Investigating alternatives to custody across Europe

Friday, 4 July 2014

This month sees the Centre starting work on a new project comparing alternatives to incarceration across eight European countries.

The European Observatory on Alternatives to Incarceration, a two year project funded by the European Union, will draw on the expertise of organisations in eight European countries to establish a comparative picture of the use, implementation and success of alternatives to prison in each country. Crucially it intends to identify measures which have reduced the use of custody.

We are the UK partner for the project. Read more about the project here.

Helen Mills, research associate at the Centre and project lead said:

'This project is a great opportunity to share what we know about the UK's different approaches to the development of alternatives to custody.

'It is the most significant attempt to date to bring together a European-wide evidence based on what works, what doesn't work and what might be promising practice for the future'.