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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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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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The US Bureau of Justice Statistics

This presentation gives an introduction to the BJS and the U.S. correctional system and explains BJS’ efforts to measure and report on the U.S. correctional system in a standardized manner, the cost, burden and future methods to capture information on the U.S. correctional system.

(2.21 MB) | 5. April 2017 | Author: E. Ann Carson
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The European Foriner Project: Educational Opportunities for European Citizens Detained in a Foreign European Country

To gain a helicopter overview of the educational opportunities for European foreign national prisoners, an online survey has been distributed among educational providers and prison managers in Europe (N=108 prisons). The results demonstrate that European FNP’s have less educational opportunities than national prisoners. Their educational opportunities are mostly limited to language courses to learn the domestic language. Second, based on the online survey four learning practices across Europe are investigated in depth to gain more information about their way of working. We conducted twelve qualitative semi-structured individual and one group interview with professionals and prisoners. These interviews revealed that different models to organise education for FNP’s exist. For instance, some […]

(4.65 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Dorien Brosens & Liesbeth De Donder
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Horticulture, Hypermasculinity and Mental Wellbeing: The Connections in a Male Prison Context

This presentation will outline the progress made on a PhD research study, highlighting the connections between horticulture, hypermasculinity and mental wellbeing in a male prison. Mental health and wellbeing is of significant concern in prisons in England and Wales, with self-inflicted deaths at all-time high – 112 recorded in 2016. Hypermasculinity is a term used to define the exacerbation of overtly masculine traits that exist in male dominated environments, such as prisons. Males in custody tend to suppress emotions, exert violent and aggressive behaviours and/or create a persona for themselves in order to ‘survive’ prison. Unsurprisingly, these actions can be detrimental to the health and wellbeing of prisoners and cause […]

(1.93 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Flo Seymour
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Different Genders, Equal Rights but Different Education Provisions: The Case for Gender-Responsive Education in Prison

In an age of gender equality and equal provisions of education for the different sexes, it may seem odd that one suggests gender specific provisions in an education programme for female prison inmate.  The aim of this paper is to show how the researchers came to this conclusion following an analysis of female inmates’ perception on the education provisions at Malta’s main prison: Corradino Correctional Facility (CCF). The paper describes the perceptions and opinions of female inmates on the effectiveness of current educational provisions.  This was complemented by in-depth interviews with four prison educators as well as the prison administration. The research focused on a number of key themes including […]

(2.77 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Joseph Giordmaina & Amanda Schembri
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Prisoners’ Participation and Involvement in Prison Life: Insights from a Research Project in the Prison of Ghent

Prisoners’ participation and involvement in prison life are becoming important topics featuring on European political agendas. To investigate the different types of prisoners’ involvement in the organisation of prison life that exist within one remand prison in Belgium, as well as the profile of prisoners involved, 11 focus groups were conducted with prisoners (N=36) and professionals (N=42). Findings indicate that many participation initiatives are formally organised (e.g. prisoner council, surveys), but also informal participation initiatives take place (e.g. consulting prisoners on the daily working of the working places). Classifying the initiatives in the pyramid of citizen participation makes clear that most prisoners are informed about all sort of things, but […]

(2.01 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Dorien Brosens
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A Personalised Approach to Offender Rehabilitation: Operational and Applied Research

This paper reports on the early stages of project implementation and evaluation to develop a model of personalised offender rehabilitation in an English probation setting in a Community Rehabilitation Company run by private sector company Interserve. The model aims to deliver rehabilitative support packages that are co-produced with offenders that enable them to make personal change and deliver the sentence of the court. This innovative approach has been developed to operationalise the concept of desistance. The concept of desistance is influential in offender rehabilitation policy but operationalising it remains a challenge. The aim of this paper is to set out the rationale behind this new intervention model which is based […]

(2.38 MB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Chris Fox, Caroline Marsh & Kim Thornden-Edwards
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Weaving the Pieces Together: The Use of Data in Evidence-Based Policy in the Correctional Service Canada

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has a long tradition of weaving administrative data, originally gathered data (including surveys), and retrospective coding of files together from various information systems and sources to produce sound empirical evidence that forms the basis for evidence-based policy and practice. This approach is successful and effective because it not only weaves together disparate types of data, but also amalgamates information from local, regional, and national levels and then disseminates the findings to all levels of the organization. This presentation will describe these efforts and illustrate their application with key examples from within the federal correctional system in Canada.

(910.79 KB) | 4. April 2017 | Author: Leslie-Ann Keown
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