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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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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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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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Strengths-Based Sentence Planning and Transition Management

Since all offenders – like all non-offenders – can be presumed to be motivated to pursue a good life, the best life they can possibly achieve, a strengths-based approach to rehabilitation that prioritises relationship-based practice such as the Good Life Model (GLM) should be incorporated into prison programming, transition management and post-release supervision, to ensure that the entire focus is not unduly placed on offenders’ risks and criminogenic needs, but also delves into their hopes, dreams, and visions for the future and builds a sentence management and pre-release plan designed to promote the acquisition of these (pro-social) goals. While targeting dynamic risk factors and reducing risk of future offending is […]

(2.6 MB) | 5. April 2017 | Author: Jane Mulcahy
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The Value of a Corrections Information Ecosystem to Support Stakeholder Needs

The scope and scale of the modern corrections agency continues to increase in complexity in countries around the world. There are multiple stakeholders with strong interest in the overall performance of the agency – corrections officers and executives, justice and public safety officials, third-party organizations that assist offender re-entry, and academics and other researchers. While each set of stakeholders has different information needs and questions/issues/risks to address, all share a common requirement for cost-effective, sustainable and secure access to reliable information. Satisfying that common information requirement has historically proven to be difficult, time-consuming and an impediment to improved offender outcomes. With the growth in use of comprehensive offender management systems […]

(735.85 KB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Eric le Goff
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Lessons Learned of the pilot ‘Quantified Self’ by the Dienst Justitiele Inrichting (DJI) in the Netherlands

We work at the Custodial Institutions Agency (Dutch: Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen, DJI)/ Ministry of Public Safety and Justice in the Netherlands. At DJI we are interested in wearables and bio feedback in a forensic setting. Our research focuses on the following questions:” How do we increase the self-awareness of forensic patients, can we predict (negative) behaviour? How can we make treatment more effective, can we develop alternative methods of treatment?  How can we improve monitoring, supervision and counselling? ”. During 2016 tested the use of quantified self in one of our psychiatric forensic clinics. The results were encouraging; we are going to continue these pilots in 2017. We keep contact […]

(4.64 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Stefania Rosanio and Ernst Eilering
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