Support to the Establishment of Probation Service in Armenia

Start date: May 2014
Duration: 24 months
Budget: EUR 554 700
Donor: Government of Norway (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway)
Partners: Ministry of Justice (including the Penitentiary Department), Judiciary, General Prosecutor’s Office, Police, Ministry of Labour and Social Issues (Employment Agency), Ministry of Finance, National Assembly, Civil Society, Academic institutions
Contact Person: Ilias Kalamaras ([email protected])

The project aimed at introducing a probation service in two pilot regions of Armenia using the Council of Europe standards and best European practices.

Specific objectives of the project were:
• technical support to the establishment of probation service, including introduction of a pilot electronic monitoring system;
• training of probation service staff and other related professionals in two pilot regions.

The objectives were achieved through development of training curricula on probation, organisation of training-for-trainers (ToT) on probation for national trainers from different training institutions and universities, facilitation of follow-up cascade trainings, including initial, in-depth and in-service training courses, study visits to CoE member states, as well as development of pre-release and post-release re-integration programmes for offenders.