Model Prisons Activities

Dissemination of Model Prison Practices and Promotion of the Prison Reform in Turkey

 

Activities:
The following activities have been designed in order to implement the dissemination strategy developed under the JMPR project for ensuring effective dissemination of two model prison practices.

Activity 1: Training Staff on the new codes, legislation and European Prison Rules 2006:

a) Training prison staff of the selected 90 prisons about the new penal enforcement system and other relevant legislation laid down in Penal Code , Penal Procedure Code, new Regulation on Enforcement of Sentences and new European Prison Rules (2006) and International Standards:

  1. Develop training manuals and tools about new legislation
  2. Train 30 trainers to be selected among local judges, prosecutors, bar association members and representatives of NGOs
  3. Trainers train local presenters
  4. Local presenters hold seminars for around 15 000 prison staff in all 90 prisons

b) The training of the staff of the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses:

  1. Specialist group seminars and workshops for the General Directorate department and unit administrators and for the staff about the new penal enforcement system and legislation, new European Prison Rules (2006) , CPT recommendations on its general reports as well as leadership and communication skills,
  2. Study visits for 20 GD staff to other European Prison Services to make a comparative examination and obtain best practices.

c) Strengthening the capacity of prison prosecutors and perimeter security guards:

  1. 2 regional seminars for 90 public prosecutors who are responsible of prisons and enforcement of sentences,
  1. 2 regional seminars for the 90 commanders of the gendarmerie who are in charge of perimeter security of prisons about their role, duties and responsibilities under the light of new prison legislation and international standards,

 

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 2: Development of and training on operational standards for specific areas of prison management:

a) A prison management manual has been developed under the Judicial Modernisation and Penal Reform project. Training of around 800 prison administrators of the 90 prisons on the contents of the manual (good prison management, leadership and operational standards),

  1. Develop training manuals about good prison management, leadership and operational standards.
  2. Train prison governors, deputy governors and administration officers ( candidate governors)
  3. Train 20 governing grade staff as trainers,
  4. Trainers and GD experts, and short term experts will deliver seminars for the administrators.
  5. 1 National seminar for prison governors and 5 regional seminars for other administrators.
  6. Study visit for the trainers and governors to the other European countries to increase their capacity

b) Training of prison health staff (around 400 practitioners, dentists, health officers, nurses etc.) of the 90 prisons about the health standards and operational issues:

  1. Three National seminars for prison doctors and dentists and the health officers in order to discuss new prison healthcare services gaps and needs,
  2. Train 20 trainers to deliver local and regional seminars about international prison health standards, new prison health legislation and about “the new manual on Heath Services in Prisons” which has been developed by JMPR project,
  3. 2 Study visits to other European countries’ prison healthcare services
  4. Train the new mental health unit staff of Turkish prisons (five prisons in Turkey) about their roles for the prisoners with mental disorders.

c) Training of prison teachers (around 350 teachers) about the European standards on education in prison and on good methodologies:

  1. Three National seminars for prison teachers in order to discuss new prison education services and principles, gaps and needs,
  2. Develop tools and manuals for training methodologies,
  3. Train 20 trainers to deliver local and regional seminars about international prison education standards and training methodologies,

 

  1. Study visits to other European countries’ prison education services and to examine training content and methodology.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 3: Implementation of effective prisoner rehabilitation (offending behavior) programmes:

7 offending behavior programmes have been developed under the JMPR and one programme (anger management) was tested and implemented in the two model prisons of JMPR. The other six programmes need to be implemented.

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  2. National seminars for promotion of the offender behavior programmes which have been prepared by JMPR project.
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  4. Train 20 trainers for each programmes,
  5. Trainers train psycho-social services staff (around 350) in local or regional seminars,
  6. 2 study visits to other European countries to examine content and delivery of the programmes, and develop new offending behavior programmes in the light of the visits.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 4: Establishment of educational facilities and vocational training workshops, provision of training materials and tools for 90 prisons:

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  2. Needs assessment study for each of the 90 prisons to design vocational training workshops according to the local economic conditions of the regions in cooperation with İŞKUR,
  3. Establishment of at least 3 vocational training workshops in each of the 90 prisons,
  4. Establishment of a computer laboratory in each prison (5 computers for each prison),
  5. Purchase of books for prison libraries, one projector and one binding machine for each prison library.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe and Supply

 

Activity 5: Support to the newly opened Prison Staff Training Centers:
Implement the training methodology and the curricula developed under the JMPR project to newly opened prison staff training centers (Kahramanmaras and one to be opened soon in the Aegean region).

  1. Training of trainers of the new prison staff training centers,
  2. Study visits between 5 training centers,
  1. 2 study visits for the 16 trainers of the two new prison staff training centers to other European training centers,
  2. Provision of training materials and tools for the new training centers (books, projectors, laptops for each trainer, copy machine for each center, video camera for each center.

 

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe and Supply

Activity 6: Strengthening the external monitoring of prisons

Prisons are being externally monitored by 141 enforcement judges and 133 monitoring boards.

  1. Development of a manual for enforcement judges to perform their duties in line with the national and international standards
  2. Update and expansion of present handbook for Civil Monitoring Boards developed by the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses in line with new national legislation and international standards,
  3. 9 regional seminars for monitoring board members (133x5 members each) about their role, duties and responsibilities as well as new penal enforcement legislation and new European Prison Rules,
  4. 3 Seminars for enforcement judges about their role, duties and responsibilities as well as new penal enforcement legislation and new European Prison Rules.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 7: Engaging NGOs and civil societies in the development of the prison system:

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  2. Development of the existing strategy for working with NGOs and civil societies,
  3. 3 joint seminars with NGOs to inform them about changes to Turkish prisons and the role of NGOs and civil societies.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 8: Raising public awareness of function and developments in prison system

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  2. TV programmes,
  3. Publications,
  4. Information to press and media.

Contract: Direct Agreement with Council of Europe

Activity 9: Support and modernize the research and development center in the General Directorate for Prisons and Detention Houses

  1. Procurement of national and international publications (Criminal Law, Good prison practices International prison standards, Human rights, Human relations, Psychology, social services, etc) and other necessary tools and materials;
  1. Research and training equipments: 3 computers, 2 projectors, 1 copy machine, 2 binding machines.
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  3. Contract: Supply