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.