Welcome to the Hungarian Prison Service's official website. We hope that you find the website informative and it will serve as a helpful tool in understanding the work being carried out in our prisons.

According to legal definitions the Hungarian Prison Service is an armed law enforcement agency that carries out measures and sentences of imprisonment and criminal procedure enforcement measures and also executes confinements of fine defaulters. The Prison Service is subordinated to the Ministry of Interior. The Minister of Interior is responsible for the Prison Service and also controls the employment of inmates in the limited companies operated by the Prison Service. The supervision of lawful operation is exercised by the Prosecutors' Office.

Our mission is to perform all of our legally required obligations and contribute to the public safety of Hungary.

Our Prison Service Staff is dedicated to deliver our main objectives:

  • maintaining secure custody and good order in our prisons
  • caring for prisoners with humanity
  • providing ample opportunity to personal development of the inmates
  • reducing recidivism
  • and legal conformity during the period of incarceration.

As an law enforcement agency we employ about 8000 staff at 29 prisons, a Training and Rehabilitation Center, a Mental and Psychiatric Institution, a Prison Hospital and 12 limited companies, and a Headquarters Office.

Legally classified, detainees are grouped in five categories:

  • pre-trial detention
  • deprivation of liberty
  • custody
  • mandatory psychiatric treatment
  • temporary psychiatric treatment

In compliance with the effective legal regulations the overall capacity of our establishments is lower than the accommodated number of the prisoners; therefore penal institutions are characterized by overcrowding. At present the average overcrowding rate is 130% percent.

From the overall staff employed at the Hungarian Prison Service most colleagues are uniformed (officers and non-commissioned officers), whereas some of them work as a non-uniformed civil servant.

I hope you will be enjoying visiting this site and if there is information that you require and cannot find, please do not hesitate to contact us.