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Visit by the Jordanian prison authorities to the Heidering penal institution

From 27 to 30 November 2017, a delegation from the Jordanian prison authorities was invited by the IRZ to visit the Berlin Law Enforcement department to learn about "professional training and education for prison inmates". The visit took place within the framework of the institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and was made possible thanks to the friendly support of the Berlin Senate for Justice and Consumer Protection.

As well as specific information on training and education for prison inmates, the study visit also aimed to provide a cross section of the entire law enforcement system of the Berlin prison authorities. Accordingly, various types of detention facility were selected for the delegation to visit. Under the leadership of the Director of the Jordanian prison authorities, the Jordanian delegation therefore visited JVA Moabit (central remand centre for male prisoners in Berlin), JVA Heidering (closed prison for male prisoners) and the open prison complex on the Robert von Ostertag Straße in Berlin.

The programme for the visit was rounded off with expert discussions at the Law Enforcement department at the Berlin Senate for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-discrimination. Here, the delegation was provided with more detailed information about the Berlin prison system, the training, qualification and employment opportunities for prison inmates and issues concerning the recidivism of prison inmates and the use of alternative penal sanctions.

In the individual institutions, the Jordanian guests were given a comprehensive overview of the learning and working facilities. Information on specific procedures in the individual types of correctional facility was also provided, in particular the specific features of pre-trial custody at JVA Moabit. At JVA Heidering, the delegation was given an insight into a correctional facility designed according to the most advanced standards, the comprehensive support and advice services for inmates and the cooperation between the JVA and various external parties (companies and independent organisations). The guests were particularly interested in finding out about the open prison system. This kind of prison does not exist in Jordan and is still viewed critically, mainly because of security considerations.

During all the expert discussions, the delegation showed a particular interest in measures for dealing with Islamic extremists in the Berlin prisons. This presents a major challenge for the Jordanian prison system, in view of the relatively high number of extremists in Jordanian prisons. Within the framework of continued cooperation with the Jordanian prison instiutions, an exchange of expertise on this topic could certainly be of interest.