Cross-sectoral awareness building on mental health needs in the criminal justice system and on release
Taking Further Prisoners’ Education Projects in Using Dialogue as Preparing for Release
10/2016 – 05/2019 (30 months)
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The DIACEN project is based on the idea that dialogue is a powerful method in delivering adult education, and building a community around authentic dialogue, which, in turn, has the potential to massively reduce offence recidivism rates.
By shedding light upon the adult education that takes place in the prison settings it will be possible to better understand how prisons can be moved into being learning environments.
Develop a comprehensive solution to preparing for release of prisoners, involving all relevant parties united in adult education activities with the aim of fostering dialogue and expression platform.
Introduce this solution in 5 European countries with the cooperation of authorities, professionals and end-users, for the direct use in the pre-release period. The aim is to better integrate the inmates in the community and reduce the re-offending rate.
A comprehensive methodology of setting up the pre-release period with prisoners, educators, social workers, security prison staff and the larger community, for creating a learning pathway from inside the prison towards the community.
A platform for educators and any prison professional that delivers an education moment to express their realities and thoughts on how they prepare the pre-release period, capturing the weak points and recommending possible solutions;
A method for security prison staff (supported by the educators / social workers to be as mediators) to work together with the prisoners using dialogic methods, games, role-play and a guiding handbook.
A working method for the prisoner to develop together with the prison staff a flexible resources guide to help the prisoner in the first part after the release.
A working system for the prison staff to cooperate with the local community, using community engagement methods in finding out what are the best ways to assist the prisoner upon release and what is available in the immediate community as resources and support system for the ex-prisoner.