Plenary talk to the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) Conference, Tønsberg, June 2023

The following presentation was delivered remotely to the 2023 EPEA Conference in Tønsberg, Norway. It marked the publication of the book on the history of the first two decades of the EPEA, The Emergence of the EPEA by Langelid et al. The book mainly covers the years 1989 to 2010 and dwells especially on the values and thinking, about prisons as well as education, that lay behind early developments. As well as giving a sense of what is described in the book, the presentation also outlines the unease felt by the four authors about the direction taken by the EPEA more recently, as well as the limited support for genuine education found in many prison systems today. The full text of The Emergence of the EPEA is available as the next item on this website.

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