On Wednesday 21 May, Peter Bennett, Director of ICPS, and Mike Newell, Associate, were invited to the UK Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service, to meet a high-level delegation from the Peoples’ Republic of China led by the Vice Minister, Zhang Sujun, and accompanied by senior officials from the Bureau of Prison Administration.
WHO Europe has today published the second edition of its highly successful Guide on Prisons and Health. Once again this includes a chapter by ICPS Trustee Professor Andrew Coyle on “Standards in prison health: the prisoner as a patient.”
ICPS was a founding member of the WHO Prison Health Network and continues to have close links with its Health in Prisons Project.
ICPS has produced the twentieth issue of its News Digest, which is a selection of news items from around the world on prison and the use of imprisonment.
The Second Edition of the ICPS publication A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management: Handbook for Prison Staff has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese.
ICPS is grateful to Odilza Lines de Almeida, Professora Adjunta at the Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia for arranging the translation.
The Brazilian Portuguese translation can be downloaded here:
Professor Andrew Coyle led a workshop at a conference held in Bristol University’s Human Rights Implementation Centre on 8 April 2014 to mark the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the United Kingdom’s OPCAT National Preventive Mechanism.
The workshop was on the theme "The NPM’s response to diversifying models of detention in the United Kingdom: challenges for inspection and monitoring" and Andrew’s introductory remarks can be downloaded here
ICPS Associate Dr. Sharon Shalev’s Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement is now available in Spanish and can be downloaded from the website http://solitaryconfinement.org/libro-de-referencia-sobre-aislamiento-solitario
The English version of the Sourcebook was published in 2008 and provides a comprehensive single point of reference on solitary confinement, its documented health effects, and professional, ethical and human rights guidelines and codes of practice relating to its use.
ICPS Associate Alistair Bailey delivered a prison management course to twenty senior Ethiopian prison staff between 17 and 21 March 2014 in Addis Ababa. The course was organised and funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The workshop brought together senior prison staff from federal and regional prison administrations. It is one of two courses developed by ICPS on behalf of ICRC and focuses on identifying problems in prison management, finding solutions, developing a project plan and implementing it.
ICPS Associates Dr Shane Bryans and Christine Fisher, supported by their interpreter Walid Safar, delivered a Training of Trainers course for Libyan Judicial Police staff between the 29 March and 3 April 2014. The course was part of a programme of support for the Judicial Police funded by the UK Security, Justice and Defence Programme in Libya.
Dr Peter Bennett visited Panama from 23-28 March at the invitation of the British Embassy, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Panamanian Prison Service.
Over the past three years the Panamanian Government, supported by UNODC, has embarked on an ambitious programme of prison reform. Central to reform implementation has been the re-opening of the Prison Services Training Academy and the professionalization of custodial staff through improved recruitment, training and conditions of service.
ICPS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Correctional Administration (ICA), Chandigarh, India.
The MOU was signed by Anil Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary and Director of ICA, and Peter Bennett, the Director of ICPS. The two organisations have agreed to explore ways of collaborating on developing policy and good practice in prison management based on human rights principles.