Lighting up the way for new beginnings: Prisoners Graduate from the First Rehabilitation Training in Palestine

Jericho, Palestine

On the 19th of November 2019 nine prisoners at the Jericho Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) concluded their four-month training on Electrical Installations. The training was delivered under the advanced Technical, Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) programme, launched in 2018 to train and certify Palestinian male prisoners on electrical installations. The pilot project was designed in full coordination with the prison administration. The graduation ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Interior (Correctional and Rehabilitation Centres Directorate, CRCD) and Ministry of Labour (General Directorate of Vocational Training).

Under the framework of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, the project aims at supporting the CRCD to address the absence of a pre and post release programme and a reinsertion programme. The curriculum is developed by the Ministry of Labour on Electrical Installations.

"We are waiting for you to return back to the community and benefit it," Colonel Miqdad Sleiman, CRCD Director, addressed the inmates at the graduation.

The inmate selection criteria included their motivation to be enrolled, general health conditions, their level of studies, the length of their sentence and date of release. To ensure the sustainability of this initiative, UNODC supported the training of two CRCD officers who will provide the training to selected prisoners for the next four to five years. The CRCD will manage and ensure the follow up of the rehabilitation programmes from the selection of the prisoners until the certification, in continued cooperation with the Ministry of Labour. 

One of the inmates, speaking on the behalf of trainees, thanked all the parties for giving this opportunity to undergo the training, and to have a chance for successful reintegration into the community in the coming future.  

In his opening remarks, Mr. Alejandro Matta, UNODC Programme Management Officer for the prisoner rehabilitation component of the Global Programme, that "the new skills acquired through this training will positively contribute towards your personal and professional development in support of your successful reintegration into your communities and society at large."

By providing the prisoners with technical training with external certification and no mention of imprisonment, efforts support prisoners with better opportunities to get back to the job market after their release.

This initiative is being delivered thanks to the generous support of the State of Qatar within the framework of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. Under the Global Programme, UNODC provides technical guidance to a selected group of countries, including the State of Palestine, on how to enhance prisoners rehabilitation programmes and promote their social reintegration into the community.