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February 2013 - February 2016 - European Union

Understanding recidivism, namely its continuity, change and cessation, can translate into important knowledge for the development of approaches focused on desistance, meaning the interruption, the decrease or the end of a delinquent career. Recidivism and desistance are therefore two associated concepts, and from this relationship could result important contributions to interventions with young offenders.

The “Reincidências - Young offenders recidivism and prevention of delinquency” project is coordinated by the Portuguese Youth Justice’s Probation Services (Direcção-Geral de Reinserção Social - DGRS). The project aims to create and implement a technical and methodological support device to enhance the work of this institution, systematically collecting data and carrying out studies to estimate young offender’s recidivism, as well as the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system in preventing crime.

Based on research methods used in the social sciences, the project is fundamentally based on two assumptions:

- That the reduction of recidivism and social adjustment levels are the most important indicators for evaluating the effectiveness of intervention within the juvenile justice system.

- That the evaluation of risk and the protection of factors associated with recidivism, with the aim of preventing re-offence, are of the utmost importance.

 

PLEASE GO TO THE OFFICIAL REINCIDENCIAS WEBSECTION FOR MORE CONTENT REGARDING OUTPUTS, EVENTS, ETC.

 
February 2014 - February 2016 - European Union Justice, Juvenile

The priority addressed by J.O.D.A project is Priority E – improving conditions relating to detention. In specific, it aims to identify good practice in alternative detention measures addressed to juvenile offenders inserted in the juvenile justice system taking into account these two key elements: the need of security coming from media and social society; the youth’s right to rehabilitation and re-inclusion.

The general approach of the project intends to assume the mutual learning and the close cooperation between partners at European and national level as critical success factor for the implementation of the activities. The methodology that will be used in developing different WPS will focus firstly on a desk and benchmarking analysis of the different contexts and legal frameworks in the involved Member States in relation to detention alternatives targeted to Juvenile in conflict with the law.

 

Please go to the J.O.D.A web section for further information about this project, clicking this link. 

November 2014 - October 2015 - European Union

The different standards still in place within various Member States of the EU when it comes to detention conditions, prison management and supervision, as well as alternatives to detention, make it apparent that there is a need for an exchange of best practice and experience in the field between various actors, so as to facilitate a more coherent European approach in the matter, as envisaged by the Commission’s Green Paper and the European Parliament’s aim of standardising legislation on detention related matters throughout the EU. The needs this project therefore addresses are those of greater cooperation, understanding and exchange of information on a European level of matters relating to detention and improving conditions. The setting of training seminars provides an ideal platform for this, where the need for better detention standards, alternatives to imprisonment, the rehabilitation of offenders,  the proper implementation of relevant EU framework decisions in the field and better cooperation between prison monitoring bodies can be discussed, analysed and effective ways forward realised.

The project consists of three seminars that will be implemented in two different European cities, Strasbourg (France) and Trier (Germany).

July 2013 - July 2015 - European Union Insertion, Justice, Juvenile, Prevention

The main value of the Project is the priority protection of children's rights in all cases when a child has already entered or is at risk of entering the Justice system and criminal contacts. In order to achieve the objectives, the Project activities are divided into 4 work streams: 1. European field study, researchers from 5 European countries gather the examples of innovative methods, tools and practices in their countries to share the experience among the specialists from Europe; the study includes 2 steps: the analysis of rights and practice in European countries (UK, Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and the result analysis from the pilot projects activities; 2. Implementation of best practices and tools (specialists develop networks during the Project to strengthen the understanding of each good practice, tool or method from the European field study and decide on implementing them in the pilot places); 3. Three pilot projects implement the good practice, tools, methods identified by the researchers for the work with children. 4. Public education campaign (publications of research in English an Project booklet in Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian; presentations of the booklets; final conference on the Project results (Brussels, 100 participants); educational film on the course of the Project activities which will be available for public and educational use thus ensuring the sustainability of Project results).

Please click on this link to access the 'Keeping Youth Away From Crime' web section for further information about this project.

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