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NCJ Number: 128628 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Education: The Need for a Declaration of Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners (From Yearbook of Correctional Education, P 83-99, 1989, Stephen Duguid, ed. -- See NCJ-120338)
Author(s): L Morin; J W Cosman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86491-082-7
Sale Source: Simon Fraser University
Institute for the Humanities
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Educational programs in most prisons tend to be inadequate due to inappropriate prison and criminal justice policies.
Abstract: Most criminal law is based partly on the assumption that it should essentially be punitive and retributive. This assumption makes it difficult to reconcile punitive objectives with the goal of education as human development. The United Nations' Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners do not provide an adequate basis for education in prisons. The rules are vague in their rationale and express no guiding or explanatory philosophy. The basic principle of human dignity is missing from the rules. The concept of human dignity implies respect for the individual's actuality and potentiality. Article 26 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifies that education should be directed to the full development of the human personality. Such education involves intellectual, emotional, social, and moral domains. It is clear that the concept of education directed to the full development of the human personality goes beyond prevailing concepts and practices of prison education. The reform of prison education will require profound rethinking of the principles of criminal justice, the nature of human relationships, the implications of human dignity, the requirements of human development, and the origins of violence. A statement submitted to the United Nations by various international groups on the treatment of prisoners is included.
Main Term(s): Inmate Education Assistance Programs
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Inmate treatment; United Nations (UN)
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