Recent survey by EUROPRIS on restrictions in education in prison

EUROPRIS recently carried out a non-representative survey among its members.

Twelve countries, mainly from northern and north-western Europe, took part in the survey. From the EPEA’s point of view, a positive result can be seen from the responses: the right to education is a valuable asset that is fundamentally protected by all participating states!

Twelve countries, mainly from northern and north-western Europe, took part in the survey. From the EPEA’s point of view, a positive result can be seen from the responses: the right to education is a valuable asset that is fundamentally protected by all participating states!

The majority of inmates can go to school every day, partly due to the individual correctional plan and the educational goals formulated therein. The system is much more permeable if the education offered in prison is organised via the Ministry of Education, since the same curriculum then applies inside and outside and the same educational objectives are aimed at.

In the closed prison system, or then depending on the risk potential, the inmates are accompanied on their way to school, and there are even supervisory staff present during lessons or the classroom is surveilled by camera.
In about 80% of the responding countries, it is stated that distance learning is possible, i.e. online educational offers are available to the inmates

From the EPEA’s point of view, it is encouraging to note that in 75% of the countries, attendance at education is not made dependent on the prisoner’s “good behaviour.”

On the cardinal question of whether restrictions exist for terrorist offenders in terms of educational participation, all but one prison administration answered no, expressing the belief that education is a universal human right in any case.

For more details, follow the link below: https://www.epea.org/recent-survey-by-europris-on-restrictions-in-education-in-prison-enge/

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