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)
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
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.
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
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.
Council for Penological Cooperation is a standing advisory body to the
European Committee on Crime Problems.
Resolution Nº 1 on prevention and responding to domestic violence.
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. The CDPC instructed the
Secretariat to transmit the draft recommendation to the
Committee of Ministers for final adoption