Innovation in prison and probation systems is often generated through the integration of external services and the cooperation with civil society and community organizations.
The involvement of NGO’s, schools and other stakeholders supporting prison activities and offenders’ social reintegration is crucial.
Capacity building of both NGO’s and prison staff, aiming at the development or integration of different interventions, is at the forefront, as far as innovation in correctional services is concerned.
Award-winning practices in the field of community involvement include the following projects:
- One day in prison – working with schools and teachers in reducing potential criminal behaviour of youngsters;
- Volunteers management programme – structuring volunteer activity around inmates and prison systems needs;
- Social enterprising programme – development of social economy initiatives involving offenders or ex-offenders.