Multidisciplinary teams and organisations enabling HOPE
Cooperation between a varied array of actors is essential to achieve the project’s primary goals. Thus, the Consortium’s composition is particularly relevant due to the combination of public sector representatives of the prison and probation sector, consultancy-orientated private firms, research institutions and NGOs.
This unique strategic partnership will enable the Consortium to reach its objective of creating a Balkan, Southern and Eastern European learning hub to prevent radicalisation.
The Consortium is represented by six EU Member states and two non-EU countries, through the collaboration of IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal), the Bulgarian Association for Policy Evaluation (Bulgaria), Bucharest-Jilava Penitentiary (Romania), Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia, Probation Administration (Slovenia), General Directorate “Execution of Sentences” (Bulgaria), Foundation Agenfor International (Italy), Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies (Spain), Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia (Serbia) and University College of Norwegian Correctional Service (Norway).
IPS_Innovative Prison Systems
IPS_Innovative Prison Systems is a renowned research and advisory firm specialising in developing correctional services. With correctional services from different countries, IPS has been involved in more than 25 innovative projects aiming to develop innovative approaches to staff training (being awarded the ICPA Excellence award for Staff Training in 2018).
IPS is the HOPE project promoter.
University College of Norwegian Correctional Service
KRUS is an educational organization organized under the Directorate of the Norwegian Correctional Service (under the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security) that delivers education, covering the Correctional Service’s need for qualified personnel of a wide range of competencies. Besides, KRUS conducts research that contributes to professional development and education, good practice and good decision making in the Correctional Service – with relevance for the Norwegian context as well as for partner countries.
Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies
The Euro-Arab Foundation (FUNDEA) is a non for profit research, education and cultural highly institution specialized within the fields of cooperation, training and research, creating a space for dialogue and collaboration between the countries of the European Union and the Arab League as well as between the local, regional, national and European social and institutional actors and its Arab and Islamic communities agents on the other.
Agenfor International is an NGO specialising in participative security. Its specific sectors of interests are security and human rights, thus representing civil society engaged in countering radicalisation and terrorism. Over the past years, Agenfor has led several EU funded projects operating in the field of judicial cooperation and prison and probation, minorities, and counter-radicalisation.
Bulgarian Association for Policy Evaluation
BAPE was established in 2012, uniting a wide range of companies with experience and experts in the field of research and policy evaluation. It offers complex products in the field of policy research and evaluation, using the specific expertise of each member of the Cluster. The association of academic experts and specialists from different industries makes it possible to provide a single comprehensive service for many institutional clients at the European and national level.
Slovenian Probation Administration (Ministry of Justice)
The Probation Administration from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia, established in 2018, is an authority within the Ministry of Justice. It provides assistance and custodial and protective supervision to persons on probation so that they will not commit other criminal offences and will be fully integrated into the community. Probation units carry out direct professional work with persons who are subject to community sanctions. In contrast, the central unit is responsible for the coordinated operation of probation units, staff training, and probation’s wider development.
General Directorate “Execution of Sentences”
General Directorate “Execution of Sentences” (GDES) is a specialised administrative unit, a legal body under the Minister of Justice. The Directorate performs direct governance and control over the activity of the places of detention and probation services. Its activities are related to the execution of life sentences, imprisonment, probation and remand in custody.
Bucharest Jilava Penitentiary was set up in 1907, on the premises of Fort No. 13 Jilava, one of 18 forts built in 1860-1870, around the city of Bucharest, which was part of the circular defensive system of the capital, aimed at defending against attacks by Turkish armies.
Since World War I and especially after that, until the 23rd of August 1944, Jilava Penitentiary became a detention place, although it was a military prison, for both pre-trial and sentenced political prisoners, who under the laws in force at that time, should not have been kept in custody in a military jail. On the 1st of August 1967, in Jilava Penitentiary were held prisoners who committed offences against the State security, common-law re-offenders with penalties of over 10 years or who were no longer able to work, common-law prisoners.
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia
HCHRS is the leading NGO in Serbia that advocates for an open, just, inclusive and intercultural society. The organisation’s flagship programmes include youth education, building trust and cooperation between different communities in the former Yugoslavia, and preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.