North Rhine-Westphalia: Prisons should expand emergency power capacities

What actually happens in a prison when the power goes out for a longer period of time? Almost all of the institutions have fixed emergency power generators - however, the supply is now to be expanded in this way.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Prisons should expand emergency power capacities

What actually happens in a prison when the power goes out for a longer period of time? Almost all of the institutions have fixed emergency power generators - however, the supply is now to be expanded in this way.

Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - The prisons in North Rhine-Westphalia should continue to expand their emergency power supply in the event of a "long-lasting and widespread blackout". As stated in the Ministry of Justice's response to a small inquiry by the SPD in the state parliament, the institutions should simulate the emergency - and document the results.

Because in addition to fixed emergency power generators - which most institutions have according to the government - it also needs fuel for it. According to the ministry in the paper to the state parliament, the expansion of the "existing fuel storage facilities" is currently being pushed ahead, taking into account the "environmental and fire protection requirements". After all, a prison has a large fuel depot that could also be used as an emergency reserve "for a few other institutions".

With reference to the scheduled simulations, SPD MP Sonja Bongers said that the Minister of Justice "only now came up with the idea of ​​asking all prison management to test real operation with the replacement system. But it's high time now." At the next meeting of the legal committee, she expects "a complete presentation of the results of the test runs that have been carried out". Bongers added with a view to possible outbreaks: "In any case, I don't like to imagine if it should later mean: at large because of a power failure."

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