The prison system in Palestine is at a formative stage in its development. Many of the prisons were destroyed during the conflict with Israel. The prison system currently holds around 1,200 prisoners in 7 prisons. A new Prison Act was passed in 1998 and the General Administration of Reform and Rehabilitation Centres are eager to develop a modern prison system with a rehabilitative and reforming ethos.
Panopticon Consulting spent a total of four months working with Reform and Rehabilitation Centre staff over a two year period on a UNODC managed programme. We provided strategic support and training and undertook activities including:
- providing workshops on strategic planning,
- training of trainers;
- rehabilitation programmes and prison regulations/standing orders;
- facilitating the development of a Strategic Plan;
- drafting training manuals on prison management, working in reform and rehabilitation centres, human rights in prisons, and special and vulnerable groups of prisoners;
- conducting training of trainers workshops;
- producing a set of prison regulations/rules on a range of subjects;
- leading workshops on United Nations Standard Minimum Rules and a range of prison management topics;
- undertaking a prison staff training needs assessment, and
- making proposals for future training provision (facilities, curriculum, training materials, trainers).