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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
27-September-2013 18:10 IST
33rd Asian & Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators Concludes

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri RPN Singh addressing the concluding session of the 33rdAsian & Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators here today said that Correctional homes are just one aspect of the criminal justice system in addition to the police and judiciary. He said the reality is that there has to be a complete change in mindset. Shri Singh said, “For too long Prisons have been treated as dustbins of society. It is time for us to resolve, that we must see this as a way to change a human being for the better, locking him or her up and throwing away the key is not the answer”. The Minister said that in the overall scheme of things in nearly all countries, correctional service gets less priority within the criminal justice system also in terms of investment for modernisation. What I hope as an outcome of this conference, is that those present will become strong advocates with the Government for according due priority to prison reforms and investment in improving prison infrastructure, the Minister added.

The APCCA is a prestigious event for the correctional officers to share ideas and learn from others’ experiences and give direction to innovative ideas in correctional administration and welfare. Apart from delegates from 23 member countries, the delegates from States/UTs dealing with correctional administrations also attended the conference.

The conference is organised by the member countries on rotational basis where Correctional Administrators of member countries exchange ideas in relation to the prison reforms in the Asia Pacific region. The conference gives correctional officers a chance to express their knowledge and exchange best practices being adopted in various countries. The next conference will be held in Canada in 2014.