PRI welcomes the opportunity to attend and present its work at the first World Congress on Probation which will take place from 8-10 October 2013.
On 10 October, PRI Programme Director, Nikhil Roy, will present the session ‘Introducing community sentences in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh’, speaking alongside Zakir Shuaib the author of PRI’s report Probation and parole in Pakistan: assessment and recommendations for reform.
The session will explore the developments and challenges to probation in South Asia, specifically in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, which share similar legislative and policy frameworks.
Recent research by PRI and other organisations has highlighted the key challenges for the region which include strengthening the legislative basis for the use or development of alternatives to imprisonment including probation and parole, and improving the quality of implementation on the ground. It is clear that in all countries tackling entrenched retributive approaches to crime and punishment is a necessary step to successfully implementing effective probation services.
PRI Associate Rob Allen will also chair a session on ‘Alternatives to Prison in East Africa – Trends and Challenges’. Session speakers include Paul Kintu, Commissioner of Community Service in Uganda and Clement Okech, Assistant Director of Probation in Kenya, both of whom have worked closely with PRI through our work in the region and contributed to our two publications on this topic:
The Congress is a new initiative to bring together practitioners and those with an interest in probation and community justice from across the globe to share their knowledge and experience. It is being hosted by The European Organisation for Probation (CEP), in partnership with the National Offender Management Service, the Probation Chiefs Association, London Probation Trust, and West Yorkshire Probation Trust
Find out more
View the conference agenda
Read profiles of the wide-range of speakers participating in the World Congress.
Visit the European Organisation for Probation’s (CEP) website