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ICPA 2016 Correctional Excellence Awards Winners!

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Correctional Excellence Awards Programme – a recognition for their contribution to the development and progress of professional corrections.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners:


Offender Management and Reintegration Award

Israel Prison Service, The Road to Freedom Project

Over the years, professional relationships have been developed between the Neve Tirza Prison for Women and the community on the outside. The aim of the cooperation was to facilitate women inmates’ reintegration in the community.

The Neve Tirza Prison Governor identified the potential for harnessing a quality group of women, as volunteers, to take part in building a creative and personal response for the release women inmates. This vision provided a mechanism to create cooperation between a volunteer group, the Desert Queen, the Israel Rehabilitation of Prisoner Authority (IRPA) and the Treatment and Education Unit at the Neve Tirza Prison. This was the way in which the Road to Freedom Project was initiated; bringing together strong women volunteers with a stable and firm base in their lives and women inmates who need support and assistance.

Selected inmates were allocated a volunteer, a dedicated person with whom they meet while still in prison and continue to meet after their release into the community. The message conveyed through the project is that a woman, who committed a crime and was sentenced to jail, can through guidance and support, reintegrate and rediscover her place in the community in a respectable manner and with the belief that she can undergo a process of change and be rehabilitated.

For this great Road to Freedom Initiative – The Offender Management and Reintegration Award is going to the Israel Prison Service and their partners the Desert Queen, and the Israel Rehabilitation of Prisoner Authority.


Management and Staff Training Award

Kenya Prisons Service and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Human Rights Officers Project

In the past, the Kenya Prisons Service lacked a systemic approach for addressing human rights issues. In 2012, the Kenya Prisons Service initiated discussions with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute about a new partnership for the practical implementation of international human rights standards for corrections.

More than 80 Officers in Charge of prisons, Regional Commanders, Headquarters Directors and other senior managers have undergone training in Human Rights and Leadership, returning to their stations to implement a human-rights sensitive approach to their jobs. The prison senior managers then nominated staff members to be trained as Human Rights Officers, who now have a clearly defined mandate that does not involve taking up individual complaints, but rather assisting, guiding, supporting and advising staff and inmates on international human rights standards as a preventative mechanism. More than 70 of the 110 Kenyan prisons now have certified Human Rights Officers, and across the country each day, numerous independent training sessions are delivered, assessments are conducted and advisory services provided to increase compliance with the standards.

Following the implementation of the project, various human rights audits found that compliance with human rights standards had increased in Kenyan prisons. Concrete improvements have been found in almost all areas of the standards, including accommodation, hygiene, food and water, health care, discipline and sanctions, education and recreation, contact with the outside world and institutional personnel.

For this exemplary project on training Human Rights Officers – the Management and Staff Training award – goes to the Kenya Prison Service and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.


Correctional Healthcare Award

Hong Kong Correctional Services Department, The Three –Tier Medical Respond System

Implemented in November 2011, the 3-tier Medical Response System guidelines include the fundamental infectious control measures which should be applied and maintained in correctional institutions at all times, such as pre-screening of body temperature; promotion of good personal hygiene; cleansing programme; use of personal protective equipment; promotion of health education, etc. Hong Kong Correctional Services Department staff members can gain access to the guidelines simply with a computer terminal as the system has been uploaded to their Intranet Portal for easy reference.

The 3-tier Medical Response System enhances staff awareness of the importance of health education, infection preventive measures, early detection and effective communication among relevant parties in quickly containing outbreaks in penal settings. Under the 3-tier Medical Response System, the management of correctional institutions work closely and maintains effective communication with the institutional Medical Officers, Headquarters as well as the public agency Center for Help Protection in the prevention, early detection and containment of infectious disease outbreak in correctional institutions. By doing so, the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department can reduce the risk of outbreak of infectious diseases in penal settings, and ensure a safe and healthy prison environment for persons in custody as well as a safe and healthy working environment for correctional staff.

The correctional health award is going to the Hong Kong Correctional Services Department for their innovative and important implementation of the Three-Tier Medical Response System.


  Abigael Yohanan – Israel


Benjamin Njoga – Kenya


Yan Wai PANG – Hong Kong

Community Corrections Award

Jason Hainsworth – New South Wales, Australia, Practical Guide for Community Workers

Since 2015, Jason Hainsworth, Director Strategy – Corrective Services New South Wales, has led the reform of Community Corrections and provided a new direction for Community Corrections Officers, identifying them as “Change Agents”. Through his work over the past eighteen months, he has helped Community Corrections Managers and teams realise that Community Corrections has a key role to play in reducing offending by the professional work that is done by Community Corrections Officers directly thru their interaction with offenders.

The introduction of a Practice Guide for Intervention is the culmination of Jason’s work and forms the new direction of New South Wales Community Corrections engagement with offenders. The Community Corrections Practice Guide for Intervention is a practical tool to support the role of Community Corrections Officers as change agents with offenders. The Practice Guide for Intervention consists of a series of exercises to assist officers, focus and structure their supervision interviews with offenders, and apply skills such as cognitive behavioural techniques, motivational interviewing and pro-social modelling.

One of the benefits of the Practice Guide is providing the officer with simple structured intervention activities that can be readily used in interviews without lengthy preparation. It also enables offenders to engage in interventions in areas where there may be a lack of programs or external providers.

The Community Corrections Award is going to Jason Hainsworth, Community Corrections, Corrective Services New South Wales, Australia for the implementation of the Practice Guide for Intervention for Community Workers.


Research Award

Dr. Andrea Moser, Correctional Service of Canada, for her tremendous contribution to humane and effective correctional policies and practices

Andrea Moser is trained as both a research scientist and, a human service practitioner. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. Over the course of her career at the Correctional Service of Canada, Andrea has served in a range of professional capacities – all of which either made use of evidence supported by research or was directly involved with managing high quality empirical evidence research.

In her current role as the Director of Research for the Correctional Service of Canada, here are a few of her areas of expertise: Offender Assessment and Intervention; Addictions and Substance Abuse; Mental Health; and more recently, Offender Radicalization.

No matter the topic of the research that Dr. Moser is overseeing, her focus remains on ensuring that research evidence is integrated into policy, practice, and legislation. Dr. Andrea Moser is one of Canada’s leading forensic psychologists and researchers who has made diverse contributions toward advancing evidence-informed practice and public policy in the criminal justice system in Canada and on the world’s stage.

Dr. Moser embodies the ICPA’s principles of integrity, professionalism, and partnerships. Both her personal contributions to knowledge and effective service as a researcher, and her continuing championship of research and evidence-informed practice as a leader in the field, have made a tremendous contribution to humane and effective correctional policies and practices. For these reasons – the Research Award – goes to the Dr. Andrea Moser of Canada.


Outstanding Correctional Service Employee Award

Amado Aquino Concepcion Jr., Philippines

Colonel Amado Aquino Conception Jr. has been working for the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the Philippines for 23 years and has always shown remarkable performance. He is known for his constant efforts to uplift human rights, morale and the skills of detainees.

Under his leadership, the Valenzuela City Jail is the only jail in the Philippines, which has been accredited and certified by the Human Rights Commission to be compliant to the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (now known as the Mandela Rules). His exceptional work and innovative approaches in supporting detainees in the implementation of best practices towards the advancement of spiritual programs and correctional healthcare services are acknowledged by his colleagues and well respected by members of the community.

The recognition of his exemplary leadership and unwavering campaign in addressing and raising awareness about issues of jail management illustrates a visionary leader with indefatigable desire for change. The list of his accomplishments is too long to be elaborated on in this short introduction. Just to give you a few examples: He instigated a non smoking policy inside the city jail, he started the I-Clinic System in collaboration with the Department of Health; an automated system for monitoring inmates’ health status. He initiated the conduct of proper training for personnel and numerous programs and activities for the welfare and development of detainees.

For his lead in the Jail transformation through humane safekeeping and structural systems innovations, he deserves the outstanding Correctional service Employee Award – Colonel Amado Aquino Conception Jr.


Phillip Snoyman – Australia


Dr. Andrea Moser  – Canada


Amado Aquino Concepcion – Philippines

Outstanding Correctional Service Employee Award

Roman Marius Gheorghiță, Romania

Roman Marius Gheorghiță is the Head of the Intervention Team, Operative Sector at the Iași Penitentiary in Romania. In September 2015, he managed an operational incident in Tirgu Ocna Prison Hospital, when some prisoners climbed on a building and became disobedient to authorities. Acting as the head of the intervention team and negotiator, he ensured the incident ended without violence.

Again in July 2016, during prisons’ protests, using his operational and critical incidents leadership skills, he effectively contributed to the successful resolution of the crisis in Iasi and Botosani Penitentiaries, resulting in no human loss and no further damages.

Over the last number of years, he established himself as an expert in self defense and tactical techniques by demonstrating his skills and training public safety personnel, nationally and internationally. He participated in various events sharing his knowledge with representatives from Croatia, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia, Macedonia, and at home in Romania.

Roman performed practical exercises with the Structures Associated for Special Security Measures (SASS) members and the canine unit of Iasi Penitentiary for high school students in order to raise youngsters’ interest in a professional career in the prison system, and again for the Iasi Prison Open Gates Event where he organized an exhibition demonstrating specific techniques and exercises for the media and the general public.

For his strong leadership during two major prisons’ incidents and for his exceptional training skills in self defense and tactical techniques, he deserves the outstanding Correctional Service Employee Award – Prison Commissioner Roman Marius Gheorghiță.


Outstanding Contribution Award

Frank Porporino, Canada

Frank Porporino was a Board member of ICPA from 2006 until 2014. He was a very active Board member but became even more active when he completed his Board activities.

Frank is the Head of the Research and Development Expert Group of the ICPA and has for many years been an active and ambitious member of the Program Committee. He is the driving force behind the organisation of the leadership training, a training that was given in Namibia in 2014 and repeated this year where 11 African countries participated.

For the past two years, as Board member of the International Association for Correctional Forensic Psychology (IACFP), he organized a pre -conference session before the start of our conference.

This year Frank realised the publication of the Advancing Corrections Journal. The second edition of this journal has just been published. He has the desire that the ICPA journal become a premiere practitioner-oriented professional journal for the global corrections community. When you have an opportunity to read the journal you will agree with me that it should achieve his goal.

Frank experienced some medical issues this past year but even during his recovery he checked his e-mails each day, contacted speakers, writers, revisers, and board members to advance his agenda and the ICPA associated activities.

We believe that giving the award for outstanding contribution to the ICPA to Frank Porporino is the right thing to do and more than deserved.


Head of Service Award

Peter Hennephof, Netherlands

When Peter took the position of Head of Service for the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency in 2011, he was faced with major financial issues, declining prison population and changing target groups in the institutions.

By 2016, 19 centres were closed, and around 2,400 staff members left the organisation from January 2013 to the present day. This was a challenge for the organisation, but in order to help staff members find alternative work, Peter made great efforts to reach agreements with the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency’s partners. He began initiatives to rent vacant institutions to neighboring countries, with the deployment of some staff to these locations. On a national level, centres have been temporarily leased for the reception of asylum seekers, once again deploying former Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency personnel where possible.

Under Peter’s leadership, there has also been investment in innovation and reform. A new, multifunctional penitentiary centre was recently opened in Zaanstad. Zaanstad makes use of state-of-the-art technology to contribute to the independence and re-socialisation of detainees. The Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency also contributes to various pilot projects concerning the future of detention of young people and long-term forensic psychiatric care patients.

Last but not least, Peter has paid specific attention to providing transparency to the work carried out behind the walls of the centres, by allowing a popular television producer access to the centres.

For all his efforts and for his interest in engaging in international prison and probation collaborations, our colleague Peter Hennephof deserves the Head of Service Award.


The President’s Award

International Committee of the Red Cross

Visiting places of detention has been core work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for more than 140 years.  This work was initially concerned with prisoners of war and others held in connection with armed conflicts and other situations of violence. Today the ICRC works with national prison authorities in more than 100 countries.  The essential aim of the ICRC with respect to all types of detention has been, ‘to ensure secure humane treatment and conditions for all detainees regardless of the reasons for their arrest and detention’.

Traditionally, ICRC implemented its mandate primarily thorough a monitoring role, which included visiting detainees, offering support and encouraging authorities to provide decent treatment and conditions. Over the last 10 years, the ICRC has adopted a new system approach; it involves working with national authorities, assisting them to develop the system and practices that will enable them to meet the essential needs of detainees in secure and humane circumstances.  This approach is supported by the development of a comprehensive detention policy, the development and delivery of prison management training programs for national authorities and of companion training programs for ICRC detention delegates along with the employment of experienced prison managers from a diverse range of countries.

Their great work in detention over the years and their continuous efforts to make improvements in corrections approaches, are the main reasons why we wanted to give the International Committee of the Red Cross the ICPA President’s Award.


Roman Gheorghiță – Romania


Dr. Frank Porporino – Canada


Peter Hennephof – Netherlands


International Committee of the Red Cross 

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