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No EPEA conference in 2021
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At a meeting in March, the Steering Committee decided that in light of the precarious situation in Europe and internationally, we will not be organising our biennial conference this year. We appreciate that this may come as a disappointment to … Read More

Eric McGraw obituary (1945-2021) – The founder of Inside Times
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Article from The Guardian by Erwin James Penal reform campaigner who founded Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners Without Eric McGraw, who has died aged 76, there would have been no Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and … Read More

Belgium: Interview Jan de Cock
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We, the new editors of the EPEA newsletter, chose Jan de Cock to start our section of interviews because he is a source of inspiration for a lot of people, whether you are a teacher, a psychologist, an officer, a … Read More

UK: DWRM are a new social enterprise aimed at massively increasing the number of people in prison studying university courses
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DWRM are a new social enterprise aimed at massively increasing the number of people in prison studying university courses. They are led by Dan – a former prisoner, who has completed all of his education during a long prison sentence … Read More

Spain: EPAPU Nelson Mandela
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The school EPAPU Nelson Mandela is located within the penitentiary of A Lama (Spain), which offers formal education for the inmates. During this academic year, despite the difficulties derived from the COVID-19 situation, our school has carried out several complementary … Read More

Ireland: We’re Here To Help: Peer to Peer Literacy in Portlaoise Prison Education UnitD Higgins, S Gilligan, J Meally (Portlaoise Prison) and A Hegarty (NALA)
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n the first pilot of its kind in Ireland and prompted by learners and teachers in Portlaoise Prison Education Unit, the Irish Prison Service and Laois Offaly Education Training Board supported a group of learners completing a level 6 accredited … 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.