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6th Edition of the Advancing Corrections Journal & Call for Papers: Issue #7

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the sixth issue of the journal “Advancing Corrections”.

This 6th Edition is dedicated to the ‘Innovation in Education: Voices from the Front Line’. The contributions in the journal are international –  from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary and Africa. The first two papers are from ‘incarcerated learners‘ – the ones who it is all about and who we should listen to more often. The next set of papers present the ‘voices’ of Educators; academics who are trained to write dispassionately but who in this case clearly lean into what they believe deeply, followed by the voices of a few ‘Researchers’ in the field of prison education are presented. We turn to the Administrator’s ‘voice’ for the next set of papers where the papers explore how technologies could be used for enhancing education, also an impressive collaboration between prison and university, distance education programmes, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award as a spark for change for many young people entwined in the justice system. In the usual way we end each of our Advancing Corrections Editions, our last two papers profile two examples of ‘Practice Innovation in Corrections’ – on this occasion from Africa, illustrating that innovation in prison education can occur even when conditions may be less than optimal.

Advancing Corrections Journal is available to Full, Professional and Staff ICPA Members. If you are not yet a member of our Association you can register today!

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #7 – Call for Papers Ends on 15 February 2019!

Theme of the Issue #7: “Giving Focus to Community Corrections: Learning from and with our Stakeholders.”

We all understand the potential benefits of community corrections: improved opportunity to maintain community ties and support desistance, for proportionality and cost-effectiveness in sentencing, and to engage the huge potential contribution of “communities” – to name just a few. Furthermore, community-based work is central to the “offender journey”, including diversionary measures, successful prison release, and community sentences. And it may help reduce use of imprisonment, with consequent benefits for reintegration and social inclusion.

For this Edition, we welcome both evidence and practice-informed discussions of how the various benefits of Community Corrections have been (or can be) achieved. We want to explore the variety of sanctions, settings, and treatments encompassed under the ‘community corrections’ umbrella and provide examples of successful programs, including examples of public-private partnerships and other collaborative efforts that have overcome obstacles and inertia in implementation of community corrections. Stakeholders from whose experience we can learn collaboratively may include our probation, parole, and community corrections front-line staff; academic and other researchers, managers and leaders; the wider justice system (including prosecutors, judges, police…); the many not-for-profit, statutory or private organisations with whom we partner to support desistance (and other aims); victim advocacy organizations; families, communities and volunteers; and of course, our service-users.

In submitting your manuscript, we ask that you please provide a succinct summary of how your paper specifically relates to this overall theme. Your manuscript may not be accepted without this summary.

For the next issue of Advancing Corrections we ask that you submit your paper electronically by 15 February 2019 to Dr. Frank Porporino, Ph.D., Chair of the ICPA Research and Development Network and Editor of Advancing Corrections (fporporino@rogers.com). A copy should also be forwarded to the ICPA Communications Officer, Aleksandar Petrov, at the ICPA Head Office (aleksandarpetrov@icpa.org).