ICPA And Community News

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

“Street-Level Decision Making—Acceptability, Feasibility, and Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Adult Probation” Citation:  Criminal Justice and Behavior, Volume: 44 Issue: 10, page(s): 1356-1381 Article first published online: August 4, 2017; Issue published: October 1, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854817718583 Jill Viglione, University of Central Florida 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 […]

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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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Public Acceptability Survey on the Prisoners’ Access to Digital Technology: Emerging Results

9th August 2017

Earlier this year we announced the launch on the first public attitude survey on prisoners’ access to digital technology. Knight and Hadlington (2017) designed an attitude scale to capture a number of views from the UK public on security, reducing reoffending and improving resettlement, relationships, skills and employment, cost and also implementation of digital technology. There have been a small number of public attitude and opinion surveys relating to prison. Overall these surveys highlight that the general public do not fully understand the day-to-day experience of a serving prisoner (Roberts and Hough 2005). As such this makes it difficult for many of the public to make informed decisions about prison […]

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Institute of Criminal Executive Service in Ukraine – Completion of the Bachelor Training Course

28th July 2017

On 16 June 2017, the third issue of the cadets of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine was held at the Institute of Criminal-Executive Service. On this day, 150 graduates of the Institute received officer ranks and Bachelor diplomas, and became specialists who will soon join the bodies and institutions of the State Criminal Executive Service of Ukraine. To share this joy and congratulate graduates and their teachers, the Deputy Minister of Justice Denis Chernyshov, the Chairman of the Commission on the Elimination of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine Sergey Tyulenev, the Deputy of Ukraine Yuriy Miroshnichenko came to meet with the friends and relatives of the students. […]

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The Prison Reform in Liberia – Overview

26th July 2017

The Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) established in 1969, functional and professionalized by 1978, and up to the mid 1980’s. With a steady decline in the rule of law, and slowly this efficient good management of prisons and correctional system eroded due to the civil war. The prison and detention facilities nationwide were emptied and destroyed; the prisoners and detainees absconded from these facilities during the early stage of the war, and as such, posed further threat to the security of the entire region.    Agriculture farm and produce The signing of the 2003 Accra Peace Accord brought peace and security which are critical to nourishment for growth and […]

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Understanding the Reintegration Barriers of Offenders in Singapore Prison Service – Research Summary

26th July 2017

The transition from prison to community is often a challenging period for offenders. Upon release, it is common for them to face reintegration barriers in many aspects of life owing to factors such as personal vulnerabilities, ex-offender stigma, and adjustment difficulties (Davis, Bahr, & Ward, 2012; Luther, Reichert, Holloway, Roth, & Aalsma, 2011; Griffiths, Dandurand, & Murdoch, 2007). If these barriers are not properly dealt with, offenders may fall into the cycle of failed reintegration, reoffending, and reconviction. To thwart this vicious cycle, it is crucial to understand the reintegration barriers that offenders face. Extant literature highlighted three key barriers to offender reintegration – employment, education, and social support (Martinez […]

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