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Global Docuseries: Incarnation Nations
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Incarceration Nations: A Global Docuseries is a mixed-media series about global massincarceration narrated entirely by those who have lived incarceration around the world, from England toEl Salvador, Argentina to the USA, Brazil and Lebanon to South Africa and Sierra Leone. … Read More

1st International cycle of conferences in Portugal.
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PRISON EDUCATION – PATHS AND CHALLENGES The 1st International Cycle of Conferences: Prison Education – Paths and Challenges (virtual conference) was jointly organised by the Portuguese Prison Education Association (APEnP) and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), where … Read More

New Educational Instruments In Prison – Making Them Possible – The Latest Spanish Reforms on Prison Rules
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by Máximo Martínez Bernal, Penitentiary JuristDeputy Director General of Analysis and Penitentiary Inspection, Madrid, Spain The unthinkable happened, the unexpected effects of a pandemic accelerated new habits and behaviors worldwide. This brings us to a reflection on social transformations and … Read More

EU support for prison education – taking stock and looking forward
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2022 is an important year for European cooperation in adult learning – and Prison Education. Most of the projects awarded an EU grant in the first year of the new phase of “Erasmus+” which has just begun are starting their … Read More

Change of Chairperson [EN/GE]
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On 7 June 2022, the Steering Committee (SC) was informed by Cormac Behan that he was stepping down as President of the EPEA with immediate effect. Three days later, Secretary Jim King also withdrew from the committee. The other members … Read More

EPEA Conference 2023 – Venue
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FOKO, the Norwegian branch of the EPEA, has agreed to organise the next EPEA conference in Tønsberg near Oslo next year, 13 – 17 June 2023. We sincerely thank our Norwegian colleagues for taking on this challenging task.

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.