High-ranking delegation representing Jordanian law enforcement agencies returns to the IRZ in Bonn for more expert discussions
- Published: November 28, 2016
During their stay in Germany, a high-ranking delegation representing Jordanian law enforcement agencies once again visited the IRZ in Bonn on 24 November 2016. The study visit took place as part of the European Commission's TAIEX support programme.
Under the leadership of General Walid Al Battah, Head of the Judicial Police Force at the Police Headquarters in Jordan, accompanied by two directors of Jordanian penal institutions, the delegation learned about "Analysing security risks in penal institutions" during their visit to Germany from 22 to 25 November 2016.
Back in March this year, as part of the European Commission's TAIEX support programme, a high-ranking delegation of representatives from Jordanian law enforcement authorities had already visited the Bremen Senate for justice and the constitution and prisons in Bremen and Lower Saxony, in order to get an insight into the practical application of dynamic security concepts in the German prison system. Since this initial visit led to valuable insights gained on both sides, the current study visit was organised as a follow-up.
The Jordanian guests took part in expert discussions with the Bremen Senate for justice and the constitution, the Verein Bremische Straffälligenbetreuung (an association offering support to offenders in Bremen), the IRZ in Bonn and at penal institutions in Bremen and Bremerhaven. Once again, the leadership and organisation of the study trip was assured by Torben Adams, the prison director of a young offenders' institute in Bremen and a project leader at the Bremen Senate for justice and the constitution. Between 2012 and 2014, Torben Adams was a team leader involved in the successful implementation of an EU prison reform project led by the IRZ in Jordan and he is an acknowledged expert in Jordanian penal institutions.
The main focus of the discussions between the Jordanian guests and the IRZ in Bonn was on the latest developments and problems involved in solving security issues in Jordanian penal institutions. The main priority is dealing with overcrowding in Jordanian detention facilities. The prison population has increased enormously over the past four years (from around 7,000 to some 13,000). The number of prisoners addicted to drugs and the number of detained criminals fleeing from Syria have also increased considerably. One way of helping to reduce the number of detainees could be to review the current system used in Jordan to classify offenders. During the current study visit, the Jordanian delegation also expressly asked for support and an exchange of expertise in this field.
Another step would be to introduce a relevant probation service, which until now has not existed in Jordan. In this respect, the relatively high number of radical religious extremists presents an additional major challenge for the Jordanian penal system. German penal institutions could also benefit from the extensive experience already gained in this area in Jordan as part of a reciprocal exchange of valuable knowledge (e.g. in dealing with “IS returnees” from Syria).