Four members of the EuroPris/CEP Foreign Nationals in Prison & Probation Expert Group presented at the Academy of European Law (ERA) Online Seminar, ‘The European Rules as a Standard-Setter for European Prison Conditions on 30 November – 1 December 2020.
Dr Roisin Mulgrew of Nottingham University spoke of why the 2012(12) CoE Recommendations were needed and the challenges in their implementation, quoting from her prison research in different countries.
In the workshop, looking at the ‘Effective management of foreign national prisoners’, Athena Demetriou, Senior Manager in the Cyprus Prison Service, spoke about the significant improvements in prison conditions in general in Cyprus during the past six years. She then related improvements to foreign prisoners who comprise 50% of their prison population and how these changes were informed by CoE 2012(12). Click here to read a full article about foreign national prisoners in Cyprus by Athena Demetriou.
Luisa Ravagnani, University of Brescia and Prison Ombudsman, looked at the impact of Covid-19 on foreign prisoners in Italy. While foreign prison numbers have not changed significantly, they do appear to be significantly over-represented in the number of deaths during the initial unrest within prisons and also in cases of prisoner suicides, both issues requiring further investigations. Click here to read the full article on the impact of Covid-19 on foreign prisoners in Italy by Luisa Ravagnani.
Also in the workshop, Nick Hammond the FNPP Group coordinator presented the E-Learning module. Devised by group members in collaboration with the CoE HELP Programme and the University of Nottingham, the module is an innovative and engaging training tool for prison staff and others, to improve their treatment and management of foreign prisoners based on the CoE’s recommendations as a guide to improving practice and policy.
All the seminar’s presentations and an audio record will be available on the ERA website here.