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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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Technology in Corrections – The Technology Solutions Group Objectives 2018 – 2022

26th July 2017

Introduction We see the importance and influence of IT and Technology across the Correctional landscape. Around the globe, digital is the new normal and technology is critical to the success of nearly every public and private organization and the execution of their mandate. Technology has the potential to drive positive change across the correctional world and create added value for our stakeholders including our staff, inmates, victims, citizens, special interest groups, other jurisdictions and government departments. The areas of business opportunity include improvements to security and risk mitigation, increased operational efficiency, data driven analytics and decision making, and the overall delivery of more effective offender care and rehabilitation programmes. The […]

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ICPA and the Promotion of Learning, Knowledge Sharing and Innovation in Correctional Systems through Transnational Cooperation

26th July 2017

European prison systems in transition According to the Council of Europe statistics, the total prison population in the European Union on 1st September 2014 was composed of 620,540 under custody of the different prison services, across more than 3500 prisons. It is estimated that around 50% of those are in need of core rehabilitation interventions to improve its employability. Approximately 35% are low skilled, needing labour market oriented training and qualifications. About 15% need skills upgrade in order to cope with modern production processes demanded by external employers. With a few exceptions, the European prison establishments are commonly characterized as being closed traditional systems, coping with an environment of constant […]

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1st International Correctional Research Symposium – Opening Remarks by Frank Porporino

26th July 2017

Our last e-Bulletin announced the success of ICPA’s 1st International Correctional Research Symposium held in Ghent, Belgium, 27-29 March 2017 and organized in collaboration with EuroPris and the Belgian Prisons Service. With 116 professionals from more than 30 countries, both researchers and practitioners, the symposium was a unique opportunity both to begin developing a global research network in corrections and debate issues on the theme of ‘Enhancing Comparability and Understanding’. Summaries of presentations that were delivered at the Symposium are available on the ICPA Web Site (http://bit.ly/2kpRiuB). The following is a copy of the opening remarks given by Dr. Frank Porporino, Chair, ICPA Research & Development Expert Group. Discussions are […]

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Current Reforms In Criminal Justice

26th July 2017

In this brief editorial I offer no statistics or references to academic research. There’s plenty of material that’s been disseminated historically and recently, and I assume the readers are up to date and more than aware of the issues at hand wherever in the world you are. I’m speaking from the point of view as an architect. I don’t operate custodial facilities. I don’t deal day-to-day with prisoners be they “good” or bad. I have however, worked as a programmer, planner and designer for a variety of clients within the criminal justice system. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many forward-looking folks who dare to look beyond the status […]

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Who in the World Knows

26th July 2017

This is the first in a series 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 United Nations Programme Network Institutes (PNI). U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The UNODC in Vienna, Austria (www.unodc.org) is the U.N. office responsible for crime prevention, criminal justice and criminal law reform. It promotes internationally recognized principles, standards and norms in such areas as independence of the judiciary, protection of victims, juvenile justice, alternatives to imprisonment, treatment of inmates, police use of force, mutual legal assistance, extradition and other matters pertaining to criminal justice and crime […]

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ICPALA 2017 Conference – Bogotá

26th July 2017

Internacional Asuntos Correccionales y Penitenciarios Capitulo Latinoamericano (ICPA-LA) is the ICPA’s regional chapter in Latin America.  With fifteen countries from Latin America, United States and Europe being present, the successful ICPA-LA Annual Conference was held May, 17 to 20 in Bogota, Colombia. Authorities, experts, academics, service providers and stakeholders interested in the improvement of prison communities in the region were brought together to identify issues and to propose corrective, preventive and developmental measures based on good practices and lessons learned that could help to standardize processes based on international standards. Attendance at the conference included officials from Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, El Salvador, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Colombia, academics from […]

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