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Training course for creating a human ecological detention system

On the 10th and 11th of March 2015, in the "Constantin Gavenea" meeting room of Hotel Delta from Tulcea, there was held a training course, based on principles of human ecology, for the Romanian prison officers with management positions. The training took place within the project "Setting-up an eco-reintegration mechanism for inmates", in which the Romanian Prison Administration is the Project Promoter and the Ministry of Justice is the Program Operator.

This course was held in two sessions (in October 2014 and in March 2015) and there were involved 50 prison governors and senior management personnel from Romanian prison units.

The course was led by Mr. Arne Nilsen Kvernvik, the former governor of the Bastøy Prison (the first prison in the world which was developed on principles of human ecology), who is currently the representative of the Norwegian partner Kriminalomsorgen Sør-Region (South Region Penitentiary Services, Norway).

The main topics that were addressed within the training included detailing the concept of ecological detention system that is mainly focused on the empowerment and involvement of the detainees in the community affairs, on the role of the ecological prison system in improving the relationships between the detainees and the society, as well as on the results after the application of this system  in terms of increased opportunities for social reintegration of detainees and former detainees and reduced recidivism rate.

During this workshop, participants learnt about a pilot-project, which is an activity of the same project "Setting-up an eco-reintegration mechanism for inmates", which will be developed on Tataru bank ridge, which belongs to Tulcea Penitentiary-Chilia Sector, and involves the construction of a set of 5 ecological houses and the development of workshops where the detainees will be trained for jobs related to eco-construction and traditional crafts. Moreover, it was discussed the possibility to replicate the pilot-project and to adapt the principles of human ecological prison system in the whole Romanian prison system.

 

The project is funded by a Norwegian grant through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009 - 2014, under the RO23 programme - Correctional services, including non-custodial sanctions, and it is implemented in the period June 2014 - April 2016 by the Romanian Prison Administration in partnership with Kriminalomsorgen-Region Sør (South Region Penitentiary Services, Norway), Tulcea Prison, and the Consortium made by Ivan Patzaichin - Mila 23 Association and  Romano ButiQ Association.


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

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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.