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Introduction: The Hungarian Prison Service is currently developing new concepts related to the fields of employment rehabilitation and protected post-release accommodation. We would like to obtain some information regarding the practices of our international partner organizations. Please be so kind and answer these questions, providing statistical data and/or details where possible. Thank you very much for your kind contribution to our effort.
(Referring to question 1) With exception of one prison (long-term incarceration) in Slovenian Prison System do not conduct employment rehabilitation activities in such mode as described in the question. However we offer occupational therapy, which is available to all prisoners, who have difficulties gaining and keeping employment. Occupational therapy could be attended by all inmates with working inability as evaluated by occupational medicine. We have recently started to develop rehabilitation model as multidisciplinary approach, based on assessment and trainings modules to assure maximal good use and treatment based on individual needs. Through the rehabilitation process we would like to prepare prisoners with various impairments not only to be able to gain employment during incarceration but also to accelerate reintegration after release. (Referring to question 2) Based on Annual Report 2016 as on the 1st of January 2016 we included in different occupational workshops 57 inmates, among them there were 53 incapable to work. Approximately 6.3% prisoners are included in occupational therapy program.3 -What kind of activities do the subjected prisoners perform? (e.g. socio-therapeutic activities, education, labour therapy) Do you use any other related activities and/or services?
Besides occupational therapy we try to motivate prisoners for active participation in other leisure activities, sport activities, various educational programs and trainings, which are mainly conducted by external organizations.4 -What exactly are the tasks that they perform?
For example modelling, painting, sculptures in clay and wood…5- Do you offer post-release accommodation for released convicts which is dedicated to provide further reintegrational services (e.g. facilitation of labour market reintegration, or help in procuring personal identification papers such as I.D. cards etc)?
no6 - If yes, who operates these and what is the capacity of these accommodations?
No, we do not provide accommodation for post-released prisoners. In a period from three to six month before release there is special effort put into contacting appropriate organizations to provide further services, according to prisoner’s individual needs: Center for Social Work, Employment Office, Community Centre for Health, NGOs, shelter homes…7 -What services do these accommodations provide? What is the permitted duration of stay?
no2 -If yes, how many prisoners (convicts) are included in these rehabilitational programs? 3 -What kind of activities do the subjected prisoners perform? (e.g. socio-therapeutic activities, education, labour therapy) Do you use any other related activities and/or services?
Educational, work, work- occupational activities, rehabilitation programmes (special treatment programmes), leisure activities during which certain skills are mastered, various activities carried out by civil society organizations and others.4 -What exactly are the tasks that they perform?
They can be involved in any programme which is available to other prisoners in accordance with estimated needs, health conditions and abilities and personal interests.5- Do you offer post-release accommodation for released convicts which is dedicated to provide further reintegrational services (e.g. facilitation of labour market reintegration, or help in procuring personal identification papers such as I.D. cards etc)?
yes6 - If yes, who operates these and what is the capacity of these accommodations?
Social welfare system, civil society organizations (funded by the social welfare system). Our capacity is not known because solving the accommodation is not within the competence of the prison system.7 -What services do these accommodations provide? What is the permitted duration of stay?
According to the Law on Social Welfare, adults who due to illness, inability, age, inability to work or other unfavorable life circumstances are not able to take care about their basic needs, as well as persons in particularly difficult life situations (while such need is in duration) is to ensure accommodation in an adequate institution or foster family, a family home, a housing community, a therapeutic community, a shelter or an organized housing.