ICPA And Community News

Developing Correctional Leaders: 4th Training Workshop for African Corrections Professionals

25th July 2017

As another in a series of joint initiatives of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA), the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) and the Namibian Correctional Service (NCS), 37 corrections professionals from 10 African nations met recently for a five day intensive training session on Developing Correctional Leaders. The training was held in Omaruru, Namibia at the Lucius S. Mahoto Correctional Service Training College. The College is a modern training facility with a world-class lecture hall, classrooms, parade grounds, gymnasium, food service, student and staff housing and administrative offices. The NCS provided housing for the participants as well as transportation from and to the airport in Windhoek. The ICPA funded […]

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Beyond the Wall Issue No.2

20th June 2017

We are delighted to introduce you to the second edition of the newsletter ‘Beyond the Wall’. The first issue of the ‘Beyond the Wall’ was very successful and we received a great amount of positive feedback. In this second edition of Beyond The Wall we have included articles on good practices from across the world. Read about a healthcare initiative in Russia, information on Australia’s latest prison, radicalisation programmes in Thailand, insights on applications of European policies and standards, studies on children with incarcerated parents, current trends in prison planning and design, and an overview of prison reform in Ukraine. + Read Beyond the Wall If you want to become […]

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Can Prisoner Self-Service Digital Technology Support Offender Rehabilitation? An Evaluation Using a Natural ‘Stepped Wedge’ Design

26th May 2017

According to a former Chief Inspector of UK Prisons, prisons exist in a ‘pre-internet dark age’.  Prisoners must depend on prison officers to process everyday needs such as making a basic purchase from the prison shop.  Prisoner Self-Service (PSS) digital technology may facilitate more prisoner self-responsibility.  This presentation describes an evaluation of PSS in a sample of 13 UK prisons installing PSS at various times over a seven year period.  The staggered installation allowed a natural stepped wedge or ‘quasi-experiment’ with the possibility of comparing the same prisons with and without PSS. We were interested in differences on in-prison performance measures, including adjudications, and on re-offending post-release.  We found a […]

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Technology in Corrections 2017

26th May 2017

ICPA in cooperation with EuroPris and CEP organised on 15-17th May 2017 the second ‘Technology in Corrections: Challenges for the Future’ conference that was hosted by the Czech Prison and Probation Services. The aim of this conference was to challenge the private and academic sector to develop solutions in the field of digital technology for a number of issues that prison and probation systems currently face. This year there were over 30 innovative solutions on the programme, focused on education, reintegration and lifelong learning, on improving efficiency and collaboration within the whole correctional system and on monitoring of behaviour and activities. The conference offered a platform for public, academic and private sectors […]

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3rd Edition of Advancing Corrections Journal & Call for Papers: Issue #4

24th May 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the third issue of the journal “Advancing Corrections”. This Edition focuses on the theme of ‘innovative approaches for service-delivery to offenders’. In a recent Strategic Planning session, the ICPA Board endorsed the promotion of evidence-informed practices as one of ICPA’s top three priorities, and so the theme is timely. Modern correctional agencies need to assess the merits of an increasing number of potential innovations (e.g., adopting new technology for services delivery to offenders), or changes in existing practice (e.g., assessment, case management, intervention, or other service-delivery frameworks). What will most likely improve performance is not always clear — is there strong […]

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Thinking Outside the Box? Segregation and Restraints in New Zealand – by Dr Sharon Shalev

22nd May 2017

In the Autumn of 2016 I spent some time in New Zealand, looking into the use of solitary confinement and mechanical restraints in the country’s prisons, health and disability facilities, children’s and youth justice residences, and police custody suites. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission, who invited me to conduct this review, asked me to examine how, when and why people were held in separation from others and subjected to restraints, and to assess how New Zealand’s practices measured against international human rights law. My findings, reported in Thinking outside the box? A review of seclusion and restraint practices in New Zealand, paint a troubling picture. I found that solitary […]

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Corrections Through Labour: A Russian Reintegration Programme

22nd May 2017

A new kind of production is mastered in Birobidzhan’s juvenile colony. The facility produces PVC windows. The young offenders work in their spare time under the guidance of specialists, so they acquire skills that could be useful for them after release. This production fulfills internal needs. According to the signed contracts, the new windows will be sent to the penal colony No.10, and the Medical Correctional Institution No.2 of this region. These windows will be installed within these institutions, in the administrative buildings, cafeteria, the dormitory for the prisoners, and the tuberculosis housing. A large part of the order is already executed. Acting Head of Birobidzhan, Stanislav Kirillov commented that ‘The plan for the development of the production […]

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Staff Training and Development Committee: Sub-Committee on Community Development

22nd May 2017

In March 2017 Robert Brown, a committee member of the ICPA Staff Training and Development Committee was appointed to head a Sub-Committee on Community Corrections. This group currently comprises 14 individuals from every continent with further representation being sought from colleagues in South America. The Mission of the Sub-Committee is: Grounded in the rule of law, human rights and good governance, the mission is to advance community corrections staff training and development opportunities that support the Staff Training & Development Committee and contribute to advancing the ICPA’s Mission and Vision. The five Objectives are: To contribute to the ICPA Founding Statements related to Training in Corrections, and Reintegration of Prisoners […]

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CEOs ran the Prague Half Marathon in order to support the Second Chance for people with Criminal Records

22nd May 2017

The Prague Half Marathon took place on the 1st of April with 11,500 runners from 57 countries around the world taking part. 38 runners wore the Yellow Ribbon in support of this initiative which started in Singapore in 2004 with the idea of supporting ex-offenders in their reintegration back into society. The three objectives of the initiative are: Raise Awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders and their families; Generate Acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community; Inspire community Action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders back into society. This was the second year of the Yellow Ribbon Run in Czech Republic, which through […]

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1st International Correctional Research Symposium – Overview

19th May 2017

The International Corrections and Prisons Association in collaboration with EuroPris and the Belgian Prisons Service organised the 1st International Correctional Research Symposium in Ghent, Belgium, 27-29 March 2017. The main theme of the symposium was ‘Enhancing Comparability and Understanding’. 116 professionals from 36 countries attended the event.This Symposium was a great opportunity for all of us to learn more about the way jurisdictions from across the globe conduct researches and to look at current methodologies, the way data is collected and reported.Presentations included topics related to International Standards and Reforms, Management of Research, Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Measuring Performance, Community Corrections and Probation, Healthcare, Technology and Rehabilitation. This inaugural event allowed us […]

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