Legal and Institutional Framework of Education of Foreign Prisoners and their Realisation in Penitentiary Practice
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The increase of the number of foreigners in prison population poses growing challenges in the everyday practice of penitentiary institutions. The paper focuses on the most important of all the rehabilitation methods – prison education. It discusses legal regulation and penal practice of educating prisoners. In the paper it is outlined what are the norms of national and international law that govern treatment of foreign prisoners. Polish penitentiary law has adopted a rule of non-discrimination of prisoners on the ground of their nationality. Therefore, there are no differences in regulation on prison education between nationals and foreigners. The rationale for this is controversial, concerning the fact that education of foreign prisoners is especially demanding and that they need to get special assistance in assimilating, communicating and learning the language. All foreign prisoners should be prepared for release in a such a way that facilitates their reintegration into society, whether they are to remain in Poland or are to be transferred or expelled.
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