Prisoners: PDACTFEU Events in Greece

During 29th June – 6th July 2016, a bunch of events were held in Greece.

Co-funded by EC Europe for Citizens

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1.1. Workshops on ‘Prisons and Human Rights’

The main objective of the workshop was to sensitize the administration to human rights issues; suggest mechanisms to monitor prison conditions effectively and ensure accountability in respect of violation of human rights; discuss the problems of prison administration and ways to motivate and develop prison staff.

1.5. ‘Specialty: Prisoner, ex-prisoners career opportunities and paths’.

1.6. Lecture and seminars of non-formal education ‘Opportunities of volunteering 2015-2017′. Themes: different ways to engage in volunteering, modern organizations, volunteering ways, types.

Please find photos of the events here:

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Please find the schedule of the events here:

Preliminar schedule - Crete event

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Attendees and presentors:

Mr. Aivaras Daukantas, Lithuania, Kaunas remand prison, Parole commission member, Lawyer in private sector companies, CEO and director of Association ‘Novi Homines’, Lector of Law at Kaunas Technology university (IT law, data security law) and Vilnius K. Simonavičiaus university.

Ms. Akvilė Dagilytė, Lithuania, head of „Kaunas Žalgiris“ basketball club, communication specialist, Communications Director at Žalgirio Arena and basketball club Žalgiris Kaunas.

Ms. Ieva Jasaitytė, Lithuania, project ‘Prisoners: PDACTTFEU’ manager, psychologist, co-funder of Novi Homines.

Mr. Martin Zaschel, Germany, the desk-officer for the education of prisoners and for the vocational education and train-ing of prison staff, MINISTERIUM DER JUSTIZ UND FÜR VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ Diether-von-Isenburg, Germany. Topic ‘A short introduction to the prison system in Rhineland-Palatinate’.

Mr Horia Chis,  Romania, director, Baia Mare Penitentiary;

Ms. Laura Opris,  Romania, Psychosocial Assistance Office Manager, Bistrita Penitentiary,

Mrs. Simona Galis,  Romania, Coordinator of Educational Department, Satu Mare Penitentiary,

Mr. Poiana, Romania, director, Satu Mare Penitentiary.

Mr. Leonardo Medina Puertas, Project manager of a long-term project called ‘Reincorpora’, organization ‘NOESSO’, Spain

Mr. Nicholas M. Spetsidis, Greece, Project Coordinator, Union Of Women Association of Prefecture of Heraklion (Heraklion Women Associations).

Mrs. Mary Pahiadaki, Greece, President of Women Association of Prefecture of Heraklion.

Mr. Manolis Zaxarioudakis, Greece, International Police Association.

 

 

Description of the Event:

Bistrita:

The social reintegration of inmates is a process that starts in the execution phase already. Therefore it is important to have specialists who evaluate educational and psychosocial needs. This means that the preparation for release and social reintegration begins immediately after the placement in a detention center. They developed three main strategic objectives:

  1. Developing institutional and inter-institutional capacities in the social reintegration domain intended to prisoners and former prisoners.

  2. Developing educational, psychological and social assistance programs during detention and inform the public about reintegration issues

  3. Facilitating post detention of assistance to a systemic level.

Regenerative interventions are on two levels, educational activities and psychosocial activities. In the probation service they try to help prisoners with CV and training to make them find a job.

Police shows in prison created movie in schools as prevention work (Movie: “The World”)

Baia Mare:

There are not enough probation services in Romania, which is a big problem. There are only 400-500 probation officers for 40000 people in probation and 30000 in prison. There will be 800-900 more people as reintegration staff for whole Romania, but this process just started. The hiring of staff changed in the last years, because now there is a mandatory training for them. There were also E-Learning courses for Romanian Prison staff introduced through the platform “Moodle”. Due to the E-Learning they staff is flexible to learn whenever they want and it is accessible everywhere. So it is like an online handbook for prison staff.

In the period from 2011-2013 there was a project funded by European Union to help prisoner find a job after leaving prison through vocational training/post detention assistance/opening of small businesses. But this was only a local program.

From 2015-2017 another program for integrated solutions for domestic violence started.

Germany:

The transition management in Germany changed.

Social Workers concentrate/specialize on reintegration.

If the sentence is served till the last day, there is no probation service. Therefore prison inmates are released some months earlier to have a probation help. The probation services are partly privatized (NGO’s), because of that there are many differences in the probation services.

Photos

Unfortunately, some parts of the events were held in prisons, where photo-shooting is not allowed. There are some photos from other parts of the events, e.g. memorial museum of genocide, museum of remembrance of communism victims .

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