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A successful ICPA conference

Socrates Software recently had the pleasure of being part of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) conference in Orlando, Florida.

Over 550 senior prison and probation delegates and some of the world’s leading experts in global corrections, from approximately 80 different countries, attended the annual event. 

It was very encouraging to see the huge interest in Socrates tablets, in particular for providing education, family communications and digital interventions. The L&G exhibition space, where Socrates products were on display, was very busy throughout the six day event, and we got a chance to meet up face-to-face with many of our International Prison Services customers and private sector partners.

The event saw around 150 presentations from prominent speakers, who spoke on a variety of themes, including more inclusive practice in corrections, demographic shifts within in-custody populations, and best practice in re-entry and community corrections.

Jennifer Luther, a sector expert specialising in substance misuse interventions and project lead from Florida State University, presented on why FSU chose Socrates as their partner to provide digital interventions to justice-involved individuals, both in incarceration and in the community.

ICPA events can often be a catalyst for positive change, and we hope that the many exciting and forward-looking conversations and ideas at the event can help to usher in a new era of corrections and re-integration.

Socrates begins partnership with ACCI Lifeskills

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with ACCI Lifeskills. ACCI is an international provider of evidence-based cognitive life skills courses and programmes. We have converted their Cognitive Awareness course into an engaging, interactive digital format for use on our tablets, with more courses to follow.

Around 1 million ACCI courses are completed each year, in over 600 jails across the US, and we look forward to working with ACCI to allow them to reach even more people, in a format that will allow learners to work at their own pace, when and where they want.

ACCI’s work has been validated by an impressive series of evidence-based reports and studies, with recidivism rates for the cohorts and periods studied ranging between 5% and 19% (Jails, May-June 2020, p42-3).