ICPA And Community News

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. ABOUT THE EVENT 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 […]

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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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Yellow Ribbon Run: Run for a Better Future, Leave your Past Behind

9th April 2018

You have a kid that you have taken care of the whole life, and suddenly he/she ends up in prison. You have to deal with something you have not expected to experience. You can take a look back on the past, or you can run for a better future, and help others who have gone through the same ordeal.  Víťa is a well-educated and hard-working woman with no criminal past, yet her son Honza spent three years in prison for drug dealing. “Every morning after a night shift I went straight to the club, spent a whole day there, then I took a shower, went back to work and so […]

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What is Digital Criminology?

9th April 2018

De Montfort University, with support from the British Criminology Society, welcomed four key speakers to talk on 5th March 2018, at the Vijay Patel Building. The speakers talked about how digital technologies could be understood and adopted by correctional services to assist rehabilitation. Whilst we welcome much debate in criminology about the ways digital technology assists in creating crime such as cyber crime our session focused on the ways in which technology could be adopted to facilitate recovery, desistance and rehabilitation. Dr James Tangen – De Montfort University UK  Cybercrime has become one of the most prominent areas of development in policing in the last twenty years. Early attempts to move beyond the […]

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Turning Research into Action

4th April 2018

In the latest edition of ‘Criminological Highlights’ published by the University of Toronto (Volume 17 March 2018) the topics summarized include: Are complex algorithms for predicting recidivism helpful? Is the presence of substance abuse treatment programs in a community associated with changes in crime rates? How does contact with the criminal justice system affect the mental health of an accused person? What do the police need to do to encourage Muslim communities to report suspected terrorism activities? What can we learn from the failure to replicate an experiment involving the police? What can be done to help people with criminal convictions and housing? How does pretrial detention affect crime? What […]

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The DIACEN Project – Seeking Answers on Important Questions

4th April 2018

An inmate is released after serving 5 years in a maximum-security prison. He has had little contact, other than by phone, with his family. Asked what questions he has he responds: What happens if I am stopped by the police and how should I respond? How do I get my driver’s license reinstated? How do you use the bus/subway? Does my cell phone really track where I am and what I say? What services am I entitled to in terms of temporary help for myself and my family? What jobs am I not allowed to hold due to my conviction? What should I tell others about my being in prison? […]

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PRESS RELEASE: ICPA provides world-class training for African corrections professionals

3rd April 2018

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03 April 2018 Media inquiries: aleksandarpetrov@icpa.ca ICPA provides world-class training for African corrections professionals The International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA), in collaboration with the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) and the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), organises its 5th Training Workshop for African Corrections Professionals”. Leading experts will share expertise on Leadership and Healthcare. The event will take place in the Lucius Sumbwanyambe Mahoto Correctional Service Training College, Omaruru, Namibia, from 22-27 April 2018. Over 30 African professionals from 11 countries have already signed up for the training. During this five–day event, ICPA’s experts will focus on the correctional leadership principles and practices, and the […]

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