Algeria: penitentiary reform, EU support programme ongoing

aims at improving the conditions and reinsertion of prisoners

30 September, 11:41

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 30 - EU Ambassador to Algeria Marek Skolil visited the prison of El Harrach, in the framework of the EU support programme to penitentiary reform, implemented since 2008 with a budget of 17 million euros.

    According to the Enpi website (, Ambassador Skolil witnessed the different changes made as a result of the programme to the treatment rooms, the vocational training workshops, the library, the computer room, the men's and women's sections, etc. The support programme to penitentiary reform, which will last until June 2014, aims at improving the conditions of detention and reinsertion of prisoners, in order to contribute to matching the Algerian penitentiary system with the values and principles shared by Algeria and the European Union, especially concerning the consolidation of the rule of law. The programme seeks to improve reception conditions and the methods of execution of criminal sanctions as well as the reinsertion of prisoners, maximizing the management and training of personnel, and reinforcing general security and the means of prison management. (ANSAmed)
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