The UNESCO Chair Invited To The United Nations Office On Drugs And Crime (UNODC)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, JANUARY 2017

Jean-Pierre Simoneau, Director of operations for the UNESCO Chair in Applied Research for Education in Prison, was invited by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to join an expert group in Vienna, Austria, from January 23 to 25, 2017.

UNODC contacted Mr. Simoneau because of his experience in prison education and invited him to work on the first version of a manual that will serve as a guide for countries wishing to initiate and implement rehabilitation activities in prisons. The manual concentrates on programs linked to education, training and work that would help detainees.

The manual is a follow-up to the “Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders’ published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2012, based on “UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” which was in turn based on the Nelson Mandela Rules written by Mr. Mandela after his prison term during the Apartheid system. The Handbook serves as a complement to the Nelson Mandela Rules. 

The UNODC also invited Mr. Simoneau to give an official presentation during the expert group meeting, on the expertise Cégep Marie-Victorin has accumulated in adult education in Quebec federal prisons, the “Programme en communauté PRET 2000 “ and the Cégep Marie-Victorin UNESCO Chair.

The working group was made up of experts from about twenty different countries who represented several public safety departments, national correctional services, intergovernmental groups affiliated with the UN, and civil society organizations working with detainees. This meeting makes up part of the vital work carried out by UNODC on educational and employment programs for detainees.

The manual drafted during this mission will be published in summer 2017 and made available on our website and in our newsletter.

Furthermore, the UNESCO Chair will keep in touch with the participants and update them on research, educational programs and innovative practices, and also follow up on the discussions initiated during this important meeting.

USEFUL LINKS:

Click here to read the “UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” as drafted by Nelson Mandela:

Click here to read the UNODC “2015-2017 Strategy on Addressing the global prison crisis”:

Click here to read the UNODC article on the event:

Click here to read the UNODC “Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders”

Click here to read the UNODC article on the event

Click here to check out more photos taken at the event