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A chance for social reinsertion for inmates through traditional crafts that are practiced in Danube Delta

On Wednesday, the 9th of September 2014, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, in partnership with Kriminalomsorgen, Region Sør Norge (Correctional Services, South Regional Office Norway), Tulcea Prison and the consortium of Ivan Patzaichin - Mila 23 Association and Romano ButiQ Association, launches the project "Setting up an eco–reintegration mechanism for inmates".  

The project addresses the inmates who are coming from a disadvantaged environment and with a low level of education and aims to facilitate their access to rehabilitation programs, developed in the Danube Delta.

By approaching the models that have been already successfully tested in Norway, the inmates will be provided with new skills for social reinsertion through their training in niche ecological crafts such as ecological houses builder, and will participate in the construction of five houses on Grindul Tataru that belongs to Tulcea Prison – the outer section, Chilia. Later on, in these five houses there will be organized courses in carpentry, wooden boats building, wicker and pottery. Moreover, there will be also organized exchanges and specialized training for Romanian prison officers, supported by their colleagues from Bastøy Prison, Norway.

The purpose of organizing a series of artistic events with a broad participation is to increase the public awareness regarding the importance of community involvement in the process of social reintegration of former inmates.

The project is financed through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014, is developed during June 2014-April 2016, and is implemented by The National Administration of Penitentiaries in partnership with Kriminalomsorgen, Region Sør Norge (Correctional Services, South Regional Office Norway), Tulcea Prison and the consortium of Ivan Patzaichin - Mila 23 Association and Romano ButiQ Association.