Dagmar Doubravová

Ashoka Fellow
Czech Republic,
Fellow Since 2015


This profile was prepared when Dagmar Doubravová was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
The New Idea
Dagmar’s comprehensive criminal justice reform aims to combat recidivism through a variety of means affecting offenders throughout their encounter with the criminal justice system and post-release, ensuring their smooth transition to non-criminal life and no-return mechanisms, such as quick employment opportunities and assistance with exiting a vicious cycle of debt. She has been doing this in the context of state institutions that are slow to react to systemic problems in criminal justice and citizen sector organizations that provide effective, yet generally small scale, scattered or hard-to-replicate solutions.

Building on the principles of restorative justice, Dagmar is constructing a chain of engagement opportunities for offenders before, during and after they serve their sentences. To address the negative side-effects of imprisonment in the first place, Dagmar aims to divert the path of a convicted offender away from prison and creates alternative modes of punishment within the criminal justice system and supports offenders to complete them successfully. This has a side benefit of alleviating prison overpopulation. And in order to help ex-offenders in quickly breaking their connection with prison, once their sentence is served, she is developing no-return mechanisms and legal framework.

Dagmar ladders innovations ranging from the establishment of a national probation system providing for alternative punishments, creation of a job matching platform between ex-offenders and employers, and elimination of legislation gaps that perpetuate debt traps for ex-prisoners and other vulnerable groups. She has become a partner and a provider of a comprehensive set of evidence-based solutions to the Czech government by timely articulating systemic problems, adopting best practices, developing innovative solutions for reintegrating offenders along their lifecycle and ensuring these solutions are replicated across the country and eventually become a norm in society.
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