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Revised European Prison Rules: new guidance to prison services on humane treatment of inmates

02 July 2020 Council of Europe, Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a Recommendation which updates the 2006 European Prison Rules. The rules, which contain the key legal standards and principles related to prison management, staff and treatment of detainees and are a global reference in this field,...

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Sanctions and measures without deprivation of liberty increasingly used in Europe: new survey

18 June 2020 Council of Europe, Strasbourg

European states are increasingly resorting to sanctions and measures which keep offenders in the community without deprivation of liberty, according to the 2019 SPACE II annual survey, carried out for the Council of Europe by the University of Lausanne. (Please see also the Key Findings) On 31...

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COVID‑19 Related Statement by the Members of the Council for Penological Co‑operation Working Group (PC‑CP WG)

17 April 2020

The Council for Penological Co‑operation Working Group, in co‑operation with the European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris) and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) wishes to draw the attention to some important texts issued by the Council of Europe in recent...

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New survey: Europe’s rate of imprisonment remained stable in 2019

7 April 2020 Strasbourg

Secretary General Pejčinović Burić calls on states to resort to alternatives to deprivation of liberty and to protect both the prison population and prison staff. The overall imprisonment rate - the number of inmates per 100,000 inhabitants - remained stable in Europe from 2018 to 2019, according...

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Council of Europe recognised for the excellence of its penal statistics

30 October 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Council of Europe has been awarded today the 2019 International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) President's Award as a recognition for the collection and collation of the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE). The award was received by Ilina Taneva, Deputy Head of the...

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Council of Europe publishes Annual Statistics on Probation

21 May 2019 Strasbourg

The number of persons in Europe subject to community sanctions and measures (CSM) - usually known as alternatives to imprisonment - under the supervision of probation agencies is increasing, according to the Council of Europe annual SPACE II survey, published today, whilst at the same time the...

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Ten-year trends in European prisons and foreign offenders in prison and probation: two new reports

4 December 2018

The two reports concerning Prisons and Foreigners in prison and under probation in Europe are now online on the SPACE website. You can consult them here: Foreigners in Prison and under probation in Europe Prisons in Europe 2005-2015: Volume 1 and Volume 2

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Adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)5 concerning children with imprisoned parents

4 April 2018 Strasbourg

The Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)5 concerning children with imprisoned parents was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 April 2018 at the 1312th Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies: Recommendation Explanatory Memorandum

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Conference concerning the transferring of sentenced persons in the EU

26 January 2018 Utrecht University (The Netherlands)

Conference in Utrecht University concerning the transferring of sentenced persons in the EU: Conference website

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European Parliament Resolution on prison systems and conditions

5 October 2017

Link to the European Parliament Resolution of 5 October 2017 on prison systems and conditions

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Symposium on "Overcrowding in prisons in Europe"

24 March 2017 Aix-en-Provence

This Symposium on prison overcrowding in Europe was held at the Faculty of Law in Aix en Provence and gathered students and professionals. Video Opening Session (morning) in French only Video (afternoon) in French only Proceedings of the Symposium (in French only)

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ERA Seminar Improving Detention Conditions at an EU Level

1-2 June 2017 Trier

This final seminar in a series of five co-funded by the European Commission on issues related to detention will focus on the follow-up to the EU’s Green Paper on detention and the ongoing debate and developments surrounding it, as well as provide an update on the implementation and use of the...

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Latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE), just published

14 March 2017 STRASBOURG

The number of people held in European prisons decreased by 6.8% from 2014 to 2015, although prison overcrowding remained a problem in 15 countries, according to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE), published today. In 2015, 1,404,398 people were held in penitentiary...

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