31 March 2021

Article: Foreign Nationals in prison. Good practices and problems with regard to prison staff training in Spain and in Catalonia

This article builds on the preliminary results of B-ComPetent project regarding the good practices identified in different European countries with regard to the training needs of prison staff dealing with foreign inmates in their daily practice.

The article, released by the Observatory on the Penal System and Human Rights (OSPDH) of the University of Barcelona, highlights good practices and problems arising from two Spanish penitentiary systems: General State Administrationand Catalan Administration. The results have been analyzed against the background of a more general problem concerning the treatment of irregular migrants and how this also affects the capacity of penitentiary systems to deal with foreign inmates.

Although no specific training programmes for prison staff dealing with foreign prisoners have been identified, the efforts made by both administrations to improve integration and a differentiated approach to foreign inmates due to their specific needs, cannot be adequately developed due to the legal demands of immigration policy.

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Monica Aranda Ocaña, Alejandro Forero Cuellar, Iñaki Rivera Beiras

Observatory on the Penal System and Human Rights (OSPDH) - University of Barcelona