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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 and probation services. It publishes annual penal statistics on the prison population and community sanctions and measures (SPACE). 

     
European Prisons Rules Council of Europe Probation Rules European Rules for Juvenile Offenders
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 Members of the PC-CP Working Group
***NEWS*** Meeting of the SPACE National Correspondents, Strasbourg, 20-21 March 2017 ***NEWS*** Meeting of the SPACE National Correspondents, Strasbourg, 20-21 March 2017 ***NEWS*** Meeting of the SPACE National Correspondents, Strasbourg, 20-21 March 2017 ***NEWS*** Meeting of the SPACE National Correspondents, Strasbourg, 20-21 March 2017 ***  
Recommendation CM/Rec (2017) XX of the Committee of Ministers to the member states on the European Rules on community sanctions and measures
(Draft - text not yet adopted by the Committee of Ministers)
 

 
Council of Europe Handbook for Prison and Probation Services regarding Radicalisation and Violent Extremism
(Draft - text not yet adopted by the Committee of Ministers)
 

 
White Paper on Prison Overcrowding  

 
Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics for 2015  

 

SPACE Prisons Report 2015 ENG:

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♦ Recent presentations made by the PC-CP Chair:

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Presentation 2
 

 
♦ Presentation by Mr Vivian Geiran (PC-CP Chair) and Ms Ilina Taneva (PC-CP Secretary) at a hearing - on prison systems and conditions - of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in Brussels, Belgium (9th February 2017)
Link to the video  
 

 
♦ Essex paper N3 with initial guidance on interpretation and implementation of the Nelson Mandela Rules
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Document
 

 
♦ Guidelines for prison and probation services regarding radicalisation and violent extremism
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 ♦ Practical Guide - Monitoring places where children are deprived of liberty
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♦ HUDOC CPT Healthcare in Prisons
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Meetings  
15th meeting of the PC-CP Working Group, Strasbourg (10-12 April 2017)
Draft Agenda
Draft Order of Business
 
 
 
Meeting of the SPACE National Correspondents, Strasbourg, 20-21 March 2017
Draft Agenda
 
 
 
14th meeting of the PC-CP Working Group, Strasbourg (30 January - 1 February 2017)
Summary Meeting report
 
 
 
Meeting of the CDPC sub-group on prison overcrowding (7 December 2016, Eurojust, The Hague, The Netherlands)
Executive Summary
 
 
 
6th PC-CP Plenary meeting, Strasbourg (19-21 October 2016)
Summary Meeting report