Dr. Ioana Mihaela MORAR is the deputy general director of the Romanian National Administration of Penitentiaries.
For more than 18 years of proven working in the field of prison, considering her direct involvement as deputy general director, general director ad-interim, director of the Social Reintegration Department, head of the Psycho-social Assistance Service, and, also, as psychologist within the Romanian Penitentiary System, Dr. Ioana Mihaela MORAR has always been driven by the motivation to make a significant difference and to bring added value in her line of work, according to European and International standards, and fostering humanitarian approaches.
Her studies in Psychology (PHD), Social Sciences (MA), Law (MA), Psychology (BA), alongside other relevant trainings for the prison management and treatment of persons deprived of liberty domain (e.g. “Strategical Management of Internal Affairs”, “Leadership and Good Governance”, “Supervising Matters Related to Detention”, “Human Resources Manager”, “Judicial Psychology”) enabled Dr. Morar to acquire an in-depth understanding of the prison population, and a comprehensive knowledge on the main problems and current debates relating to detention and criminal justice systems, both in the professional and academic realms. In the same context, as Associate Professor at Bucharest University (2018-present), as Regional Representative for Eastern Europe in the Steering Committee of the “European Prison Education Association” (2012-2019), including undertaking Council of Europe expert assignments, Dr. Morar promoted the importance of good practices that should migrate at European/International level, for the reform of prisons, in terms of evolution of the prison management and of the treatment provided for persons deprived of liberty (e.g. health care, psychological assistance, mental health care).
She coordinated the elaboration of the Romanian National Social Reinsertion Strategy of Inmates, later approved by Government Decision and other relevant strategic documents for the development of the penitentiary system. She is currently contributing, as member of the inter-institutional Commission, to the coordination and monitoring of the implementation of the above mentioned strategy. Dr. Morar was actively involved in the elaboration process of several programmes, in order to support the assistance and social rehabilitation of inmates and, also, several handbooks for the specialists within the system.