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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 32798)  

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Title Study visit to Direction de l'Administration Pénitentiaire (France). 
Description This study visit is the third one out of 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 10/05/2011 - 12/05/2011 
Location Paris, France
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 of the MoJ - Turkey - National Institution
Prison Administration of France - National Institution
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 32798) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) To ensure exchange of information and experience between the French and Turkish prison authorities and to enable Turkish authorities observe best practices employed in France. 
Output/Results The Turkish Delegation had the opportunity to observe different aspects of the French Penitentiary System and observe best practices. The exchange of information and experience between the Turkish and French officials were found to be very useful. After the visit, the Turkish Delegation prepared a detailed report analysing the strenghts of the French system and highlighted practices and systems which could also be introduced in Turkey. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The participants received useful information on the French penal enforcement system and its specificities during the presentation held on the first day of the visit. The visit programme was intensive, and it included high security, juvenile and female prisons and the centre for probation services.Alternatives to imprisonment used in France and wide-spread use of electronic monitoring, community services and conditional release in particular drew the Turkish delegation’s attention and inspired them to inquire more on how the large number of probationers were being handled (around 70,000 non-imprisoned convicted people) by the probation service in France. The French authorities explained that the intensive use of alternatives to imprisonment was a good tool for solving the issue of overcrowding and is a less costly method of execution of criminal sanctions. The Turkish delegation also observed the electronic monitoring equipment being used by the French system. 
Participants - Five high level representatives of Turkish prison administration, including the Director General of Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey. 
Consultants/Experts N/A 
CoE Secretariat Mr Baris Yunculer, Project Manager, Council of Europe Ankara Projects Office 
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