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ICPA: Advancing Correctional Standards: A Role for Correctional Professionals. International Corrections and Prisons Association. Ed Wozniak Executive Director, ICPA. Salford University Centre for Prison Studies (SUCPS). Scope of the Presentation.
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International Corrections and Prisons Association
Executive Director, ICPA
Salford University Centre for Prison Studies (SUCPS)
“Affiliated Individual Membership”
“…each and every prisoner in our care - no matter whether serving a sentence that is numbered in days or in decades or on community supervision - should expect and know that he or she will treated fairly and with dignity and respect. That during their confinement their safety and well-being will be ensured. That their physical and mental health will be maintained or improved. That their human rights will be upheld and that at a minimum they will be afforded the basic standards of decency and privacy….”
“Delivering this agenda calls for one thing: dedicated and trained correctional staff…..none of us would disagree with the view that the most important person to the delivery of good corrections is the front line worker, whether in a prison or community setting. Senior staff may well influence the direction that each of our correctional Services takes but …. it is the front line staff that will have the greatest influence on our offenders and this is where our values play such a major role. We need staff not only to own our values but also to act them out on a daily basis.”
“… prison staff are badly trained, poorly paid and don’t get any public respect.…”
…I know of no one who, at the age of 16, told their parents and friends that they were going to find a ‘gap job’ until the time they could become a prison officer…..”
“Understaffed, under-trained, under pressure. Uniformed staff are as frustrated and confused by management directives and performance as we the prisoners are”.
“Nothing will change until staff and management’s attitude towards prisoners changes”.
“It’s only a job to them. The quicker the staff are finished the better. They do not care and that is what’s wrong with the system.”
The need for political and public awareness
ICPA’S CENTRAL TENETS FOR CORRECTIONAL REFORM