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The International Prison Chaplains Association (IPCA/Worldwide) and Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) has hosted a panel discussion on the direct correlation between poverty and those who comprise the prison population.  We have highlighted the fact that in most countries, the prison population is largely representative of the lowest economic strata within their respective countries.    Rehabilitation and Reentry Efforts for this population, while in prison, can significantly reduce their return rate to prison.  This reduced recidivism rate is especially successful in cases where Returning Citizens are exposed to faith-based organizations which provide guidance and support for their Reentry efforts.    Those who have been invited to be on the panel are leaders in this field with practical experience within the American system.  They have address various aspects of the aforementioned approaches ranging from artistic, vocational and academic exposure while in prison; to job skill training, interview techniques, and financial planning to improve their chances of success.  A model of this nature has been in practice for over twenty years in Sing-Sing prison.  While the national average of recidivism in the United States is about 50%, the recidivism rate of those who have participated in the Sing-Sing model is less than 5%.  With these documented results, this is one example of how it is possible to break the cycle of poverty – prison – poverty – prison – poverty – prison.

The IPCA-CURE statement on this occasion is to be found here.
A report on the side event is to be found here.

Left to right: Hans Hallundbaek, Jean-Didier M’boyo, H.E. Mr. Ib Petersen (Danish ambassador to the UN), CURE chairman Charlie Sullivan and Julie Garfieldt, Senior Human Rights Policy Adviser, Permanent Mission of Denmark.

The International Prison Chaplains’ Association and Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, as non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, together submitted the following statement to its Secretary-General , on

A Human Dignity and Faith Perspective on the Eradication of Poverty for the Incarcerated Population of the World

In accordance with paragraphs 36 and 37 of Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31, the Secretary-General has agreed to circulate this statement.

This is the first statement by IPCA to be accepted in this way, marking a significant milestone in IPCA’s nascent work as a UN-recognised NGO.

The full statement can be read here.

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While the UK and much of the world struggles with overcrowded prisons, the Netherlands has the opposite problem. It is actually short of people to lock up. In the past few years 19 prisons have closed down and more are slated for closure next year. How has this happened – and why do some people think it’s a problem?

  • Read this BBC article to find out more