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Prisons and Community Sanctions and Measures

The Council of Europe has an unique experience in promoting more humane and socially effective prisons. To this end a number of legal instruments have been adopted including the European Prison Rules and recommendations on education in prison, prison staff, health care in prison and prison overcrowding. These legal instruments have been brought together in one publication, the Compendium of conventions, recommendations and resolutions relating to penitentiary questions.

These instruments have been prepared by either the Council for Penological Cooperation, which is a standing advisory body to the European Committee on Crime Problems, or by ad hoc expert committees.

The Council of Europe also organises regular conferences of directors of prison administration. It publishes annual penal statistics on the prison population and community sanctions and measures (SPACE). (more)





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***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)***NEWS*** 8th Meeting of the PC-CP Working Group (Strasbourg, 4-6 February 2015)*** NEWS ***
1st meeting of the Drafting working committee on prison overcrowding, Strasbourg (8-9 December 2014)
Concept paper
4th PC-CP Plenary meeting, Strasbourg (5-7 November 2014)
Summary meeting report

7th PC-CP Working Group Meeting, Mecklenburg (Germany), 1-2 September 2014
Summary meeting report
19th Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services, Helsinki (Finland), 17-18 June 2014

SPACE I 2012 and SPACE II 2012 reports  

Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4 on electronic monitoring
Commentary to Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4

Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)3 concerning dangerous offenders
Commentary to Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)3