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ICPA 2018 Correctional Excellence Awards Winners!

The International Corrections and Prisons Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Correctional Excellence Awards Programme – a recognition for their contribution to the development and progress of professional corrections.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners:

Offender Management and Reintegration Award

The Good Loaf, United Kingdom

During the first three years of operation (2015 – 2018), The Good Loaf successfully set up and ran a social enterprise which operates a wholesale bakery, community café (open to the public) and training to female offenders and to other vulnerable groups including: sex workers, women affected by drugs and/or alcohol, survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, young single parents, long term unemployed and young women with limited education. The project has been successful in bringing the changes they wanted to achieve. The focus was on reducing reoffending rates, improving employability and providing access to quality training and work experience for female offenders and other vulnerable women within the local community using gender specific, trauma informed practices.

Management and Staff Training Award

Wellbeing and Resilience Program: Building Mental Health and Productivity in the Workforce – South Australia Department for Correctional Services and SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre

The Department for Correctional Services (DCS) in partnership with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre (WRC) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), embarked on a three year program to build wellbeing and resilience across the organisation. The program helped increase the personal wellbeing of the workforce, reduce anxiety and depression levels and increase motivation. The program has seen positive results in the reduction of sick leave, of psychological injury frequency rates and of mental stress claim expenditure.

Correctional Healthcare Award

Lotus Glen Correctional Centre Hepatitis C Treatment Project
Dr Darren Russell Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health, Australia
Mr Michael MacFarlane, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Queensland Corrective Services, Australia

As part of a Queensland Health initiative, ”Cairns: Hep C Free by 2020” campaign, the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service partnered with Queensland Corrective Services to eliminate the HCV from the prison population at the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre. Thanks to the project, the Lotus Glen Correctional Centre (LGCC) is now officially Australia’s first Hepatitis C-free prison after introducing the new medication to treat the infectious blood borne virus and eradicating the disease in the facility in less than 12 months.

Community Corrections Award

Home Detention Integrated Support Services Program – South Australia Department of Correctional Services and OARS Community Transitions

The Home Detention Integrated Support Services Program (HISSP) provides reintegration case management and support services for all offenders on Home Detention. The program has also been extended to support female offenders on Parole and Intensive Bail Supervision, which have been identified as having a high risk of breaching and reoffending. Through the program, they benefited from support to improve order completion rates. As a result, the pressure on the prison system has been reduced by cutting down the cost related to imprisonment. A positive effect has also been seen with the family connection of the offenders. Moreover, the program has also had a significant impact on reoffending rates.

Research Award

Professor Alison Liebling, United Kingdom

Professor Alison Liebling is without a doubt, one of the most reputable academics. Throughout her 30-years career, Professor Alison Liebling has made significant contributions in research, as well as to corrections in general. Her main interests lie in the changing shape and effects of imprisonment; the role of values in criminal justice; and in the role of safety, trust and fairness in shaping the prison experience. Professor Liebling has conducted a wide range of empirical research in prisons including studies of young offender throughcare; an evaluation of two small units for difficult prisoners in Scotland; an evaluation of Wolds private remand centre; an evaluation of incentives and earned privileges; an ethnographic study of staff-prisoner relationships; a study of the decision-making process on discretionary life sentence panels; an evaluation of close supervision centres for difficult prisoners; and several studies on measuring the quality of prison life.

Outstanding Correctional Service Employee Award

Hugues Demers, Correctional Service Canada
Jean-Philippe Trottier, Correctional Service Canada

This year we have two awards for Outstanding Correctional Service Employee Award: Hugues Demers and Jean-Philippe Trottier. Their vigilance and observation skills have enabled them to identify several situations where prisoners had overdosed due to the use of opiates. By recognising symptoms of respiratory distress, unconsciousness and serious threat to the life of the inmate, Hugues and Jean-Philippe could take the necessary emergency measures. The attention to detail and careful observation during security patrols were essential for an intervention in a timely manner.

Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award

Jennifer Oades, Canada

This year we celebrate ICPA’s 20th Anniversary conference. In ICPA’s early years one person made it possible for ICPA to go from being an ambitious but rather tiny group of committed people to becoming a large, influential and professional organization, known worldwide. As the first Executive Director of the ICPA, Jennifer Oades was resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic and a first class communicator. Jennifer was 100% convinced that we had the right ideas and had an obligation to make ICPA larger in order to continue the advancement of professional corrections. Today she holds a key criminal justice position as Chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada. We are delighted that we celebrate our 20th Anniversary in Canada, and it with great pleasure that we award ICPA’s first Executive Director with the Outstanding Contribution to the Association Award.

Head of Service Award

Ray Smith, Department of Corrections New Zealand

When Ray Smith became Chief Executive in 2010, he sought to galvanise the frontline workforce through a shared commitment to breaking the cycle of re-offending. He used this common goal to unify the department so that reducing re-offending and reintegration became the central purpose of staff and services. Under Ray’s leadership, the Department has moved from an organisation focused primarily on containment and sentence management to an organisation that is committed to delivering change in the lives of those that are managed, their families and their communities. Underpinning this approach is a recognition that a Corrections system is only successful if it does more than to incarcerate people. As a result, the Department has made significant additional investments in education, mental health and alcohol and drug support in prison as well as significantly modernising infrastructure, both at prison and probation sites. Given the complexity, diversity and location of the community and prison population, partnerships are crucial and collaboration is needed to achieve the goal of reducing re-offending.

Head of Service Award

Rick Raemisch, Colorado Department of Corrections, USA

Under Rick Raemisch governance, the extended restrictive housing in the state of Colorado has been abolished and punitive segregation of maximum 15 days was used only for Code of Penal Discipline infractions. The Department took on ambitious new reforms that rewrote Colorado Corrections and increased the national discussion on the use of Administrative Segregation. The effort and discussion included a complete ban on the placement of any offender with a serious mental illness into any restrictive housing environment. The Residential Therapy program was revolutionised and the department continued to progress in the treatment of seriously mentally ill in prison. The CDOC has reduced their Restrictive Housing population to less than 1% and they no longer release

The President’s Award

The INSPIRE / Kamlangjai Project – Ministry of Justice – Thailand

Throughout the duration of the Inspire Project, numerous innovations and initiatives have been developed into best practices to serve as models for prisons to adopt. They not only enhanced the standard of living for prisoners, but also helped rehabilitate prisoners and provided them with skills for living. Most importantly, they gave prisoners hope and inspired them to overcome their obstacles. The success of the Inspire Project motivated Her Royal Highness to ensure sustainability of the practices and develop them into internationally-accepted standards. She also realised the importance of responding to the specific needs of female prisoners, and proposed new United Nations standards on the treatment of women prisoners. This led to the establishment of the Enhancing Lives of Female Inmates (ELFI) Project, which sought to develop the standards as a supplement to the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners 1955, and culminated in the adoption of the “United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders – Bangkok Rules” by the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 21 December 2010.