ICPA has formed the C19 Prisons Taskforce to help our colleagues and members during this unprecedented global pandemic. It goes without saying that the danger to both inmates and staff is significant and now more than ever our ability to share information, communicate openly and work together in addressing the issues concerning the prevention and containment of Covid-19 in prisons is paramount to the safety of those concerned.
The Taskforce comprises four groups:
Central Response Group – a team of senior practitioners and prison professionals who are each responsible for a particular world region. Their goal is to open dialogue with prison agencies within their respective regions, assess where assistance might be required, to support the exchange of information between agencies and to provide guidance on initiatives undertaken by the Association in response to the Covid-19 threat.
Regional Correspondents Group – forming a global network, our Regional Correspondents are volunteers from a number of public sector agencies and professional bodies who support the Taskforce initiative. Their work is to establish points of contact with the various correctional agencies within their area and create a communication channel for the bi-directional exchange of information, data and assistance requests. Regional Correspondents also contribute to the initiative by providing links to relevant news and resources from their respective regions.
NGO and Partner Liaison Group – our NGO and Partner Liaison Group maintains communications with stakeholders and other interested groups to ensure a bi-directional sharing of information, to seek advice and to foster collaborative efforts where required.
Subject Matter Expert Group – this group welcomes all participants from across the global corrections community to join the efforts of the C19 Prisons Taskforce by registering their expertise with the aim of providing advice and support to others and contributing to content and resources where needed.
If you would like to contact the C19 Prisons Taskforce or find out how to join our Subject Matter Expert Group please email us at C19PrisonsTaskforce@icpa.org