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Werder women visit the Bremen prison

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Werder women visit the Bremen prison

The “Blick übern Deich” program is an educational measure through which (young) players from SV Werder Bremen get to know new perspectives and gain insights into other biographies and lifestyles. As part of this program series, the Werder women were already at the Bunker Valentin memorial in January.

During the tour of the prison, the SVW team got an insight into the everyday life of the inmates and was allowed to look at various cells. Meanwhile, Rieke Dieckmann had mixed feelings: “On the one hand, it is depressing to see and hear the restrictions the inmates live with and you automatically develop compassion. Not only is their own freedom taken away, but contact with the outside world is also limited to a minimum. On the other hand, one must always keep in mind that there are reasons for imprisonment and that great suffering has been inflicted on individual people and that entire families may have to deal with the consequences of crimes committed for the rest of their lives.”

“It’s a strange feeling to go to an active correctional facility. But it was very interesting, we got all the insights on site, for example how the processes work when new inmates arrive. But I also found it surprising to see how everyday life there is kept and regulated as normal as possible. “So that there are working hours and periods of time in which the prisoners can come together,” says Michaela Brandenburg, describing the visit.

The Werder residents were impressed by the treatment and the very social approach that is practiced in the institution: “I was particularly fascinated by the respect of the correctional officers for the inmates and the great willingness to improve prison conditions. And the whole thing, even though the work often leads to maximum physical and mental stress,” summarizes Rieke Dieckmann.

Even though the insights were very special and sometimes took some getting used to, Dieckmann is happy about the visit: “I am extremely grateful that we had the chance to see life in a prison for ourselves. I think we often talk about how diverse our society is. Often it is about the different social, ethnic or regional backgrounds of people, but one should never forget that former prisoners also belong to our society and have the right to a life free of prejudice after their prison term.” Brandenburg sees it very similarly: “It was interesting to realize that such a world also exists, even if we may not be aware of it and generally don’t want to have anything to do with it. That’s why it was an exciting insight. Also from the perspective that the criminals are usually released at some point and should become part of our society again and be resocialized.”

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