Research and Implementation of Evidence-based Practices in Community Corrections in ASEAN Countries and North America

Fumiko Akashia, Anne Connell-Freund & Donald Evans

Research and implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections are sometimes in sync but mostly seem to be full of barriers and pitfalls. This workshop will review the perspective from both the researcher and the practitioner point of view. Research indicates the need for risk/needs assessments for developing probation plans. But the criminal justice system has taken these instruments and used them in sentencing determinations which may have resulted in discrimination of minority populations. Discussion of the bias that is held by some in the judiciary as well as others in the criminal justice system and recommendations will be provided on how to counter those biases. Cognitive behavioral programming and dosage - how much and how long? What is research telling us? What is being done in the field? Are programs such as “Thinking for a Change” and “Effective Practices in Community Supervision” being reinforced by all criminal justice providers? A review of some of the programs that are providing these cross system services will be presented.

Fumiko Akashi

Ms. Akashi is a professor at the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention and Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI). She was assigned to UNAFEI in April 2014, prior to which she had been working as a probation officer at several Probation Offices, as the chief of the supervision section of the Rehabilitation Bureau in the Ministry of Justice, and as an assistant researcher of the Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice, Japan. Ms. Akashi obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law from Keio University in Japan.

Anne Connell-Freund

Mrs. Connell-Freund is the Executive Vice President of Operations for Oriana House, a private, non-profit that operates community corrections and chemical dependency programs. Having been with the agency for nearly 30 years, Anne is responsible for the management of residential, non-residential and diversionary programs, treatment, and cognitive skills. Anne received her BS and Master’s degree from The University of Akron. Anne is the current president of the International Community Corrections Association.

Donald G. Evans

Mr. Evans is a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Training Institute and a past President of its Board of Directors. Donald was Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Toronto Downtown Parole Office for over 10 years. He is the former Assistant Deputy Minister of Policing Services in Ontario and a former lecturer in penology and policing at Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. He is a Past President of the Ontario Probation Officers Association, the American Probation and Parole Association and the International Community Corrections Association. He is currently the Executive Editor of the Journal of Community Corrections and a contributing editor of Executive Exchange the newsletter of the National Association of Probation Executives. Along with Edward E Rhine he edited the collection of ICCA proceedings for 2005-06 Research into Practice: Bridging the Gap in Community Corrections, ACA 2009. Don has edited the Defeating Recidivism: Keys to Making It Happen published by the American Correctional Association in 2012. He collaborated with Sandi L. Humphrey in the writing of   the Guide to Positive Staff-Board Relations for not-for-Profit Organizations published by the Canadian Association Executives 2016. He has received numerous awards for his achievements in corrections. He remains an active member of numerous associations including ACA, APPA, ICCA, NAPE, ICPA and CEP. Donald has served on a number of Boards of Directors of non-profit agencies including the John Howard Society of Toronto, the John Howard Society of Ontario, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada and the St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto.

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