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Chief of Riga Central Prison and two others punished because of dog found in prison cell

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Prison Administration has applied a disciplinary punishment to Chief of Riga Central Prison Sergei Logutov in relation to the fact that a live dog was found in a prison cell.

Head of Latvian Prison Administration Ilona Spure says the Chief of the prison has received the harshest punishment – a stern warning. This is because he is the one responsible for the organization of activities in the prison, including inspection of visitors. Disciplinary actions have been taken against two prison workers who are responsible for visitor control.

«Not everything about this situation is unequivocal, because it is important to keep in mind that there is no glass wall in rooms intended for short meetings. The lack of guards to observe meetings is also apparent. The law does not allow monitoring, so it is possible for certain items to be carried to the meeting and given to convicts,» – said Spure.

In 2009, Constitutional Court of Latvia ruled that certain restrictions applied to convicts for their meetings with family members do not comply with the Constitution. The appealed regulation provided for allowing convicted persons to meet with relatives or other persons for one hour no rarer than once a month in the presence of a prison administration representative.

One possible explanation for the whole situation is that the dog was carried inside the prison using a baby carriage.

Spure has confirmed that the Prison Administration has begun an evaluation of Logutov and that it is a normal procedure. The topic of carrying prohibited items to prison grounds was discussed by Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee during the January 28th meeting, Spure attended this meeting. She did not deny that some unreliable prison workers manage to make money off carrying prohibited items to convicts. However, there are other ways convicts get their hands on such items.

Spure reminds that building a new prison could help put an end to this practice. The first new prison to be built after restoration of Latvia’s independence will be situated in Liepaja. This project provides for the creation of a large prison infrastructure there.

According to information available on January 26th, there are currently 4,654 convicts held in Latvia’s prisons.

Riga Central Prison is the largest on in Latvia.

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  1. jj says:

    The chief of the prison received the severest punishment – a stern warning !!!!

    I actually don’t think that letting a dog in really deserves a severe warning. But does it mean that if the chief of prison really does something really appalling, then the worst that can happen is that he gets a stern warning??? :-)

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