ICPA And Community News

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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The R2Pris Project – Radicalization Prevention in Prisons

20th February 2017

R2Pris, Radicalization Prevention in Prisons, is a consortium of 6 European countries and ICPA, EuroPris, the European Centre for Penitentiary Studies, the Beira Interior University law enforcement, justice and public safety research and technology transfer lab and IPS_Innovative Prison Systems. The 6 participating nations are Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, and Turkey. The goals of the project are to: Create awareness on the broad picture of terrorism, the mind set and narratives used by understanding why prisons are a breeding ground for radicalization; the difference between conversion, radicalization and moving to extremist views (terminology); the pathways and levels of radicalization, role in the network; recruitment tactics employed within the prison […]

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Sharing Exemplary Practices in Prison Design

15th February 2017

Following the 2012 Mexico City ICPA Conference, the Board created a standing Planning and Design Committee. At the next two conferences in Colorado Springs, USA and Windhoek, Namibia, the fledgling Committee met with those attendees with an interest in the planning and design of prison environments. The consistent and overarching interest was the ability of the Committee to serve as a facilitator of information and examples of innovative approaches to planning and design for prison officials worldwide. The ICPA Conference in Melbourne served as a turning point for the Committee. More delegates attended the two meetings than ever before and at the close of the conference, the University of Technology […]

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Launch of a Public Acceptability Survey on the Prisoners’ Access to Digital Technology

15th February 2017

Researchers at De Montfort University in the UK (Knight and Hadlington) have recently launched a survey to capture the public’s attitudes towards prisoners’ access to digital technology in prison. This research is the first of its kind and will provide valuable analysis about how the public feels about prisoners using technology during their prison sentences. Knight and Hadlington have designed an attitude scale to capture a number of views on security, reducing reoffending and improving resettlement, relationships, skills and employment, cost and also implementation of digital technology. The analysis of this survey will then inform a number of focus groups with the public to further explore their views on digital […]

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The Technology Solutions Group: Digital Transformation of Corrections.

15th February 2017

ICPA encourages the use of technology, based on available research, to assist with the management in custody and in the community of offenders and to support their education and skill development. People and organisations are impacted on the way technology today is changing our lives on a daily basis. The use of technology changes the way people live and interact. The use of technology can enhance the quality of life for both staff and offenders if it is integrated in a broader vision and strategy on how corrections should involve. Technology can also enhance safety and security in prisons and contribute to better public safety. Effective use of technology can […]

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ICPA Heads of Services Meeting – Sharing Experience and Expanding the Network

15th February 2017

The Heads of Services who attended the 18th Annual ICPA Conference in Bucharest again met for one day prior to the conference to share their experience, challenges and practices and to learn from each other. The annual event first started in Colorado Springs in 2013 and has developed into an important feature of the conference week. Again, very well attended by 14 Commissioners and Directors-General, the Bucharest meeting was content rich and a forum of intensive exchange and learning about corrections worldwide. All continents were represented which added to the diversity of the experience. There was even one Minister for Correctional Services from an Australian State present who expressed his […]

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Could a Convict Complete Marathon Training in the Prison? Answer Sought at the First Yellow Ribbon Prison Run Training

15th February 2017

Can an offender who is currently serving a sentence in prison complete a marathon? How can one train for a marathon while in prison? And what motivation might they have?  Marian from the Kuřim Prison, and ex-convicts Milan and Marie are clear about: if they are persistent, and society engages to help them fit back in, they have a unique chance to start a new and a better chapter in their life. That is the reason they participate in the Yellow Ribbon Prison Run that advances public awareness and acceptance of reintegrating ex-offenders into society. Today, this trio is being trained alongside fellow prisoners and ex-convicts, as well as managers […]

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