PRAGUE, 13 January (VS ČR) - Today, the Czech Prison Service opened the third Forensic Detention Facility (FDF) in the Czech Republic. The FDF is located on the premises of Prague-Pankrác Remand Prison, and has 24 cells with 28 beds. First clients are going to be escorted into the new building through the course of next week.
The three-story building was built shortly after the foundation of the prison, then in the fields outside of the city of Prague, in 1885-1889. Over the past few years, the building was used as storage for the prison's printing workshop. Since the decision about reconstructing the object for a new purpose (FDF) in 2018, the building was fully refurbished and equipped with many items which the prison service supplied from its own prisoner workshops, such as furniture (made in Jiřice Prison) or security metal nets (made in Prague-Pankrác itself). Among the equipment and facilities ready for the clients, there are social and therapeutical rooms, walking yards with fitness equipment, outside garden beds etc.
(Protective) Forensic Detention is considered the toughest level of the so-called "protective measures". It is meant for highly dangerous individuals who committed the most severe crimes, often due to their mental illness, and whose placement into ordinary in-patient psychiatric hospitals is no longer viable due to security reasons. Security within the Forensic Detention Facilities is provided by the prison service personnel.
Nowadays, there are three Forensic Detention Facilities in the Czech Republic. Apart from Prague, the other two are located in Brno and Opava.
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