On 6-7 October 2016, following the 12th CEP General Assembly on the 5th, CEP organised an international conference on one of its core business topics, namely “Alternatives to Detention”.

The event brought together different perspectives and concepts regarding “Alternatives to detention” from various European countries: Romania, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia, Switzerland, The United Kingdom and Germany. Also relevant European Institutions such as the Council of Europe and the European Commission-DG Justice took part in the programme, as well as professors from the Universities of Lausanne, Bucharest, Glasgow, Greifswald, Ulster, Timisoara and The Netherlands.

Besides the plenary sessions, several workshops offered  a good opportunity to gain in depth information and knowledge regarding good practices and specific projects developed within the field of Probation. Specific topics presented and discussed in the workshops were: drugs courts & drug treatment, the use of technology in alternatives to detention, probation & profession, mental health and radicalization.