A Portal for Correctional Services

This PrisonPortal offers information and experiences about the work in prisons to prison staff in order to facilitate and improve their work. The contributions are coming from practioners of various areas of the penitentiary system (prisons, administration) and and related services (e.g. probation) as well as from academics. "As a user of this system you are welcome to participate with your own contributions or comments to existing articles in order to improve this portal." In German and English.

The European Network on Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prison (ENDIPP)

This site has an on-line publication library containing abstracts and full-text articles relating to drugs and epidemiology in prisons.

Conference Permanente Europeenne de la Probation - the CEP

This European organization "works to promote the social inclusion of offenders through community sanctions and measures such as probation, community service, mediation and conciliation."  Members are statutory and voluntary organizations working in the area of probation.  The website includes reports of past workshops and conferences, and a schedule of upcoming events.

European Committee for Children of Imprisoned Parents

EUROCHIPS is a European-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent seeking to boost awareness and achieve new ways of thinking, acting and interacting on issues concerning prisoners' children.  Site provides access to legislative documents relevant to the issue of children of imprisoned parents, facts and figures on imprisonment, and a bibliography of articles and books about prisoners and children of prisoners.

European Prison Education Association

The EPEA aims to promote and develop education in prisons throughout Europe.  The site provides access to reports on research projects that emphasize the commonality in issues and trends emerging from European prison education.

Further Developments in the Prison System of Central and Eastern Europe: Achievements, problems, and objectives

This is the second HEUNI study which focuses on developments in the prison systems and describes the progress made, and the problems faced, in implementing the international standards for the management of prisons and the treatment of prisoners in sixteen European countries. The present study implementing the international standards and the problems that obstruct such progress, but also of contributing to a better understanding of the successes achieved. This report places particular emphasis on that aspect and on the objectives that each prison administration has identified as of most importance. Suggestions are also made as to outstanding tasks that require attention in order that all prison systems may be as closely as possible in line with the internatinal European standards.

A Study of the Health Care Provision, Existing Drug Services and Strategies Operating in Prisons in Ten Countries from Central and Eastern Europe - 2005

The overall aims of the research were to: undertake a review of the services/initiatives operating in the area of health within two sample prisons in each of the countries; provide a report of the provision of services for drug-dependent prisoners in the ten countries; relate the provision of services to current Council of Europe and World Health Organization guidelines and to the national strategies operating in each country; promote awareness of the initiatives operating within the sample prisons and facilitate the sharing of best practice on the national and international level. The ten countries involved in the research were Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Corruption and Fraud

Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia

"The Anti-Corruption Gateway for Europe and Eurasia offers primary materials and direct links to major information sources for anti-corruption practitioners and analysts engaged in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. The Gateway serves as an easily accessible repository of anti-corruption project documentation, legislation, regional and international agreements, news, survey results, reports, and research"

Anti-Corruption Practitioners Network (ACPN)

"The goal of this interactive tool is to address specific legal and operational problems of existing anti-corruption institutions in the countries of the region and to support the development of new anti-corruption institutions." Russian version available.

Anti-Corruption Resource Centre - U4

"Through this extensive online resource centre, we guide users to relevant anti-corruption resources, including our own applied research (Themes), and we communicate the work of the U4 partner agencies through a searchable database of projects and initiatives. We also offer a Help Desk service and provide online as well as in-country training on anti-corruption measures and strategies for partner agencies and their counterparts."

European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)

"OLAF is an administrative investigative service of the European Union (EU) aimed at fighting fraud and corruption affecting the EU. By protecting the EU budget, OLAF works in the interest of European taxpayers. OLAF’s powers and tasks cover three main areas: investigations and coordination, intelligence and development of anti-fraud policy. OLAF is empowered to conduct administrative investigations but may also help Member States’ authorities by assisting them in their administrative or criminal investigations or by coordinating transnational cases."

European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network

"The European Healthcare Fraud & Corruption Network (EHFCN) is the only European organisation dedicated to combating fraud and corruption in the healthcare sector across Europe. EHFCN was formally established in 2005 as a result of the first pan-European conference held in London in October 2004. Its foundations lie in the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Declaration agreed upon by its delegates. Today, the network represents 23 member associations in 10 countries, which provide healthcare services to millions of people in Europe."

European Partners against Corruption (EPAC)

Members of the European Partners against Corruption is a clearinghouse for information about the EU's national police oversight bodies and anti-corruption authorities.

Group of States  Against Corruption - GRECO

GRECO was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor States’ compliance with the organization’s anti-corruption standards. The site publishes the resolutions that led to the establishment of CRECO, the Statute of the CRECO, its Rules of Procedure, resolutions from 1999 and 2000, legal instruments related to the work of the organization and other associated texts. 

Crime Prevention

European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)

Information on the different European crime prevention policies and practices.  Site covers all types of crime, especially juvenile, urban and drug-related crime.  Crime profiles from the EU member states and effective crime prevention practices at the EU-level are available.

European Designing Out Crime Association (E-DOCA)

E-DOCA - the European chapter of ICA (the International CPTED Association) - is dedicated to safe communities and improving the quality of urban life by implementation, promotion, and further development of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and Designing Out Crime.  E-DOCA offers users access to a database of information, projects, articles and tools that may be useful when approaching projects.  The "What's New" section of the website provides access to upcoming conferences, recent publications, and new links of interest to the user.

European Forum For Urban Safety

The Forum aims to present several projects to the European Union Commission in areas such as culture, safety, and crime prevention. There are links to the European Sourcebook 2003, and reports on a variety of topics.

Southeast Europe Cooperative Initiative: Regional Center for Combating Trans-Border Crime

The SECI Center is an operational regional organization bringing together police and customs authorities from 12 member countries in Southeast Europe. Available on this site are reports on member nations, as well as publications from various task forces. In English.

Drugs & Alcohol

The Electronic Library of the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use (NDC)

The NDC contains bibliographic records and full text of Irish research and policy documents.  The NDC database also contains bibliographic records of the NDC library’s book collection. You can search the database using free text (simple search) or by specific fields (advanced search).

ESPAD : European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs

The purpose of the ESPAD project is to collect comparable data on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use among students in as many European countries as possible.  Findings are presented for each country represented in the survey.

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network - EHRN

"The Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is a regional network with a mission to support, develop, and advocate for harm reduction approaches in the field of drugs, HIV/AIDS, public health, and social exclusion by following the principles of humanism, tolerance, partnership, and respect for human rights and freedoms." The EHRN's geographical focus includes Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA), which consists of 6 sub-regions: Balkans, the Baltics, Central Europe, European Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Caucasus and Central Asia. PDF versions (English and Russian) of major publications are available to download.

Eurocare: European Alcohol Policy Alliance

EUROCARE was formed in 1990 as an alliance of voluntary and non-governmental organisations representing a diversity of views and cultural attitudes and concerned with the impact of the European Union on alcohol policy in Member States.  The website contains a number of publications related to the use of alcohol related issues.

European Cities Against Drugs (ECAD)

The ECAD member cities work to develop initiatives and efforts against drug abuse.  The organization supports the United Nations Conventions which oppose legalization.  The website includes information on upcoming conferences, conference papers, newsletters, reports, and links to relevant European organizations.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The EMCDDA is the central source of comprehensive information on drugs and drug addiction in Europe.  The site provides information about the EMCDDA and provides access to reports on a number of issues relating to drugs and addiction throughout Europe.

The Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research (NAD)

"NAD was established in 1978 to promote interdisciplinary cooperation in alcohol and drug research as well as in research concerned with other addictive substances. The main focus is on research within the social sciences, including social medicine and social psychiatry."  The website includes downloadable publications of the agency.

Human Rights

Council of Europe, Directorate of Human Rights

The Directorate General of Human Rights provides secretarial support for bodies established under the European Social Charter, the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and for the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance.

Council of Europe, Human Rights Law and Policy Division

The Human Rights Law and Policy Division is responsible for the secretariat of a number of intergovernmental committees in charge of the preparation of binding and non-binding legal instruments such as Conventions and Recommendations in the field of human rights law established under the authority of the CDDH (Council of Europe, Steering Committee for Human Rights). Users may access publications of this division, as well as links to other related sites.

Council of Europe, Human Rights and Rule of Law

Includes information on the Council's activities in the field of human rights and the rule of law, as well as links to other related sites.

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

The EMHRN is a network of over 60 human rights organizations, institutions and individuals based in 30 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Numerous links to member organizations and publications are available.

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture
and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) was founded to protect the helpless from such mistreatment. This site includes news, press releases, and more. Most documents are available in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format for free, though some affiliated organizations require payment for their publications.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Formerly known as the European Monitoring Centre Racism and Xenophobia, the FRA was established on Feb. 15, 2007 and is charged with providing relevant institutions and authorities with assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights.  Its tasks include the following: information and data collection., research and analysis; advice to European Union institutions and Member States; and cooperation with civil  society and awareness-raising.  The website includes a number of publications and a useful section of relevant links.

La Strada International: European Network against Trafficking in Human Beings

The International La Strada Association is a network of nine independent human rights NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) in Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. It aims to prevent trafficking in human beings, with a focus on women in Central and Eastern Europe. It contains a searchable database holding a wide variety of background documents, legislation and opinion pieces on trafficking in human beings and related human rights issues.

Juvenile Justice

Child Abuse and Neglect in Eastern Europe

"" is an interactive center for professionals working in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment in Eastern Europe, including issues of sexual abuse, physical abuse, commercial exploitation, children in institutions, street children and child exploitation on the Internet.  The Website's Resource Center includes a library of articles, reports, and legal acts relevant to child abuse issues in Eastern European countries.

Child Center for Children at Risk in Europe

The Child Centre is the web support of a regional cooperation to raise the level of knowledge and to coordinate the activities targeting children at risk in the Baltic Sea Region. The five areas prioritised in the co-operation are: Child sexual abuse and exploitation, children in the street, children in institutions, young perpetrators of crimes and child trafficking and unaccompanied children. The Child Centre is a part of the Children's Unit within the secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States that includes Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation and Sweden.

European Youth Forum

This international non-governmental organization works to serve the needs of youth throughout Europe. The site includes links to youth-related sites and access to reports and policy statements.

Self-Reported Juvenile Delinquency in England and Wales, the Netherlands and Spain

The report is divided into ten chapters, each of which details a different aspect of the self-report questionnaire, which appears in the Appendix. Sample topics include drugs and alcohol, violence, property offenses, social reaction to antisocial behavior, and violence against objects. The tenth chapter consists of conclusions and research and policy recommendations.

Law & the Courts

The Court of Justice of the European Communities

This site provides detailed descriptions of the organization, duties, and procedures of the Court of Justice of the European Communities; numerical access to case-laws; and an annual report including statistics on the judicial activity of the Court of Justice.

Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)

The Consultative Council of European Judges is an advisory body of the Council fo Europe on issues related to the independence, impartiality and competence of judges. It is the first body within an international organization to be composed exclusively of judges. By establishing the CCJE, the Council of Europe highlighted the key role of the judiciary in exploring the concept of democracy and the rules by which it operates.

Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers has in particular the task to prepare opinions for the European Committee on Crime problems (CDPC) on difficulties concerning the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19, to promote the implementation of this recommendation, and to collect information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.

European Court of Human Rights

Courts website includes general information and historical background of the court, pending cases, case-law information, and basic texts.

European Judicial Network (EJN)

The European Judicial Network is an initiative of the Council of the European Union.  It aims to improve judicial co-operation between the Member States of the European Union, particularly in combating forms of serious crime.  The site includes various documents of legal instruments, as well as documents on judicial cooperation.  The documents are available in English or in French.

European Public Law Centre

The purpose of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) is the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of public law lato sensu, including inter alia national, comparative and European public law, human rights law, environmental law, etc., and the promotion of European values through public law throughout the world. To this effect, the Organization organizes and supports scientific, research, educational, training, teaching, institution building and other activities and provides assistance for democratic institutions in Europe and worldwide.  In order to accomplish its purposes, the EPLO promotes the cooperation with other institutions and organizations and bodies, in particular organizations in the United Nations system.

European Union: EUR-Lex

This portal provides "one stop shopping" access to European Union law. The goal of this site is to provide the most convenient access to the many sites and sources that comprise the totality of laws of nations within the European Union. First time users of the site must subscribe but access to the site is free; some optional features, however, are paid services. 

OSCE - LegislationOnline

The European Commission, in conjunction with the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE), has produced this free, searchable database of sample domestic legislation and international standards on selected human dimension issues. The database is searchable by topic or country. In English and Russian.

Organized & Transnational Crime

Stability Pact Initiative to Fight Organised Crime (SPOC)

The overall objective of the SPOC Initiative is to strengthen regional capacities to combat organised crime in accordance with the EU and internationally recognised standards. The mandate of SPOC is to facilitate dialogue with the international and regional representatives of the legal, academic, donor and law enforcement communities.

Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Region

The Task Force on Organized Crime in the Baltic Sea Region was established as a response to the urgent need for direct and concerted action to combat organized crime.  The purpose of the Task Force is to strenghten the the ability to prevent and combat organized crime by setting up a close cooperation among law enforcement agencies in each country.  Information on corruption, environmental crime, foreign gangs, illegal migration, money laundering, narcotics, and trafficking in women is available.

Police & Law Enforcement

CEPOL (European Police College)

Established as an agency of the EU and by the EU in 2005. CEPOL brings together senior police officers across Europe with the aim to encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, maintenance of public security and law and order. The Website includes knowledge and research and science resource databases with multiple documents available to download.

European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP)

EAASP is a forum for the professional organization members to share information.  Links to member forces are includede, as well as the publication "The Sentinel" in pdf format.

European Network of Policewomen (ENP)

The European Network of Policewomen (ENP) is an online resource for collegues to facilitate change in regards to gender mainstreaming, the managment of diversity and the optimisation of the postiton of women in law enforcement. This website has links to publications and books, country information, and links to member countries. In English.

Europol (European Police Office)

Europol is the European Law Enforcement Organization which aims to improve the effectiveness and co-operation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating terrorism, unlawful drug trafficking and other serious forms of international organized crime.  Links to publications covering various types of crime are available in pdf format.

International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice

"The International Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice aims to promote and facilitate research into criminal justice history around the world and to generate the exchange of ideas between academics, criminal justice practitioners and serving policemen. This is achieved via seminars, conferences, publications and the provision of specialist archive facilities." The Centre has a research specialty in
the history of policing in Europe.

POLIS (Policing Online Information System)

POLIS is an on-line resource centre for police and law enforcement officers, policy analysts, policy makers, evaluation experts, and donors in the field of policing and rule of law.  It is part of the Strategic Police Matters Unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  POLIS is a knowledge management tool created in response to the needs of the OSCE field operations staff involved in law enforcement activities.

Research & Statistics

European Crime and Safety Survey

The European Crime and Safety Survey, a comprehensive measurement of EU inhabitants experience with crime and law enforcement, measures levels of victimization and perception of safety. This database is a link to mulitple publications including the survey, and analysis of survey data results.

European Criminal Law Academic Network (ECLAN)

The European Crime Law Academic Network , is tasked withcreating and intensifying contacts between academics and researchers specialized in the field of EU Criminal Law. Available on the website are publications, national case law, EU case law, academic projects, and useful links.


Eurojust is a European Union body "set up to improve and facilitate cooperation at the judicial level among Member States on serious cross-board crime." The website provides information on the role and activities of Eurojust, as well as profiles of the national members.

European Group

The European Group is a meeting place for academics, practitioners, and activists who share critical perspectives on crime, deviance and criminal justice and other social control institutions.

European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control – United Nations

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) is the European link in the network of institutes operating within the framework of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme.

European Urban Knowledge Network

The European Knowledge Network (EUKN) is a network offering information on urban issues in Europe. Of particular interest to WCJLN users is the section titled "Security & crime prevention." This section includes such topics as "anti-crime policy," "crime prevention," "risk management," "sense of insecurity," and "tackling crime."

Russian Eurasian Security Network (RES)

The RES is a global initiative by leading academic institutes, think tanks, NGOs and media organizations. It provides the framework for studies of security-related developments in Russia and the states of the Eurasian region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The RES offers The Russian Analytical Digest (RAD), a bi-weekly electronic journal covering political, economic and social developments in Russia and its regions; the Caucasus Analytical Digest (CAD), a monthly internet publication analyzing the political, economic, and social situation in the three South Caucasus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia within the context of international and security dimensions of this region's development. Also available is a range of information services providing analyses, publications, links, and statistics on regional security trends and economic indicators.


Council of Europe - Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

The Council of Europe set up an intergovernmental committees of experts: the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) which coordinates the implementation of activities in the priority areas. This work has resulted in several international instruments and publications. Users may access documents, publications and links at this site.

Victims of Crime

Child Centre for Children at Risk in the Baltic Sea Region

The Child Centre is the web support of a regional cooperation to raise the level of knowledge and to coordinate the activities targeting children at risk in Europe.  The five areas prioritised in the cooperation are: child sexual abuse and exploitation; children in the street; children in institutions; young perpetrators of crimes; child trafficking; and unaccompanied children. 

INTERVICT - Tilburg University

INTERVICT aims to develop and implement a large scale interdisciplinary research programme in order to make significant contributions to the body of international victimological knowledge. The interdisciplinary approach of the research programme ensures that proper research is performed into all aspects of victimization, which will ultimately contribute to preventing or reducing instances of criminal victimization across the world and to limiting the effects of such victimization on victims and their families including economic costs, pain and suffering.  The website includes links to the full text of recent reports, articles, and contributions to books by INTERVICT research studies.


World Health Organization (WHO) - Europe: Violence and Injuries

TWHO/Europe advocated to reduce violence and unintentional injury by promoting a public health approach based on evidence and multisectoral cooperation. It also supports Member States by: providing data on the burden of injuries and evidence of what works for prevention; helping them improve their capacity to strengthen prevention; and facilitating the sharing of knowledge about prevention strategies that have proven effective.