n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - 'Change with a purpose' in African correctional services : editorial

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The idea for this Special Edition of , was conceived in a conference room at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. The International Corrections and Prisons Association (www.icpa.ca) was holding its 16th Annual Conference in Namibia in October 2014 - on the theme of . A few members of the Research and Development Committee of the ICPA were discussing ways to realise our committee's main objective - 'to promote the application of research-informed correctional knowledge for the advancement of professional and humane corrections and prisons worldwide'. How can we best influence the field of corrections in embracing 'evidence' to support change - in other words, to lead change more consistently with data and facts rather than just ideology and opinion? This has been an avowed objective for ICPA more generally and at least in part, the reason the Association was holding its Annual Conference in Africa.


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