The C19 Prisons Taskforce will post information here about upcoming and past webinars. Please note that spaces are limited on live webinar sessions and therefore priority is given to our colleagues in Public Sector prison/correctional services and service providers involved in prison staffing and operations. Access to Covid-19 related webinars is by invitation and free of charge. Those applicable to attend can register their interest by emailing Beth Johnston email@example.com to receive future webinar notifications and invitations.
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19th May 2020 @ 1600hrs (Brussels)
Using Technology to Tackle Covid-19 in Corrections
Technology is playing a crucial role in the way we respond to the current COVID-19 crisis in corrections. At the same time it has created huge challenges for correctional agencies to make those solutions available in a secure way on a very short notice. During this webinar, we will learn from different jurisdictions across the world what problems they are facing and how they have resolved them. Speakers will share with the audience their projects and experiences related to the rapid deployment of technologies, the challenges they had and the outstanding issues they may still have. It is during crisis periods that we need to focus on quick wins and short-term projects. Though, this brings potentially additional risks and concerns on the sustainability of the solutions. At some point things will go back to normal, or maybe not: during this webinar we will also reflect on the post-covid-19 period: What are the things that are there to stay and what will removed as soon as possible after the crisis? How will our current experiences change the way people look at communication and technology in the context of corrections in the future?
Peter Severin, President ICPA
Simon Bonk, CIO, Correctional Service Canada
Russ Nichols, CIO, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Håkan Klarin, CIO, Swedish Prison and Probation Service
Mr CHEUNG Shu-yan Eric, Senior Superintendent Hong Kong Correctional Services Department
Response to Covid-19 in Prisons
COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. World-wide, the public health response to this evolving pandemic is unprecedented and has challenged governments, countries and health systems. While prisons can provide the ideal environment to spread communicable diseases, it also offers the ideal environment to rapidly isolate, quarantine and cohort inmates with suspected or actual COVID-19.
Gary Forrest, Chief Executive, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, New South Wales Ministry of Health, Australia