Sevilla (Spain) 21-22 June 2022
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Prisons and Probation: Sharing and Refocusing Knowledge and Practice

Prisons and Probation: Sharing and Refocusing Knowledge and Practice

The 27th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services “Prisons and Probation: Sharing and Refocusing Knowledge and Practice” was held at the Barcelo Hotel, in Sevilla (Spain) on 21-22 June 2022. It was co-organised with the Spanish Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions.

The Conference was organised in plenary sessions and in workshops and the topics related to the selection and management of staff, to prison design and architecture, to equal access to services for women and to dealing with mental health. Under the different topics the use of AI was also considered. The data collected for the 2021 edition of the Annual Council of Europe Penal Statistics SPACE II were presented and in addition the interpretation and the use by the Directors of SPACE data related to prisons and probation were considered.

The Conference was opened only to invited participants: Directors of the Prison and Probation Services of the Council of Europe member and observer States as well as representatives of the European Union, the United Nations, the European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris), the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP).

There was no possibility for on-line participation in the Conference.




Opening addresses

  • Fernando Grande‑Marlaska, Minister of the Interior (Spain) Recorded video in Spanish
  • Ángel Luis Órtiz González, General Secretary of Penitentiary Institutions (Spain) - in Spanish
  • Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society ‑ Action against Crime Directorate, Council of Europe

Keynote speech

Parallel Workshops:

WORKSHOP I: Planning the future today: prison design and infrastructure
Moderators: Manfred Kost (Germany) & Willem van der Brugge, Secretary General (CEP)


WORKSHOP II: SPACE I and II for 2021: interpreting and using the data
Moderators: Fernando Miró-Llinares (Spain) & Gustav Tallving (EuroPris)


Marcelo Aebi, Professor, School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

WORKSHOP III: Working better together for offender reintegration
Moderators: Vivian Geiran (Ireland) & Dominik Lehner (Switzerland)


WORKSHOP IV: Ensuring equity and equality of access for women to services in prisons and probation
Moderators: Maria Lindström (Sweden) & Laura Negredo López (Spain)


WORKSHOP V: Dealing with mental health issues in prisons and probation services
Moderators: Ilina Taneva (Council of Europe) & Paulina Tallroth (Finland)


WORKSHOP VI: Staff recruitment and management
Moderators: Håkan Klarin (Sweden) & Annie Devos (Belgium)



CHAIR: Carlo Chiaromonte, Head of Criminal Law and Counter-terrorism, Council of Europe

Summing up of the workshops and some ideas for the future

Closing address: