Morocco – National Consensus Conference « reintegration and prevention of recidivism »
In the context of the European Union-Morocco penitentiary twinning funded by the European Union, the General Delegation of the penitentiary and reintegration Administration (DGAPR) welcomed on 4th March 2020 the Minister for National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Saaid AMZAZI, for a meeting to present the process leading up to the organization of a national consensus conference which will take place on October 27th and 28th.
At the request of the General Delegate, the Minister agreed to chair this national consensus conference whose theme is « reintegration and prevention of recidivism of detained persons ».
The purpose of this future conference is to initiate a national debate and to conduct a meaningful dialogue on the issues of rehabilitation and prevention of prisoners’ recidivism, involving all the stakeholders : DGAPR, public and private institutions, civil society, universities, entrepreneurship, citizens.
The conference is expected to produce a summary of the issues surrounding the reintegration of inmates in order to come up with strategic and operational recommendations likely to enlighten institutional decision-makers in the context of the reform initiated to modernise Moroccan prison administration.
The process was validated by Minister AMZAZI who concluded the meeting by launching the preparatory work. Indeed, by October 2020, the organizing committee and the consensus jury will have to organize the work by themes, appoint experts and ask for written contributions, conduct interviews, write summaries and prepare optimal conditions for the running of this conference “reintegration & prevention of recidivism”.
The organisation of a consensus conference is a first in the country. It seems particularly appropriate to deal with this sensitive societal issue for Morocco. Moroccan prison administration is thus giving itself the means to continue its modernization with boldness and determination.