Incarcerated

Incarcerated
The USSR incarceration system consisted of prisons, prison camps and forced labour camps, administered by the General Administration of Forced Labour Camps (GULAG) within the Interior Ministry. In 1949 there were within the Soviet Union 69 forced labour camps, 7 high security regime camps, 518 re-education labour colonies, 55 transit prisons and 495 prisons.

In 1951 there were about 24,000 Latvian citizens known to be in forced labour camps and 6,000 in labour colonies. They had been found guilty of economic and other not particularly dangerous crimes. Members of the national resistance movement arrested in the post-war years were sent to high security regime camps. In 1952 there were over 10,000 residents of Latvia in the high security regime camps. During the Stalin years, after serving their incarceration time, prisoners usually had to spend an additional 5 years in forced resettlement.