Updated on 11.05.2020
The Danish prison’s prevention strategy is based on a precautionary principle leading to isolation of prisoners with even minor symptoms. As of 25 March 2020 less than 20 prisoners are isolated due to symptoms associated with COVID-19.
All prison visits are suspended with the exception of visits from legal representatives. Other visits, such as visits from religious units or close relatives, are advised to take place by phone.
On the 18th May a limited reopening of visits will be introduced. Prisoners with underaged children will be granted one visit of up to two children and one accompanying adult pr. 14 days. Prisoners in the age between 15-17 years will be granted one visit of up to two close relations pr. 14 days. The visits will be held in line with health guidelines and requirements regarding physical surroundings and cleaning.
The Danish Prison and Probation Service is continuously assessing when to further open up visits in prisons.
All indoor fitness facilities have been closed.
On 17th April the Danish parliament agreed to gradually start reopening Denmark after the lockdown. As a part of this agreement, The Danish Prison and Probation Service will gradually start receiving new prisoners who come in to serve from liberty, i.e. offenders awaiting placement in prison. This process will be strictly monitored to comply with guidelines from the health authorities.
For any further questions regarding the procedures in the state of emergency taken by the Department of Prisons and Probation of Denmark please contact the following:
Mathilde Carøe Munkholm (Administrative officer)
General email of Department of Prisons and Probation
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union