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Advancing Corrections Journal

Advancing Corrections is a peer-reviewed publication that provides an interdisciplinary and international forum for the dissemination of new research, policies and practices related to advancing professional corrections worldwide. The aim is to provide an opportunity for both researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, public health, and social work) to publish papers that examine issues from a variety of perspectives in a unique, interdisciplinary forum.


Edition #6

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #6

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. We turn to the Administrator's 'voice' for the next set of papers where they explore how technologies could be used for enhancing education, 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.


FOREWORD

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION: VOICES FROM THE FRONT LINE

Frank J. Porporino Ph.D.

THE LEARNER’S VOICE

ARTICLE 1 - TRANSFORMATION THROUGH EDUCATION? THE EPITOME OF A ‘HOOK-FOR-CHANGE’

Kris MacPherson

ARTICLE 2 - SCHOOLING IN A CANADIAN FEDERAL PRISON

Anonymous

THE EDUCATOR’S VOICE

ARTICLE 3 - EVERY POSSIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: THE CAPACITY OF EDUCATION IN PRISON TO CHALLENGE DEHUMANISATION AND LIBERATE ‘THE WHOLE PERSON’

Kevin Warner

ARTICLE 4 - VOICES FROM INSIDE THE CIRCLE: THE WALLS TO BRIDGES COLLABORATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN CANADA

Jennifer M. Kilty & Sandra Lehalle

ARTICLE 5 - TURNING CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION INSIDE-OUT: EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS FROM A UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

Lauren Mayes, Teresa Owens, Joanne Falvai &Teri Du Temple

ARTICLE 6 - HIGHER EDUCATION IN HIGH SECURITY: MEANINGFUL EDUCATION EXPERIENCES IN THE ABSENCE OF LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

Helen Nichols

ARTICLE 7 - EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING: WHY THE DIFFERENCES ARE IMPORTANT

Anne Pike & Helen Farley

THE RESEARCHER’S VOICE

ARTICLE 8 - EDUCATION CAN BE THE KEY TO SUCCESS: HOW PRISON-BASED EDUCATION CAN CONTRIBUTE TO POSITIVE POST RELEASE OUTCOMES

Bronwyn Morrison & Jill Bowman

ARTICLE 9 - IN THE SERVICE OF REINTEGRATION: EDUCATORS IN HUNGARIAN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS Márta Takács-Miklósi, Attila Károly

Molnár, Judit Dézsi & Susan Hopkins

ARTICLE 10 - DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PSYCHO-EDUCATION CURRICULUM WITH REMAND PRISONERS

Yilma Woldgabreal, Andrew Day, Gene Mercer, Henry Pharo, Clark Sim, Fereshteh Beard, Iman Hafiz, Greg Fuller, Xinyue Wang & Elizabeth Grant

THE ADMINISTRATOR’S VOICE

ARTICLE 11 - CREATING OFFENDER SUCCESS THROUGH EDUCATION: THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS EFFORTS TO OFFER A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO PRISONER EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Heidi E. Washington

ARTICLE 12 - MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: SUPPORTING EDUCATORS TO SUPPORT INCARCERATED STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIAN PRISON-BASED HIGHER EDUCATION

Helen Farley & Susan Hopkins

ARTICLE 13 - DEVELOPING THE LEARNER VOICE

Ruth McFarlane & Andrew Morris

ARTICLE 14 - THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD AS NON-FORMAL EDUCATION FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS

Jon Eilenberg, Amy Pearce & Howard Williamson

PRACTICE INNOVATION: EXAMPLES FROM AFRICA

ARTICLE 15 - ADVANCING REHABILITATION THROUGH EDUCATION: EKUSENI SECONDARY SCHOOL

Zanele Vandala

ARTICLE 16 - HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE PRISON THROUGH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: NOUN APPROACH

Juliana Ndunagu & Nebath Tanglang

Edition #5

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #5

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This 5th Edition is devoted to an exploration of evidence-informed ways to improve practice. The papers we are publishing come from around the world – Scotland, Australia, Singapore, Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, Argentina and Norway. To begin the Edition, we feature a special contribution from professor Fergus McNeill. The next 4 Research Articles present data supporting change in practice in a number of particular ways, followed by two papers from Singapore that are more specialized but yet important. The Views and Reviews section of this Edition includes papers that provoke some important new thinking about issues we should be addressing in corrections. As usual, the final section of each Edition of Advancing Corrections tries to present one particular countries’ Practice Innovation in Corrections. In this issue, Marianne Vollan, the Director General of the Norwegian Correctional Service and a consistently inspiring correctional leader, gives us a cogent presentation of how her system tries to realize their underlying principle of ‘normality’.

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Edition #4

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #4

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This 4th Edition of Advancing Corrections continues with our ambition to become the premier international, practitioner-oriented Journal in corrections. Once again, we are pleased to include contributions from around the world – the US, England, Ireland, Singapore, Belgium, Australia, Argentina and Chile.

The theme for this 4th Edition was also particularly ambitious. We welcomed Featured Articles that would highlight “integrated system-level innovation in how rehabilitative services are delivered – either in prison or in the community”. For our Views and Reviews section, we asked for “qualitative studies of how offenders actually experience the services we provide, and the challenges that staff experience in delivering them”. And in our Practice Innovation section we were pleased to receive contributions describing the significant efforts being made to reform corrections in Latin and South America despite, as one of the authors remarked, the precarious conditions in many of those countries.

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Edition #3

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #3

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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 enough evidence to support the change in the context of other agency circumstances, would the new approach be feasible to implement, how much can it be expected to enhance performance, are there alternatives or options … etc.? There is an abundant and ever-growing amount of research evidence to support change in practice in corrections. Unfortunately, many attempts at change can end up as being true ‘on paper’ but no t on the ground (e.g., outlined only in policy), or even more often, fragmented or superficial without much meaningful impact. The papers in this Edition give a different perspective – the possibility of thoughtful, planned, integrated and meaningful change.

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Edition #2

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #2

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This issue includes 15 original papers with authors from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia and Africa. The response to the last Call for Papers was overwhelming and with the support of our international Editorial Board, we could choose ‘la crème de la crème’ for our readers. The mix of authors we have been able to attract is also encouragingly representative of the community of corrections professionals we want to engage – academics and/or researchers, consultants, senior corrections officials, including a few heads of service, front-line practitioners, public and private sector – all with something interesting to say, perhaps said a bit differently in each case, but said with honesty, thoughtfulness and some scholarly substance. We hope you enjoy this second issue of Advancing Corrections and we welcome your feedback.

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Edition #1

Advancing Corrections Journal Edition #1

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Advancing Corrections is a peer-reviewed publication that provides an interdisciplinary and international forum for the dissemination of new research, policies and practices related to advancing professional corrections worldwide. The aim is to provide an opportunity for both researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines (criminal justice, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, public health, and social work) to publish papers that examine issues from a variety of perspectives in a unique, interdisciplinary forum. Advancing Corrections is intended to fill the need for researchers to speak more clearly to practitioners and practitioners to speak in a more evidence informed way to their colleagues.

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