The mission and objectives of the Czech Probation and Mediation Service (PMS)
The Probation and Mediation Service aims to offer effective and socially beneficial solution of crime-related conflicts and at the same time organises and provides for efficient and dignified execution of alternative sentences and measures with emphasis on victim interests, community protection and crime prevention. The Czech PMS is a new institution in criminal policy and is based on the co-operation of two professions – social work and law, in particular criminal law. A balanced merger of the two professions creates a new multi-disciplinary profession in the criminal justice system.
Objectives of the PMS activity
Offender integration – the Probation and Mediation Service aims to reintegrate offenders back to the community with no further re-offending. Integration is a process leading to the restoration of offender’s respect for the legal status of the society, his/her capability and self-actualisation.
Victim participation – the Probation and Mediation Service strives to involve the victim in the „process“ of his/her own restitution, to restore his/her feeling of safety, his/her integrity and confidence in justice.
Community protection – the Probation and Mediation Service contributes to community protection with effective solution of conflict and risk situations related to criminal proceedings and with efficient execution of alternative sentences and measures.