Vision: Security and Diversity - with opportunities for everyone

Norwegian version
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A short presentation of the prison and its different departments:

Reception and remand unit (Department B)
Pathfinders (Department C)
Work Activites

(Department B).
Everyone required to spend a period of custody at Oslo Prison, either on remand or as convicted prisoners, must start their period of custody in this unit.
All functions responsible for registration, reception, introduction and placement of each individual inmate are situated in D Block. All newly arrived prisoners are subjected to a thorough examination during their initial period of stay. This is conducted based on cooperation between the prison and the health and school authorities. Remand inmates who are subjected to restrictions (prohibitions and controls) are accommodated at this unit. This is because of the necessity to undertake examinations and to support inmates through crisis management during their stay. Important functions of D Block are risk and needs assessments for new inmates.

Following this first phase, the majority of remand prisoners are located in A Block, where there are good opportunities through a differentiated range of activities for inmates, including a wider range of work and educational activities and different leisure time pursuits.

A Block is also linked to the prison's security department. The security department has connections with Department 1, which focuses on inmates with psychiatric problems.

The unit also offers special daytime activities directed at inmates with an especially difficult period of custody. One of these activities is 'MASH' (in Norwegian: 'Mangfoldig Aktivisering Som Hjelper', which in English means: "Diverse Activation that Helps"). The 'MASH' resource is actually offered to inmates in all parts of the prison, but especially for inmates who isolate themselves.

MAKIS is another specialist activity offered by Department 1. It consists of: "Motivating, Activating, Specifying/Creating, Individualization and Cooperation". MAKIS is an occupational programme designed for inmates with a difficult remand situation.

The unit also offers a voluntary programme for dealing with stress. It is especially suitable for inmates on remand. Themes covered include information related to conversations in connection with reception into prison, crisis management, expression of feelings and reactions, relaxation techniques and general stress handling techniques.

D Block: The Reception and Remand Unit.

A Block is able to offer a more diverse range of
initiatives for inmates.

Department 1 in D Block.

STIFINNERN (Pathfinders).
(Department C).
A voluntary program for inmates with alcohol, drug or other dependency problems.

'Stifinnern' was established as a project based on joint cooperation between Oslo Prison and 'Tyrilistiftelsen' ("The Tyrili Foundation") in 1992. The project represented an attempt to deal with a strong increase in the number of inmates with drug or alcohol-related problems. In 1995 the project was given permanent status. Following moves to different locations and re-organizations' Stifinnern' is currently housed in a dedicated building (Department C) in Oslo Prison.

What is 'Stifinner’n'?
'Stifinner’n' is a voluntary scheme for inmates with alcohol or drug related problems and who wish to use their period of prison custody to embark on a change process. Special emphasis is placed on creating an alcohol and drug-free environment with room for learning, growth and development. 'Stifinner’n' is run by Oslo Prison and 'The Tyrili Foundation'.

Who can apply to 'Stifinner’n'?
Male inmates with alcohol or drug related problems, from the whole country of Norway, are able to apply for a place at 'Stifinner’n'. At the time of entry it is desirable that inmates have a minimum of 8 months left prior to the anticipated release date. The inmate must himself wish to participate in a treatment program after his stay at 'Stifinner’n'. 'Stifinner’n' also accepts inmates currently participating in LAR treatment programs. All applications are dealt with individually and applicants considered for acceptance will be interviewed.

Program Content
'Stifinner`n' is divided into two phases where the main focus is on making the individual inmate aware of his alcohol or drug and dependency problem(s). Among tools and methods applied are:

Conversation groups, individual conversations, 'Stifinner' Education, physical activities, social training, periods of leave from prison and accompanied trips/visits outside of prison.

Individual investigations and preparations for further treatment. 'Stifinner’n' places emphasis on fellowship and group processes in order to help each individual with his own development. We expect all participants to take responsibility for contributing to a good fellowship.

'Stifinner' participants must be willing to develop their abilities and opportunities in order to:

  • Learn to take responsibility for own decisions
  • Manage to face hardship and challenges without escaping to alcohol or drug related stimulation.
  • Believe that it is useful to change oneself.

Participation in 'Stifinner’n' qualifies for an evaluation for transferral to treatment afterwards.

Send us a personal letter telling us briefly about yourself. The application should contain the following points:

  • Brief history of your alcohol and/or drug and crime problems.
  • Work, period of schooling and leisure-time pursuits.
  • What kind of relations you have with your family.
  • The length of your prison sentence, how long you have served, when you are eligible to apply for leave and any unsettled matters.
  • Home address.
  • Future plans.
  • Anything else you fell may be relevant to mention.

If it is difficult to write an application, or if you are wondering about anything in particular, please contact us or request help either from your personal officer or the prison social worker.

Send your application through the established channels to:

Postboks 9292, Grønland
0134 Oslo, Norway


'Stifinnern' ("Pathfinders") is situated in its own
separate building, located between Dept. D and
Dept. B.


At 'Stifinnern' ("Pathfinders") the rooms are
somewhat bigger and more comfortable than in
the rest of the prison.


The main goal of our work activities is to activate as many inmates as possible in a safe and secure manner, combined with the provision of skills training and knowledge.

Work activities in Oslo Prison consist of:

Craft Shop ('Arbeidsstua'): – Where mainly products made of glass and ceramics are produced. All categories of inmates can work here, but we mainly concentrate on inmates from Dept. A who have more difficult sentencing conditions.

Assembly Workshop ('Monteringsverkstedet'): - Where most of the work activities involve assembly and composition f parts to form a completed product, in cooperation with external customers. The premises also contain a sewing room where, among other articles, all of Oslo Prison's bed-clothing is manufactured. In addition, there is also a hobby workshop where miscellaneous wooden products are made for sale in 'Benny Butikk' - the prison shop.
The Assembly Workshop cooperates with 'NAV' (Norwegian Employment and Social Security Dept.) concerning both the premises and subjects offered. 'NAV' offers accredited basic computer skills courses, a course in scaffolding erection, and a fork-lift truck driver's course.

Print Shop ('Hustrykkeri'): - The main activity here involves the production of printed articles for own use, as well as assignments for external partners. In addition, we share our premises with Grønland Further Education Centre - 'GVO' - which enables joint self-study groups and design work.

Carpentry Shop ('Snekkerverksted'): - Offers the chance to contribute to our production of a comprehensive and diverse range of large and small wooden products, both for sale and internal use.

Metal Workshop ('Smia'):- Our Metal Workshop produces works of art based on firm orders, mainly to external customers, but also for sale in the prison shop - Benny Butikk'.

Laundry ('Vaskeri'): - All inmates' clothes are laundered here, both prison clothing and privately owned clothing.

Cleaning Maintenance ('Renhold'): - This is one of the main occupational initiatives at the prison, where inmates are responsible for all cleaning of Oslo Prison's numerous locations.

Work in cells ('Cellearbeid'): - We offer activities for inmates who, during a period of remand, have been subjected to court- imposed restrictions, limiting their opportunities for movement.

Prison Shop ('Benny Butikk'): - Our Prison Shop was established on 03.11.04 in cooperation with the work activity centre at Bredtveit Prison.

The Prison Shop (known locally as 'Benny Butikk') is located in what was originally the prison chaplain's residence and is open to the public two days per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One of our future aims is to use the shop as an employment and rehabilitation resource for inmates, but at present no inmates are employed in these premises. The explanation is the shop's location, seen against the category of inmates which Oslo Prison houses.

Common for all our work activities is our attempt to provide work to all categories of inmates, whether serious drug addicts, inmates with considerable behavioural problems, or inmates facing long sentences for serious crime, independent of nationality and background.

We are proud to be able to offer high quality products and attractive gift articles, both for Christmas, birthdays, and other seasonal occasions.

At the Craft Shop inmates are able to produce
articles made of textiles, glass and ceramics.

The Carpentry Shop.

The Metal Workshop ('Smia').

Prison Shop
(In norwegian)