JUSTICE TRENDS magazine publishes the third issue, and it features an exclusive interview with Belgium’s Minister of Justice, Koen Geens, on the cover.
Throughout the interview, the political leader of the Belgian Justice explains the developments he has carried out in to streamline the sector’s activity and performance, speaking of the prison system and the system of alternative sanctions and measures in particular. The Belgian criminal justice strategy is to implement a master plan over the next few years, which is expected to be completed by the middle of the next decade. More prisons, with special attention to those with mental illness, as well as the reinforcement of non-custodial sentences are some of the achievements outlined by the Minister.
His Paraguayan counterpart, Minister Ever Martínez, also gave JUSTICE TRENDS magazine an exclusive interview in which he explains the work that has been carried out in order to establish a new penitentiary model in Paraguay.
The present edition of JUSTICE TRENDS magazine also highlights the developments in several correctional systems around the world, from France to Singapore, through Morocco and Israel. The interviewees were the Directors General of the Prison Services of those countries: Stéphane Bredin, Desmond Chin, Mohamed Salah Tamek, and Ofra Klinger, respectively.
The publication also includes the contribution of Director Gary Mohr of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, United States of America, and Director Francisco Caricati of the Penitentiary Department of the State of Paraná, Brazil, who also gave interviews.
Other interviews are with Jennifer Oades, Chairperson of the Parole Board of Canada, Martin F. Horn, the retired director of New York Corrections, currently a Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and with Dimitri Vlassis, Chief coordinator of the programme for the implementation of the Doha Declaration, at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC ).
In addition to the mentioned exclusive interviews, JUSTICE TRENDS magazine also presents an Experts’ Panel on Electronic Monitoring whose introductory article was written by the renowned Professor Mike Nellis from University of Strathclyde Law School. In his article “Clean and dirty electronic monitoring”, Mike Nellis manifests against a contemporary current that advocates the development of electronic monitoring technologies aiming at pernicious goals (according to the author), since they constitute a kind of “technological incarceration”, beyond other unethical contours. The panel continues with testimonials from Directors General and Deputy Directors General of Corrections from Belgium (Wallonia-Brussels Federation), Portugal and Turkey.
In addition to the above, JUSTICE TRENDS is also composed of a set of articles on contemporary pressing issues related to justice and criminal justice, such as radicalisation in prisons, corrections and digital technology, prison design, electronic monitoring, offender rehabilitation, among others.
JUSTICE TRENDS is a premium, bilingual publication (in English and Spanish) focused on the development of justice systems – especially prison and probation – globally. The magazine is based on interviews with decision makers (Ministers of Justice, Directors General of Prison and Probation Administrations, etc.), as well as articles from renowned world experts. It also disseminates innovative projects and best practices in the field.
All the issues that have been published to date are available online and for free at www.justice-trends.press, whereas its premium paper 2,000 copies are distributed to Ministries of Justice, Prison and Probation administrations and other relevant criminal justice stakeholders worldwide.