Technology is rapidly changing and expanding in every field imaginable, in every aspect of our life, transforming it. We live in an information age where the digital revolution has created a knowledge base society surrounded by a high tech economy which has allowed rapid global communications and networking to shape modern society. Technology in Prisons has also seen a rapid development in the last years, having things unimagined a few years ago: internet access to prisoners, e-health and e-learning for prisoners, use of mobile devices in prison, IPads for officers, biometrics, video-conferencing, cloud services and much more.
The EuroPris ICT in Prison Expert Group has developed in 2017 two reports on topics of interest to the European Prison Agencies and can be downloaded on our 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. The 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:
Download the Presentations and Report from the Workshop.
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:
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.
On 12 and 13 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 24 – 25 April 2013 to bring together learning and expertise in the field of ICT in prisons.
Breakout groups during the workshop discussed 4 main topics:
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.
With Financial support from the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Commission