Transferring community sentences to other countries: does it work?

Five years ago offenders were given the right to serve a community sentence, that was imposed in another European jurisdiction, in their own country. How does it work? We asked Gerry McNally, Assistant Director of Operations at the Irish Probation Service and since recently CEP President. “I believe that as more and more people in criminal justice systems in Europe get acquainted with the idea that transferring probation measures within Europe benefits both the individual offenders as the communities they live in, the Framework Decision 947 will be used more and more.”


CEP Expert Meeting on the implementation of the Framework Decisions

As a followup to the expert meeting in August 2015, CEP invited Experts on Framework Decisions, Members of the European Commission, European policy makers, representatives of EU member States and other interested parties to discuss the state of play regarding FD 2008/JHA/947 and FD 2009/JHA/829 in order to support and promote the implementation of the Framework Decisions throughout Europe and make recommendations/actions on how to enhance their implementation: “what works, what doesn’t work and what needs to be done”.


FRA Report: Criminal detention and alternatives: fundamental rights aspects in EU cross-border transfers

EU Member States have largely implemented, and started applying, three instruments on transferring prison sentences, probation measures and alternative sanctions, as well as pre-trial supervision measures, to other Member States. The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)  published a report that provides an overview of their first experiences with these measures, highlighting both best practices and shortcomings.

The report also scrutinises the use of detention in the EU, as well as available alternatives, including with respect to individuals in situations of vulnerability. Taking into consideration the rights of suspects, accused and sentenced persons and the rights of crime victims, as well as the interests of society as a whole, the report offers a timely and comprehensive assessment of the instruments’ potential from a fundamental rights perspective.

Here you can download the report.

Here you can download the final report from the FRA Conference on cross-border justice.


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