FSHST, Prisons Directorate sign MoU | Tunisia News Gazette

FSHST, Prisons Directorate sign MoU

A memorandum of understanding in the areas of training and studies was signed on Wednesday by the General Directorate of Prisons and Rehabilitation (DGPR) and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis (FSHST).

The agreement provides for the creation of a professional master’s degree in criminology and psychology of deviance, the establishment of a centre for studies and research on prisons and reeducation and the preparation of a scientific study on radicalisation and social re-integration, said Slim Masmoudi, co-ordinator and doctor at the FSHST.

It also provides for the establishment of a capacity-building programme and the development of a guide for psychological services in prisons and a procedural protocol for traineeships for students in prison, he added.

“This memorandum of understanding is an instrument to support scientific research and training of prison staff and faculty students,” Justice Minister Ghazi Jeribi told reporters.

He also said “it is a harmonious blend of academic research with security approach and fieldwork.

The Department of Justice needs analysis and training to improve prison services.

Director General of Prisons and Rehabilitation, Ilyes ZallAgue said the development of rehabilitation programmes according to international standards hinges essentially on studying phenomena and cases.

These studies will help to improve the performance of the service provided by the Prison Directorate to prisoners, “he said.

Present at the signing ceremony, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Slim Khalbous indicated that the signing of this partnership agreement is part of the reform programme of higher education.

“The faculty must open up to its environment to play its role in stimulating economic development,” he pointed out.

The Dean of the FSHST said the security approach alone is incapable of fighting the new phenomena faced by the society. “The role of scientific studies and research seems to be essential for this,” he concluded.

Source: TAP News Agency

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