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Membership Survey
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Prisoners have digital rights
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The EPEA has commented to on the draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2017x)xx of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries. EPEA find that Prison Services are internet intermediaries, as they provide and tailor internet access … Read More

Scandinavian Penal History
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We would like to bring to your attention a book which was published in London in May Scandinavian Penal History, Culture and Prison Practice. This book draws on historical and cross-disciplinary studies to critically examine penal practices in Scandinavia and contains chapters … Read More

EPEA reply hearing on new recommendation
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The EPEA will replied a hearing on the suggested recommendation on the role and responsibilities of internet intermediaries. The EPEA argue that prison services should provide internet for prisoners for education and other rehabilitation purposes. The EPEA finds support in … Read More

ICPA/EuroPris Confernce on technology in prison
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The 2nd international conference on technology in prison last May 2017 had prison education as one of their main themes for the conference. Besides education providers of offender management systems, foot chain systems and surveilles equipment, major providers of Prison … Read More

Announcement: EPEA General Council
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The Secretary of the EPEA announce that EPEA General Council will take place on: Friday the 17th of November 2017 9.00 to 10.15 at Flemming Hotel, Vienna, Austria Notices of motion shall be received by the Secretary no later than … Read More

Summer session 2017 at CoE – INGO participation for 40 years.
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This year it was the occasion to look back 40 years to the first meeting of the Conference of INGOs and to reflect on the progress made over the years. It  was also the occasion to welcome new NGOsto the … Read More

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THE GREEK ADOLESCHENTS’ PARLIAMENT OPENS ITS GATES TO THE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL WHICH OPERATES WITHIN THE PRISON FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS IN AVLONAS, GREECE. The ‘Parliament for Adolescents’ is an educational programme of the Greek Parliament, which has been taking … Read More

Important agreement signed by CPIA 3 of Rome and Regina Coeli Penitentiary Institution
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On 4th May, an agreement has been signed between Regina Coeli Penitentiary Institution  and CPIA 3 of Rome (3rd Adult Education District Centre in Rome) according to the following: 27th of the Italian Constitution and Law 345/1975 where it is … Read More

The Colours of Life
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“The colours of life”, the 4th issue of the “Oltre la Ronda” series edited by Regina Coeli Jail in Rome, has just came out. In this issue the result of a creative writing course on PC lab which took place … Read More

Women In Prison
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In Oslo at the Europris conference our chair Annet Bakker met Mr. M.J.M. (Maartje)  Krabbe of the Radbout University Nijmegen – Holland,  who had carried out research on women in prison and in particular the Bangkok rules. Please read a … Read More

Lillestrom, Norway – Host of Europris Annual Conference and AGM
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Europris is the European organisation of Prison services and recently EPEA has enforced her collaboration with this organisation.  As you probably know we asked Europris to dedicate an Expert Group on Prison Education Management. Many countries are, or just have … Read More

University Inside Prison – Summer Courses in the Prison of Granada (Andalucia, Southern Spain)
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The Open University – UNED – is a very well known academic institution in Spain that provides university studies and career opportunities to the general public with 60 different centers throughout the country. Due to the agreements between the Spanish … Read More

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Freedom is one of the most precious rights of all human beings. Under certain circumstances, judicial authorities may decide the need to deprive some people from this right and place them under the care of the prison’s administration. The main … Read More

SKILLS FOR FREEDOM – Artistic paths to develop the professional skills of prisoners
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The European project SKILLS FOR FREEDOM – Artistic paths to develop the professional skills of prisoners, was approved under the ERASMUS + programme and aims at the smooth reintegration of prisoners in the society, and especially in the labour market, … Read More

Small account of a Portuguese Prison
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Approaching religious and pagan festivities in Prison Education The prison of Bragança is located in the north-eastern part of Portugal, in the district capital of the same name (Bragança), housing, mostly, inmates from this region. Offering basic education programs, its … Read More

IDEP 2017
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Coming Soon – Applications for IDEP Publicity-Award 2017 The EPEA would like to acknowledge any person/ organisation/ institution that has shown a remarkable effort to promote IDEP (the International day of Education in Prison). As out members know, this day … Read More

INGO meetings at Council of Europe July 2017
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July 2017 session of the INGOs conference is a rounding up of the work done the last years. All working groups are closing and being concluded to give space for a new work theme for 2018 to 2021. The new theme … Read More

Italian EPEA contact person appointed EPALE Ambassador
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On May 8th, during the Festival of Europe organized by the Erasmus + National agency and which took place in Florence, in a beautiful location, 52 EPALE Ambassadors have been appointed from all over Italy during an official ceremony. EPALE … Read More

coe_brandA message from the Steering Committee

Welcome to the new website of the European Prison Education Association. The EPEA is an organisation made up of prison educators, administrators, governors, researchers and other professionals, whose interests lie in promoting and developing education and related activities in prisons throughout Europe in accordance with the recommendations of the Council of Europe. The EPEA is recognised by the Council of Europe as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). It is commited to working with prison administrations in Europe to further its aims, but is totally free-standing and independent.

The EPEA has established itself as the European voice for prison education drawing its membership from over 40 countries. Acknowledgment of its strength and importance lies in its recognition as an official Non-Government Organisation (NGO) with participatory status at the Council of Europe (COE), and it has been honoured further by its recent election to the Liaison Committee of NGOs with full voting rights.

Main activities

  • Advocacy
  • Policy Formation
  • Professional Development of Prison Teachers
  • Networking
  • Research