Debate about bamberger prison site

debate about bamberger prison site

"We have always said that the prison in the middle of the city is out of place", says an old bamberger who has been living in klein-venedig for about 25 years. The idyll on the river, separated only by the river regnitz from the penitentiary on the leinritt, used to be often clouded by quarrels between prisoners, the man reports.

Above all, she and her neighbors had not been able to enjoy the gardens by the water without insulting remarks, his wife confirms. In the past, the couple repeatedly and successfully complained to the prison management.

Since the windows in the historic cell wing on the leinritt – a renovated building from the middle of the 18th century. The strains on the prisoners, who are equipped with blind discs and larm knives, had decreased considerably in the nineteenth century, one admits in small venice.

Deserving of another use
Nevertheless, the couple was happy, as they say, when they got another counterpart. The two bambergers are convinced that most of the residents of the former fishermen's and skipper's houses see it the same way they do: "such a building" like the baroque old building of the correctional facility on the river simply deserved another use.

This is also one of several reasons why the interessengemeinschaft interessand supports the initiative of mayor andreas starke (SPD) and mayor werner hipelius (CSU). The fact that you recently suggested to the members of the bavarian cabinet – among other future issues in bamberg – that the prison should be relocated was the right thing to do, says IG board member ekkehard arnetzl.

He sees "different needs" for the rough prison complex between sandstrabe and the river, can imagine a use for the university, as mentioned by the mayor, just as well as a home for the elderly and a small neighborhood garage in parts. There was really no space for the cars in the sand.

A chance for the district
In his capacity as the city's local historian, arnetzl also welcomes the fact that people in bamberg are thinking about the future of the prison at an early stage, before the free state is able to confront the city with its own plans: "i think it's good that the mayor is tackling this – without the usual time pressure in bamberg." A relocation would not only be an opportunity for the district, but also for a modern penal system, believes markus schafer, managing director of the interessand interest group.

He believes it is important to discuss not only the benefits to the neighborhood of the prison's relocation, but also the situation of the inmates. At another location they had more free space and sports facilities, he points out. Both are only available in the old town to a limited extent.

For this, the comparatively small bamberg prison offers other possibilities. That holds with herbert dotzler one against it, which knows the JVA as well as the very few bamberger: he was from 1976 to 1992 deputy anstaltsleiter. He lacks any understanding of the attempt to relocate a facility that has been in operation since the mid-1800s. The prison is an integral part of the sand district at the beginning of the twentieth century and was not, and is not, an eyesore or an eyesore once it is there. On the contrary: according to dotzler, the good neighborly relations are reflected in the annual celebration that takes place at the sandkirchweih in the jail together with the burgerverein sand (burger association).

Other uses would generate more traffic
At the same time, he supports a statement made by BV board member ulrike heucken to the FT. The burgerverein would like to keep the JVA in the sand. You do not store. Any other use would in any case bring more unwanted traffic into the district, he fears.

Dotzler says he finds some of the arguments in the debate to be deeply demeaning, not least to the officers who have been doing hard service at the prison. Does the city hall perceive the prison as a blemish on the world heritage site that should be erased, he asks?. And polemically adds that bamberg has already moved its sick and most of its old people out of the center.

In the view of the former deputy chief, practical aspects also speak in favor of operating the prison in the old town: the routes to the police, public prosecutor's office, courts and authorities are short for preliminary hearings, hearings and admissions. Dotzler even warns of a loss of centrality for bamberg if the ministry of justice were to pick up the ball and move closer to a new building, which would then probably not be built on city land. The pensioner doubts that the inmates would benefit from a modern facility: the rougher the prison, the more anonymous the operation.

Small dormitories are uneconomical
Because one thing is certain: should the free state agree to outsourcing in the medium to long term, it will have at least 400 seats. It was then almost twice as coarse as the "cafe sandbad" with its 212 prison places. According to the ministry of justice, smaller prisons cannot be operated economically.

In its paper addressed to the state government, the city mentions the barracks site that will become available when the u.S. Army withdraws in 2014 as a possible alternative location. A "once in a lifetime chance the bamberger FDP also calls it. The liberals are the only party to have taken a position on this issue so far: they have buried the search for another location and consider the conversion site to be suitable.

Then the prison complex could be "really appropriate for the world cultural heritage of bamberg" be used, FDP local chairman martin pohner is quoted as saying in a press release. His party can envision a mixed use as a cultural center, university building and neighborhood garage.

Many business people in the district are also positive about a university facility in place of the correctional facility, says IG managing director schafer. He refers to conversations with landlords, for whom a rededication brought completely new perspectives: they expect a revival of the daytime gastronomy in the sandstrabe, which has been frequented mainly at night up to now.

University or a museum with pleasure, but please not a student dormitory – this restriction is of course also heard from small venice. Otherwise, according to a resident of bamberg, the number of larvae could increase again: "we are not unhappy that the prison is there." None of the correctional facility neighbors interviewed by the FT wanted their names to appear in this article.


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