During the seminar
During the seminar

The third and fourth seminars on “Governance – communications and planning strategies” were held together during a three-day event from 26 to 28 November 2019 in Rabat. The seminars were part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco on Prison Management” project, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and 2020. The IRZ once again cooperated with the Moroccan General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) for both seminars.

Over the three-day event, the seminar focussed on subjects concerning the organisation of prison management. To begin with, speakers from both countries presented the main aspects of their own prison management systems, including the legal foundations and the main objectives of law enforcement. In both countries, these include public safety and the reintegration of prisoners. The cooperation between the regulatory authorities and prisons is about maintaining a balance between independence and supervision. In Germany, there is a control procedure with agreed targets to structure the organisation and management of work within prisons. The regional authorities of the DGAPR in Morocco, on the other hand, reflect the structure of the central administration in Rabat.

On the second day of the seminar, the participants discussed the interaction between various factors when it comes to ensuring internal and external security in a prison. One of the problems encountered both in Germany and in Morocco is the lack of staff to look after the prisoners.

The third day of the seminar focussed on the planning and implementation of basic and further training for prison staff and prisoners. The prison system in both countries offers extensive opportunities for professional training and leisure activities to support the reintegration of prisoners into society. Prison officers and their supervisory authorities receive further training on a wide range of subjects covering legal matters, safety and social and educational subjects.

The civil servants from the central and regional administration authorities and from the administration departments of prisons also discussed the classification of particularly dangerous prisoners and established the basic similarities between prison structures in Morocco and Germany. Seminars planned for 2020 will deal with these subjects in more detail and work on specific recommendations for a handbook.