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14th Conference of Directors of Prison Administration
(Vienna, 19-21 November 2007)
“Managing Prisons in an increasingly complex environment”
Modern prison systems have to manage increasingly diverse groups of prisoners. This conference examined the problems of managing two quite different groups of prisoners in a decent and humane manner.
1. A growing number of prisoners come from marginalised and problematic groups in civil society. They include the mentally ill, the drug addicted, those from ethnic minorities and of foreign nationality. Staff have to develop a new set of skills to manage these prisoners in line with the European Prison Rules and based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the CPT standards.
2. Prisons now have to detain people who are accused or convicted of involvement in terrorist activities or in organised crime. In dealing with them, prisons have to take account of public safety and also of international norms such as the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism and the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and the CPT standards developed in its annual general reports and in particular in its 15th and 16th reports.

The Conference was open to Director Generals of Prison Administration, representatives of the Ministries of Justice, International Governmental Organisations as well as International and National Non-Governmental Organisations active in the field, professionals and researchers.

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