The ICPA – A Commitment to Improvement

By creating an open forum for idea sharing among corrections leaders, non-profits, academics and corrections-focused vendors, the ICPA drives a best practices mentality for improving correctional outcomes around the world.

Corrections agencies everywhere face common, yet complex, challenges: ensuring offender and officer safety in secure environments; increasing the use of community-based sentencing approaches in an intelligent and safe manner; improving the likelihood of successful community re-entry for the offender; and embracing efficiency and innovation as a means of stretching constrained budgets. The leaders of these agencies are under constant scrutiny from elected officials, public policy experts, the media and others to drive improvement quickly and sustainably without compromising safety and security. Among so many pressures and competing objectives, it’s difficult to gain the perspective necessary to navigate the broad range of options an agency might want to consider for any particular issue.

Enter the ICPA. Established some nineteen years ago, the International Corrections and Prisons Association ( is fully committed to the promotion and sharing of ethical, effective correctional practices that will enhance public safety and foster healthier communities world-wide. As a not-for-profit professional organization, the ICPA has built a strong network of experienced corrections, justice and public safety professionals, university academics – many of whom are globally recognized leaders in their field of research, non-profit organizations committed to assisting offenders during community re-entry, and business and technology leaders focused on innovation and service to the global corrections market. Together, the ICPA and its membership strive to put forward sustainable, evidence-based practices that will result in improvement in every aspect of the corrections domain.

Each year, through various regional and global events, the ICPA fosters face to face networking and exchange of ideas among its membership. Of these, its annual conference provides the most comprehensive presentation and discussion of the ideas and innovations that are shaping the face of corrections today and into the future. This year’s conference, to be held in London, England from October 22 – 27, will focus on the theme of ‘Innovation in Rehabilitation: Building Better Futures’. The ICPA is currently working on a rich conference agenda that will reflect a strong emphasis on contemporary approaches, ideas and technologies related to rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration into the community. Jointly hosted this year by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, the conference is expected to draw more than 500 attendees from as many as 60 countries.

Abilis Solutions is a proud sponsor of the ICPA, and is fully committed to its mission and vision. Without question, the annual conference is one of the best-managed and information-rich events in support of the global corrections industry. We truly encourage you to consider joining the organization and attending this year’s event. You won’t be disappointed.

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About the Author

Ken McGovern

In his role as senior advisor to Abilis, Ken provides strategic advice to the executive team by leveraging his extensive correctional industry knowledge gained over more than 10 years. As vice president for marketing and sales for Abilis for nearly five years, Ken was instrumental in the company’s success in securing new corrections agency contracts. As an active member of the Corrections Technology Association (CTA) and the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA), he regularly engages with corrections business and technology leaders on their approaches to address long-term agency challenges.

Ken has more than 25 years in enterprise software markets, with emphasis in marketing, sales, product marketing and corporate strategy. He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Arizona.

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