quarta-feira, 28 de janeiro de 2009

Focus on Reform and Prisoner Rehabilitation in Mozambique

In October, the National Prison Service of Mozambique held a two-day, multi-stakeholder workshop exploring the issues of prison reform, prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration. The goals were to raise awareness and advocate for a new approach that would include both government and civil society organizations working in partnership. In the spirit of such partnership, PF Mozambique took on an organizing role with the workshop and drew upon contacts and resources of other PF national ministries.
The first session featured a presentation by Area Commissioner Walter Mashiya from Leewkop Correctional Centre in South Africa. He described the work done at Leewkop to develop a centre of excellence in prisoner rehabilitation and prison management. This included the process developed by the South African government and published in The White Paper on Corrections.In the second session, Valdeci Ferreira, Executive Director of PF Brazil, provided an overview of the APAC methodology. He discussed the success of the methodology in creating an environment conducive to prisoner transformation and lower recidivism. Valdeci reported that he answered questions for two hours and was subsequently invited by the National Commissioner of Prisons, Dr. João Zeferino Zandamela, to collaborate on the development of a strategy for prison reform in Mozambique. The workshop closed with the Commissioner outlining next steps and principles to be used in developing such a strategy.In a thank you letter, Dr. Zandamela said, “I must advance that the positive outcome of this seminar is truly a reflection of the relationship we have with PFI/PF Mozambique as our privileged partner.”
December 2008

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"...Quando um voluntário é essencialmente um visitador prisional, saiba ele que o seu papel, por muito pouco que a um olhar desprevenido possa parecer, é susceptível de produzir um efeito apaziguador de grande alcance..."

"... When one is essentially a volunteer prison visitor, he knows that his role, however little that may seem a look unprepared, is likely to produce a far-reaching effect pacificatory ..."

Dr. José de Sousa Mendes
Presidente da FIAR