Our organization began with the original name of the Association for the Development of Social Work in Criminal Justice and was founded in May of 1994 by students and lecturers of the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Our mission was to support new alternative ways of solving crime. It was later renamed the Association for Probation and Mediation in Justice and was known by the acronym SPJ . On June 4, 2012, it became the RUBIKON Centrum, which better reflects the nature and range of services we provide.
During 1999-2000 RUBIKON realized a pilot project - Qualification Training Program for Officers and Assistants of the Probation and Mediation Service (PMS) in collaboration with the Educational Institute of the Ministry of Justice. This specially designed educational program has proven effective and was taken on as a concept of education for PMS. RUBIKON Centrum has played a major role in creating the conditions for the construction of the Probation and Mediation Service (PMS) of the Czech Republic and both work on laws governing PMS, as well as in the creation of a curriculum for officers and assistants of PMS as a new professional group within the Ministry of Justice.
RUBIKON Centrum is the winner of the "International Community Justice Award" given at the international conference – Probation 2000 in London on January 27th, 2000 by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.
In 2009 RUBIKON Centrum received a special award at the Justice Forum in Brussels for its prestigious and innovative projects in the field of criminal justice- the Crystal Scales of Justice Award.
In the past, RUBIKON Centrum was a member of The European Organisation for Probation (CEP). The Deputy Director of SPJ worked on the Executive Committee of this organization in 2002-2004, and from 2005-2007 served as Vice President of CEP. SPJ was until 2007 a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice.