The overall goal of the project is to promote the development and the implementation of alternatives to detention at a EU level, in order to reduce the disproportionate resort to incarceration by legislators and judicial authorities.
The abuse of custodial measures first of all determines prison overcrowding across Europe, that violates fundamental rights of individuals and compromises the mutual trust necessary to underpin judicial cooperation in Europe.
What is more, incarceration proves to be dysfunctional both to the rehabilitation of the offenders and to the prevention of recidivism.
Therefore, the project activities are directed to criminal justice operators and policy-makers with the objective of improving their ability to appropriately implement the alternative strategies to detention. The research action will be focused upon Belgium, France, Italy, Romania and Spain, and it is intended to obtain scientific results which may also be useful and effective in other Member States.
For the project's contest and guidelines, look at the report
held by Prof. Alessandro Bernardi, coordinator of the project, at the International Conference held in Milan - 16 october 2014.