Preparing Palestinian prisoners for release and return into society

Prisoners’ rehabilitation and reintegration into society are cornerstones in good prison management and form parts of internationally accepted minimum standards.

The Mission has concluded a four day ‘Training of Trainers’ course to enhance the capacity of Palestinian Prison Officers to apply risk and needs assessment of prisoners and to conduct structured sentence planning. These measures will enable prisoners to be better prepared for release and return into society, and hopefully reduce the risk of reoffending.

The ‘Training of Trainers’ concept was used to ensure Palestinian ownership and better sustainability. The training was provided by visiting experts from the Swedish Prison and Probation Service to 16 Trainers from the Palestinian Correction and Rehabilitation Centre Department (CRCD) as well as its Research and Program Director. To match the participant’s different learning needs, the training included a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and group work. Following this course, the Trainers are ready to train other CRCD Prison Officers.

Top photo: The 16 trained Trainers at the Palestinian College for Policing Sciences in Jericho, where the course took place. In the front row centre Head of the College, Colonel Zaher Sabbah. To his right: Acting Head of Mission Dr. Katja Dominik, EUPOL COPPS Penitentiary Advisor Lars Widholm and CRCD Research and Program Director, Colonel Sofian Omareya. To his left: The two trainers Johanna Lindgren and Sara Brown from the Swedish Prison and Probation Service.
Bottom photo: The course included different teaching methods such as lectures, discussions and group work