For the Advancement of Professional Corrections
ICPA is an innovative, learning platform which enhances international and inter-agency co-operation. We actively promote policies and standards for humane and effective correctional policies and practices, assisting in their development and implementation.
We believe that imprisonment is a last resort and support the development of alternative sanctions and community corrections. We believe in integrity and professionalism, the sharing of ideas and partnerships. We believe in the capacity for positive change in individuals, their dignity and the duty to protect their rights.
How we work
ICPA works with Local Organising Committees across the world to bring our major annual conference and regional events to the doorsteps of prison and corrections professionals. Outside of our events we continue to encourage discussions, networking and partnerships via workshops, Network Groups, social media and interactive online services. ICPA has collaborated and formed agreements with partner organisations for standards-setting in both Africa (the Abuja Declaration) and in Latin America (the Barbados Declaration), and has pledged to work together with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in a concerted manner to address the many challenges facing prison systems, particularly in developing and post-conflict environments (the UNDPKO Declaration).
- Share, collaborate and learn with others
- Gain global recognition as a leader in corrections
- Present your work among other experts and professionals
- Network within the largest international corrections community
- Showcase your best practices and products worldwide
- Create business opportunities and contacts
The Association also works towards the improvement of professionalism through its Correctional Leadership Academy and Staff Training initiatives. Our Network Groups support and advance our aims through their efforts which focus on Community Corrections, External Prison Oversight and Human Rights, Planning and Design, Technology Solutions, Staff Training & Development, Research, and Healthcare.