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Case Study – To prove there is another way – A case study on ICT & rehabilitation in Storstrøm prison
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Abstract This MSc thesis explores the application of the principles of Nordic Exceptionalism (normalization, openness, education, responsibility, security) in the Danish incarceration system. Specifically, ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with inmates, teachers, and guards were held in the closed Storstrøm prison … Read More

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Following the ‘1st International Cycle of Conferences: Prison Education – Paths and Challenges’, held during the month of April 2022, a joint organization of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal) and the Portuguese Prison Education Association … Read More

Communiqué – EPEA 3.0
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After the years marked by the pandemic, which made the work of the EPEA difficult, it is in a process of renewal, which is often difficult and not easy to endure. Members are now needed on the Steering Committee who … Read More

Conference Program
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Our proposed agenda is : Tuesday afternoonArrival and introductions Wednesday morningIntroducing the Norwegian context Wednesday afternoonVisit to local prisons Thursday morningFeedback from prison visits.Speakers to introduce 4 key topics Thursday afternoonWorkshop 1 and 2 Friday morning Liaison Persons Meeting EPEA … Read More

EPEA conference workshop and speaker invite
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We are delighted to invite you to the 18th International conference of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) to be held at the Hotel Klubben in Tønsberg, Norway. The conference will be held from Tuesday 13th June to Saturday 17th … Read More

Arts in Prison – Two inportant books from Erasmus+ funded Arts of Freedom project
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On Friday 30th September the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) was delighted to host an event to celebrate the conclusion of the innovative Erasmus Funded Arts of Freedom project. Colleagues from the Netherlands branch of the EPEA arranged a beautiful … Read More

A message from EPEA

Welcome to the 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 and Research.