Good research is invaluable for improving the welfare of inmates, and the efficacy of programmes and interventions. It is also crucial for making decisions on the management of prisons and prisoners and for providing information to Heads of Service, Ministers and policy makers. Collaboration between prison agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations in the sharing and analysis of data is important for obtaining an accurate and understandable picture of the situation within prisons and corrections. The opportunities for data driven development increase in pace with the technological change. Prison agencies around Europe need to adapt to the demand for feedback on the operational level and knowledge based decision making. In this sense knowhow on research and statistics are vital. EuroPris wants to raise awareness of operational and applied research projects, to search for ways to encourage greater cross-jurisdictional comparative research, especially in terms of measuring performance and/or correctional outcomes, and to promote the development of shared data definitions and statistical comparisons cross-jurisdictionally.
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union