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Delegation from Algeria visits Berlin to discuss the “reformation of the prison system and the resocialisation of prisoners“

Published: January 3, 2018
The Algerian delegation during their visit to the BMJV: Faycal Bourbala, Head of the Research Department; Dr. Felicitas Wannek and Anne Zimmermann, BMJV; Mokhtar Felioune, Director General of the Directorate General for the Prison System and Resocialisation of Algeria; Stefano Weinberger, German Foreign Office; Mohamed Bordji, Head of Administration; Mohamed Abidi, IRZ (from left to right)
The Algerian delegation during their visit to the BMJV: Faycal Bourbala, Head of the Research Department; Dr. Felicitas Wannek and Anne Zimmermann, BMJV; Mokhtar Felioune, Director General of the Directorate General for the Prison System and Resocialisation of Algeria; Stefano Weinberger, German Foreign Office; Mohamed Bordji, Head of Administration; Mohamed Abidi, IRZ (from left to right)

From 11 to 16 December 2017 the IRZ welcomed the first delegation from Algeria in Berlin to discuss the “reformation of the prison system and the resocialisation of prisoners”. The study visit was part of the new tandem project on the prison system between the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and the German Foreign Office (AA).

During their visit, the participants of the delegation, among them the Head of the Algerian prison authority, Mokhtar Felioune, learnt about the German prison system with a special focus on resocialisation programmes and the reintegration of prisoners.

Against this background, the delegation had meetings with the German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and with the Senate Administration for the Judiciary, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination of Berlin.

Besides attending these expert discussions, the Algerian guests visited three penal institutions: the open prison, the penal institution Heidering and the penal institution Plötzensee. They also met their German counterparts of the Social Services of the Judiciary, the Court and Probation Service of Berlin and the Penitentiary Training Institute.

Algeria has been carrying out major reforms and modernisation measures in its penal system for some years now, building, for instance, several new prisons and investing in particular into setting up training and resocialisation programmes.

Therefore, the visit provided an opportunity both for the Algerian and the German side to exchange experiences and discuss joint challenges such as the de-radicalisation of prisoners.

After this successful kick-off, the IRZ will continue to support the Algerian reform efforts as part of the BMJV-AA project in the following years.