September to 1 October 2015, UNAFEI co-hosted the Seminar on Promoting
Community-based Treatment in the ASEAN Region with the Department of Probation,
Ministry of Justice (Thailand), the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and the Rehabilitation
Bureau of the Ministry of Justice (Japan).
seminar aimed at
- Sharing best practices and successful experiences for achieving community involvement in community-based treatment (probation and other non-custodial measures) in each ASEAN country
- Updating the participants on the progress since the February 2015 seminar held inThailand and
strategies for community engagement in the field of community-based treatment
Ms. Sonya Spencer (Canada)
At the Seminar, keynote speeches were delivered by (1) Ms. Sonya Spencer, Executive Director of the John Howard Society
of Toronto, on “Canadian Community Corrections: A Perspective from the
Front Line” and (2) Mr. Yamada Kenji, Volunteer Probation Officer and Secretary
General of the National Organization for Employment of Offenders, on “The
Spirit of Offenders Rehabilitation (Community-based Treatment in Japan)”
The seminar was attended by senior officials with
responsibility for establishing and/or implementing community-based treatment
in the criminal justice system from nine ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia,
Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam) and
Japan. Also, with the support of the Japan Rehabilitation Aid Association
(JRAA), volunteer probation officers from Singapore, Thailand and Japan and a
volunteer probation assistant from the Philippines attended the seminar and
introduced their daily activities as volunteers.
actively discussed best practices of community-based treatment and community
involvement therein. Although all participating countries face some challenges
such as lack of organization, lack of personnel/budget, prison overcrowding,
overwhelming caseloads, and lack of public understanding, they are actively and continuously developing systems and practices of
community-based treatment. Also, volunteers play an especially important role
in offender reintegration and public safety, and they are developing innovative
ways to mobilize and deliver services. Through discussion, we achieved consensus
on the necessity of continuing the seminar and training on promoting
community-based treatment in the ASEAN region.
end of the seminar, the participants reviewed the report, which summarized the
proceedings and general discussion held throughout the Seminar.
Click here for the report.
“REPORT OF THE SEMINAR ON PROMOTING COMMUNITY-BASED
TREATMENT IN THE ASEAN REGION”