Herstedvester Prison

The Institution of Herstedvester, known in English as Herstedvester Prison, is a prison in Herstedvester, Denmark, for treatment by the Danish Prison and Probation Service. It houses convicted felons and in some cases also people with custody rulings in need of psychiatric assistance and observation.

The Institution of Herstedvester
LocationHerstedvester, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark.
Managed byThe Danish Prison and Probation Service

Herstedvester was built in 1935 for the detention and imprisonment of psychopaths.[1] Upon establishment, they were the first European prison to use a treatment method known as democratic therapeutic community.[2] The institution has 138 closed seats, while the open space has 15 seats.[citation needed]

The prison was also home to those deemed too dangerous for the open-style prisons in Greenland.[3]

Notable inmatesEdit


  1. ^ Puri, Basant; Treasaden, Ian H. (2017-08-23). Forensic Psychiatry: Fundamentals and Clinical Practice. CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-4822-5456-3.
  2. ^ Stevens, Alisa (2012). Offender Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities: Enabling Change the TC Way. Routledge. pp. 12–14. ISBN 978-0-415-67018-0.
  3. ^ Sillesen, Lene Bech (2020-09-17). "The Return: How everything became trauma". Harper's Magazine. ISSN 0017-789X. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  4. ^ Kwai, Isabella (2021-02-09). "Peter Madsen, Killer of Kim Wall, Is Sentenced for a Jailbreak". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-12-15.

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Coordinates: 55°39′37″N 12°20′52″E / 55.6603°N 12.3478°E / 55.6603; 12.3478