Conferences of Directors of Prison and Probation Services
Like every year the 23rd Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (CDPPS) will bring together about 130 high-ranking representatives of the prison and probation services of the member and observer States to the Council of Europe, international organisations, as well as renowned experts and researchers working in the penitentiary field. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Working Together Effectively: Management and Co-operation Models between prison and Probation Services”.
This conference was hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency. It aimed at bringing together high-ranking representatives of the prison and probation services of the member and observer States of the Organisation, as well as renowned experts and researchers and representatives of the justice sector and of the civil society.
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.
This conference was co-organised with the Finnish Criminal Sanctions Agency and the Ministry of Justice. It brought together the Directors General of the prison and probation services of the 47 Council of Europe member states. Representatives of the States enjoying observer status with the Council of Europe, the European Union, the UN, EuroPris and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) were also invited.
It was co-organised with the Belgian Prison Service and the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice and gathered together the Directors General of the prison services of the 47 Council of Europe member states. The Directors of the European Probation Services, European judges and prosecutors, representatives of the states enjoying observer status with the Council of Europe, the European Union, the UN, EuroPris and the European Organisation for Probation (CEP) were also invited to the Conference.
This conference took place for a second consecutive year together with the Directors of Probation Services. The theme of the Conference was “Foreign Prisoners” and its objective was to promote the latest Council of Europe standards in this area and to discuss the tasks of prison and probation services related to the treatment, preparation for release and reintegration of foreign prisoners.
This conference with the participation of Directors of Probation Services was held in the Council of Europe. The Directors General of the Prison Administration, or their high ranking representatives, as well as the Directors of Probation Services, or their high ranking representatives in the Council of Europe member and observer states, were invited to participate in this Conference.