The Council of Europe implements a 24-month joint project to support Slovenia in its efforts to improve the justice system by pursuing two directions, i.e. two components of the project: Component I: introducing new legislation and policies that are in line with European standards and good practices in the juvenile criminal justice system, and Component II: improving the penitentiary system through enhanced training capacities of the prison administration and better human resources policy applied to the prison staff by the Slovenian Prison Administration.

The project is implemented transversally and jointly within two Council of Europe Directorates General: Component I – Directorate General of Democracy, Department of Children’s Rights Polices and Cooperation, Children’s Rights Division (to insert the link to the other component), and Component II – Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, Action against Crime Department, Criminal Law Cooperation Unit.

The Criminal Law Cooperation Unit will address through implementation of the Component II issues concerning the lack of organized education and training of prison staff, with the aim of improving the prisoners’ treatment. Slovenian penal practice remains orientated towards a humane treatment of prisoners with emphasis placed on an individual approach. Nevertheless, due to limited training capacities, the treatment of prisoners in practice faces several challenges. To this end, the project will focus on the following three areas:

  • support to the introduction of a modern risk and needs assessment tool for the penitentiary,
  • development of key training and research entities and capacity building for Prison Administration,
  • increase of the professionalism of prison staff.

The project started on 1 September 2021 and will be completed on 31 August 2023 with an overall budget of 700.000€ for Component II, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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Introducing a New Risk and Needs Assessment tool in Slovenia

23.11.2022 Slovenia

A new Risk and Needs Assessment tool, developed by the Council of Europe in line with Council of Europe standards and based on the feedback and priorities provided by the Slovenian Prison Administration was presented at a training session that took place on 21-23 November in Ljubljana. Twenty-two...

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Establishing a Training Academy and Research Institution in Slovenia

08 July 2022 Slovenia

Council of Europe works together with Prison Administration to establish a Training Academy and a Research Institute in Slovenia in order to increase the professionalism of prison staff and improve the detention conditions in prisons. Recommendations to establish the Academy and Research...

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First activities in Slovenia launched on training and risk assessment tools

7 February 2022 Slovenia

The implementation of the project “Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff” was initiated with the organization of two meetings for the assessment of the training capacities and risk assessment tools currently used by the Slovenian...

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Call for national consultants for the project "Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff" in Slovenia

The Criminal Law Cooperation Unit has launched a call for national consultants in the area of penitentiary within the Project in Slovenia on “Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff” (Component 2: Penitentiary system and HR reform...

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Kick off meeting and launch of a new project in Slovenia

04 November 2021 Slovenia

On 04 November, a 24 months joint Council of Europe/European Union Project, on “Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff”, was launched, presenting the overall objectives to the local partners and beneficiaries. The Project will...

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Call for national consultants for the project "Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff" in Slovenia

21 October 2021

The Criminal Law Cooperation Unit has launched a call for national consultants in the area of penitentiary within the Project in Slovenia on “Improving the juvenile justice system and strengthening the education and training of penitentiary staff” (Component 2: Penitentiary system and HR reform...

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