A conference will bring together prosecutors, judges and criminal law experts to examine possible steps throughout the criminal justice process - notably the pre-trial, sentencing and enforcement phases - to tackle the recurring problem of overcrowding in many prisons in Europe. Participants will also discuss ways to apply the recommendations contained in the White Paper on prison overcrowding adopted by Council of Europe´s criminal law experts in 2016. Another topic on the agenda are crime rates and rates of imprisonment in Europe, following the recently published SPACE survey for 2018 on prison populations. Organised by the Council of Europe with support from the European Commission, the conference will be held under the auspices of the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Speakers at the opening include Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Justice and Consumers of the European Commission Tiina Astola and European Committee for the Prevention of Torture president Mykola Gnatovskyy. European Court of Human Rights´ judge Síofra O’Leary will deliver the keynote speech. The conference is open to media. The opening on 24 April (9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.) and the plenary sessions on 25 April (9 a.m. to 12 noon) will be webcast live on the conference website.
Contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04