Two seminars on “Governance – communications and planning strategies” in Rabat

During the seminar
During the seminar
Morocco

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.

Seminar in Tétouan on human rights standards in prisons

During the seminar
During the seminar
Morocco

In cooperation with the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), the IRZ organised a seminar on the “Humane treatment of prisoners” on 23 and 24 October 2019 in Tétouan, Morocco. The seminar is 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 experts at this event were Stefan Tydecks, a psychologist in the admissions department at the Moabit penal institution (Berlin), and Michael Weise, Head of General Law Enforcement at the Tegel penal institution (Berlin).

The seminar focussed on four fundamental standards with regards to safeguarding human rights standards in prisons:

  1. A humane treatment in prisons allows the reintegration of prisoners with basic and further training and leisure activities.
  2. Prison staff are trained to respond appropriately also in stressful situations and to maintain security in prisons.
  3. To comply with international and national human rights standards, prisoners must be informed about their rights, obligations and social competences in prison. This takes place during an admissions interview as well as with the issue of specially printed booklets.
  4. In order to encourage their independence and cooperation, prisoners should be involved in their own treatment measures.

The participants in the seminar showed a great deal of interest in the structure of open prisons in Germany and in the fact that all categories of prisoner could take part in reintegration measures. These topics will be included and discussed further in seminars planned for 2020.

The results of this seminar will be included in the handbook on the rights and duties of prisoners in a humane prison environment, which is being produced as part of the above-mentioned project.

Seminar on the “Management of prison staff by the DGAPR” in Tanger

Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger
Participants and speakers at the seminar in Tanger
Morocco

From 12 to 14 November 2019 the IRZ, in cooperation with the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR), organised a three-day seminar in Tanger on “Management of prison staff by the DGAPR”. The seminar is part of the “Cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco on Prison Management” project, which is being coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and December 2020.

The objective of the seminar was to improve HR development and staff management in prisons by teaching modern management methods and by incentive and upgrading systems for prison officers. A seminar in this project component was already held in April this year in Fez.

The IRZ experts attending this event again were Nadine Franasik, Head of health-oriented personnel management at the young offenders’ institution in Berlin, and Kathrin Braun, representing the Berlin Senate Administration for Justice, Consumer Protection and Anti-Discrimination. The representatives of the DGAPR presented the latest developments in the field of HR management in Morocco.

During the seminar, a lively exchange of experiences took place with animated discussions on the following issues:

  • Implementation of international standards in the training of prison staff
  • Recruitment criteria and job profiles for qualified staff (amongst them psychologists and social workers)
  • Professional risks for people working in prisons
  • HR development and management in prisons
  • Good governance in health management – supporting benefits for prison staff and prisoners
  • HR marketing and “workplace prison” image campaign
The successful cooperation on this component will be continued next year. As a final result, the IRZ will develop recommendations for modern methods of staff management in prisons together with the Moroccan partners.