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Therefore if poland can be considered a good example

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Therefore, if Poland can be considered a good example of welfare policy for the release of prisoners, the majority of prison administrations can't be considered systematically engaged in actions promoting the rehabilitation of released offenders. What is more, due to a lack of resources, not all the released prisoners are provided with immediate means of subsistence, clothes or sufficient means to reach their destination, as European Prison Rules (33.8) stipulate. The European Prison Rules include many statements about the regime of sentenced prisoners. In general terms, “in addition to the rules that apply to all prisoners, the regime for sentenced prisoners shall be designed to enable them to lead a responsible and crime- free life” (102.1); more specifically, “as soon as possible after such admission, reports shall be drawn up for sentenced prisoners about their personal situations, the proposed sentence plans for each of them and the strategy for the preparation for their release ” (103.2). Furthermore, “sentenced prisoners shall be encouraged to participate in drawing up their individual sentence plans” (103.3) and “such plans shall as far as is practicable include: a. work; b. education; c. other activities; and d. preparation for release” (103.4) . By law, in all the countries covered by the present project all sentenced prisoners should receive an individual sentence plan, which should include education, work, vocational training, drug dependency treatment, etc. The main problem is that the plan is not always implemented during detention. The reasons lie, first, in the lack of non-custodial staff designated for the planning activities: wardens, social workers, psychologists, sociologists, criminologists, etc. The responsibility of the staff may also have some influence: in Poland, some tutors put their best efforts to create individual plans for the prisoners and to take care of carrying them out, while other tutors tend to be less creative they give prisoners tasks that are not useful for their personal development and they do not supervise or assess their progress. SENTENCED PRISONERS
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European Prison Observatory Prison in Europe: overview and trends 45 Secondly, the possibilities of implementing integration actions are often reduced because of the lack of jobs or vocational training options in prison, thus the program content is often empty and the sentence plan has no practical effect. In some cases, individual programs are implemented only for some inmate categories: in Greece, i.e., just for inmates who participate in fully developed therapeutic drug detoxification programs. National laws provide for the participation of inmates in drawing up their individual sentence plans (in Portugal also the family has to be consulted). Often prisons are unable to meet the requests of the prisoners. In reality, in most cases the only participation of the prisoner in the drawing up of his individual sentence plan is whether to accept or not to participate in the proposed activities.
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