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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*** 5th Plenary meeting of the PC-CP, Strasbourg (17-19 November 2015) ***NEWS*** 5th Plenary meeting of the PC-CP, Strasbourg (17-19 November 2015)***NEWS***5th Plenary meeting of the PC-CP, Strasbourg (17-19 November 2015)*** NEWS ***  

Culture and Organisation in the Irish Prison Service

Interview with Dr Ismaīl Serageldin - Counteracting radicalisation and extremism


Interview with Professor Marcelo Aebi (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) related to the publication of the latest SPACE Statistics
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5th Plenary meeting, Strasbourg (17-19 November 2015)
Draft agenda
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Draft annotated agenda
Executive Summary

PC-CP for Paris   
The Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) expresses its deepest grief for the loss of so many lives during the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015. Radicalisation to violent extremism and the role prison and probation services may play in identifying, preventing and dealing with these phenomena are on the top of its agenda. The PC-CP will finalise at its present meeting Guidelines for the attention of the Council of Europe member states, which will be adopted by the Committee of Ministers in the coming weeks. The PC-CP underlines in relation to this that investing in good prison and probation management, in recruitment and training of vigilant staff of high professional and ethical standing are of utmost importance in the fight against radicalisation. Prison and probation work should be seen as part of a comprehensive multi-agency strategy to combat violent extremism which requires continuity and coordination of the interventions in order to ensure respect of public safety and security and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms by our societies.  
3rd meeting of the Drafting committee on prison overcrowding, Paris (26-27 October 2015)
Executive Summary  
10th PC-CP Working Group meeting, Strasbourg (14-16 September 2015)
Summary meeting report
20th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services,  Bucharest, Romania (9-10 June 2015)
Conference website: www.coe.int/cdpps2015
2nd meeting of the Drafting committee on prison overcrowding, Strasbourg (20-21 May 2015) 
Executive summary
9th PC-CP Working Group meeting, Strasbourg (22-24 April 2015)
Summary meeting report
8th PC-CP Working Group meeting, Strasbourg (4-6 February 2015)
Summary meeting report
1st meeting of the Drafting committee on prison overcrowding, Strasbourg (8-9 December 2014)
Concept paper
Executive summary

SPACE I 2013 and SPACE II 2013 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