PRI has been invited by the Government of India to attend and present at the Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) taking place in Delhi, India from 23 – 27 September 2013.
PRI will be chairing the fourth day of the conference: the session on ‘Alternatives to Imprisonment: Challenges in Developing Community-based Supervision and Management’. It will be an important opportunity for PRI to promote the use of community-based sanctions and early-release schemes. PRI will focus on the key measures available, the challenges of implementation and how to overcome these.
PRI will discuss the findings from its recent research on probation and parole systems in Pakistan (available here) and on Bangladesh (upcoming 2013), which highlighted the key challenges for the region included strengthening the legislative basis for the use or development of alternatives to imprisonment and improving the quality of implementation on the ground. It is clear that in all countries tackling entrenched retributive approaches to crime and punishment is a necessary step to successfully implementing effective probation services.
PRI will also look to its work developing community-based alternatives to imprisonment in East Africa to identify important lessons for implementation, in particular we will highlight our publications: Alternatives to Imprisonment in East Africa: Trends and Challenges; and Making community service that works: A resource pack from East Africa.
Other main topics of discussion in the conference programme include:
- Challenges and initiatives in corrections;
- Organisational culture: promoting positive shared values and integrity;
- Meeting the challenges posed by high-risk offenders; and
- Measuring and reducing recidivism rates: assessing what works, setting targets and implementing evidence-based programs
Find out more
Visit the conference website and view the conference agenda
Read more about APPCA
Read more about PRI’s work in South Asia and on alternatives to imprisonment