The Latvian Prison Administration (LPA) is a State administrative institution; its supervisory authority is the Ministry of Justice. The functions, tasks and area of responsibilities of the LPA are stated in “The Latvian Prison Administration Statutes” by the Cabinet Regulations Nr. 395 (second part) of 15th July 2003.
II. Functions, tasks and area of responsibilities of LPA
1. The main task of the LPA is to ensure pre-trial detention as a security measure and imprisonment as a criminal punishment.
2. In order to fulfil that task the LPA:
2.1. organises and controls work of its subordinated institutions and ensures their financial and material-technical basis;
2.2. ensures professional training and re-training for staff;
2.3. works out draft of budget;
2.4. organises efficient use of its budget in accordance with legislation and regulations;
2.5. performs other tasks that are stated in legal norms.
3. LPA according to its responsibilities:
3.1. develops state investment projects and other programme projects, as well as promote realisation of state investment projects that are in LPA interests;
3.2. provides suggestions for working out of legal standards;
3.3. creates co-operation with international and non-governmental organisations in the fields related to realisation of pre-trial detention and imprisonment, participates in the work of mentioned organisations, analyses related experience of Latvia and other states;
3.4. participates in preparation and realisation of international agreements;
3.5. provides mass media with information reflecting of the LPA activities.