pool and a gym. There is also considerable interest in excursions within the Czech Republic and abroad. The prison also has co-operation agreements in place with the prison in Jastrzębie Zdrój (Poland), the Institute for Enforcement of Imprisonment in Dubnica nad Váhom (Slovakia) and the Vác Strict and Medium Regime Prison (Hungary).