Prisons in Question

Start Date: Monday, May 21, 2012
End Date: Monday, May 21, 2012
Category: Criminal Law Human Rights
Venue: ENM Paris
Country: France
Leading organisation: ENM (French National School for the Judicary)
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Language(s): French
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 5
Contact: Myriam Eleore
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Contact phone: +33 144419954

Course Description

The conditions of incarceration in France have been the subject of several parliamentary reports, and institutional and international criticisms concerning prison overcrowding which is continuing and even growing. 
The decisive evolution of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, as well as French administrative jurisdictions, which have widened the legal review of many decisions applicable to detainees or ruled on their requests for compensation tied to their conditions of detention, have changed the legal framework of incarceration in France. 

The impact of the first reports of the Comptroller Inspector of Places of Deprivation of Liberty and the accompanying debates over the drafts of prison reform, as well as the question of the retention of security and medical care in prison, are also added to the questions posed by the situation of today's prisons. 

Finally a necessary reflection on what prison is, and on the consequences that it has, despite the different experiences lived in detention and which will be analyzed, on family relationships and social integration, opens a dialogue on the responses which it brings or poses in terms of sentencing.
With an approach that is historical, sociological, legal, criminological and demographical and with international comparisons, and the presentations by lawyers, judges, penitential administrators, psychiatrists, representatives of associations and institutions, universities and researchers, this session intends to present the latest information on incarceration, both the knowledge gained with respect to it as well as the issues and the sometimes paradoxical expectations of society with respect to prison.

Multidisciplinary exchanges among professional participants will enrich the training.