State forced to offer detainees access to e-learning platforms

The Louvain civil court ruled on Tuesday that the Belgian state should set up a space in the Louvain-Central prison to access online learning platforms. The court was seized by six detainees, who will be able to access this space by the end of January 2022.

During the hearing, the Belgian State had already indicated that after consulting the KULeuven, which offers a platform of this type, it had concluded that it was indeed possible to install such a space. Consequently, the court did not consider it necessary to impose a fine, as it seems unlikely that the Belgian State will not make the adjustments. The trial will continue on March 29, however, in order to assess whether the state has implemented the decision.

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In this space, inmates will also be able to copy their lessons onto media so that they can consult them once disconnected. Until now, prisoners have been forced to turn to third parties to provide them with support.

Me Jos Vander Velpen, who represents the detainees, was happy with the decision. “It is an important decision which marks a small revolution in the matter. Ultimately, this will undoubtedly lead to the deployment of digital studies in other prisons.

The spokesperson for the Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenbone reacted by saying that the decision was in line with the defined training policy. “With the help of European funds, we have created a digital platform through which inmates in each prison will be able to follow training courses.

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