The EU Mission for the Support of Palestinian Police and Rule of Law

EUPOL COPPS supports training on ‘Sentence Planning’ for the Palestinian Penitentiary

EUPOL COPPS penitentiary adviser participated in a training session on ‘Sentence Planning’ and treatment of prisoners for 13 Palestinian correction officers.

The training in the northern West Bank City of Nablus for the officers from the Correction and Rehabilitation Centres Department (CRCD) – 10 male and 3 female police officers -- focused on conversational techniques, criminal psychology, classification of inmates and how to use the sentence planning template when doing risk/need assessment and treatment plan for the individual inmate.

A Sentence plan describes the treatment and activities that the inmate should complete while in prison in order to reduce the risk of reoffending and to support the adaptation to a life in society.

The Sentence planning instrument was implemented with the help of the Mission in 2019 and started as a pilot project at the prison in Jericho. The correction and the rehabilitation centres  in Nablus and Jenin will be the second and third to execute the plan. 

The immediate result of this training was that the officers are ready to implement a structured sentence planning for the inmates at the two newly built prisons which have been built via funding from the Office of the EU Representative.

“In order to achieve the expected results, the prisoners should be encouraged to engage with the sentence plan and be involved in setting targets,” said Mark Tingvall, the Mission’s Penitentiary Adviser. “The Sentence planning project pulls the CRCD to more client-centered efforts when working with inmates. This will enable a better rehabilitation for prisoners to society,” he adds.