For more than two years we have worked on a cooperation project in Turkey to prevent radicalisation in prisons
With funding from the European Union, and FIIAPP management, this twinning project with Turkey has been working for two and a half years in Turkish prisons to adapt them to European and international standards. In addition, the project has established measures to prevent radicalisation and terrorism in Turkish prisons. Prison staff have been trained and risk analysis projects within the institution have been reinforced.
After two and a half years of work by Spain and Turkey, this twinning project, which has improved the management of terrorists and criminals in Turkish prisons, has successfully concluded.
To achieve these objectives, FIIAPP has worked directly with the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions from the Ministry of the Interior. Spanish specialists have worked side by side with their counterparts from the General Directorate of Prisons of Turkey, an institution affiliated with the Ministry of Justice. Other specialists from the rest of Europe also contributed their expertise.
The Turkish specialists are pleased with the work done and with all the material and information shared during the training programme, having received recommendations for alignment with international and EU standards. They have worked on dynamic security guidelines, a risk assessment tool; takedown programmes for violent extremist offenders and an intervention programme for high-risk prisoners.
Throughout the project, training activities were delivered with two fundamental objectives, training trainers and checking the effectiveness of the training material. All the material, including the training material, is digital and has been printed for dissemination. Work to implement the tools has already started in selected prisons.
Lastly, although it was not foreseen in the framework of the project, in response to the interest expressed by Turkish specialists, several guides have been published. Among others, a code of ethics for prison system personnel has been published from a human rights perspective, as well as a guide to ethical standards.