Prisons and Community Sanctions and Measures

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Prisons and Community Sanctions and Measures

The Council of Europe has an unique experience in promoting more humane and socially effective prisons. To this end a number of legal instruments have been adopted including the European Prison Rules and recommendations on education in prison, prison staff, health care in prison and prison overcrowding. These legal instruments have been brought together in one publication, the Compendium of conventions, recommendations and resolutions relating to penitentiary questions.

These instruments have been prepared by either the Council for Penological Cooperation, which is a standing advisory body to the European Committee on Crime Problems, or by ad hoc expert committees.

The Council of Europe also organises regular conferences of directors of prison administration. It publishes annual penal statistics on the prison population and community sanctions and measures (SPACE). (more)





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***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)*** NEWS ***

The 20th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services will be held on 9-10 June 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. It will be hosted by the Romanian Prison and Probation Services.

Its topic will be Strategic Challenges for Prison and Probation Services.  The main aim of the Conference is to share information and experience how to manage prisons and probation services in times of economic crisis, cuts in staff and activities, whether and how opening prisons to outside agencies, private companies, civil society and the local communities could help prepare better prisoners for release without undermining safety and security. An important topic will also be radicalisation of detainees and the role of prison and probation services in dealing with this problem.

In the Conference will take part Directors general of the prison administration and probation services of the 47 Council of Europe member states or their high ranking representatives. Representatives of the States enjoying observer status with the Council of Europe, as well as the European Union, the UN, EuroPris and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) will also be invited to it. 

The working languages will be French, English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation.

More information regarding agenda, venue, registration of participants will follow in due course.


8th PC-CP Working Group meeting, Strasbourg (4-6 February 2015)
Draft agenda
1st meeting of the Drafting working committee on prison overcrowding, Strasbourg (8-9 December 2014)
Concept paper
Executive summary
4th PC-CP Plenary meeting, Strasbourg (5-7 November 2014)
Summary meeting report

7th PC-CP Working Group Meeting, Mecklenburg (Germany), 1-2 September 2014
Summary meeting report
19th Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services, Helsinki (Finland), 17-18 June 2014

SPACE I 2012 and SPACE II 2012 reports  

Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4 on electronic monitoring
Commentary to Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4

Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)3 concerning dangerous offenders
Commentary to Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)3