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Ad hoc Drafting Group on Dangerous Offenders (PC-GR-DD)


The treatment of long-term and ‘dangerous’ offenders is becoming an increasingly important issue in many Council of Europe member states, and thus for the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), with concerns on a number of different levels.

Following the conclusions of the 14th Conference of Directors of Prison Administration, (Vienna, 19-21 November 2007), the Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP)[1] carried out a study on the concept of dangerous offenders.

In June 2009, the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe invited the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) in co-operation with other competent bodies of the Council of Europe:

to examine existing best practices in member states, in full respect of human rights, related to:
a) the assessment of the risk of re-offending and the danger to victims and society posed by perpetrators of acts of domestic violence;
b) the supervision and treatment of such perpetrators in serious and repeated cases, in closed settings and in the community, including surveillance techniques;
c) programmes and measures aimed at helping perpetrators improve self-control and behaviour management and, where possible, repairing the harm done to victims[2]
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Upon the request of the CDPC, a report was drafted by Professor Nicola Padfield entitled “The sentencing, management and treatment of ‘dangerous’ offenders”. On the basis of this report, the decision was taken to set up a restricted drafting group of experts on dangerous offenders.

The terms of reference of the Ad hoc Drafting Group on Dangerous Offenders (PC-GR-DD) were adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 21 November 2012 and the PC-GR-DD began its work the same December. The terms of reference of the Ad hoc Drafting Group on Dangerous Offenders (PC-GR-DD) ended on 31 December 2013. Following its Terms of Reference, the PC-GR-DD drafted the draft recommendation on Dangerous offenders (and its commentary), which was approved by the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) during its Plenary Meeting in December 2013 and adopted by the Committee of Ministers in February 2014.

[1] The Council for Penological Cooperation is a standing advisory body to the European Committee on Crime Problems.
[2] Resolution Nº 1 on prevention and responding to domestic violence.

 


 Workshop to promote the Recommendation on Dangerous Offenders
Bilbao (Spain), 16 September 2014

Programme EN|FR|ES
University of the Basque Country
 

 The Recommendation on Dangerous offenders was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 19 February 2014.

Recommendation | Explanatory report


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  Mr Oscar ALARCÓN JIMÉNEZ
  
Secretary of the PC-GR-DD

 
Ms Hasmik ARSHAKYAN
   Assistant
   Tel. +33 3 88 41 2073
   E-mail: hasmik.arshakyan@coe.int