African States Called upon to Establish Prison System Capable of Preventing Recidivism (Official)

Rabat – The emergence of sophisticated criminal practices mainly cybercrime requires African States to establish a prison system capable of preventing recidivism, said Thursday in Rabat, delegate general for prison administration and rehabilitation (DGAPR), Mohamed Salah Tamek.

The progress of technology and the increasingly massive access of large segments of the population, especially young people, to information and communication technologies have generated collaterally margins of sophisticated criminal practices, mainly cybercrime, said Tamek at the opening of the first African Forum of prison and rehabilitation administrations, organized under the High patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

These transformations “require our States to put in place a criminal justice system, in particular a prison system, which is capable not only of ensuring public safety and the protection of individuals and their property, but also of developing and implementing strategies to prepare for the reintegration of inmates and setting up related structures and services to prevent recidivism,” he added.

Tamek also stressed that prison administrations are called upon to establish close and permanent operational coordination with the security services, particularly with regard to the management of high-risk categories of detainees, such as those prosecuted or convicted for acts of terrorism or extremism, prisoners involved in organized crime and drug barons.

Organized under the theme “Towards a common vision to strengthen South-South cooperation and confront the challenges and constraints of prison management”, the Forum, which coincides with the third anniversary of the reintegration by Morocco of the African Union, is intended to be a platform for debate and exchange of experiences in the field of prison administration and reintegration for African countries, he said.

According to Tamek, the organization of this Forum is in line with the Kingdom’s strategic orientations in terms of South-South cooperation and is inspired by the Sovereign’s direct, intense and sustained commitment to boosting this priority area of cooperation.

Referring to the Moroccan experience, he recalled that the General Delegation had implemented a strategy based on four main aspects, namely the humanization of detention conditions, the preparation of detainees for reintegration, the reinforcement of security means and the modernization of administrative management.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse