ICPA And Community News

Thinking Outside the Box? Segregation and Restraints in New Zealand

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

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 will fulfill an 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 the territory of the institutions, in the administrative buildings, cafeteria, the dormitory for the prisoners, and the tuberculosis housing. A large part of the order is already executed. ‘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 mid-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. 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. The five Objectives are: To contribute to the ICPA Founding Statements related to Training in Corrections, and Reintegration of […]

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CEO´s Ran the Prague Half Marathon in Order to Support the Second Chance for People with Criminal Record

22nd May 2017

The Prague Half Marathon, on the 1st of April, ran all together 11 500 runners from 57 countries around the world. Among them 38 runners wore yellow ribbon. It was the second year of the Yellow Ribbon Run, which became a part of Prague Half Marathon. The Yellow Ribbon´s runners highlight the problem of difficult employability of persons after imprisonment. The situation with prisoners after their release from prison is best described by Mr. Karel: “The second sentence begins when you come out, when no one will hire you.” See pictures from the event Learn more about the project

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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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Art for Change: Innovative Rehabilitation Programme Drastically Reduced Recidivism in Prison

9th March 2017

When an arts-based, nonprofit organization claims to have developed a prisoner rehabilitation program that reduces recidivism to less than five percent, criminal justice experts may shake their heads in disbelief. Yet that is what Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) a non-profit organization based in New York State has done. Their program has improved prison morale and safety, caused the incarcerated population to act more respectfully and work more cooperatively, and helping people in prison build the life skills necessary to make it on the outside. RTA has the results to prove it: a five-year contract awarded by NY State’s Department of Corrections; independently published research demonstrating fewer infractions; and greater […]

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A Message from Michelle Carpentier – ICPA’s New Executive Director

24th February 2017

If you were among the lucky ones who attended our Annual General Meeting last October in Bucharest, Romania, you probably know that ICPA has a new Executive Director. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the ICPA Executive Director role, after a beautiful and challenging 33 years career with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). I now feel very fortunate to be part of the fantastic ICPA organization and the Global Corrections Community. I have started my career as a Correctional Officer in 1984 following a Bachelor degree in Criminology at the University of Montreal. Over my years with the Correctional Service, I have held various positions from frontline, […]

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Insight Inside: WHIP – Taking the Reins

21st February 2017

Winston Churchill once said, ‘No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle…‘ a concept proven time and time again in the Colorado Correctional Industries (CCi) Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP). As part of a mutually beneficial partnership formed in 1986 with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), CCi houses a herd of nearly 3,000 animals near the Canon City Four Mile Correctional Center. A portion of the younger animals are trained by inmates and offered for adoption to qualified applicants, including the U.S. Border Patrol. Operating within a state-of-the-art facility, more than 5,000 mustangs have been trained, giving both animals and inmates a second chance of […]

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