Workshop on the results of piloting the reorganization of tasks in three prisons in the Republic of Moldova
The results of the pilot initiative for the reorganization of tasks with an emphasis on dynamic security and social reintegration of inmates in three prisons – Prison no. 7 – Rusca (women), Prison no. 10 – Goian (minors) and Prison 1 – Taraclia (male adults) – were assessed during the final workshop of the pilot program.
As a result of the pilot initiative, the affected prisons developed and started to apply standard operating procedures (SOPs) on social reintegration, security and sentence planning. In addition, the Risk Management Manual is now approved and used. The Prison Management Guidelines have been developed to ensure that the task management and the processes implemented are in line with the objectives of the Action Plans (APs). Pilot task management was organized and aligned with the revised flowcharts, which contributed to the clarity of individual tasks and duties. It can be said that inter-institutional cooperation has improved as plans have been built between the pilot prisons and the National Penitentiary Administration (NAP).
The workshop also served as a forum where follow-up recommendations for the pilot prisons were discussed, as well as the NAP roadmap on how to extend these pilot initiatives to other prisons. Participants agreed on the need to further strengthen organizational support and cooperation at NAP level; the strengthening of horizontal cooperation and the consolidation of inter-institutional relations between the pilot prisons and the NAP; the extension of autonomy in decision-making; alignment of further development of SOPs and policy documents with IP ethics; catalyze the implementation of new approaches in everyday practice.
The results evaluation was carried out in close collaboration with the representatives of the senior management of the NAP and by the change management teams of the NAP and the pilot prisons, composed of directors and deputy directors, and heads of various directorates, sections. and services (human resources, security and regime, social reintegration, testimony of detainees, guard and escort, legal service, etc.). Representatives from peer prisons (from Chisinau, Rezina, Lipcani, Branesti and Bender) attended the workshop and assessed the applicability of the AP philosophy in their prisons and the adaptations required for this purpose.
The workshop represents a final step in a pilot initiative carried out throughout 2020-2021 and launched under the auspices of the previous Council of Europe Criminal Justice Program (2018-2021) and the Norwegian Mission of Advisers for the rule of law in Moldova (NORLAM) (2007-2017).
The activity was conducted online on November 12, 2021, under the auspices of the Project “Strengthen prison and probation reforms, provision of health care and treatment of patients in closed institutions in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova (2021-2024) and implemented by the Council of Europe.