Editorial JT8 Correctional Staff Training

Education may be expensive, but we all know where ignorance will take us

Imagine a hospital where the doctors, nurses and other professionals don’t know how to do their job, and don’t have the necessary instruments to diagnose and care for their patients. A place where professionals, after days, weeks or months of basic training, don’t have access to training for the years and decades to come. Where a culture of continuous learning and improvement is not fostered and valued at all levels of the organisation.

Like hospitals, prisons are also about life and death, about care and healing, about harm reduction and reparation, about our society’s security and our citizens’ safety. Prisons are also about hope for a better future.

Recent years have shown us how resilient correctional staff can be, and how crucial their ability to deal with complex and unforeseen situations is.

Attracting, recruiting, and retaining prison and probation officers is a challenge for many jurisdictions.

Be it a hospital, a private firm or the correctional service, staff management, training and development are essential to the success of any organisation.

These allow staff to learn and improve their skills, to understand how their role may change over time, and help managers to achieve the organisation’s goals while reinforcing, improving, or changing the organisation’s culture.

Along with career, financial and other incentives, training is also critical to reducing staff turnover.

Education may be expensive, but we all know where ignorance will take us.

In this edition of JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine, together with heads of service and preeminent experts in the sector, we reflect on the importance of training and development of prison and probation professionals.

We invite you to join us in this reflection.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Magazine.

Pedro das Neves

CEO IPS_Innovative Prison Systems

Director of the JUSTICE TRENDS Magazine


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