Chapter 6 Edification, Culture, and Entertainment
Edification shall be provided to inmates.
The edification in the preceding paragraph shall include appropriate counseling and education based on the results of investigations conducted at the time of inmate’s admission and their individual treatment plans.
The contents of counseling in the preceding paragraph may be designed or planned by experts in psychology, social work, medicine, education, criminology, law, or relevant fields. Counseling may be implemented collectively, by group, or individually.
For the education in Paragraph 2, a prison may provide supplementary education, advanced education, or continuing education independently or in collaboration with schools. Regulations governing the implementation methods, coordination and support, teachers, curriculum and education materials, study evaluation, education duration, academic registration management, presentation, revocation, or abolishment of certificates, and other requirements shall be prescribed by the Ministry of Justice together with the Ministry of Education.
Inmates have the freedom to practice their religious beliefs which may not be limited or denied. However, the preceding provision does not apply if a religious activity adversely affects the order or security of the prison.
A prison may, based on the request of an inmate, arrange suitable religious teacher to provide counseling activities to the inmates.
A prison may invite religious figures to host religious activities beneficial to the inmates.
Inmates are permitted to own objects or books related to their religious beliefs. However, items that adversely affect the order, security, or management of the prison may be limited or denied.
A prison may assign dedicated personnel to assist an inmate and the victim in mediation and restorative justice, or transfer cases to authorities (agencies), legal entities, or organizations for assistance.
A prison may appoint or invite people with relevant knowledge or passion for correctional treatment to assist in edification activities. The prison may also recruit people interested in social welfare initiatives as volunteers to assist in edification work.
The volunteers specified in the preceding paragraph shall be reported by the prison to the supervisory authority for approval before their recruitment.
A prison may set up library facilities and provide library information services or publications for reading by inmates.
Inmates are permitted to prepare their own books, newspapers, and Braille books or request the use of papers and pens and other necessary items. However, items that adversely affect the daily routines, management, edification, or safety of the prison may be limited or denied.
A prison may organize book exhibitions for inmates to purchase good books for the purpose of edification.
A prison may provide suitable computer equipment for usage by inmates.
A prison should arrange various cultural and entertainment activities at appropriate times to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of inmates.
A prison may provide radios, televisions, computer equipment, or video or audio equipment for edification.
With the approval of the prison, inmates are permitted to own personal radios, televisions, or video equipment for listening and viewing.
A prison must consider the unique requirements for accommodating inmates with disabilities, the conditions of existing facilities, and the special needs of disabled inmates by provide barrier-free, assistive measures for viewing, listening and speaking activities.
Where the listening or viewing activities specified in the two preceding paragraphs adversely affect the daily routines, management, edification, or safety of the prison, they may be limited or denied.