The Project “Strengthening the prison and probation reforms, provision of health care and treatment of patients in closed institutions in the Republic of Moldova” (“SPPRH Project”) with the duration of 36 months (March 2021 – February 2024) is funded through and is in line with the strategic priorities for co-operation as formulated in the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova for 2021-2024.

The Project builds on the achievements of the previous Council of Europe Action Plans for the Republic of Moldova, notably, results of the projects implemented between 2015 and 2020, namely, the Programme “Promoting a human rights compliant criminal justice system in the Republic of Moldova” (01 March 2018 – 28 February 2021) and the Project “Support of the Criminal Justice Reforms in the Republic of Moldova” (2015 – 2018). The Project is also focused on further consolidating the achievements of the Norwegian Mission of Rule of Law Advisers to Moldova (NORLAM) activities in country completed in June 2017.

The Project is aimed at supporting the enhancement of the prison management practices, the improvement of the quality of the provision of health care to inmates (including mental health care), supporting the probation in raising its profile, promoting the value of community sanctions and measures among all actors of the criminal justice system and strengthening of treatment programmes and protocols for patients in psychiatric establishments (including forensic patients).

Main intervention areas will cover policy/legal framework, institutional and practical implementation levels, and the expected results of this Project are the following:

  • Management of prisons is further improved to better support the prisoners’ rehabilitation: integrating modern prison management methodologies and tools, and further increasing the prison staff skills and knowledge on human rights of persons deprived of liberty;
  • Quality of the provision and organisation of health care services (including mental health care) for inmates are further enhanced in line with European standards: developing specialized tools, policies and improving the material medical conditions in prisons;
  • Strengthened institutional capacity of Probation Service and multidisciplinary co-operation with other actors through more effective implementation of community sanctions and measures in support of offenders’ social reintegration: strengthening the capacities of Probation to treat medium and high-risk offenders and fine-tuning the inter-institutional cooperation;
  • Strengthened treatment of patients in psychiatric establishments (including forensic patients) in line with European standards: enhancing the treatment programmes and protocols and improving the knowledge and skills of staff in applying them within multidisciplinary teams.
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A delegation from the Ministry of Justice, the National Administration of Penitentiaries and the National Probation Inspectorate made a study visit to the Council of Europe

08 November 2022 France

15 representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, and the National Probation Inspectorate participated in a study visit to the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg, France on 2-4 November. The study visit allowed the participants to gain...

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The Training Centre of the National Administration of Penitentiaries of the Republic of Moldova enhanced its abilities to deliver a new course on working with juveniles and young adults in detention

18 October 2022 Moldova

During a pilot - session, the team of the Training Centre of the National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP TC) enhanced their knowledge and professional skills in delivering a new course on Working with Juveniles and Young Adults in Detention, designed for the specialists of the prison...

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The Training Centre of the National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP) ready to deliver a new course on Prison Management for the senior managers within the prison system of the Republic of Moldova

15 July 2022 Moldova

The team of the Training Centre (TC) of the National Administration of Penitentiaries (NAP) strengthened their knowledge and professional skills during a Training of Trainers (ToT) session for the delivery of a new course on Prison Management, designed for the senior prison managers from the...

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Council of Europe continuing support to the prison and probation reforms, and the health care in closed institutions in Moldova - third Steering Committee Meeting

27 June 2022 Republic of Moldova

21 June 2022, Chisinau – The third Steering Committee meeting of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the prison and probation reforms, provision of health care and the treatment of patients in closed institutions in the Republic of Moldova” was held in Chisinau. Attended by members and...

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A pool of trainers on Motivational Interviewing techniques created within the prison system of the Republic of Moldova

14 June 2022 Moldova

15 specialists from the prison system gained professional skills in delivering training to peers on Motivational Interviewing. The Training of Trainers (ToT) was a consolidation exercise following the piloting of a Risk and Needs Assessment tool (RNA) in prisons, for a more accurate and...

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Workshop on the results of piloting the draft Risks and Needs Assessment tool for prisoners and offenders in the community

28.02.2022 Republic of Moldova

The results of the piloting the draft Risks and Needs Assessment (RNA) tool for prisoners and offenders in the community were presented during a final evaluation workshop. All probation offices and prisons who tested the draft RNA tool in their daily work during a six-months period expressed...

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Second Meeting of the Working Group for the development of Policies and Standard Operational Procedures for the prison system of the Republic of Moldova

25 January Moldova

The second meeting of the working group (WG) for the development of policies and standard operational procedures (SOPs) focused on four thematic areas - dynamic security, treatment of vulnerable groups of detainees, preventing and combating inter-prisoner violence (for prison frontline staff),...

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Council of Europe project, continuing to support the reforms in the criminal justice sector in Moldova- second Steering Committee Meeting

3 December 2021 Moldova

3 December 2021, Chișinău – The second Steering Committee meeting of the Council of Europe Project “Strengthening the prison and probation reforms, provision of health care and the treatment of patients in closed institutions in the Republic of Moldova” was held online, following almost 9 months...

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First Meeting of the Working Group for the development of a training module for the prison staff working with young offenders

24 November 2021 Moldova

The first meeting of the working group for the development of a training Module for the prison staff working with young offenders - was conducted online on 17-18 November 2021. The meeting resulted in a clear plan of distribution of tasks and deadlines among the members of the working group. At...

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Workshop on results of piloting of the reorganisation of tasks in three prisons in the Republic of Moldova

18 November 2021 Moldova

The results of the pilot initiative for the reorganization of tasks with a focus on dynamic security and social reintegration of inmates in three prisons – Prison no. 7 - Rusca (women), Prison no. 10 - Goian (juveniles) and Prison 1 - Taraclia (male adults) – were evaluated during the final...

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Professional development course for medical and non-medical staff of the penitentiary system of the Republic of Moldova

29 October 2021 Moldova

A fourteen-weeks’ professional development course for medical and non-medical staff of the prison system of the Republic of Moldova has started on 19 July and finished on 27 October 2021, when, as a result of the course, an overall number of 121 accreditations were issued to medical and...

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Consultation meeting on the progress in piloting the Risks and Needs Assessment Tool in selected prisons and probation offices

7 October 2021 Moldova

The first consultation meeting on the progress in piloting the Risks and Needs Assessment (RNA) Tool for prisoners and offenders ARIC (Assessment of Reintegration, Intervention and Conclusion) in 4 selected prisons and 4 probation offices was conducted online on 04-05 October 2021. The activity...

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Progress assessment on management reorganisation in three pilot prisons in Moldova

10/06/2021 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

A progress assessment of the piloting of a revised management of tasks with the focus on resocialization of inmates and dynamic security in three prisons - Prison no. 7 - Rusca (women), Prison no. 10 - Goian (juveniles) and Prison no. 1 - Taraclia (male adults) - was conducted online noted a good...

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