Representatives from prison institutions, industry, and professional development experts gathered to align their strategy going forward on a transnational project supporting (ex)-inmates’ employability and reintegration.
When released, most prisoners desire to find and retain a legitimate, stable, long-term employment opportunity since they need a job after incarceration. However, after being released from jail, most ex-offenders have trouble finding or retaining employment, especially one that offers both stability and good salaries.
Education can work as a gateway to achieving social and economic mobility. However, the prison population is known for having lower formal education than the general adult population.
Education and employment play a particularly important role in inmates’ social reintegration process. The lack of education and prevailing low levels of training makes the social re-adaptation process more challenging and can significantly impact recidivism rates. Acquired credentials and professional expertise increase the inmates’ economic independence while reducing their chance of unemployment.
Many European nations’ penal policies and regulations underscore the importance of prison employment and education for prisoners, as that help enhance inmates’ moral views, ability to reintegrate into society successfully, and sense of self-respect.
Education programmes in prison differ according to country and jurisdiction; yet, almost all European nations currently offer education in at least some of their prisons.
The STEP2LAB project contribution
The STEP2LAB project promotes the professional development of inmates by building their competencies through prison work. This work can be developed in cooperation with prison administrations or specific private industries.
While promoting these programmes next to prison services and private industries in need of human resources, STEP2LAB aims to develop a framework allowing these institutions to independently create effective and collaborative itineraries of socio-labour integration for inmates.
The project seeks to target a younger audience, capacitating and motivating lighter sentences or end-of-sentence individuals to pursue a professional career and follow a sustainable living project. On a first approach, STEP2LAB will reach almost 100inmates and prepare more than 70 trainers actively working in the field throughout six European countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Romania and Germany).
Know more about this project
STEP2LAB is led by the Portuguese project’s coordinator CENTIMFE (Technological Center for Molds, Special Tools and Plastics Industry).
The remaining consortium members of the STEP2LAB project are IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal), Mioveni Penitentiary (Romania), Charles et Adrien Dupuy High School (France), IRFIP (Religious Institute of Vocational Education and Training – Romania), CIRE (Center for Reintegration Initiatives – Catalonia, Spain), and KIMW-Q (Non-profit KIMW Qualification Association – Germany).
For more information on the STEP2LAB project, please visit its page.
Developing and Using Virtual Reality Technology for the Rehabilitation of Drug Users in Probation Services
Visualising the Future Through Training
Virtual reality for training inmates
Secured digital education system for vocational skills for youngsters in closed institutions
Training of Refugee Offenders by Virtual Reality
Strengthening the capacity of criminal justice professionals and volunteers
A flexible, multidisciplinary and transnational VET model for the PROBATION services and practitioners
Preventing Emotional and Sexual Abuse Among Young People
Peer Pro-Social Modeling in Probation
Development and testing of a process chain for the placement of former detainees as specialists in the labour market