Slide Sharing lessons on education in prison and employability for detainees An account of key outcomes and reflections from an international workshop in the words of the CUP parterns who worked together behind the scenes to organise it. Read More Slide The CUP Diaries: capturing powerful voices and stories The story behind the making of the first CUP video and its key messages on prison education across European prisons Read More Slide Prison education. Family life and Civilization - a reintegration pathway 3500 people joined sixteen speakers from four European countries to discuss re-integration pathways for convicts Read More Slide Community Building Circles: empowering detainees to cope with the pandemic How a restorative approach has helped defuse violence among young inmates in Volos prison, Greece. Read More Slide L.E.I: Good practices for strengthening the capacity of women detainees Improving the living conditions of women detained in Turin by offering them opportunities for social and work reintegration both inside and outside prison Read More Slide Working with detainees in a person-centred way to fight Covid-19 in Cyprus Athena Dimitriou, Deputy Director of Cyprus Prisons, describes to CUP’s Eleni Takou how the pandemic affected everyday life in Cyprus’ central prison. Read More Slide Strict protocols & trust: how the Penitentiary in Vught dealt with Covid-19 The Deputy Director of Care in Vught's Penitentiary Institution tells us how the pandemic helped strengthen trust between staff and detainees. Read More


An international partnership, coordinated by Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation and co-financed by the EU Erasmus + programme, that spans four European countries including Italy, Greece, Cyprus and The Netherlands.

An experimental learning initiative aimed at designing and piloting innovative training modules and monitoring tools for the upskilling of 70 women, 120 men and 20 youths in 6 European prisons to promote the social reintegration of prisoners.

All European partners gathered in Turin on 28 and 29th November 2019 to kick-start the project together.  The two-day meeting helped to set strong foundations and outline a shared vision for the project, which will be implemented in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and The Netherlands.

We aim to improve the medium to long-term employment prospects of women and men detained in European prisons in order to promote their social reintegration.


Convicts and ex convicts


EU countries




Months of achievement

Project Timeline


Project start

Project kick-off, Turin


MAY 2020

Project Baseline

CUP Advocacy toolkit



CUP Skills Developer Blueprint

Methodology testing phase

FEBRUARY 2021 / MARCH 2022


CUP Impact Measurement Toolbox

Short teaching event, Turin

MARCH 2021


Final advocacy toolkit

Final CUP Skills Developer Blueprint

JUNE 2022

JUNE 2022

Final CUP Impact Measurement Toolbox

Closing event, Turin

JULY 2022


End of project