Correctional establishments have often become “de facto” hospitals for acutely and chronically ill inmates with many mental and physical issues. There are also consequences for probation services to prepare and guarantee effective rehabilitation afterwards. Data shows that between 30% to 60% of incarcerated people have a diagnosable mental disorder or illness. Currently, our correctional facilities are not or only slightly capable of providing a curative environment using more normalized features to these inmates.
The corona pandemic is causing an unprecedented economic and social disruption for many sectors and is also accelerating a digital and technological revolution. Penitentiary and correctional systems are also affected by this.
The focus of this Webinar inside this new reality is to present an evidence basis that human behaviour, especially amongst mentally ill offenders, is directly and continually impacted by “the environment”. The design of new facilities, future proof and appropriate for disordered offenders, should be based on specific sustainable principles involving access to daylight, fresh air, sound attenuation, adapted care principles, normative furnishings, basic technology and many other design features. Retrofitting existing correctional environments to accommodate the unique needs of mentally ill offenders is even more difficult to achieve.
The panel will explore several specific solutions using current case studies in Australia, Canada and the United States. To conclude the Webinar and to challenge these solutions, comment and reflection will be provided from the European forensic operational perspective.
Please, bear in mind that this webinar is free and only accessible to ICPA Professional, Full, and Agency-Staff Members. If you want to attend the webinar, join ICPA today at www.icpa.org