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Project Partners

Name of the organisation: Justizministerium Mecklenburg -Vorpommern
Address: Puschkinstr. 19/21 19053 Schwerin Germany
Tel: 0049 (0)385 588 3021
Fax: 0049 (0) 385 588 3452
Web site:
Name of the
contact person:
Mr Jörg Jesse
Function: Head of Department
Tel: 0049 (0) 385 588 3020
Fax: 0049 (0( 385 588 3452
E-mail: [email protected]
Name of the
contact person:
Ms Tanja Klee
Function: Head of Unit
Tel: 0049 (0) 385 588 3250
Fax: 0049 (0( 385 588 3452
E-mail: [email protected]
Name of the
contact person:
Dr Jörg-Uwe Schäfer
Function: Head of Bützow prison
Tel: 0049 (0) 38461 55 2100
Fax: 0049 (0) 38461 55 2352
E-mail: [email protected]
Name of the
contact person:
Ms Barbara Hansen
Function: Project manager
Tel: 0049 (0) 385 588 3252
Fax: 0049 (0) 385 588 3452
E-mail: [email protected]
Name of the
contact person:
Ms Grit-Chrstin Ladwig
Function: Probation officer
Tel: 0049 (0) 381 86 506.60
Fax: 0049 (0) 381 86 506 77
E-mail: [email protected]
Type of organisation:
  • Public Authority
  • Ministry of Justice, Department for Prison and Probation Services
  • Prison Service
  • Probation service
Fields of action: Offender management, disadvantaged persons
The Department 2 of the Ministry of Justice Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania signs responsible for prison and probation services, offender management and petentions of clemency. Five prisons and one in 2011 newly established Regional Office for Probation and Supervision (LaStar) with 4 external probation offices are under its administrative and technical supervision.

Department 2 is also in charge for the security of the forensic clinics, which generally are in the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The Department 2‘s conceptual work follows two main goals: First, the enhancement of societys’ security and safety of society shall be achieved through the reduction of re-offending. This is done by safe accommodation as well as targeted and precise treatment of prisoners. For this reason the probation service is also engaged in the prisoners’ assessments and the beginning and the end of detention to guarantee a continuous case management. The treatment measures concentrating on dangerous offenders are constantly intensified. Two socio therapeutic facilities for adults and juveniles help reduce recidivism. As a second aim of the conceptual work, specialized prisons with economic sizes are to be developed.

All in all, the prison service in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has over 780 staff members, thereof twelve lawyers and higher administration service, 27 psychologists, 30 social workers and 607 prison officers. Four prisons, one juvenile prison and one juvenile arrest facility are run with a total capacity of 1.578 places, thereof 1.347 are held available in closed prisons, 200 in open prisons and 31 places in juvenile arrest. A training centre for the prison and probation staff is situated at the University for Police Science and Public Administration in Güstrow.

The Regional Office for Probation and Supervision (LaStar) now concentrates responsibilities - formerly performed by several institutions like courts and probation services - under one roof. In Germany, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania is the only federal state with such a central authority. The office consists of the department for probation services; the central supervision of conduct and the forensic ambulance form the other department of the office. 114 staff members work there, thereof 81 probation officers. The staff is in charge of 3.500 offenders under parole and probation, around 770 offenders under supervision of conduct and around 1.100 offenders in court assistance. The Regional Office is also responsible for electronic monitoring. 6 probationers are supervised with this programme by now, tendency is rising. The establishment of this new public authority is also an expression of the developing transition management combining mandatorily juridical and legal institutions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
EXPERIENCE IN PREVIOUS PROJECTS Romania, Project Leader - Twinning light Project in 2010
“Best practices in the field of recruitment, selection, assessment and evaluation of personnel of the National Administration of Penitentiaries”

Moldova, Twinning Proposal and Workshops on different issues from 2008 to 2010
“Support to Moldova in Prison Service upgrading and penal reform”

Bulgaria, Twinning Proposal in 2008
“Support to the Bulgarian Prison System”

Associate partner in The Reintegration of Ex-offenders Community of Practice ( EXoCoP)

Participant in the Federal States ESF-Program concerning Xenophobia, Democracy, Cultural Diversity and Vocational Training (XENOS)

Three projects, following one after the other, were performed: “Cultural contact” (2006 -2008), “Ein Me(h)er an Toleranz” 2008 -2011, “Pro-Fil” (2011 to date).
The Ministry of Justice Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania has developed and implemented an Integrated Offender Management (InStar) within the prison and probation service. The aspired continuity of assessment and treatment of the prisoner during detention is supported by standardized forms. Lack of information can be avoided and the transition between the prison and probation services is to be supported and controlled. The system was made known in the Federal Republic and Europe.

The Monitoring Concept “FoKuS”(2010) was implemented in association with the Ministry of Home Affairs Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. FoKus involves the necessary addition to InStar. For the sake of the societies’ safety it focuses on the aspect of control. Probation services, prison services and police are in charge on a common basis to reduce recidivism of violent and high risk offenders under supervision of conduct. Working hand-in-hand helps to keep the offenders’ way of life present after his release- The risk of re-offending can be reduced by preventing the offender from disappearing in anonymity.
CONTRIBUTIONS THAT CAN BE PROVIDED TO THE PROJECT Being the co-ordinator, the Ministry of Justice Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is highly interested to achieve the overall goals of the project. All available resources, personnel or financial, will be put at disposal for the projects’ objectives.

Director General from 2003 to date
Department of Prison and Probation Administration and Petitions for Clemency
Ministery of Justice Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Governor from 1999 to 2003
Prison and Remand Center, Hannover

Deputy Governor and Head of Custody from 1993 to 1999
Young Offender Institution und Remand Center, Hameln

Counselor to reorganize the structure of Prosion Headquarter from 1991 to 1993
Prison Headquater of Lower Saxony, Celle

Head psychologist at the education center for prisons from 1989 to 1991
Prison, Hannover

Executive officer from 1987 to 1988
Ministery of Justice Lower Saxony

Psychologist from 1983 to 1989
Open Young Offender Institution, Vechta-Falkenrott

Tanja Klee

Head of Unit from 2001 to date
Department of Prison and Probation Administration and Petitions for Clemency
Ministery of Justice Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Deputy Governor from 1997 to 2001
Stralsund prison

Interim Governor from 1995 to 1996
Ueckermünde Open Prison

Julia Müller

Psychologist at the diagnostic center from 2012 to date,
Waldeck Prison

Psychologist at the diagnostic center from 2008 to 2012,
Bremen Prison

Psychologist at the diagnostic center from 2006 to 2007
Bützow Prison

Barbara Hansen

Project manager from 2009 to date
Bützow Prison

Project leader from 2005 to 2008
EU funded projects in the field of education
BilSE-Institut Güstrow

Head of Unit from 1994 to 2008
Project planner and manager
BilSE-Institut (education and training institution), Güstrow

Grit-Christin Ladwig

Probation officer from 2007 to date
Regional Office for Probation and Supervision (LaStar), Rostock

Social worker from 2001-2007
ASB Rostock (non-governmental organization)