ICPA in collaboration with EuroPris and the Belgian Prison Service is organising on 27-29 March 2017in Ghent, Belgium, the first International Correctional Research Symposium. The two-day conference aims to improve the ways we conduct research in corrections. Having an accurate and understandable picture of the situation within corrections is crucial for making decisions with regards to how prisoners and ex-offenders are managed and for future planning on a local basis. Information gleaned on a local level is aggregated on a national level to inform heads of service, ministers and policymakers. Furthermore, many academics, NGOs and non-profit organisations conduct research to try to compare this information on an inter-jurisdictional basis.
By organising this event we hope to strengthen the global research network, raise awareness of operational and applied research projects, to search for ways to encourage greater cross-jurisdictional comparative research, especially in terms of measuring performance and/or correctional outcomes, and to begin identifying some potential solutions which can promote the development of shared data definitions and statistical comparisons cross-jurisdictionally.
For more information about the Correctional Research Symposium you will find it on our website here.