The Algerian delegation during the meeting at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region
The Algerian delegation during the meeting at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region
Algeria

From 9 to 13 July 2018, the IRZ welcomed a delegation from the Algerian prison system on a visit to Düsseldorf. This study visit took place as part of a tandem project on the prison system organised jointly by the German Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, which is running from 2017 to 2019.

The main focus of the visit was on the “Admission of prisoners” and “Individual enforcement plan and classification”. This continued the discussions in Germany that had begun during a workshop held in Algeria in May 2018 on the same subject.

As well as expert discussions at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region, the programme also included a visit to three penal institutions (JVA Düsseldorf, JVA Gelsenkirchen and JVA Hagen).

During the meeting at the Ministry, the structure and organisation of the prison system in the NRW region was presented, including key figures and developments. At the penal institutions in Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen, the main focus was on “Access and admissions procedures”. Here, the entire procedure, from arrival at the penal institution to accommodation in prison cells, was presented and discussed. There was a particular focus on admission interviews and the administrative registration and evaluation of prisoner information. They also went into detail on the role of the department and professional services. At the prison in Hagen, the main focus was on the classification and admission of prisoners, which was explained during a tour of the institution. During the subsequent expert discussions, outstanding issues were discussed and the various ways of dealing with the enforcement plan of prisoners were presented.

The Algerian participants seemed extremely interested and asked a lot of questions. Since major reforms in the area of admissions and classification are planned in Algeria, the guests made the most of their stay in Germany to collect impressions and ideas for the upcoming restructuring.

The discussions on these subjects are set to continue in the autumn with a working session in Algiers.