In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Administration of Penitentiaries organized, in Sinaia, on April 1-4, 2019, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, the the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.
The Conference is addressed to general directors of correctional services in Europe, but representatives of the Council of Europe from countries outside the European Union also attend the working sessions.
For every member state, the radicalization problem represents a priority. The radicalization of European citizens poses a real threat for the European Union, member states and neighboring countries, strengthened rules and common actions being necessary.
Another important subject that was discussed during the working sessions is represented by the overcrowding in prisons, a factor that affects the social reintegration of inmates. This issue was also raised by the European Parliament, being stated that the member states should quicken the reduction of overcrowding and the prevention of radicalization.
In this context, during the opening speech, the Romanian Minister of Justice emphasized: “This event represents an opportunity to share the best practices on those topics with the representatives of other states and to find the best solutions in order to prevent and stop the radicalization phenomenon and to reduce the overcrowding in prisons.”