The 18th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison
Administration was held from 27 to 29 of November 2013 in Brussels,
It was co-organised with the Belgian Prison Service and the Belgian
Federal Public Service of Justice and gathered together the Directors
General of the prison services of the 47 Council of Europe member
The Directors of the European Probation Services, European judges and
prosecutors, representatives of the states enjoying observer status with
the Council of Europe, the European Union, the UN, EuroPris and the
European Organisation for Probation (CEP) were also invited to the
The Conference discussed during three parallel sessions: the (over)use of
prisons; the complexity of prison and probation management; conditions
and preparation for release; the role and relations of prison and
probation services in setting and executing individual sentence plans.
In this context the participants took part in debates regarding the
execution of very short prison sentences, how to make best use of them
and how to deal successfully with more offenders in the community.
Special attention was paid to how court practices may influence the
of prison inflation.
Conclusions of the Conference (available shortly)