The European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris) is a non-political, non-governmental organisation that was initiated in late 2010, founded in 2011 and officially registered in The Netherlands in December 2011. The initiative to establish the organisation was taken during the Swedish Presidency of the EU in 2009 and was taken forward by the European countries of the International Roundtable for Correctional Excellence.
EuroPris speaks for the views of prison practitioners in Europe. Its membership is limited to the national prison authorities of the European Union (including devolved authorities). Affiliation with the organisation is open to all other European jurisdictions.
EuroPris brings together practitioners in the prisons’ arena with the specific intention of promoting ethical and rights-based imprisonment, exchanging information and providing expert assistance to support this agenda. The organisation exists to improve co-operation among European Prison and Correctional Services, with the aim of improving the lives of prisoners and their families, enhancing public safety and security; reducing re-offending; and advancing professionalism in the corrections’ field. The specific goals of the Association are to:
- advance the operational capabilities and professionalism of prison and correctional practitioners across Europe;
- act as an ‘expert group’ on prison matters within Europe;
- contribute to, and support the development of, European prison-related policy and legislation, within the framework of standards established by the European Union and the Council of Europe;
- be available to policy-makers in an advisory capacity on prison-related matters;
- generate relationships and exchange information with other organisations working in the prisons and criminal justice arena, both in Europe and beyond, with a view to developing best practice in the field; and
- advance the above agenda by, wherever possible, engaging in collaborative, funded, programmatic work.