May 2021
Change of Directors
Kirsten Hawlitschek will be leaving EuroPris by the end of this month. On behalf of the EuroPris team, we would like to express our appreciation for all the hard work and dedication Kirsten has given to EuroPris. Kirsten has been working as Executive Director of EuroPris for the past 8 years. With the support of the board, the members, and partners of EuroPris, Kirsten has been managing the organization, bringing practitioners together, creating a network where practitioners can exchange information and learn from each other. Kirsten has been much appreciated for her good management skills and clear vision. During her time as Executive Director the membership has steadily increased, and today 33 prison services have joined the network.

At the same time, we welcome Gustav Tallving as the new Executive Director of EuroPris. In his previous career, Gustav has been working at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service in many different positions. One of his personal favorite topics on prison matters is the reduction of reoffending and system performance. As a sociologist, he is also deeply concerned with the political and philosophical aspects of prisons. Gustav worked with EuroPris before, during his part-time secondment from 2017-2019 as a policy officer. As for the future of EuroPris Gustav sees a consolidated network with a strong capacity to provide spaces for knowledge exchange, facilitate projects, and continuously serve the interest of the EuroPris members.
EuroPris Interviews DG's on COVID-19
Phil Copple, Director General of Prisons at Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service
What is the current situation regarding Covid-19 in the prisons of England and Wales?

The situation in our prisons is improving in England and Wales, which reflects the improving situation in the wider community. The number of prison outbreaks of Covid-19 has decreased significantly over the last few weeks, as have staff absence rates and the number of open positive Covid cases among prisoners and staff. Where it is safe to do so, prisons have recently begun to ease some of the restrictions on what activity can take place, while maintaining underlying infection controls. The vaccine rollout is also progressing well, in line with the community rollout in the UK.

"Our number 1 priority was to save lives, and we have saved many, but reconciling yourself to the reality that it was not possible to save everyone has been difficult for everyone."
EuroPris News
Technology in Corrections Conference 2021
Yet another exciting virtual Technology in Corrections conference has passed. Have you missed the conference? It is still possible to watch recordings of 35 presentations with more than 70 speakers from around the world.

Other News
Webinar: Framework Decision 909 and its Impact on the Transfer of Prisoners
The webinar will focus on the purpose and actual and practical use of Framework Decision 909 on the imposition of custodial sentences and their enforcement in relation to prisoner transfers and probation. Issues with its proper use and how it interacts with the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) will also be examined. The Academy of Law (ERA) is organising this webinar in cooperation with EuroPris, the Judicial School of the General Council of the Judiciary (Barcelona) and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and it will take place on 7-9 July, in English and Spanish languages.
Forum on Detention and Probation: Call for Workshop/Posters/Stands 
What kind of education should be given to detainees? What kind of training should be provided to professionals in Corrections? New training that offers to promote resilience and rehabilitation? Further and continued education using virtual reality and e-learning? During the 2-days event on 24-25 November, political and scientific representatives will be discussing ‘Education fosters Transformation’ and proposing a pathway from today to the future. The event will a hybrid, taking place online and at the Beaulieu Congress Centre in Lausanne. To actively participate in the forum, it is possible to submit proposals for a workshop/stand/poster in German or French language. The submission deadline is on 31 May.
EPTA Annual Conference 2021:
Call for Papers 
This year's EPTA Annual Conference will be hosted by the Polish Academy of Justice on 20-22 September. For this year's event, the Academy of Justice is inviting EPTA members to submit a paper that would be published in a peer-reviewed book edition. At the conference, the book will be presented. To submit a paper on penitentiary staff training-related subjects, click on the link below.

The Council of Europe’s Annual Penal Statistics on Prison Populations for 2020 is now available
The Council of Europe launched SPACE I report on the prison population for 2020. The report highlighted that the imprisonment rate in European prisons of Council of Europe area has been slightly falling. Another interesting finding, for the first time, information was collected on the number of children living with their mothers in penal institutions, a total of 1,608 children in 37 administrations provided this data.

COPE is organising a webinar on "Mitigating Uncertainty for Children"
For children, the experience of having a parent in conflict with the law can develop great uncertainty. This uncertainty can be intense during the pre-trial detention procedures because of their being moved around and with more restricted communication. Likewise, the COVID-19 and prison lockdowns have compounded these anxieties. This webinar is organised by Children of Prisoners (COPE) on 3 June.

International Network for Criminal Justice Podcast
John Scott from the Criminal Justice network interviews Phil Maguire, Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association in the UK. Phil is a former BBC broadcaster and tells an excellent story about how the pandemic has affected life in prisons and the role of radio in reaching out to prisoners.

Highlights from EuroPris Knowledge Management System
Upcoming Events
Mitigating Uncertainty for Children (COPE)
3 June - Online (read more)

Criminal Justice Platform (CJPE) on Victims’ Rights
To be announced soon - Online

Framework Decision 909 and its Impact on the Transfer of Prisoners
7-9 July - Online (read more)

EPTA Annual Conference
20-22 September - Warsaw (read more)
Document Library
  1. Council of Europe SPACE I on prison population for 2020- View report here
  2. Special Issue on Children of Prisoners - View Newsletter here
  3. Table of Recommendation and Practices on Children of Prisoners - View table here
  4. Data Collection Matrix on Children of Prisoners - View matrix here
  5. Children of Prisoners Implementation Guidance - View report here
  6. COVID-19 Feedback Collection - View reports here
  7. Special issue on domestic violence - View reports here
  8. Review of European Prison Education Policy and Council of Europe Recommendation (89) 12 on Education in Prison - View report here
  9. RAN/EuroPris Staff Training Collection (2018) - View collection here
  10. Country factsheets on prison sentence execution - View here
  11. Pre-trial Detention: Challenges from the Perspective of Prison Services in Europe - View report here
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