The Educational Needs of Prison Staff as Implied by a Multicultural, Multi-ethnic and Multi-religious Prison Population
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This article presents the results of a study which aimed to determine the current educational needs of prison staffas a consequence of a multi-religious, multicultural and multi-ethnic prison population. The research was carried out with prisonofficers who were to receive non-commissioned officer training and prison officers undergoing shift commanders training. It turnedout that the graduates of these courses are characterized by some competency deficits which prevent them from personal and activeinvolvement in implementation of certain international standards governing the treatment of prisoners who belong to cultural,ethnic or religious minorities. In their conclusions, the authors emphasize, among others, the need to extend the training providedin order to shape specific competences necessary for working with prisoners who belong to cultural, ethnic or religious minorities.It seems that prison staff training programme in Poland requires reconstruction to allow graduates to gain competences necessaryto perform in prisons with international standards and deal with prisoners from cultural, ethnic and religious minorities. Thispostulate applies to both tolerance issues of those groups and ensuring the implementation of their rights, but also goes beyondresearch presented here and uses the ethical values of various faiths in the rehabilitation process of prisoners.
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