Vězeňská služba ČR - Prison Service of the Czech Republic
Věznice Mírov - Mírov Prison
P. O. BOX 1
789 53 Mírov
phone: +420 583 488 111
fax: +420 583 429 134
The history of the prison reaches back to the middle of the 12th century, when the bastioned Mírov Castle was built on a steep hill near the town of Mohelnice, which became a part of the compound and defended the property of the bishop of Olomouc. The castle was built on the initiative of Bruno of Schauenburg, bishop of Olomouc, and the first record of the castle dates from 1256. Since the end of the 14th century it was used as a secure prison for culpable servants of the bishops.
The current Mírov Prison is profiled as a high-guarded penitentiary facility (type D), incorporating a supervised unit, a guarded unit, a high-guarded unit, a unit for convicts serving the life imprisonment, and a specialised unit for convicted prisoners with mental and behavioural disorders. The prison has an accommodation capacity of 374. Inmates are accommodated in common dormitories, the largest of which contains 18 beds. In addition, there are a total of 32 two-bedded and 8 single-bed rooms at present.
Considering the inmate population, there is an attractive range of work on offer that can be carried out within the prison premises. Convicts are employed in wood-workshops, especially performing the manufacture of furniture with its quality comparable to the furniture available on the market. The furniture manufactured in prison workshops can be found in the administration offices of many state authorities, such as the ombudsman’s office in Brno or the Palace of Justice in Liberec. Convicts can also find an employment in the metalworking workshop, where the highest percentage of inmates is working.
Considering the length of the sentence the prison management, specialists and tutors lay great emphasis on the activities of inmates during their leisure time, and on the manner of how they spend their free time. Apart from this, the usual self-fulfilment offered by sports, inmates also have the opportunity to apply their interests and abilities in other spheres, in music groups or art, aquarist and other clubs. Inmates also have an access to the library containing both professional literature and fiction. The wooden toys manufactured from waste material during work therapy classes have found favourable acceptance, some being produced at the request of special care centres for children with multiple handicaps, where such toys are even used as didactic gadgets. The treatment programmes for convicts also include co-operation with representatives of various churches and with several non-governmental organisations and associations contributing jointly to the education process.
The Prison Mírov has over 374 employees, of whom more than 200 are members of the Prison Service and Judicial Guard, the rest are civilian employees. The prison personnel can make a use of a gym and tennis courts. There is also available a mini-facility in Bušínov for recreational purposes. The co-operation with staff colleagues from prisons in Slovakia has also been successfully established.