The online ICT Workshop is open for registration! On 29 and 30 September two half-day morning sessions are planned with plenary presentations and breakout sessions. Topics will include intelligent prisons, video linking, data driven decision making, digital services for inmates, impact of Covid-19 on the use of technology and more. The workshop is only open for European public sector representatives, academics and NGOs.
For the registration, agenda and speakers' information and all further information on the event, please click here.
9th EuroPris Annual General Meeting - ONLINE
Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the travel restrictions that many jurisdictions are facing, it was decided to hold the 2020 Annual General Meeting on 9 November in an online setting. This is also due to the decision to hold the Council of Europe Prison and Probation directors conference as well online. Please register for participation here.
For further information about the agenda and access to the AGM, click here.
Juveniles & young adults in prison and probation workshop - Online
Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the travel restrictions that many jurisdictions are facing, it was decided to hold Juveniles & young adults in prison and probation Workshop online, which was planned to take place on 1-2 December in the Hague, Netherlands. A final decision about the exact format that will replace the workshop will be taken closer to the workshop date.
Please keep consulting our website for the latest information on the workshop.
Vacancy: Office/Event Manager
EuroPris is hiring an office / event manager. If you would like to join our team in The Hague and support us in the organisation of events for our network of European Prison Services please send your CV and a motivation letter in English language to:
Overview of European Prison Services' responses to the
The outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 virus confronts Prison Services daily with new challenges.
Prison Services are under huge pressure to limit the impact of COVID-19 and keep it out of the closed prison environment. To that regard, EuroPris has collected information on various topics in connection with the spread of COVID-19 in prisons from its members and presented the findings in the three extensive reports.
Domestic violence is an ongoing problem all around Europe. It is a severe issue that refers to all jurisdictions and that goes through both prison and probation. With the establishment of the joint CEP and EuroPris expert group and with this newsletter we would like to highlight the need for raising awareness, spreading knowledge, best practice and developing management on the issue.
Towards a model of prison regulations in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
by Luis M. Martín Dominguez,
Lawyer in the Corps of Superior Technicians of Penitentiary Institutions
Persons suffering from mental illness and/or physical or sensory disability, especially persons with intellectual disabilities who are involved in criminal proceedings leading to their imprisonment, are especially vulnerable in their passage through the Prison Institution. Although a remarkable daily effort is made in the treatment of these persons the regulations in relation to the provisions on persons with disabilities or mental illness detained in the Prison Institution are obsolete, as they have not been adapted to the normative instruments on the rights of persons with disabilities in recent times and do not provide specific and differentiated answers for these particularly vulnerable people.
The EPTA Annual Conference will be set online on 28-29 September for EPTA members, and prison staff training academies that would like to become part of the EPTA Network. The two-half day sessions will focus on remote education, prison staff training during COVID-19, innovative training methods and much more.
Overview of changes in updated European Prison Rules
On 1 July 2020, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation Rec(2006)2-rev which contains the final version of the revised and amended European Prison Rules. The revision and updating of the EPR reflects the most recent international standards in this area, as well as academic research. In an article for the National Preventive Mechanism Hugh Chatwynd (Head of Division in the CPT’s Secretariat ) summarized the most relevant changes introduced.
Forum on Detention and Probation in Switzerland - Save the date
On 25 and 26 November 2020, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Prison and Probation (SCEPP), in cooperation with the Swiss Programme "Harmonisation of information technology in criminal justice, between other partners, will organise an online Forum on Detention and Probation dedicated to digital transformation. The conference program will be published in mid-September 2020.
In case you are interested to take part at the Forum or present your digital solutions to the Swiss criminal sanctions enforcement community, please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the event, please click here.
Highlights from EuroPris Knowledge Management System
EuroPris receives queries from member countries every week, and in this section we will highlight several KMS reports from the last months. Click on the link to view each KMS report: