ICPA And Community News

19th ICPA Annual Conference, London, 2017 – Overview

7th November 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association organised its 19th Conference and AGM in London with the support of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). The event took place between 22 and 27 October 2017 in Hotel Novotel London West. The theme of the conference was “Innovation in Rehabilitation: Building Better Futures”. View the photos: http://bit.ly/2zjcywh 719 attendees from more than 83 countries took part in one of the biggest ICPA conferences. 200 speakers shared their knowledge and expertise with the participants. 155 presentations, workshops and meetings were held during the event. Download the presentations: http://bit.ly/2iBhiD7 Delegates who attended the Annual General Meeting heard the reports on ICPA’s activities, financial health and […]

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4th Edition of Advancing Corrections Journal & Call for Papers: Issue #5

7th November 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the fourth issue of the journal “Advancing Corrections”. This 4th Edition of Advancing Corrections continues with our ambition to become the premier international, practitioner-oriented Journal in corrections. Once again, we are pleased to include contributions from around the world – the US, England, Ireland, Singapore, Belgium, Australia, Argentina and Chile. The theme for this 4th Edition was also particularly ambitious. We welcomed Featured Articles that would highlight “integrated system-level innovation in how rehabilitative services are delivered – either in prison or in the community”. For our Views and Reviews section, we asked for “qualitative studies of how offenders actually experience […]

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Intensive Correction Orders reduce re-offending

7th November 2017

A new sentencing order that combines intensive supervision with treatment designed to address the underlying causes of offending behaviour has been found to produce a big reduction in reoffending. Intensive Correction Orders (ICOs) were introduced in 2010 as an alternative to imprisonment where the sentence is two years or less. ICOs have three mandatory conditions with which an offender must comply; • Completion of a minimum of 32 hours of work supervised by CSNSW, • Participation in rehabilitation programs • Drug and alcohol testing The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) compared rates of reconviction among 1,266 offenders given an ICO and 10,660 offenders given a short (less […]

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ICPA 2017 Correctional Excellence Awards Winners!

6th November 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Correctional Excellence Awards Programme – a recognition for their contribution to the development and progress of professional corrections. Congratulations to the 2017 Winners: Offender Management and Reintegration Award Singapore Prison Service, Enhanced Supervision Scheme In November 2012, the Singapore Prison Service implemented the Enhanced Supervision Scheme. This evidence-informed throughcare approach comprises two phases: In the incare phase, offenders are housed in a Pre-Release Centre, where all correctional staff are specially trained and tasked to engage inmates purposefully to influence change and meet reintegration needs. Offenders are provided with intensive needs-specific intervention. In the aftercare phase, […]

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Profiles: Corrections Officers in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

11th October 2017

From enhancing prison security to improving prison conditions, United Nations Corrections Officers are instrumental to the efforts of peacekeeping operations in helping post-conflict countries to build and sustain peace and protect vulnerable civilians. This article highlights the work of two Corrections Officers co-located with prisons services that struggle with overcrowding and poor conditions, and are vulnerable to riots, mass escapes or armed attacks. Enhancing Prison Security in the Central African Republic (CAR) Mr. Mamadou Banazaro, Corrections Officer with MINUSCA “It is an honour and privilege to serve with the United Nations” remarks Mr. Mamadou Banazaro, a Corrections Officer with over 16 years of experience from Burkina Faso working with the […]

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Australia’s Newest Prison – The Ravenhall Correctional Centre

11th October 2017

In the state of Victoria, in Australia, the newest prison, The Ravenhall Correctional Centre (RCC) will open in late 2017 as a medium-security men’s prison, operated by GEO Group under contract to the Victorian Government. It will initially open with 1000 beds, but with the capacity to expand to accommodate 1300 prisoners. The prison is being designed and built through a public-private partnership between the government and GEO Consortium, comprising GEO Group, builder John Holland, facilities-management provider Honeywell and financial adviser Capella Capital. As a private prison, RCC will be subject to a range of strict contractual requirements that will be monitored and enforced by Corrections Victoria. The prison will […]

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Who in the World Knows – Part 2

11th October 2017

This is the second part of ICPA e-Bulletin articles designed to provide leads to resources which can help provide factual-based answers on criminal justice issues. Following are the addresses of the some of the information centers and organization with excellent information. Finding the answers to difficult international criminal justice questions related to corrections is never easy, especially for accurate or verified data. Much of the world lacks the sophisticated research personnel, equipment and budgets necessary to produce data in an easily retrievable format. Also, many nations view their crime, court and corrections data as sources of embarrassment and, thus, these figures are modified for propaganda purposes. Unlike a few years […]

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Research in Brief

11th October 2017

Keeping up with all of the published research in our field is a challenge. One very useful resource is the quarterly summary Criminological Highlights produced by a group of about a dozen academics and professional librarians including faculty from the University of Toronto and nearby universities and doctoral students at the University of Toronto. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner. Over 100 criminology related journals and other reports are scanned by the team and they select a number to profile for each issue of Criminological Highlights.  The breadth and policy relevance of their selections is excellent and their summaries are always unbiased and on point. Criminological Highlights […]

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Research Article Summary

11th October 2017

Reforms are currently being undertaken in many correctional jurisdictions. This study examined how probation staff in one state within the United States understand and use evidence-based practices (EBPs) on a daily basis. More specifically, the study examines decision making by probation officers and how a conscious organizational investment for over eight plus years to change practices to be evidence-based has impacted decision making at the street level. The first half of this article summarizes research on evidence-based practices, their implementation, organizational culture and discretionary decision making. The summary of this research not only provides the foundation for the study reported on but also informs practitioners on challenges that must be […]

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ICPA is a Partner in the International Project INTEGRA

4th September 2017

The project strives to improve the transition process between prison and/or probation systems and the community for those at risk of radicalization or who have been radicalised. It attempts to achieve this outcome by promoting a holistic radicalisation prevention initiative focusing on skills development of offenders, front line staff and organisations. Having a complementary approach to the existing ERASMUS+ project “R2PRIS Radicalisation Prevention in Prisons” and H2020 project “PRACTICIES Partnership against Radicalisation in Cities” projects, INTEGRA’s specific goals include: To upscale existing practices and understand their role for a holistic prevention of radicalisation and disengagement /de-radicalisation, To develop a skills-enhancement programme for frontline staff working with inmates throughout its transition back […]

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