The 20th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services was held on 9 and 10 June 2015 in Bucharest, Romania. It was hosted by the Romanian Prison and Probation Services.
Its topic was: “Strategic Challenges for Prison and Probation Services”. The main aim of the Conference was to share information and experience how to manage prisons and probation services in times of economic crisis, cuts in staff and activities, whether and how opening prisons to outside agencies, private companies, civil society and the local communities could help prepare better prisoners for release without undermining safety and security. An important topic was also the radicalisation of detainees and the role of prison and probation services in dealing with this problem.
In the Conference took part Directors general of the prison administration and probation services of the 47 Council of Europe member states or their high ranking representatives. Representatives of the States enjoying observer status with the Council of Europe, as well as the European Union, the UN, EuroPris and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) was also be invited to it.