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29 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32371)  

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Title Study visit to ''Secretaría General de Instituciones Penitenciarias'' (Spain) 
Description This study visit is the first out of the four study visits to different European jurisdictions (three days each) for a total of 20 staff members of the DG Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey. The visits aim to ensure exchange of information on overall management and coordination structures for prisons, prison management and content of services provided within prisons and the best practices employed therein. 
Status Completed 
Date 08/03/2011 - 10/03/2011 
Location Madrid and Seville, Spain
Countries CoE Members: Turkey
  Joint Programme Activity - Turkey- Pris.reform
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Turkey- Pris.reform - Dissemination of Model Prison Practices and Promotion of Prison reform in Turkey    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2009/DG I/JP/1790   Dissemination of Model Prison Practices and Promotion of Prison Reform in Turkey
Expected Result 1.6 - The capacity of the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry increased for further design and implementation of prison reforms
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.1 – Ensuring Justice
Programme ☆ II.1.2  Prisons and Police

Working Method

Visits - Study Visit 
Directorate Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law 
CoE Contact ,   email
Partners CoE Projects Office - Ankara - Secretariat Field Presence
DG Prisons and Detention Houses - Turkey - National Institution
Secretariat General of Prison Administration - Spain - National Institution
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 32371) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To observe best practices of enforcement in European countries, to facilitate exchange of information between the Turkish and European penitentiary authorities on aspects of prison administration, to facilitate incentives for future cooperation between the Turkish and European penitentiary authorities on further reform of the Turkish penitentiary system 
Output/Results The participants received useful information on the Spanish penal enforcement system and its specificities during the presentation held in Madrid on the first day of the visit. On the second and third days, the following penitentiary facilities in Seville were visited: Seville II Prison, Luis Jiminez de Asua Prison, and Seville Female Prison. The Turkish delegation observed with a high interest the good practices employed at these high security and female prisons and at the social reintegration centre. The participants’ feedback on the visit was very positive and especially the good practices on the out-of-the cell activities were inspiring for the Turkish delegation. The pre-release programme employed at the Luis Jiminez de Asua Social Reintegration Centre which included employment guarantees for the pre-release prisoners was also considered to be a remarkable model. In all three facilities, the availability of vast variety of educational programmes and offending behaviour programmes were appreciated.

Conclusions/Follow Up It is expected that especially the good practices observed in Spain, particularly those concerning the out-of-the-cell activities will motivate the DGPDH for further work to increase the time allocated to the out-of-the cell activities in Turkish prisons, which is also one of the performance indicators of the Project.
Participants 5 staff members of the Directorate General of Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey 
CoE Secretariat Baris Yunculer, Project Manager, Council of Europe 
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