ID: NEWS-170223 17 Feb 2023

ICPA Antwerp 2023 Call for Papers Open!

Want to present at the ICPA 2023 Annual Conference? Submit your abstract online before 30 April 2023.

Are you passionate about advancing correctional practices and operations for humane detention and rehabilitation of justice-involved individuals? If so, we invite you to submit an abstract for the ICPA 25th AGM and Conference hosted by the Belgian Prison Service in Antwerp, Belgium from 22-27 October 2023. The conference theme is "Humane Corrections: What more can we do" and will focus on exploring the limits of controls over individuals and the positive outcomes that can result from promoting their inherent humanity and dignity.
We welcome submissions from practitioners, academics, researchers, justice officials, international organizations, and others engaged in correctional services who are contributing to the future directions of corrections. Join us in this important conversation and share your insights and experiences.
Of particular interest are Research, Policies, Programs and Practices in relation to the theme, for example:
  • Enshrining human rights in policy, procedure and practice - Paying attention to the Mandela and Bangkok Rules
  • Universal or regional challenges that have an impact on humane detention
  • Approaches to monitoring and advancing human rights including inspection processes
  • The impact of humane treatment on reoffending outcomes
  • Interactions between staff safety and wellbeing and the capacity to treat the people we manage with fairness and dignity. 
  • Managing conditions of community corrections orders in both community and residential settings to deliver humane outcomes.
  • Minimising the harmful consequences of imprisonment including optimising the use of alternatives to incarceration.
  • The impacts of purposeful activity, education and training on delivering humane correctional environments.
  • Achieving equivalence of health care standards
  • Promoting autonomy, agency and individual rights of people in custody
  • Exercising religious and cultural freedoms
  • Balancing victims’ expectations with the promotion of the rights of those in custody and the scope for restorative justice.
  • Delivering correctional physical and social environments that enhance the humanity and dignity of incarcerated people.
  • Paying attention to the children and families of incarcerated people
  • Recognising the humanity of people convicted of criminal offences and influencing public opinion
  • Meeting the special needs of LGBTQI+ / Transgender people
  • Humane responses to disciplinary and behavioural problems including approaches to drug misuse and minimising the use of segregation for those in custody.
  • The capacity for technology to enhance and undermine humane corrections
Submit your abstract online before 30 April 2023.
Visit our conference webpage for more information and submission guidelines.