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17th Conference of Directors of Prison Administration

Rome (Italy), 22-24 November 2012

“Foreign prisoners” 

The 17th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison Administration (CDAP) took place for a second consecutive year together with the Directors of Probation Services.  It took place in Rome on 22 and 23 November 2012. The theme of the Conference was “Foreign Prisoners” and its objective was to promote the latest Council of Europe standards in this area and to discuss the tasks of prison and probation services related to the treatment, preparation for release and reintegration of foreign prisoners.

The Conference was followed on the morning of 24 November 2012 by a special meeting of its participants with judges and prosecutors as well as with representatives of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE), the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and the Council for Penological Cooperation (PC-CP). The aim of this meeting was to discuss how to reduce prison overcrowding which is a problem faced by many prison administrations in Europe today.

It is hoped that this dialogue will be maintained and continued at national and European level in order to develop long-term strategies in this respect and make more effective use of alternatives to custody.

  Conference Conclusions:
17th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison Administration with the participation of Directors of Probation Services "Foreign Prisoners"

  Special Meeting Conclusions: Meeting of representatives of European prison and probation services, judges, prosecutors and experts in the penitentiary field, dedicated to prison overcrowding

 Conference Venue and Programme:

The Conference took place at the Campidoglio Palace (22 November afternoon) and at the Training Centre of the Italian Penitentiary Administration (23 November and 24 November morning).

Final Programme

Protomoteca of Campidoglio, piazza del Campidoglio 55, postal code 00186,  Rome

Prison Administration Training College, Via di Brava 99, postal code 00163, Rome
Venues for official dinners:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Club, Lungotevere dell’Acqua, Acetosa 42, postal code 00197 Rome
Villa Miani, Via Trionfale 151, postal code 00136 Rome

Speech by His Holiness The Pope Benedict XVI (English and Italian)

Opening Session
- Opening speech by Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni,
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe (Italian version)
- Keynote introductory speech by Mr Guido Raimondi, vice President of the Euroepan Court of Human Rights (in italian)
- Speech by Mr Latif Hüseynov, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
- Speech by Mr Paulo César Barajas Garcia, Official, Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Holy See, Vatican City
- Setting the scene for the workshops by Mr André Vallotton, Chair of the Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) (in French)

  Closing session
- Speech by Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe (
in French)

  Final list of participants

  Speakers : Curriculum Vitae & summary of the



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Workshop I
- Presentation by Mr William Rentzmann, Director General, Department of Prisons and Probation, Ministry of Justice, Denmark
- Powerpoint Presentation by Mr Esa Vesterbacka, Director General, Criminal Sanction Agency (Prison and Probation Service), Finland
- Powerpoint Presentation by Mr Graham Wilkinson, Head, Foreign National Offender Policy, Offender Safety, Rights & Responsibilities Group, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom
- Presentation by Ms Femke Hofstee-van de Meulen, Inspector at the Inspectorate of Security and Justice, The Netherlands
- Presentation by Ms Natalia Delgrande, Senior Researcher, School of Criminal studies, Universtiy of Lausanne, Switzerland

Workshop II
Powerpoint presentation by Ms Nicolet Faber, Head of the Foreign Desk, Probation Service, The Netherlands
- Presentation by Mr Francesco Ottaviano, Director of the Office for Studies, Research , Legislation and International Relations, Department of Penitentiary Administration, Ministry of Justice, Italy (Powerpoint presentation)
- Presentation by Mr Gerhard Ploeg, Senior Adviser, Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Norway (Powerpoint presentation)
- Presentation by Ms Pauline Crowe, Chief Executive, Prisoners Abroad (Powerpoint presentation)


Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)12 concerning foreign prisoners

Resolution No. 2 of the 30th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice, Istanbul, 2010

European Prison Rules

Penitentiary questions: Council of Europe conventions, recommendations and resolutions

Recommendation Rec(2003)22 on conditional release (parole)

Recommendation No. R (99)22 concerning prison overcrowding and prison population inflation

Recommendation No. R (92)17 concerning consistency in sentencing

  Special Meeting:

Presentation by Mr Mauro Palma, Vice Chair of the PC-CP (powerpoint presentation)
Presentation by Ms Natalia
Delgrande, Senior Researcher, School of Criminal studies, Universtiy of Lausanne, Switzerland