Find out more about upcoming events from ICPA and across the corrections community.
Are you a Corrections Professional? Join ICPA today and be part of the Global Corrections Community!
Get involved! Participate in our Network Groups of subject-matter experts from around the world.
Join our Network Groups
Read more about the projects that ICPA is involved in and our Taskforce activities.
Search and connect with other members, find correctional organisations and suppliers, or access documents, reports and videos.
In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic and at the time of writing, there were more than 13 million known cases and more than 500,000 deaths. Not since the Spanish Flu of 1918 has the world needed to respond to the potential threat of a communicable disease with such a high rate of infection and fatality. Using publicly available data, media sources, and literature, this paper maps Australian corrective services’ responses to COVID-19. We find evidence of a concerted effort to reduce prison population numbers, as well as to recalibrate corrections practice in an effort to meet new social-distancing rules and regulations. Our analysis is motivated by the knowledge that prior to COVID-19, Australia had a rising prison population, a disproportionate growth in female and remand populations, and significant Indigenous overrepresentation. In this paper, we explore whether the immediate benefits of COVID-19 have helped or hindered efforts to address these wider concerns. (COV-024)