Christiane Jesse

Director General, Department of Prison Administration, Ministry of Justice, Lower Saxony, Germany

Participation in the events

Track: 5. Dispute Resolution. Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Criminal Law
Discussion session

5.5. The Modernization of National Prison Estates


Thursday, May 20, 15:30 - 16:30

Channel 1


Christiane Jesse, 63 years old, married, two children, finished her studies of Psychology at the University of Würzburg with a Diploma in 1982. She was trained in Psychodrama from 1982 to 1984 at Moreno Institute and graduated as a systemic coach from Institut für systemische Studien in Hamburg.

In 1982 she started serving for the penitentiary system of Lower Saxony, Germany, in the prison for young offenders in Hamlin. She was responsible for therapy, diagnostic, prognostic and counseling. From 1986 to 1991 she was head of department for a unit with 60 prisoners. In 1992 she worked in the prison of Celle as a counselor for organizational development. From 1994 to 1999 she was engaged in organizational development in the prison of Hamlin and guided team development processes for staff members from other prisons in Lower Saxony. In 1996 as a member of the Ministry of Justice in Hanover she supported the administration of a program for addict prisoners to prevent HIV and developed operating figures for staff requirement.

From 1999 to 2002 she served as Deputy of the Director and Head of Custody in the prison of Hamlin where she became Director from 2002 to 2015. At that time the prison in Hamlin was the largest prison for young offenders in Germany.

Since 2015 she is Director General, Department of Prison Administration, in the Ministry of Justice, Lower Saxony. She is responsible for 14 prisons with about 4500 inmates and a Training school for about 3900 staff members.

Christiane Jesse took part in several international projects (in Romania and the United States) and conferences about the prison service system.