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A prisoner at Cesis Correctional Facility for Juveniles. According to Latvian law the juvenile prisoners are entitled to at least one short visit by relatives or other persons once a week for up to one hour in the presence of a prison officer, and one phone call a week, not shorter than five minutes. But the prisoners rarely get in touch with the outside world. Latvia's only juvenile prison holds 140 boys aged between 14 and 21. Their sentences are often harsh. A 2005 study made by the Latvian Centre for Human Rights evaluated the situation of juvenile prisoners in Cesis and gave recommendations how to bring the prison up to International standards. So far nothing has been done.