The Grundtvig multilateral project REHAB – REmoving prison HeAlth Barriers - aims to foster a safer and rehabilitative prison environment, through a more effective communication and health education trainings among inmates and prison staff. REHAB project intends to improve the general quality life in prison and reduce recidivous behaviors through multi-disciplinary and cross-method trainings, where more trust between inmates and prison staff would make it easier to motivate the former to take part in health education programmes and would make the education provided by the prison operators more effective.
As the prison population continues to blossom, the conditions inside correctional facilities remains poor and stressful for inmates and prison staff as well. While prisoners bear a substantial burden of physical and psychological disorders and social exclusion, where health disparity between prisoners and the general population has been worsened and the incidence of epidemic diseases and high levels of substance abuse has been increased, job-related stress has been widespread among prison staff. The growing stress and expansion of duties in European penal institutions, together with overcrowding and prison health disorders, through and after care continuity, require urgent action.
Hence, central objective of REHAB pilot training program is equally to develop prison staff communication skills and therefore transfer appropriate and effective knowledge to inmates in European prisons, in order to:
- address health inequalities and miscommunication in detention institutes;
- maintain prison staff motivation in coping with the job-related stress environment;
- improve health conditions and learning opportunities for rehabilitative activities in prison;
- reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates.