Over 100 participants from 22 countries expected to attend APCCA Conference
Singapore, October 1, 2004 – Singapore will host this year’s Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA) which takes place from October 3 until October 8 at the Pan Pacific Hotel. This is the first time the conference will be held in Singapore. Over 100 delegates and observers from 22 countries are expected to attend the five-day event. The list of participating countries can be found in Annex A.
The APPCA conference is an annual event that allows correctional administrators across the Asian Pacific to discuss the issues and opportunities their institutions face. During the five-day conference, workshops will be conducted to allow attendees to share best practices with the other participants.
The topics that will be covered during this year’s APCCA conference include contemporary issues in correctional institutions and the role of the community, public sector agencies and families in the successful reintegration of former offenders. There will also be discussions on public expectations in the treatment of offenders, the control of infectious diseases and the management of the diverse cultural and spiritual needs of inmates.
An exhibition showcasing the latest innovation and technology used in security and correctional institutions will also take place at the conference. With the increased security threats facing many countries today, the deployment of technology and innovative ideas to strengthen operational capability continue to play a major role in supporting the custodial function of prison institutions. The exhibitors and their media contact persons are listed in Annex B.
Director of Prisons, Mr. Chua Chin Kiat, said, “We hope this conference will provide enough opportunities for sharing of best practices amongst the delegates. I am very much encouraged by the commitment of the delegates to enhance the professionalism of APCCA members and to develop stronger networks of co-operation.”
Singapore Minister For Home Affairs, Mr. Wong Kan Seng said, “Correctional institutions alone cannot rehabilitate an inmate because in order for him to survive in the world outside, he needs the help of others. On rehabilitation, Singapore’s experience is that community-based rehabilitative efforts work well. Community partners, non-government organisations and many volunteers have contributed much to the cause of the Singapore Prison Service in its quest to get criminals out of prison.”
This year’s APCCA coincides with the Yellow Ribbon project which is organized by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders or CARE Network. The project, inspired by the 1970s hit song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree”, is aimed at creating public awareness, support and acceptance of former inmates as they seek to reintegrate back into society.