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Criminal justice

The successful prevention of and fight against crime requires an effective and functioning criminal justice system. The efforts of the Law Program in the area of criminal justice reform cover a great variety of issues from the structure and operation of the prosecution service and the investigating authorities to the rights of defendants and victims of crime. In the focus of the Law Program activities are also specific types of criminal behavior such as organized crime, corruption, human trafficking, cybercrime, racist violence and hate crime. The role of prisons and the reform of the penitentiary system are also part of the Law Program’s scope of activities as is the use of public confidence indicators for the development and assessment of criminal justice policies. 

 


Events

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Victims of Crime – New Trends in Identifying, Needs Assessment and Referral in Bulgaria and the EU
Despite the transposition of the EU acquis on the protection of victims of crime, Bulgaria is still lagging behind in providing victims adequate support and participation in criminal proceedings. more »
 
Protection of the Rights of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings
In order for the referral, support and protection of the rights of victims of trafficking of human beings (THB) to be effective, stakeholders need to work in cooperation towards a common goal and each of them should understand the others’ perspectives. more »
 
Online Survey: TAKEDOWN – Identify, Prevent, Respond
The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation TAKEDOWN project is launching an European public on-line survey among practitioners to understand the dimensions of organised crime and terrorist networks for developing effective and efficient security solutions and practical toolkits for first-line-practitioners and professionals. TAKEDOWN project work comes from 18 European scientific, technology, research, social and security institutions joining efforts and expertise to identify, prevent and respond to crime and terrorist networks. more »
 
Punishment versus treatment: the situation of drug users in prison
Bulgaria has no clear and consistent state policy on drug-using offenders. This is the main conclusion of the round table on the situation of drug users in prison organised by the Center for the Study of Democracy. The event, which aimed to present the Norwegian experience of working with drug users in prison, was attended by officials from the Directorate General "Execution of Penalties", prosecutors, judges, lawyers, academics and NGOs. more »
 

Publications

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Manual on model practices for the identification, needs assessment and referral of victims
The manual on model practices for the identification, needs assessment and referral of victims is a result of a research effort by a transnational team of academics, policy makers and practitioners, including representatives of the Center for the Study of Democracy. more »
 
Handbook for professionals assisting victims of trafficking
The handbook for legal, social and health professionals involved in the protection of the rights and in the assistance of victims of human trafficking was prepared by a transnational team of experts, including representatives of the Center for the Study of Democracy. It tackles the legal framework of protecting and supporting victims of trafficking, the process of secondary victimisation by the criminal justice system, the role of psychologists and social workers in the criminal process and the multidisciplinary work in processing trafficking cases. more »
 
CSD Policy Brief No. 61: Drug users in prison: Norway’s experience and Bulgaria’s challenges
For all criminal offences related to drugs, even for possession of small quantities intended for personal use, the main sanction according to Bulgarian criminal law is imprisonment. Unlike in Norway, non-custodial penalties in Bulgaria such as probation have extremely limited scope of application for drug-related offences. At the same time, other alternatives to imprisonment are virtually non-existent. more »
 
Concept for more effective civic participation in support of vulnerable groups
The concept for more effective civic participation in support of four vulnerable groups aims to identify legislative changes, improvement of practices and policy development by decision makers and the civil society to facilitate vulnerable communities in their interaction with state institutions and establish effective support mechanisms. more »
 


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