ICPA And Community News

Assessing rehabilitative outcomes of a theater program in a Singapore prison

19th July 2018

The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) enhance inmates’ employability with vocational and work place literacy programs. However, these do not specifically address the social and emotional development needed to help the rehabilitative process. The Theater Arts Program (TAP) offers performing arts as a means to improve, among other things, communication, self-confidence and teamwork. Assessments of these desired outcomes are in the form of the generalized self-efficacy scale (Schwarzer and Jerusalem 1995), a self-assessment and reflection form, written reflections as well as interviews. Results of these assessment methods show an overall improvement in participants’ language and socio-emotional skills. Read the full research here: https://bit.ly/2uOclfZ

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Informing Digital Provision In Prisons: Securing an Evidence Base to Optimise Digital Opportunities for Prisoners and Staff

19th July 2018

We welcomed the opportunity to attend the Corrections Research Symposium in Prague supported by ICPA and EuroPris in May 2018. Our panel brought together two researchers and two practitioners, all of whom are interested in developing digital technology within the corrections landscape. Victoria and Justin shared their experiences of undertaking research in the field of digital technologies, whilst Simon and Steven focused on the complexity of developing and commissioning digital services in correctional organisation. We’d like to share some of our highlights and reflections based on this discussion. The aim of this panel session was to explore: What research has been done in the field of digital technology and corrections; […]

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The Third Issue of Volume 17 of Criminological Highlights – June 2018 is now Available!

19th July 2018

The eight papers that are summarized in this issue address the following questions: Does pretrial detention for people accused of minor crimes contribute to public safety? What approach to reducing firearms deaths might work? How are youth justice policies and health care needs linked? When homicide rates suddenly spike, should we be worried? How do former prisoners get jobs? What are some of the necessary conditions that one should look for in youth justice treatment programs? What kinds of jobs in a community might help reduce recidivism among those being released from prison? Are youths who have been found guilty of homicide offences especially dangerous when they are released into […]

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A very dear friend of ICPA died suddenly on 16th June 2018

2nd July 2018

Brendan Kevin Reynolds was one of the key founding members of ICPA who worked effortlessly to realize the idea of an international corrections and prisons association. Coming from his beginnings with the John Howard Society in Canada, he believed and acted consistently on the premise that the community was indeed where corrections started, and where corrections should focus. Building a more progressive and humane corrections was in his DNA and he pursued that goal both in his career with the National Parole Board and the Correctional Service of Canada, retiring as Regional Deputy Commissioner for Ontario, and also in his extensive international networking giving support and assistance to other jurisdictions. […]

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The Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prisons Services Conference – ACHCPS

2nd July 2018

ACHCPS held its now biennial conference at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica June 11-14, 2018. Over the course of the conference there were over 80 participants with 8 of those being Heads of Service for Caribbean Countries. Heads of Police, Customs and other Caribbean leaders also attended the conference offering presentations and comments throughout. Transforming Directions: As a group during the past decade ACHCPS members agreed to begin promoting a theme of “From Prisons to Corrections” and generally moving from punitive to rehabilitative and reentry supportive programs. While that theme may not sound very profound it really does signal a major shift in attitude, values and beliefs for those […]

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What is Good Prison Research?

14th June 2018

Reflections of the Correctional Research Symposium – personal account of Michelle Shelley, a Canadian PhD student, capturing her impressions and what she gained from the interesting presentations and discussions at the event. What is Good Prison Research? I had the pleasure of attending the International Correctional Research Symposium that was held in the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic from May 9-10, 2018. As a junior academic I was first attracted to the symposium because of the topic, “What is Good Prison Research?” This question not only jived with my personal research interests, but the symposium also presented the invaluable opportunity to engage with both practitioners working within […]

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ICPA Organises a Training Workshop in Cluj-Napoca

2nd June 2018

The International Corrections and Prisons Association, in collaboration with the National Administration of Penitentiaries – Romania, is delighted to invite you to a four-day training workshop which will take place from 3-6 September, 2018, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme of the workshop is Proper Reaction Kit for Prison Staff Stress Reduction Through Environmental Therapy: Experiential Learning Workshop. The aim of this four-day workshop is to develop a stress-reduction and optimal functioning program for correctional staff, based on experiential learning through direct interactions with horses and nature. The workshop introduces a functional model of health-related components that can be optimized or enhanced by direct interactions with animals and nature. The rationale […]

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The European Association for the Education of Adults partners with a project focused on up-skilling inmates

16th May 2018

The SkillHubs project aims to develop a transnational counselling and training model for inmates and to elaborate recommendations for the introduction of the model into national prison education systems across Europe. The introduction of the “skillHUBS” model into EU prison education systems will represent a significant improvement of EU prison education as it will provide more efficient tools for skills assessment among inmates, address actual offenders’ educational needs and provide tailor-made learning opportunities for each individual inmate. ICPA is a partner in this project and will publish more information as it becomes available.  Prison inmates often have lower levels of basic skills compared to the general population. To address the […]

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5th Edition of the Advancing Corrections Journal & Call for Papers: Issue #6

1st May 2018

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the fifth issue of the journal “Advancing Corrections”. This 5th Edition is devoted to an exploration of evidence-informed ways to improve practice. The papers we are publishing come from around the world – Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, Argentina and Norway. To begin the Edition, we feature a special contribution from professor Fergus McNeill. The next 4 Research Articles present data supporting change in practice in a number of particular ways, followed by two papers from Singapore that are more specialized but yet important. The Views and Reviews section of this Edition includes papers that […]

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Motivations of Elderly Offenders in Singapore Prison Service

27th April 2018

The number of inmates over the age of 60 have almost doubled from 359 to 651 between 2012 to 2016 and this increase in representation of elderly offenders within the overall population has led to a greater urgency in understanding them better. While the needs of these offenders are relatively well known, motivations behind their offending are an area that is less well documented (Lemieux, Dyeson, & Castiglione, 2002; Sampson & Laub, 1995). Knowledge of their motivations of offending will serve to guide upstream and downstream interventions aimed at reducing elderly offending. Life course theories argue that offending later in life is a result of the breakdown of informal measures […]

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