The Council of Europe (CoE) started on 1 November 2018 a 24 months project entitled “Structured sentence management for violent extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

The project was implemented in close cooperation with the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and Republika Srpska, and their respective partners from the state and the entity law enforcement agencies, social welfare services, as well as with the civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders.

The project had an overall budget of 800,000 EUR and was financed thanks to the generous contributions of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

PROJECT NEWS PROJECT NEWS

The Council of Europe supports authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to finalise the tools and programme for violent extremist prisoners

18 October 2021 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Europe, in close cooperation with the three Ministries of Justice in BiH and their respective partners from entity and state penitentiaries, organized the final meeting of the Working Group on reviewing and finalising the tools and programme for rehabilitation of violent and...

Read More

Project’s closing event - Regional conference on “Addressing radicalisation in prisons and managing violent extremist offenders”

25 March 2021 Online

The issue of radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons is a widespread challenge across the Western Balkans region that requires special attention of all relevant authorities in order to effectively address this phenomenon. Further fostering of prison capacities, inter-institutional...

Read More

Training session on multi-agency cooperation related to management of violent and extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina

17-18 February 2021 Sarajevo, BiH

An online training session, focusing on the protocols on data/info sharing and multi-agency cooperation related to the management of violent and extremist prisoners (VEP), brought together 35 representatives from the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and...

Read More

Training on application of the rehabilitation tools and programme for violent and extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina

9-10 December 2020

A 2-day online training session focused on fostering the prison system capacities and staff skills related to management of violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs) in BiH gathered representatives of the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and Republika Srpska. The...

Read More

Round Table held to present two strategic documents supporting the system for execution of criminal sanctions in BiH

23 November 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 23 November 2020, the Council of Europe organised a round table to present two strategic documents aimed at enhancing the management of violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs), namely the „Guidelines for management, education, and professional development of prison staff working with VEPs“ and...

Read More

Informative training on application of the Case Management System (CMS) Manual for Violent and Extremist Prisoners

19 November 2020

On 19 November 2020, the Council of Europe (CoE) held the fourth informative training session on application of the CMS Manual for violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs). Prison practitioners from Bihać and Banja Luka prisons, as well as representatives of law-enforcement agencies and social work...

Read More

Development of the Screening Tool and list of indicators of radicalisation in prison facilities

18 November 2020

On 18 November 2020, the Council of Europe (CoE) held a second Working Group (WG) meeting on the development of a basic Screening Tool and a list of indicators of vulnerability to radicalisation within prison context. Professionals from Zenica and Bijeljina prisons, as well as representatives of...

Read More

Online training on application of the Case Management System (CMS) Manual for Violent and Extremist Prisoners

29 October 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 29 October 2020, the Council of Europe (CoE) held a training session on the application of the CMS Manual for violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs). Prison practitioners from Zenica and Doboj prisons, as well as representatives of law-enforcement agencies and social work centres coming from...

Read More

The Staff Management Strategy for high security units managing violent and extremist prisoners is finalised

29-30 September 2020 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Working Group for development of Staff Management Strategy for high security units managing violent and extremist prisoners met on 29 and 30 September 2020 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to finalise their work on the development of this important document. The Staff Management Strategy...

Read More

The Working Group continues with the development of the Staff Management Strategy for high security units managing violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs)

18-19 June 2020 Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Working Group composed of representatives from the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and Republika Srpska, prison professionals from Zenica and Bijeljina prisons and two international consultants held an online meeting on 18-19 June 2020 on the development...

Read More

Operational capacities for management of the violent and extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina further strengthened

28 May 2020

Recognizing the challenges posed by the COVID 19 outbreak, during the lockdown period, the Working Group, composed of representatives of Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska (RS), prison management and professionals, with support by an...

Read More

Multiagency cooperation for rehabilitation and resocialisation of prisoners with violent and extremist behaviour

13 March 2020 Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 13 March 2020, the Working Group (WG) tasked with drafting the Strategic Policy Guidelines for Treatment of Violent and Extremist Prisoners (VEPs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the period 2020–2025 held its Second Coordination Meeting at which it informed the wider professional community...

Read More

Study visit to Norther Ireland Prison, Probation and Police Services

5-7 November 2019 Belfast, Northern Ireland

From 05th to 07th November 2019, representatives of the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and Republika Srpska as well as prison managers from the Federation BiH and Republika Srpska participated in a study visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom...

Read More

Second working group meeting to review tools and programmes for violent and extremist prisoners

24-25 October 2019 Foča

On 24-25 October 2019, the Council of Europe Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in co-operation with the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation of BiH (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS) and prison establishments from Zenica, Foča, Bijeljina, Banja Luka and Bihać, organized...

Read More

Development of A Strategic Policy document on rehabilitation of violent and extremist prisoners and inter-agency cooperation

10 - 11 October 2019 Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first Working Group (WG) session that took place on 10 - 11 October 2019 in Trebinje resulted in the first draft that defined the main principles and structure of a Strategic policy document (Strategy) aiming at facilitating the implementation of operational procedures in prison for violent...

Read More

Share experiences and gain knowledge from the Danish prison system on dealing with violent and extremist prisoners

24-26 September 2019 Copenhagen

A three-day study visit to Denmark, organised for representatives of the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation BiH and Republika Srpska as well as prison managers from the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska, took place on 24 - 26 September 2019. During the study...

Read More

Developing a Strategic Policy Document to facilitate the implementation of operational procedures in prisons for violent and extremist prisoners

13 September 2019 Brcko

More than 20 professionals, including senior officials from the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska, as well as prison managers from the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska, met on 13 September 2019 in Brcko to define guidelines for the...

Read More

Enhancing the tools for risk and needs assessment, as well as special treatment programmes for violent and extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina

29-30 August 2019 Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first working group (WG) session on reviewing and promoting the existing tools for risk and needs assessment, as well as special treatment programmes for violent and extremist prisoners was held on 29 and 30 August 2019 in Neum. It was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice...

Read More

1st Working Group session for conducting legal analysis of the legislation for development of a Staff Management Strategy

4 July 2019 Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 1st Working Group session tasked for conducting legal analysis and providing recommendations to the legislation relevant for the development of a Staff Management Strategy for high security units managing violent and extremist prisoners (VEPs) was held on 04 July 2019 in Trebinje....

Read More

2nd Coordination meeting to discuss the development of a training manual on the Case Management System for violent and extremist prisoners

27 June 2019 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 27 June 2019, around 20 professionals from the Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation of BiH (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS), BiH Ministry of Security, law-enforcement agencies, prisons and social welfare services exchanged ideas and practices on the developments of...

Read More

First meeting of the Working Group for drafting the Strategy for selection of prison staff in maximum security prisons

20 June 2019 Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Senior representatives of Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska, as well as prison managers from the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska met on 20 June 2019 in Trebinje in order to define guidelines for drafting a comprehensive Strategy for...

Read More

Multi-agency co-operation and case management system for violent and extremist prisoners in Bosnia and Herzegovina

16-17 May 2019 Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first coordination meeting of representatives of Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, prison establishments from Zenica, Banja Luka, Bihać and Bijeljina and Social Work Centers took place in Brčko, on 16 and 17 May 2019....

Read More

Ministries of justice promoting tools for risk and needs assessment, as well as special treatment programmes for violent and extremist prisoners

6 March 2019 Mostar

Representatives of Ministries of Justice of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Federation (FBiH) and Republika Srapska (RS) and prison officials met on 6 March 2019 in Mostar at the first Working Group (WG) session, to start the process of peer review and promotion of existing tools for risk and needs...

Read More

1st Coordination meeting under project ''Structured Sentence Management for Violent and Extremist Prisoners''

20 February 2019 Mostar

The 1st Coordination meeting to further develop a training manual on case management system for violent and extremist prisoners was held in Mostar, on 20 February 2019. Representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ministry of Justice of Republika Srpska,...

Read More

Project Launching event

22 January 2019 Sarajevo

On 22nd January, Council of Europe presented the new project “Structured sentence management for violent and extremist prisoners” to national and international stakeholders engaged in the area of rule of law. The overall objective of the project is to help enhance safety and security in Bosnia...

Read More

Key documentation

 European Prison Rules

 Legal instruments

SaveSaveSaveSave Publications

 Useful links

Highlights

 CLCU Highlights

2015  /  2016  /  2017  2018 / 2019

 Contact usSave