Ed Gilchrist grew up in the rough Philly neighborhood of Kensington, dealing drugs “as soon as I was old enough to count money.” Now serving his second jail stretch, for a marijuana bust, he’s about to experience something that more solid citizens could never hope for — an audience with Pope Francis. Source: Far from […]Read more
President’s Christmas Message
Update from the President of IPCA.
Christmas Greetings to you all!
I pray that the love of God will embrace you and your families over this Christmas period.
2018 has seen an ever-increasing communication by the media covering daily world events.
Often the focus is on negative happenings rather than the positive.
For many it can foster a sense of hopelessness and despair.
The birth of our Lord heralded a new hope for our Human Race and each Christmas we are called to ‘A Living Hope’.
What Genius! God chooses to deliver this hope in the form of a baby born in a manger. Not through a great King, President, Politician or CEO.
Hope was born in poverty, vulnerability, gentleness, purity and most importantly in Love.
On behalf of your IPCA Worldwide Steering Committee I take great pleasure in ANNOUNCING that the next IPCA Worldwide Conference will be in Bangkok THAILAND in November 2020 from Thursday 5th to Tuesday 10th. (Details, Costs and Registrations will be announced in early 2019).
We are so excited as this will be the first time that IPCA Worldwide has been able to host its conference in our ASIA REGION
The THEME of our conference will be ‘A Living Hope’.
1 Peter 1:3 NIV.
“Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
God Bless you and may God keep you safe and well.
Rev Rod Moore. IPCA President
Worldwide Steering Committee in Bangkok to prepare for IPCA VIII in 2020
Worldwide Steering Committee members take time to visit Thonburi Women’s Correctional Institution with local prison chaplains during their session in Bangkok, November 2019, whilst preparing for the forthcoming IPCA VIII Worldwide Conference to be held in Bangkok in November 2020 – details here soon!
“Faith in Justice: from sentence to community” – IPCA Europe Interim Conference, Kjiv (Ukraine), April 2018
On April 24-27 2018, IPCA Europe organised an Interim Conference in Kjiv, Ukraine, on the subject of “Faith in Justice: from sentence to community”. Some 60 delegates from 16 countries took part. Some sessions were held in the Ukranian Parliament and others at the Justice Ministry. A visit to a prison in Kjiv was also organised.
The event was a way of supporting chaplains in Eastern Europe and more particularly in Ukraine, as well as providing prison authorities with chaplains’ perspectives on criminal justice systems.
For more details and news from IPCA Europe, visit the region’s website.
Delegates at the IPCA Europe Interim Conference in Kjiv, Ukraine, April 2018: “Faith in Justice: from sentence to community”
IPCA co-hosts UN Side Event, New York, February 1, 2018
Worldwide Steering Committee meeting
Members of the World Wide Steering Committee with IPCA Europe vice-president, meeting in Woking, UK, September 2017.
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.
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.
This page brings news from prisons around the world. Articles linked here do not necessarily reflect the views of IPCA
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