In the framework of the Council of Europe continued assistance provided to the Albanian authorities to bring the penitentiary system in line with Council of Europe standards, this Project addresses needs for carrying out reforms in a systematic and strategic manner.

Accordingly the Project supports the authorities in developing a 4-year Action Plan on prisons and also provides expertise in a form of legal opinion to four draft laws in the area of execution of criminal sanctions, as prepared by the Ministry of Justice, namely: Draft Law on the Rights and Treatment of Inmates; Draft Law on Prison Police; Draft Law on Internal Control Service and Complaints in the System of Execution of Criminal Sanctions and Draft Law on Probation Service.

The Project also provides institution-building support that will improve the coordinated approach to countering violent extremism (CVE) in Albania particularly in relation to prisons, civil society, and religious communities. As a result of the Project the CVE Center’s internal procedure and Information-sharing protocols will be strengthened.

The Project is funded by the UK Embassy in Tirana and implemented by the Council of Europe.

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Developing a Prison Action Plan for Albania

Tirana 29-30 October
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The Council of Europe is assisting the Albanian prison system in devising a 4-year Action Plan on development of the penitentiary system. The Plan will provide a strategic and systematic approach to the prison reform process in the country.

The participants at the first working group (WG) session, which took place on 29-30 October 2018 in Tirana, agreed on the methodology of work and adopted the Plan’s structure and outline. They further discussed and agreed on the overall mission statement and two strategic objectives and outputs related to prison organisation, management and rehabilitation of prisoners.

The WG session was attended by 12 representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Directorate General on Prisons, the Probation Service, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Ombudsman office and civil society representatives. The session was facilitated by three Council of Europe consultants.

The WG session was organised under the auspices of the project “Support to the prison reform and fight against radicalisation in prisons”, funded by the UK Embassy in Tirana and implemented by the Council of Europe.