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 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.
This year, the experts met several times online due to the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. During these meetings, the main focus was to prepare for the main event, the ICT Workshop, which took place on 29-30 September 2020. The ICT Workshop was a successful event, where 97 participants attended during the first day, and 85 during the second day. The Workshop was broken down into plenary presentations and breakout sessions. There were many varied and interesting topics discussed including intelligent prisons, artificial intelligence, the impact of Covid-19 and the use of technology to assist prisons during the pandemic, video linking, data-driven decision making, digital services for inmates, augmented reality, technological developments in the Education of prisoners, integration of smart technologies in prisons and many more.
An additional topic on the agenda was the redesign of the ICT Matrix that was initially prepared in 2018 by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. The redesign has been executed by the ICT group coordinator, George Jackson, with the input from the group.
The group composition changed, whereas Alexandre Huyghues-Beaufond (France) and Pia Puolakka (Finland) joined the group, and Riku Pammo (Finland) and Roman Safranek (Czech Republic) left the group.
The EuroPris ICT Expert Meeting, November 2019, was organised in Vienna by the Austrian Prison Service in the Ministry. We were welcomed by the DG of Austria. Hubert Unger was responsible for hosting this well-organized event.
Inmate self-servicing models and operations & security technology is the core business in prison ICT. This was concluded at the EuroPris ICT Expert meeting in Zagreb in November. The event was hosted by the Croatian Prison Service. During the meeting the group reflected on recent evolutions and changes in the area of ICT. The group discussed what kind of strategy EuroPris and the members need in the digital age, also related to new issues as Artificial Intelligence. Important is the aim to connect more with other expert groups, to support the CoE Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation (CDPPS) in Cyprus and to participate actively in the upcoming TIC Conference in Lisbon.
This year Sweden hosted the EuroPris ICT in Prison Workshop on 22-25 May 2018. International experts on ICT were invited to exchange knowledge and discuss managing data flows, use of videoconferencing, development of ICT strategies, (wireless) connectivity in prisons, challenges in the implementation of the GDPR and much more. Issues on ICT within Education, but also a holistic scope on the needs of ICT within the Real Estate were highlighted. The program included live demos of modern technology used in prisons. Additionally, a tour was also organised in the newly renovated Kronoberg remand prison located in Stockholm. Click below to download notes, presentations and the agenda:
The Finnish Criminal Sanctions Agency kindly hosted the newly elected ICT expert group in Helsinki on 12-13 December. At the meeting the experts discussed current ICT projects in their jurisdictions, decided to draft reports on Prisoner Education and Video Conferencing and started preparations for the next ICT workshop that will take place in Stockholm on 22-24 May.
The third EuroPris ICT in Prison Workshop took place on 29-30 June 2016 in Sintra, Portugal, hosted by the Portuguese Directorate General of Reintegration and Prison 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:
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 European 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.
The EuroPris ICT in Prison Expert Group has developed reports in 2016 and 2017 on topics of interest to the European Prison Agencies and can be downloaded here:
|Iren Irbe (Chair) – Ministry of Justice: Department of Prisons (EE)|
|Håkan Klarin – Swedish Prison and Probation Service|
|Marjan Lukavecki – Ministry of Justice, Prison Administration (HR)|
|Berker Küçükçetin – General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses (TR)|
|Jacques Hensen – Ministry of Justice: Department of Prisons (LU)|
|Antonio Pastor Peral – Directorate General of Prison Services – Catalonia (ES)|
|Pia Puolakka – Criminal Sanctions Agency (FI)|
|Puerto Maria Solar Calvo – General Directorate of Prison Administration (ES)|
|Alexandre Huyghues-Beaufond – Ministry of Justice: Department of Prisons (FR)|
|Hubert Unger – Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice (AT)|
Expert group coordinator: George Jackson
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union