board members

The Board consists of six members from five different European countries. These Board members are elected for a period of 3 years and can be re-elected for a second term.

Marie-Odile Theoleyre (FR)

Marie-Odile is honorary judge of the French Judiciary service. She has held positions in the French judiciary as prosecutor and judge, in the French ministry of Justice, ministry of economy and finances; and in the Ivory Coast as a legal advisor to the Ivorian government. She has international experience as a technical expert, when carrying out numerous missions in comparative criminal law in Europe, Latin America, Maghreb and Korea. She has also experience with leading a NGO in the prison field and is board member of Farapej.

Roger Nilsen (NO)

Roger comes from a borough in Oslo that faced big problems in the 70s with intoxication amongst the young people. Roger himself was confronted with drug problems and eventually ended up in a prison. During his incarceration, he found himself again and started going to school. More specifically, he studied youth intoxication and psychiatry. Since then he has been working with young people.

Berit Johnsen (NO)

Berit Johnsen is a Head of Research Department and a Research Professor in penology at the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service. She has published on different topics within the field of penology, including the quality of prison life, prison architecture and the movement of the body in the prisonscape. Her research on the quality of prison life in Norway, showed that life is better in small prisons for both prisoners and staff in small prisons than larger ones.

Gonçalo Noronha Andrade (PT)

Gonçalo has been a lawyer since 2003, currently working at Allen & Overy, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2012-2013 Goncalo worked as a deputy in the Secretary of State for Finance’s office within the Portuguese Government. He is a board member and co-founder of APAC Portugal, an NGO with the mission to implement and disseminate innovative solutions to transform the lives of current or formerly incarcerated people.

Hans Claus (BE)

Guardian of the concept
Hans is a born artist: he is a poet, sculptor, painter and photographer. He fulfils his social role as a criminologist (1984) and as a prison governor (from 1986 until today). He is currently director of the prison in Oudenaarde. He lives for convincing people of the benefits of detention houses and involving people in the movement (Belgian and European). He is one of the founders of the RESCALED Movement.

Rogier Elshout (NL)

Board member
Rogier Elshout is chairman of Stichting CHAINS, a foundation that aims for more effective sanctions. He got intrigued by the (malfunctioning) of the penal system as volunteer in a re-integration project and decided that he wanted to use his experience in public affairs and communication to advocate for fundamental changes.