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Report: response to prison overcrowding in Eastern Partnership

April 8, 2016

A report on criminal justice responses to prison overcrowding in Eastern Partnership countries has been released by the joint EU and Council of Europe Programmatic Cooperation Framework (EU/CoE PCF) for Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Four of the six EaP countries are examined in the study - Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. An advice from the CoE experts on aspects of offender management such as tackling prison overcrowding and improving prisoner rehabilitation will be offered to the countries following public presentations of the study, said a press release from the EU/CoE PCF.


The report will be discussed at roundtables in Armenia on 19 April, Ukraine on 21 April and Moldova on 22 April. These roundtables will bring together representatives of the Ministry of Justice, penitentiary service, members of the Parliament, judges, prosecutors, staff of the Ombudsman’s office and other officials, as well as civil society and international organizations active in each country.


The report and round table events are part of a larger programme on “Promoting penitentiary reforms (from a punitive to a rehabilitative approach)” implemented within the framework of the joint EU/CoE PCF for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. The PCF for 2015-2017 aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six EaP countries to implement domestic reforms and to bring them closer to Council of Europe and EU standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million, 90% of the total budget. (EU Neighbourhood Info)


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Report on criminal justice response to prison overcrowding in Eastern Partnership countries


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