ICT in Prisons

The EuroPris ICT in Prison Expert Group has developed in 2016 three papers on topics of interest to the European Prison Agencies and can be downloaded on our website:

DSC_4551_CropOn 29-30 November in Prague, the expert group met for the second time in 2016. At this meeting hosted by the Czech Prison Service, the group shared the latest ICT project developments in their prison system. The experts discussed in depth topics and decided to develop two papers in 2017: Payment in Prisons and How can ICT make the offender more prepared for release?
If you are an ICT expert from a National Agency and would like to contribute to one of these papers, please do not hesitate to contact rodicapopa@europris.org.
The group will also contribute to the organisation of the Technology in Corrections Conference which will take place in May 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Report of the meeting will be published soon on the website.


The third EuroPris ICT in Prison Workshop took place on 29-30 June 2016 in Sintra, Portugal, hosted by the Portuguese Prison and Probation Service. Tbefunky-collagehe event was attended by 68 participants from 22 countries. The participants had the chance to discuss in depth in break out sessions topics such as:

  • Telemedicine,
  • Connecting the inmate to the digital world, Looking into the future,
  • Cloud and data protection and internet,
  • Video-conferencing,
  • Tender Management.

Download the Presentations and Report from the Workshop.


The 4th Meeting of the EuroPris ICT in Prisons Expert Group took place on 14 & 15 December 2015 in Malmo, Sweden. The group was attended by representatives from 8 European National Agencies (Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Romania). During the meeting, the experts shared the ICT projects their jurisdictions was developing and decided to develop papers on 3 topics: Telemedicine, Connecting the inmate to the digital world, Looking into the future and Cloud and data protection and internet. The group also developed a draft agenda for the EuroPris ICT in Prisons Workshop which will take place on 5-6 April 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The third meeting of the EuroPris ICT expert group took place on 9-10th December 2014 in Luxembourg. The agenda of the meeting included topics such as evaluation and follow up of the ICT workshop, the possibility of creating essential platforms for prison services, discussion of the survey results on possible data model of exchange of prisoner related information within FD 909, exchange of the ICT projects taking place in Eurpean prison administrations. Another focus of the meeting was the preparation of the ICT workshop that is planned in the second half of 2015. The group was composed of experts from Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Romania, Norway, Croatia, Belgium, Luxembourg, England and Wales, Catalonia, Netherlands and Czech Republic.


In cooperation with the Irish Prison Service and Northern Ireland Prison Service, the second EuroPris ICT in Prisons Workshop took place on 3rd and 4th April 2014 in Portlaoise, Ireland and focused on experts working in the ICT sector of prison and correctional services.


The workshop addressed the following topics:

  • Prisoner information management system;
  • Use of Biometrics;
  • Prisoner healthcare management system;
  • Communications for inmates (e-mail and video);
  • Use of mobile devices in prisons;
  • Mobility, the next step: where mobility meets the custodial environment;
  • Family visits by video conferencing.

Download the ICT in Prisons Workshop agenda.

With the workshop EuroPris brought together over 60 ICT prison professional from 23 European countries, to exchange information, knowledge, best practice and build a network.

The presentations from the workshop are available and can be downloaded here.

Click here to download the ICT Workshop report.

ICT expert groupOn 12th and 13th December 2013 EuroPris has hosted its second ICT Expert Group Meeting in Brussels, comprising of representatives from nine European Nation al Prison Agencies (Croatia, Netherlands, Romania, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, UK, Belgium and Sweden).

The agenda of the meeting included topics such as assessment of the 2013 ICT workshop, the sharing of projects developed by National Prison Agencies as well as the difficulties encountered in implementing them. As part of the meeting, the expert group also visited Beveren prison, where an on the spot presentation was delivered on Prison Cloud, a secure service delivery platform for prisoner self- services.’

Click here to download the Summary report of the ICT expert group meeting.

Another focus was the preparation of the 2014 EuroPris ICT workshop that was planned for 3-4 April 2014 and was hosted by the Irish Prison Service in Port Laoise.

EuroPris hosted a workshop in London on 24th – 25th April 2013 to bring together learning and expertise in the field of ICT in prisons.

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Breakout groups during the workshop discussed 4 main topics:

  1. Enterprise mobility,
  2. electronic monitoring,
  3. infrastructure for inmates and
  4. offender management systems.



As a result of this meeting a number of experts visited their colleagues in other European countries to further their exchange of knowledge, information and practices. Since this topic is relevant across all National Prison Agencies, it was agreed that the expert group would further expand on these important topics through organised workshop activities.  The first ICT workshop was held on 24th – 25th April 2013 and attended by 40 ICT experts from across Europe.

Presentations from this workshop can be downloaded here.

Suggestions for future cooperation in the ICT sector can be found here.

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