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UNAFEI Resource Material Series No. 74

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Date Published
January 2008
190 pages
This report presents the visiting experts' papers, participants' papers, and seminar reports from the 135th International Senior Seminar on "Promoting Public Safety and Controlling Recidivism Using Effective Interventions with Offenders: An Examination of Best Practices."
Six papers presented by visiting experts report on various countries' best practices used to control recidivism. A paper presented by the corrections expert from Finland addresses the factors that caused Finland's incarceration rate to drop during the 1970s to 2005 while the global trend in incarceration rates has rose sharply. A second paper by the expert from Finland focuses on crime prevention and community sanctions in Scandinavia. Other papers by visiting experts discuss prosecutorial diversion in the Netherlands and other Western European countries, interventions in the United Kingdom that have targeted drug abusing offenders as well as habitual offenders, the features and evaluations of effective corrections programs in Canada, and the mobilization of community resources to support the successful reintegration of offenders in Hong Kong. Five papers from seminar participants focus on effective interventions with offenders in China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. Reports are also presented from the seminar groups. One group developed a report on the use of effective interventions in reducing recidivism and promoting public safety at the prosecution and sentencing stage. Another group examined the promotion of public safety and controlling recidivism by using effective interventions with offenders while they are serving their sentences. A third group reports on the use of effective interventions in reducing recidivism and promoting public safety after the offender has served his/her sentence. Appended commemorative photograph of seminar participants