Sport in prisons

Marc Theeboom
Kris Hermans
De Rode Antraciet
Belgium

Prisoners on the move:
move into sport, move through sport!

Kris Hermans
Context
Belgium:
Ministry of Justice

Federal

Sport
Culture
Education
Employment
Health
Welfare

Regional
Context
Regional Sport policy
- Specific target group : prisoners
Stimulating actions from:
Regional Sport Movements, fede...
Prisoners on the move:
move into sport, move through
sport!
Preparatory Action
January 2011 – June 2012
OBJECTIVES
[1] strengthen

networking between cross-sectional

organisations/services and providing an (inter)national pla...
IN GENERAL

# DIFFERENCES

&

ONE GOAL
What we did
Research ‘sport in prison’
Policy plans on…
Context of…
Management of…
Literature study

(Where is it situated...
RECOMMENDATIONS
& examples
Recommendations
1. Policy in general
2. Network
3. ‘Means’ to achieve… !

4. The sports offer
5. Knowledge
1. Policy
Recognise the added value of sport,

! it is not unconditional…
Examples:
- Large potential, but small value in ...
1. Policy
Long- term vision
& involve stakeholders into prisons
Examples:
- Re-inventing the wheel vs. translate (sport) p...
1. Policy
Strategic Policy Plan
clear & measurable objectives
Examples:
- Provide national/regional framework & local poss...
2. Network
International
– Awareness
– Shared responsability
complementary and mutually reinforcing

– Active exchange of ...
2. Network
National / Regional
– Umbrella organisation/platform
permanent place for discussion, feedback, exchange of
know...
2. Network
Local
– Internal: information, involvement, …

– External: Multi-actor approach
Local community, clubs, volunte...
3. „Means‟ to achieve… !
Trained Staff
– Internal / External
– Sporttechnical / Social
– Motivated & Supported (!)
–…

-> ...
3. „Means‟ to achieve… !
– Infrastructure & Equipment
– The start of it all …
– Sustainability
–…
4. The sports offer
IMPORTANT:
Not:

What / How / when / ….

But:

Structural offer
4. The sports offer
Participation

(taking part / being part)

prison staff
outsiders
family members
…
prisoners themselve...
4. The sports offer
Sport = stepstone

get to know …
promotion of …
guide prisoners to …
learn about …
4. The sports offer
Individual / group responsabilties
–Structure / habit / need
–Meaningfull leisure time
–Engagements
–…...
4. The sports offer
Good practice:
Sport as a training / education medium

that can be used outside prison

University edu...
4. The sports offer
Good practice:
Participation of inmates in
community events
From the inside or go outside
4. The sports offer
Good practice:
Specific programs on
building up social competences

Experiental learning
Personal and ...
5. Knowledge
Lack of…
Extensive and profound knowledge
Long term follow-up studies

(int+ext)

Other experiences (int./nat...
In need of …
1. Policy
2. Network

- Justice & Sport
- (Inter)national / local

3. Means to achieve
4. Good practices
5. R...
Publication
Pan-European Conference
„Sport & Prisons
(Scheduled for June 2014)

The future

Organised by EPAS in JUNE 2014 in collabor...
Pan-European Conference
„Sport & Prisons
(Scheduled for June 2014)

The future

→ Internet link regarding the online quest...
www.prisonersonthemove.eu
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Europris Presentation on sport in prison

  1. 1. Sport in prisons Marc Theeboom Kris Hermans
  2. 2. De Rode Antraciet Belgium Prisoners on the move: move into sport, move through sport! Kris Hermans
  3. 3. Context Belgium: Ministry of Justice Federal Sport Culture Education Employment Health Welfare Regional
  4. 4. Context Regional Sport policy - Specific target group : prisoners Stimulating actions from: Regional Sport Movements, federations, communities (local policy plans)clubs,… Create awareness - Specific umbrella organisation: Regional Policy plan ‘sport in prison’ + local translation in coöp with ministry of justice
  5. 5. Prisoners on the move: move into sport, move through sport! Preparatory Action January 2011 – June 2012
  6. 6. OBJECTIVES [1] strengthen networking between cross-sectional organisations/services and providing an (inter)national platform for future actions; [2] collecting, sharing and analysing sport programs and social inclusion in the field of sport and detention; [3] examining methodologies and strategies which build up the social competence of prisoners through sport; [4] facilitating the cooperation between the field of sport and detention to set up common sport initiatives [5] making informed recommendations to decision makers and preparing future actions in the field of sport and detention.
  7. 7. IN GENERAL # DIFFERENCES & ONE GOAL
  8. 8. What we did Research ‘sport in prison’ Policy plans on… Context of… Management of… Literature study (Where is it situated, Map Structures, Links,…) (Staff, infrastructure, …) (Methods, Practices, evaluation, …) Awareness Virtual platform www.prisonersonthemove.eu Documentary ‘Free to Play’ Recommendations + Public conference (June 2012, Paris)
  9. 9. RECOMMENDATIONS & examples
  10. 10. Recommendations 1. Policy in general 2. Network 3. ‘Means’ to achieve… ! 4. The sports offer 5. Knowledge
  11. 11. 1. Policy Recognise the added value of sport, ! it is not unconditional… Examples: - Large potential, but small value in general - Sport as a means to achieve vs. Sport as a goal - Exact solutions do not exist = practice-based evidence
  12. 12. 1. Policy Long- term vision & involve stakeholders into prisons Examples: - Re-inventing the wheel vs. translate (sport) policy to prison context depends on: legal situation, authorities &responsabilities - Levels: International, national, regional, local - Attract expert organisations ethn.diversity, youth, seniors, drug-abusers, mentally ill …
  13. 13. 1. Policy Strategic Policy Plan clear & measurable objectives Examples: - Provide national/regional framework & local possibilities - Use recognisable terms for external partners - Based upon needs… - Value / Stimulate / Create … the goodwill to implement!
  14. 14. 2. Network International – Awareness – Shared responsability complementary and mutually reinforcing – Active exchange of good/bad practices
  15. 15. 2. Network National / Regional – Umbrella organisation/platform permanent place for discussion, feedback, exchange of knowledge (projects & experiences), … – Multi-actor approach Cooperation and innovation with sport, culture, health, welfare, education, employment,…
  16. 16. 2. Network Local – Internal: information, involvement, … – External: Multi-actor approach Local community, clubs, volunteers, social network,… Inclusion into …
  17. 17. 3. „Means‟ to achieve… ! Trained Staff – Internal / External – Sporttechnical / Social – Motivated & Supported (!) –… -> a policy plan they can operate in… and appreciative colleagues
  18. 18. 3. „Means‟ to achieve… ! – Infrastructure & Equipment – The start of it all … – Sustainability –…
  19. 19. 4. The sports offer IMPORTANT: Not: What / How / when / …. But: Structural offer
  20. 20. 4. The sports offer Participation (taking part / being part) prison staff outsiders family members … prisoners themselves
  21. 21. 4. The sports offer Sport = stepstone get to know … promotion of … guide prisoners to … learn about …
  22. 22. 4. The sports offer Individual / group responsabilties –Structure / habit / need –Meaningfull leisure time –Engagements –… Get a grip on their time inside prison, and create a habit for continuation outside
  23. 23. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Sport as a training / education medium that can be used outside prison University education in sports? Referee / fitness trainer / …
  24. 24. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Participation of inmates in community events From the inside or go outside
  25. 25. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Specific programs on building up social competences Experiental learning Personal and social development
  26. 26. 5. Knowledge Lack of… Extensive and profound knowledge Long term follow-up studies (int+ext) Other experiences (int./nat.)
  27. 27. In need of … 1. Policy 2. Network - Justice & Sport - (Inter)national / local 3. Means to achieve 4. Good practices 5. Research
  28. 28. Publication
  29. 29. Pan-European Conference „Sport & Prisons (Scheduled for June 2014) The future Organised by EPAS in JUNE 2014 in collaboration with the French Olympic Committee Preparation: In cooperation with the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” and “De Rode Antraciet” a questionnaire has been developed and sent to the Members of the Council for Penological Co-operation Aim: Identify and analyse good practice examples in the field of benefits of sport in prisons Respondents: Directors of Prison Administrations and Probations and Members of the Council for Penological Co-operation → Replies to the questionnaire are expected by 9th December 2013 After the conference, the analysed results as well as the best practices identified will be compiled into a Handbook on sports in prison environments.
  30. 30. Pan-European Conference „Sport & Prisons (Scheduled for June 2014) The future → Internet link regarding the online questionnaire: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1317372/Sport-in-European-Prisons-An-EPAS-Survey Contact : François TRICARICO Deputy Executive Secretary / Secrétaire exécutif adjoint Council of Europe / Conseil de l'Europe Bâtiment Agora - Bureau A6.50V 1, quai Jacoutot F-67075 STRASBOURG Cedex FRANCE Phone / Téléphone + 33 (0)3 90 21 43 94 http://www.coe.int/epas Francois.TRICARICO@coe.int
  31. 31. www.prisonersonthemove.eu

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