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From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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Nowadays we have to do things to prevent rather than to cure. This was the main reason for starting this project, because the staff of the Poarta Alba prison trust in their noble mission to provide smart public services to community.

It is well known that the concept of ’secure community’ is preferable to ‘protecting community’. But such an idea cannot be put into practice without the beneficiaries: high school students. Youngsters are vulnerable to risk behaviours located at the boundaries between freedom and jail. So an agreement was signed with the Resource Centre and Educational Assistance of Constanta County and a team was built with school psychologists and a prison psychologist. All psychologists are enthusiastic and energetic young women.

Then the project started and high school students from all over the county came into the detention area to talk with young inmates who had been carefully selected. These exchanges and sharing of personal life experiences help young peoples to stay away from jail. Over five hundred high school students visited the prison. The project ended on 25 May 2011 with a regional conference to disseminate the results and the best practices. A contest of literary and artistic creativity (poetry, essays, drawings, paintings and posters) for the high school students will have the award ceremony in the same event. The topic of the contest is also life lessons. The speakers (judges, policemen, prosecutors and professors) will highlight the main problems that they are dealing with, regarding teenagers. Improvisational theatre played by young citizens (high school students and young inmates) will guarantee entertainment.

The project is a support for the national re-entry strategy for inmates (a draft document pending for a final approval), another initiative of the National Administration of Penitentiaries as a main social actor in the public policy arena.

Lower costs, regional impact and prevention are the main reasons for the strong belief that ‘Life Lessons’ is a project that fulfils all the requirements of ‘Smart Public Service Delivery in a Cold Economic Climate’ theme.

Award info
Award category: smart public service delivery
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Justice, police, human rights and security
Type of activity:
Keywords: Prevention, education, accountability, communication, high school students, risk behaviour, inmates, recidivism, involvement, rehabilitation
Short English description: The project is a support for the national re-entry strategy for inmates (a draft document pending for a final approval), another initiative of the National Administration of Penitentiaries as a main social actor in the

public policy arena.

Further information
Organisation: Poarta Alba Prison
Other applicants:
Homepage:
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Romania
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:


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