UNODC assists Vietnam with prison management

With the approval of leaders of the Ministry of Public Security, the Department for Foreign Relations in coordination with the Police Department of Management of Prison, Compulsory Re-education Center and Reformatory, the Police Department of Custody, Temporary Detention and Criminal Judgment Execution, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) held an online training workshop on prison management in HCM City from December 22-24.
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The workshop aims to exchange experience and knowledge in prison management, including the management of extreme violence and women inmates, and further improve the quality of prison officials.

The workshop brought together 28 officials from prisons and reformatories under the Ministry of Public Security and police department in such localities as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, HCM City, Long An, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Tay Ninh. Dai Tanaka, UNODC’s Associate Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer (Prison Reform), attended the event online.

In his opening remarks on December 22, Sen. Lieut. Colonel Nguyen Minh Hieu, deputy head of the Department of Foreign Relations, stressed the significance of judgement execution in safeguarding national security, social order and safety.

UNODC helps vietnam with prison management
Sen. Lieut. Colonel Nguyen Minh Hieu, deputy head of the Department of Foreign Relations, speaks at the workshop.

The officer also pointed out challenges and difficulties in prisoner education amidst the intensive international integration that has posed a range of new issues and exerted multi-dimensional impact on different sectors of the social life.

During the discussions, under the online guidance of Dr. Alison Granger-Brown, UNODC consultant in prisoner management, the delegates looked at prison-related issues, focusing on methods to improve professional skills and the psychological aspect of prison officials when communicating with inmates.

They also mulled over the key points of the Nelson Mandela Rules and the Bangkok Rules regarding the treatment of prisoners, especially pregnant women, women with infants, and prisoners suffering from mental health problems, and social reintegration for offenders.

The settlement of cases of extreme violence prisoners, and issues relating to gender sensitivity were also tabled for discussion.

The participants exchanged views on advantages and difficulties facing Vietnamese prison officials, and proposed measures to raise the quality of the work.

The participating Canadian experts cleared up questions on prison management in their country, particularly the methods to manage women and transgender prisoners.

UNODC helps vietnam with prison management
Delegates to the workshop pose for a group photo.

Notably, the delegates mentioned the use of handcuffs to discipline prisoners and prevent harm to themselves, the management of the inmates who become addicted to drug while in prison, and prisoners’ practice of religions.

The three-day workshop concluded successfully on December 24./.

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