Participants in the working groups
Participants in the working groups

The fourth and last working group meeting on Algerian prison reform was held from 15 to 17 October 2019 in Algiers. The IRZ organised this event as part of the two-year tandem project on prison reform in Algeria, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection until the end of 2019.

The four working groups each worked on one of the following subjects:

  1. The human rights conform treatment of prisoners during admission
  2. individual enforcement plans and classification
  3. cooperation with external parties
  4. training of prison staff

The cooperation in four themed working groups should guarantee that the project fulfils as many requirements as possible. During this last working meeting, the groups spent two days coming to an agreement on the final version of the results of their work. The handbooks produced by working groups 1 and 2 and the recommendations developed by working groups 3 and 4 will be presented at the end of this year when the project draws to a close.

On the third day of the meeting, the working groups visited the prison in Koléa (Tipasa) together. During this visit, the individual stages of the admission process as described in the handbook were presented as examples.

Representing the German side at the event on behalf of the IRZ were the following law enforcement experts from North Rhine-Westphalia and Berlin:

  • Kai Abraham, a policy officer in Department III at the Berlin Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-discrimination;
  • Alexander Gundlach, a prison inspector and lecturer at the training centre for Berlin Law Enforcement;
  • Andreas Illerhaus, Ministry of Justice for North Rhine-Westphalia, Department IV Law Enforcement, Section IV B 3 Organisation & Logistics Law Enforcement;
  • Mathias Nagel, a legal officer in Department III at the Berlin Senate for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-discrimination;
  • Dr. Stefan Cassone, Deputy Director of the Bochum penal institution;
  • Ralf Teschner, a prison inspector at the Essen penal institution.
The objectives of this final working group meeting were all achieved and participants on the Algerian and German sides praised the trusting and fruitful working relationship that has been in place over the past two years. The working groups will present their results at a closing conference to be held on 26 and 27 November 2019 in Algiers.Morocco