Sport and Prisons in Europe
As part of its activities to promote diversity in and through sport, EPAS decided to concentrate its actions in 2014 on the role of sport in prisons.
In order to prepare the ground for the 2014 annual conference on this topic, it first of all organised an expert seminar on 5 March 2013, in co-operation with the Council for Penological Cooperation (PC-CP) and und the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, to bring together experts from both the penitentiary and sporting authorities in Europe.
The following year, the EPAS annual conference took place at the French National Olympic and Sports Committee headquarters in Paris, and a variety of good practice examples were showcased over the two days.
The next step taken by EPAS was to proceed with a publication containing the analysed results of a questionnaire and the best practices identified during the conference, in order to provide Council of Europe member states with a set of criteria which would allow them to evaluate, assess and plan specific (existing or future) sport in prison projects, as well as to present a set of good practice examples illustrating this.