The 26th annual Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services “Gaining an Edge over the Pandemic” (20- 21 September, Funchal, Portugal) considered the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of offenders and staff and on the enhanced use of new technologies, including artificial intelligence. The conference also considered the management of persons accused or convicted of a sexual offence, a topic on which the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers is currently preparing a set of recommended principles.
Francisca Van Dunem, Minister of Justice of Portugal, and Ambassador Christian Meuwly, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Council of Europe and Chair of the Committee of Ministers Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation, opened the Conference. Alan Mitchell, President of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), delivered the keynote speech.
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