“Alternative PRE-TRIAL Detention measures: Judicial awareness and cooperation towards the realisation of common standards” focuses on the development of common standards, with respect to fundamental rights, on the application of pre-trial detention in Europe.
The project gets support from DG JUST – the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, of the European Commission. With this support PRE-TRIAD is expected to enhance the knowledge of judicial professionals (judges/magistrates) on various national legislations concerning PTD application; to upscale awareness of judicial professionals (judges/magistrates) regarding PTD conditions in European prisons and on the application of PTD, its alternatives and application according to each context; & to upscale the capacity of judicial professionals to effectively apply the Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA.
By promoting judicial cooperation between EU Member States and raising policymakers and stakeholders’ awareness on the topic, PRE-TRIAD project aims to build the groundwork for the realisation of common standards with respect to fundamental rights on the practical application of PTD (and its alternative measures), while fostering the application of the Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA of 23 October 2009 by EU Member states.
According to the Council of Europe, there are currently 1,229,385 persons incarcerated in penal institutions that comprise the organisation’s Member States, of which 22,4% are under pre-trial detention. Pre-trial detention (PTD) should not be overlooked since its excessive use negatively impacts not only detainees and their fundamental rights, but also their families, communities, and even countries’ financial resources. In addition, it is impossible to neglect the organisational impact on prison systems.
The project consortium is led by the Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution, Germany. Partners from other jurisdictions include IPS Innovative Prison Systems (QUALIFY JUST – IT Solutions and Consulting), from Portugal, Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (Verein Fur Rechts-Und Kriminalsoziologie), from Austria, the Center for the Study of Democracy, from Bulgaria, the Foundation Agenfor International, from Italy, and European Strategies Consulting, from Romania.
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