6th World Congress on Probation and Parole – April 16th-18th 2024

From April 16th to April 18th 2024, The Netherlands will host the 6th World Congress on Probation and Parole in  The Hague. Reclassering NL invite interested parties to a varied and inspiring congress on the theme ‘The future of probation and parole’: how do we see and utilize probation and parole in different settings and developments? What can we learn from the past? And what can we learn from each other?


The 6th edition of the World Congress on Probation and Parole is scheduled for a three-day program from April 16 to April 18, 2024. After the congress, on Friday, April 19, 2024, there is an opportunity to participate in work-related field trips. Further information regarding the program outline can be accessed on the website. The program will be updated with more detailed information in the coming weeks, and the full program will be available in November 2023.

Speaker profiles and parallel sessions have been updated, so please check the full programme online and make your choice from the wide range of interesting topics. And make sure you register before 1 March 2024 to claim your spot at the World Congress on Probation and Parole 2024. www.worldprobation2024.nl.

Theme and Subthemes

The primary theme of the World Congress on Probation and Parole 2024 will focus on the future of probation and parole. When discussing the future of this field of work, it is essential to consider various perspectives and benefit from diverse viewpoints across the world. The event aims to facilitate learning from probation and parole practices in different societies, legal systems, and cultures. To achieve this, the program is organized around the subthemes of society, systems, and practice. Explore the theme and subthemes.

2nd World Congress for Community Volunteers supporting offender reintegration

The Second World Congress for Community Volunteers (WCCV) builds on the 1st World Congress for Community Volunteers held as part of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, in Kyoto, Japan, in 2021. Inspired by the powerful contribution of volunteer Hogoshi in Japan, this Second World Congress for Community Volunteers Supporting Offender Reintegration (the 2nd WCCV) aims to showcase, explore, and advance the work of volunteers around the world.

The event will bring together speakers from countries and regions as diverse as Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, the USA, Kenya, and Europe. The panel will share examples of the many varied and important roles undertaken by volunteers who provide a bridge between statutory services and communities, help “demystify” probation and parole work, and fulfil the vital task of engaging community support in reintegration. Volunteers work as good neighbours to support desistance and human potential and ultimately help build safer societies.

The 2nd WCCV will focus sharply on the needs of volunteers and how we can more strongly support them. Those needs include training and recognition, managing challenges involved in recruiting and sustaining volunteers, developing and disseminating their work, and cultivating further public understanding and engagement in reintegration.

To encourage and recognise volunteers worldwide, the 2nd WCCV will propose a Declaration to establish an annual volunteer day to help foster, extend, and sustain the role and contribution of community volunteers globally.

Online Registration

Registration for the World Congress on Probation and Parole 2024 is available online via the website. You can be among the first participants by registering online.

To ensure that individuals from around the world, particularly those engaged in the day-to-day practice of probation and parole, can participate, the Dutch Probation Service has allocated a budget to cover the costs of the congress ticket (€650). Eligible participants can apply for reimbursement by submitting a motivated application online. More information on applying for reimbursement.

Practical Information

To help you prepare for your trip to the Netherlands, we provide a letter of invitation and information regarding the event’s location and available hotels on our website.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you believe may be interested in attending the congress. If you require further information about the event, please contact the congress secretary at +31 6 51 20 02 75 or worldprobation2024@minjenv.nl.


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