On December 14th to 16th 2016 the final conference of Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 co-financed projects LV08/1 "Increasing the Application of Alternatives to Imprisonment (Including Possible Pilot Project on Electronic Surveillance)" and LV08/2 "Establishment of a new prison block in Olaine prison, including construction and training of staff" was held in Jurmala, hotel "Hotel Jurmala SPA".
The conference was opened by the Minister for Justice of the Republic of Latvia Dzintars Rasnačs, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Latvia Steinar Egil Hagen, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Norway Stig Meisler Storvik, the Head of the Prison Administration Colonel Ilona Spure and the Head of the State Probation Service Mihails Papsujevics.
Final conference enabled the opportunity to share the knowledge and experience gained within the projects, mostly in the field of resocialization of convicts and reducing the occurrence of new and repeated crimes. Several foreign experts and professionals from Norway, Great Britain, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia and the USA shared their experience in this conference. During the conference the importance of interdisciplinary model in resocialization of convicts was strongly emphasized. It was stressed repeatedly that the best results can only be achieved thorough active cooperation between penitentiary system specialists, professionals from other relevant fields, non-governmental organizations and the society.
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