Interim Announcement | 15 February 2019
Message from the Chair

Dear Members,

I would first like to convey my warmest wishes for your health and happiness in this new year. Since we are not scheduled to release the next newsletter until mid-March, I thought I should provide an update on some items of interest to our network members.

Regarding membership, the Expert Network on External Prison Oversight and Human Rights now boasts 65 members from 20 countries! Thank you for supporting this initiative and for spreading the word.

The next International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 27th - November 1st 2019 . Please mark your calendars for this event. It would be wonderful if the network had a significant presence at the conference. If you are planning on attending and wish to present, you need to submit your proposal online before April 30, 2019 - and please let us know if you do!

Ideally, we would like to hold one plenary and one panel on prison oversight and human rights at the upcoming ICPA conference. If you would like to be a panelist, please contact me and we will help to coordinate submissions.

The plan is to also host two meetings during the conference: one with representatives of external oversight agencies, and a broader meeting on correctional oversight and human rights open to anyone from and outside the network.

Further information about the conference and submission procedures can be found here: ICPA 2019 .


As already mentioned, the next official e-newsletter will be released sometime in mid-March. The theme will be "Solitary Confinement." We are thankful to the three experts who have committed to contribute articles on this theme:

  • Dr. Sharon Shalev - Research Associate, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • The Honourable Justice David P. Cole - Ontario Court of Justice, Canada.
  • Dr. Francisco Mugnolo - Procuración Penitenciaria de la Nación, Argentina.

If your organization has done any work to reduce the use of solitary confinement (this would also include the practice of segregation, restrictive housing, seclusion, etc.) we encourage you to submit a two to three page article that may include links and pictures. Please contact me or Emad Talisman at Emad.Talisman@oci-bec.gc.ca . The strength of this network resides in its capacity to share knowledge pertaining to our work in prison oversight and human rights.

I am happy to announce that the the featured country for the upcoming newsletter will be Australia!

We would like to acknowledge our Australian members, and are thankful to those who have agreed to contribute featured articles for our upcoming newsletter!

  • Fiona Rafter - Inspector, Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, NSW.
  • Steven Caruana - Inspections & Research Officer, Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services, WA.
  • Neil McAllister (Inspector) & Rebecca Minty (Deputy Inspector), Australian Capital Territory.
  • Wayne Lines - Ombudsman, South Australia.
  • Samay Zhouand - Chief Inspector, Queensland Corrective Services.
  • Bronwyn Naylor - Professor, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University.

With appreciation,

Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator of Canada.
Phone: 1 (613) 990 8904 | Email | Fax: 1 (613) 990 9091