Education is often not a part of a detention plan for foreign prisoners. This is one of the key findings of the report Education behind foreign prison bars, by Frans Lemmers, an external PhD candidate affiliated to the Criminal Law and Criminology Group at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University.

The report looks at educational programmes for foreign prisoners in European countries and  focuses on five results from a study of 24 contacts of the European Prison Education Association. The key findings of the report are: In practice, foreign prisoners are usually deprived of education, education is often not part of a detention plan for foreign prisoners, foreign prisoners who do participate in educational programmes often cannot continue or complete these programmes after their release, the prison authorities are dissatisfied with the current situation but do not think they can do anything about it and the recommendations of the Council of Europe are not implemented.

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