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Launch of the European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies (ESPO)

The European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies (ESPO) is the first cross-national survey on prison oversight bodies. Its main objective is to gather updated and comparable information on the structures for dealing with the inspection of prisons across the European Union. The survey is directed by Dr Mary Rogan and Dr Eva Aizpurua, at Trinity College Dublin, as part of the PRILA project.

The European Survey on Prison Oversight Bodies opens on Monday, 28 January, and will be available for 60 days.

The survey was developed by the PRILA team in consultation with international experts in the field. It seeks responses from experts in participating countries, and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The PRILA team working on the ESPO survey can be contacted at Please feel free to email us if you have questions concerning the study, or if you know other people who would like to be included on our mailing list.