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Portuguese Prison Education Association – Magazine June 24
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The Portuguese Prison Education Association (APEnP) is pleased to announce its latest Magazine that includes the following articles: Presentation of the conclusions of the 1st APEnP International Congress – an event that took place in Montijo (02-04 April 2024) and … Read More

”Walker, there is no path, the path is made by walking” (Antonio Machado)
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”Walker, there is no path, the path is made by walking” (Antonio Machado)The school in El Acebuche prison in Almería, Spain, celebrated the end of the school year 2023/2024 with all the 680 students they had in their classrooms during … Read More

Poetry slam in prison
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The NGO “Landkulturschaffende Südwest” organises literary events in the south-west of Germany in places where there is little or no cultural offer, including prisons and clinics. A poetry slam recently took place in Siegburg prison south of Cologne. Life should … Read More

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On June 14th the ministers for Justice of the 27 EU countries unanimously expressed their support for the use of detention houses. They did so by adopting Council Conclusions on Small-scale Detention and thereby inviting all member states to consider, … Read More

EDPEP: There has to be another way, and there is another way.
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EDPEP stands for European Dissemination Platform for Education in prison. On the initiative of the Dutch branch of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA-NL), EDPEP will be developed with partners from Norway, Poland, Portugal and Rumania from October 2023 till … Read More

The Criminologist Podcast – EP 209 – June 2024
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The Transformative Power of Prison Education. – A Conversation with Thomas Wüthrich– In this episode the following topics are covered– The transformative power of education within the prison system.– The importance of international collaboration in advancing correctional education and reforms.– … 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.