Siracusa – Rome : Pilot Program for officers of the Prison Directorate of Saudi Arabia



Between September 30 and October 12, 2019, The Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is holding a Pilot Program for Officers of the Prison Directorate of Saudi Arabia. The initiative is organized in operational collaboration with  the Italian Prison Administration Department withing the Minister of Justice, as well as with the Naïf Arab University for Security Sciences, the General Directorate of Prisons of Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Gulf Region.

The program officially started this morning at the Siracusa International Institute’s headquarters with the welcome speeches given by Mr Filippo Musca, Acting Director General of the Siracusa International Institute and by Mr Hatem Aly, Representative of the UNODC for the GCC Region. The program is structured in training sessions which will be held at the Institute’s headquarters in Siracusa and a study visit to the most important judicial institutions in Rome.




Participants will be trained on several topics, including – amongst others – the UN standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners (Mandela Rules), the alternatives to imprisonment, the restorative justice measures and the principles inspiring the Italian penitentiary system.

During their study visit in Rome, participants will meet the operators of the treatment area within the Prison of Rebibbia and they will also visit the Italian Department of Penitentiary Administration.

The program aims to provide participants with a deeper knowledge of international norms and standards as well as of Italian best practices in prison management and treatment of detainees.