Report from the European Prison Education Association

Behan, Cormac
September 2005
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2005, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p199
Academic Journal
The article presents information on correctional education in Europe. The Council of Europe is the continent's oldest political organization. It was established in 1949 and now has 46 countries, including 21 countries from Central and Eastern Europe. It is distinct from the 25-nation European Union. Born out of the experiences of World War II, the Council of Europe was set up to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, among other things. It is the seventeen recommendations contained in the document Education in Prison that inform European correctional education policy. These recommendations suggest that creative and cultural activities should be given a significant role because these activities have particular potential to enable prisoners to develop and express themselves. Social education should include practical elements that enable the prisoner to manage daily life within the prison, with a view to facilitating the return to society. These recommendations may also help to inform the debate about the treatment of prisoners through-out Europe and internationally, especially in their access to education. While there are historical and cultural reasons for the development of different penal codes and educational systems, there is much correctional educators internationally can offer each other, both in philosophy and practice.


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