ICPA And Community News

Can Prisoner Self-Service Digital Technology Support Offender Rehabilitation? An Evaluation Using a Natural ‘Stepped Wedge’ Design

26th May 2017

According to a former Chief Inspector of UK Prisons, prisons exist in a ‘pre-internet dark age’.  Prisoners must depend on prison officers to process everyday needs such as making a basic purchase from the prison shop.  Prisoner Self-Service (PSS) digital technology may facilitate more prisoner self-responsibility.  This presentation describes an evaluation of PSS in a sample of 13 UK prisons installing PSS at various times over a seven year period.  The staggered installation allowed a natural stepped wedge or ‘quasi-experiment’ with the possibility of comparing the same prisons with and without PSS. We were interested in differences on in-prison performance measures, including adjudications, and on re-offending post-release.  We found a […]

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Technology in Corrections 2017

26th May 2017

ICPA in cooperation with EuroPris and CEP organised on 15-17th May 2017 the second ‘Technology in Corrections: Challenges for the Future’ conference that was hosted by the Czech Prison and Probation Services. The aim of this conference was to challenge the private and academic sector to develop solutions in the field of digital technology for a number of issues that prison and probation systems currently face. This year there were over 30 innovative solutions on the programme, focused on education, reintegration and lifelong learning, on improving efficiency and collaboration within the whole correctional system and on monitoring of behaviour and activities. The conference offered a platform for public, academic and private sectors […]

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3rd Edition of Advancing Corrections Journal & Call for Papers: Issue #4

24th May 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the third issue of the journal “Advancing Corrections”. This Edition focuses on the theme of ‘innovative approaches for service-delivery to offenders’. In a recent Strategic Planning session, the ICPA Board endorsed the promotion of evidence-informed practices as one of ICPA’s top three priorities, and so the theme is timely. Modern correctional agencies need to assess the merits of an increasing number of potential innovations (e.g., adopting new technology for services delivery to offenders), or changes in existing practice (e.g., assessment, case management, intervention, or other service-delivery frameworks). What will most likely improve performance is not always clear — is there strong […]

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Thinking Outside the Box? Segregation and Restraints in New Zealand – by Dr Sharon Shalev

22nd May 2017

In the Autumn of 2016 I spent some time in New Zealand, looking into the use of solitary confinement and mechanical restraints in the country’s prisons, health and disability facilities, children’s and youth justice residences, and police custody suites. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission, who invited me to conduct this review, asked me to examine how, when and why people were held in separation from others and subjected to restraints, and to assess how New Zealand’s practices measured against international human rights law. My findings, reported in Thinking outside the box? A review of seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand, paint a troubling picture. I found that solitary […]

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Corrections Through Labour: A Russian Reintegration Programme

22nd May 2017

A new kind of production is mastered in Birobidzhan’s juvenile colony. The facility produces PVC windows. The young offenders work in their spare time under the guidance of specialists, so they acquire skills that could be useful for them after release. This production fulfills internal needs. According to the signed contracts, the new windows will be sent to the penal colony No.10, and the Medical Correctional Institution No.2 of this region. These windows will be installed within these institutions, in the administrative buildings, cafeteria, the dormitory for the prisoners, and the tuberculosis housing. A large part of the order is already executed. Acting Head of Birobidzhan, Stanislav Kirillov commented that ‘The plan for the development of the production […]

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Staff Training and Development Committee: Sub-Committee on Community Development

22nd May 2017

In March 2017 Robert Brown, a committee member of the ICPA Staff Training and Development Committee was appointed to head a Sub-Committee on Community Corrections. He put together a group of 14 individuals from virtually every continent but is still seeking members from South America. This group currently comprises 14 individuals from every continent with further representation being sought from colleagues in South America. The Mission of the Sub-Committee is: Grounded in the rule of law, human rights and good governance, the mission is to advance community corrections staff training and development opportunities that support the Staff Training & Development Committee and contribute to advancing the ICPA’s Mission and Vision. […]

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CEOs ran the Prague Half Marathon in order to support the Second Chance for people with Criminal Records

22nd May 2017

The Prague Half Marathon took place on the 1st of April with 11,500 runners from 57 countries around the world taking part. 38 runners wore the Yellow Ribbon in support of this initiative which started in Singapore in 2004 with the idea of supporting ex-offenders in their reintegration back into society. The three objectives of the initiative are: Raise Awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders and their families; Generate Acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community; Inspire community Action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders back into society. This was the second year of the Yellow Ribbon Run in Czech Republic, which through […]

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1st International Correctional Research Symposium – Overview

19th May 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association in collaboration with EuroPris and the Belgian Prisons Service organised the 1st International Correctional Research Symposium in Ghent, Belgium, 27-29 March 2017. The main theme of the symposium was ‘Enhancing Comparability and Understanding’. 116 professionals from 36 countries attended the event.This Symposium was a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the way jurisdictions from across the globe conduct researches and to look at current methodologies, the way data is collected and reported.Presentations included topics related to International Standards and Reforms, Management of Research, Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Measuring Performance, Community Corrections and Probation, Healthcare, Technology and Rehabilitation. This inaugural event allowed us […]

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Request for Submission of Good Practices in Prevention and Care of Tuberculosis and Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Prisons

5th April 2017

Ambitious post-2015 global End TB Strategy, with the goal to end the global TB epidemic, was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2014 through resolution WHA 67.1. The success of the End TB Strategy, among others, depends on effective addressing of tuberculosis concentration and transmission within high-risk populations, including inmates. For instance, the tuberculosis notification rate in prisons, reported in 2015 was 1,055 per 100,000 population, 24 times the notification rate in the general population. In order to facilitate the scale-up of effective interventions in prevention and control of tuberculosis in prisons, WHO is developing a Compendium of good practices in prevention and care of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis […]

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RTA – Dramatic Escape

20th March 2017

We have recently published some great initiatives from the Rehabilitation Through Arts and now we would like to present you their project, called ‘Dramatic Escape’. ‘Dramatic Escape’ is a 90 minute documentary that transports viewers into the lives of maximum security prisoners at Sing Sing as they mount a stage production of ‘A Few Good Men’. From auditions through curtain call, the men reveal their personal stories, their everyday struggles and the importance of the arts in their journeys. Watch the video    

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