PRE-TRIAD - Agenfor International



Alternative pre-trial detention measures

According to the Council of Europe, there are currently 1,229,385 prisoners in the penal institutions of the Member States that comprise the organisation. Of these inmates, more than 22% on average are under pre-trial detention (PTD).  PTD should not be overlooked as its overuse negatively affects not only detainees and their fundamental rights, but also their families, communities and even countries’ financial resources. Moreover, the organisational impact of this issue on penitentiary systems should also be addressed.  The PRE-TRIAD projects aims to promote judicial cooperation between European Union member States (EUMS), making policymakers and stakeholders aware of the challenges posed by pre-trial detention. In addition, it is imperative to lay the foundations for the establishment of common standards with respect to fundamental rights regarding the practical application of pre-trial detention (and its alternative measures), while promoting the implementation of Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA of 23 October 2009.

To achieve its central goal, PRE-TRIAD’s specific objectives are:

  1. To provide a detailed account of the national and European legislation on PTD, its impacts (national, organisation, and individual levels), as well as alternative successful practices to PTD;
  2. To understand:
    i.  The underlying causes/reasons for judges/magistrates not applying/be sceptical to apply PTD alternative measures;
    ii.  If a political and legal national framework focused on PTD as a preventive measure tends to result in higher numbers of pre-trial detainees (i.e., building upon the findings of the DETOUR project);
    iii.  If a legislative harmonisation on PTD is the ideal way to reduce PTD numbers.
  3. To raise awareness among policymakers, judicial practitioners and training academies, researchers/academics, and other stakeholders on the application of the Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA of 23 October 2009, while fostering judicial training on the topic.

The members of the PRE-TRIAD Consortium are:

  • Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution, Germany;
  • IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal;
  • Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology, Austria;
  • Center for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria;
  • Agenfor International, Italy;
  • ​European Strategies Consulting, Romania.

This project has received fundings from the European Commission Directorate-General Justice and Consumers under the Agreement no. 881834.