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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee in partnership with the University of Coimbra is taking part in the EU-funded, Penal Reform International-led project for promoting non-discriminatory alternatives to imprisonment across Europe (PRI ALT EUR – Promoting non-discriminatory alternatives to imprisonment across Europe, JUST-JCOO-AG-2020, 101007466).
Our project contributes to the implementation of the EU Council Conclusions on alternative measures to detention through analysis of the current use and implementation of alternative non-custodial sanctions. The project gives focuses on how alternatives are applied and implemented for vulnerable and minority groups across European Union member states.
In this project, we conducted extensive research (empirical research, review, analysis) into:
- the application of alternatives to imprisonment in Hungary to provide a country report that feeds into an international comparative research paper on the subject;
- Hungarian country report on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the implementation of non-custodial sanctions in the country that served as input to an international comparative study;
- Hungarian hard law and soft law relating to the imposition of non-custodial sanctions with regard to vulnerable social groups:
- we conducted extensive awareness-raising and training activities for members of the probation service, judiciary and other relevant criminal justice stakeholders in Hungary:
- together with Penal Reform International, we drafted a professional manual for promoting non-discrimination in the application and delivery of non-custodial sanctions and measures, and other tools and research;
- we designed an improved way of implementing community service that specifically address the challenges and problems the project has found are faced by vulnerable and minority groups to demonstrate practically how these can be overcome.