The Guidelines were developed as a follow-up to the 22nd Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (Norway, June 2017). The text was drafted by the Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP) between 2018 and 2019. The elected members of the PC-CP Working Group who took part in this work were Martina BARIĆ (Croatia); Nathalie BOISSOU (France); Annie DEVOS (Belgium) ; Anna FERRARI (Italy); Robert FRIŠKOVEC (Slovenia); Attila JUHÁSZ, Vice-Chair of the PC-CP (Hungary); Nikolaos KOULOURIS (Greece); Dominik LEHNER, Chair of the PC CP (Switzerland); Nadya RADKOVSKA (Bulgaria). The PC-CP was assisted by two scientific experts: Torben ADAMS, Head of Division, Regional Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Bremen, (Germany) and Nicola CARR, Associate Professor in Criminology, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). In the meetings took part also representatives of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and of the European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris).
The Guidelines were adopted by the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) at their 76th plenary meeting (25 April 2019).