Prison System

Prisons should be a place of rehabilitation and not punishment. Over the past years, there have been a number of deaths within Malta's prisons. The system can't continue as it is.

  • Reorientate the prison system from punishment to rehabilitation.

    • Adopt best-practice from the Norwegian Model.

  • Ensure that prison conditions always comply with human rights and dignity regulations, as laid out by Council of Europe standards, and that administrative powers are not used in a discriminatory way. 

  • Ensure that prisons are as closely modelled to the outside world as possible to make reintegration and inclusion easier.

  • Prioritise alternative sanctions (other than prison, such as community service) for certain non-violent crimes.

  • Ensure the prison education system serves both short- and long-term offenders.

  • Ban Solitary Confinement.

  • Offer psychological treatment and/or psychotherapy for prisoners, especially for prisoners that suffer from ADHD in combination with substance abuse.

  • Ensure that juveniles are not detained with adults.

  • Ensure that prisoners undergoing strip searches are searched by same-sex prison officers.

    • For certain inmates who adhere to strict religious or cultural obligations, all necessary precautions and measures must be adopted not to cross sensitive boundaries. 

      • Officers must anticipate these requests beforehand.

  • Provide cultural training for prison officers. 

    • All officers should undergo training to learn the techniques needed to work with incarcerated multi-ethnic communities.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

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  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement