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Detention Houses: A Future-Oriented Solution to Old Problems

The efficacy and efficiency of prisons have been questioned for decades. Research has not only shown that little or no positive impact is to be expected from imprisonment (Martinson, 1974; Council of Europe 1987), but also that imprisonment may have serious harmful effects – in social, psychological and financial terms (Sykes, 1958; Crewe, 2011). Nevertheless, detention rates remain high, which is also true for recidivism rates. In order to respond to this penal paradox, the Belgian non-profit organization “The Houses” has reconceived the idea of imprisonment, meeting both the principles underlying the Belgian Prison Act of 2005 and the principles of evidence-based practice. According to the Belgian Prison Act, the […]

(1.17 MB) | 24. April 2017 | Author: Helene De Vos
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Criminal Risk Management in Probation: The effectiveness of Individual Cognitive-Behavioural Program “One to one” in Lithuania

The “One to one” (OTO) is a criminal behaviour treatment programme based on cognitive-behavioural methods and targeting medium to medium/high risk of re-offending cases. It is comprised of three different modules: violence, substance abuse, and general offending prevention. The results, presented during the CRS-2017, are from the study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the OTO programme implemented in Lithuanian Probation Service within the period of seven years. Although the effectiveness of correctional interventions may be defined in different ways, in this particular study it was operationalized as both individual changes in psychosocial functioning and re-offending rates. The study involved 116 male probationers whose age ranged from 17 to 67 […]

(1019.6 KB) | 18. April 2017 | Author: Virginija Klimukiene & Ilona Cesniene
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How Do Detainees Experience Dutch Prisons: A Large-Scale Survey-Study

Each year, approximately 40,000 adults enter the Dutch penitentiary system, and remain under the care of the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (DCIA, part of the Ministry of Security and Justice). The DCIA considers it important to create humane and stimulating living conditions and has therefore commissioned the Life in Custody study, a survey study carried out by the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University. Each person detained in the Netherlands in Februari and March 2017 can take part in this large-scale study. The aims of the project are to improve our understanding of staff and prisoner perceptions and experiences of prison life, as well as the effects […]

(1.08 MB) | 18. April 2017 | Author: Anouk Bosma
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Nature-Based Health Promotion – A Valuable Tool for Supporting Female Prisoners with Complex Needs

Health is a fundamental human right and especially for individuals held in custody of the state. However, prison policies often overlook the specific and special needs of women and their health. Many women in prison have alarmingly high levels of mental illness and drug or alcohol dependence as well as histories of sexual and physical abuse and violence. The needs of women in prison are complex and challenging and can make addressing their health needs particularly difficult. Women represent a small percentage of the total prison population however, their numbers are increasing. This presentation explores the benefits of engaging with nature and its impact on health and well-being drawing upon […]

(2.55 MB) | 18. April 2017 | Author: Michelle Baybutt
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The Evaluation of Central Registration Points (CRPs) for Substance Users in Belgian Prisons

People detained in correctional settings often suffer from health and/or psychological problems, including substance abuse. Addressing these needs is a priority within the M19 European Union, also because substance abuse treatment for detainees may reduce drug use and recidivism. Up until 2016, Central Registration Points (CRP) for substance users were operational in all Belgian prisons. These CRPs acted as a liaison between the prison and substance abuse treatment outside prison. In this presentation, we summarize the results of the policy-orientated research “Process and outcome study on prison-based registration points in Belgium” (PROSPER) – carried out on behalf of Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) with co-financing of the Federal Public Service of […]

(436.89 KB) | 11. April 2017 | Author: Stijn Vandevelde & Freya Vander Laenen
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WEPHREN – A Worldwide Prison Health Research and Engagement Network

WHO Europe Prison Health Research and Engagement Network (WEPHREN), which was formally launched at the UN City in November 2016, now has nearly 200 members from around the world and we are currently surveying researchers, prison staff and prison healthcare staff to understand their priorities for research in this field and to enable an informed international research agenda to formulate.   This research and professional development network is for all professionals working with those in prison, and eventually we hope to see people in prison helping us to shape the future research agenda in health in prisons. The presentation will cover the aims and objectives of this network as well […]

(1.06 MB) | 6. April 2017 | Author: Emma Plugge
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Improving the Management of Research

A couple of years ago, Austrian Prison Administration hat a lot to catch up on dealing with empirical research within the prison system. Research assignments were commissioned sporadic and unsystematic by the Ministry of Justice. There was no clear and transparent policy how to handle with (external) Individual candidates for research targeting the prison system. There was no organizational structure to handle this topic, no contact person. There was lack of strategies and processes no knowledge management, no documentation centre no rules for approval of research projects. Beginning with 2013 we started to improve the situation step by step. I have been asked by the then General Director to build […]

(3.49 MB) | 6. April 2017 | Author: Stefan Fuchs
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Core Systems and Ulster University Prisoner Technology Usability (UX) Research

Core Systems’ would like to share our experience from our recent collaboration with Ulster University to research the specific technology needs of prisoners. This is increasingly important as offender-facing technology becomes more prominent in transforming the way prisons operate. Offenders are a unique type of technology users as they typically have low levels of literacy, numeracy and digital literacy. The implication of this can undermine their chances to rehabilitate and become fully-functioning members of society after release. These factors also affect their ability to engage in and succeed in digitally-delivered interventions such as educational programs and achieve their full potential. Preliminary results suggest: *Prisoners need more feedback on the outcomes […]

(4.38 MB) | 6. April 2017 | Author: Emer O'Kane
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The Administrator’s Tale

In the late 1980s under more enlightened political leadership research began to be commissioned into the effectiveness of specific areas of new policy. To some extent this was seen by the Civil Servants commissioning this research as part of the handling plan to make difficult policy changes more acceptable. As part of the relaxation of the previous controls on research PhD students found it possible to gain access to prisons. This presentation will discuss this journey.

(52.62 KB) | 5. April 2017 | Author: Phil Wheatley
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Welcome Address to CRS2017 from Jan Bogaert, Director General for the Courts and Magistrates Belgium

Welcome Address to CRS2017 from Jan Bogaert, Director General for the Courts and Magistrates on behalf of the Secretary General of the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice.

(289.3 KB) | 5. April 2017 | Author: Jan Bogaert
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