With an aim to promote a substantive and sustainable improvement of the treatment of women prisoners, Thailand Institute of Justice, in consultation with international practitioners and experts in the field of corrections, has developed the training on the Management of Women Prisoners for Senior Correctional Staff in the ASEAN Region, or the Bangkok Rules Training. The training programme aims to provide guidance and practical knowledge on translating the Bangkok Rules into practice. Using an Action Plan format, the training will assist the participants in designing a framework for implementing the Bangkok Rules and other international standards. Read More>>

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Mara Dodson

Mara Dodson is a project director for The Moss Group, Inc., a criminal justice consulting firm that serves correctional agencies across the country. Ms. Dodson began her career with The Moss Group in 2008.  In her role as project director, Ms. Dodson is responsible for relationship management, project oversight, and expert guidance on a variety of multi-year initiatives in adult prisons, jails, and juvenile jurisdictions. Projects address issues related to operational practice, policy, safety, PREA, special populations, staff sexual misconduct, female offenders, litigation support, leadership, and culture change.
Ms. Dodson’s passion is to problem solve with jurisdictions and become a trusted partner for positive outcomes, enhanced safety, and sustainable change.  Currently, Ms. Dodson is leading a project team in their fourth year of work to support a state agency in effectively supervising female offenders. Notably, this work includes culture change strategies, gender-specific policy development, staff trainings on working effectively with female inmates, and implementation of a gender-responsive classification and programming process. Ms. Dodson has led similar initiatives focused on female services in two other large state agencies that have included litigation support, addressing conditions of confinement, sexual safety, and enhancing facility operations, consistent with gender-responsive and trauma-informed practices. Ms. Dodson co-authored a chapter in a corrections professional textbook addressing staff sexual misconduct. She regularly presents at conferences and facilitates trainings focused on a variety of correctional management issues. Ms. Dodson earned her B.A. from Tufts University and earned her M.B.A. at American University.
 
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Mara Dodson

The Moss Group, Inc.

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Samantha Jeffries, Ph.D.

After completing her PhD, Dr Jeffries worked for six years within both the Australian federal and state government sector in a number of research/policy positions. Her academic career is characterised by an extensive track record of research, publications and conference presentations within the areas of:
1) domestic violence including protection order legislation, sentencing and family law,
2) gender, Indigeneity, sentencing and imprisonment.

Dr Jeffries has been successful in securing five competitive research grants and two government consultancies to undertake research in these areas.More recently, Dr Jeffries in partnership with the Thailand Institute of Justice has undertaken research projects exploring gendered trends in imprisonment in South East Asia and pathways to prison in Thailand and Cambodia. She has over a decade of university teaching experience and currently convenes three undergraduate criminology courses at Griffith University: Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice; Race, Crime and Criminal Justice; Sociology of Crime.

For her research publications, visit https://experts.griffith.edu.au/academic/s.jeffries.
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Samantha Jeffries, Ph.D.

Griffith University

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Barbara Owen, Ph.D.

Barbara Owen, PhD is an international expert in the areas of women and imprisonment; gender inequality within the criminal justice system; improving operational practice in women’s prisons; and women’s prison culture, with extensive experience in conducting, ethnographies, large-scale surveys, policy studies; and program evaluation. Internationally, her work involves implementing human rights protections in women’s prisons with the Thailand Institute of Justice. A Professor Emerita of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 1984. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Owen was a Senior Researcher with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her books include In Search of Safety: Confronting inequality in women’s imprisonment (University of California Press, 2017) (with James Wells and Joy Pollock) and In the Mix: Struggle and Survival in a Women’s Prison (SUNY Press, 1998). Along with Barbara Bloom and Stephanie Covington, she has co-authored a major policy report, Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders (2003).

More recent projects include multiple projects relating to the context of sexual and other forms of safety in women’s prisons; an analysis of women’s recidivism; research and policy work on Realignment in California, and co-authoring the policy report “Unlocking America.” Dr. Owen’s work has been funded by local, state and federal agencies. Her consulting experience includes several projects with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; on-going work with the National Institute of Corrections; extensive work with The Moss Group in providing research and policy review of operational practice in women’s facilities; developing architectural design in women’s jails; and evaluation efforts within local probation systems. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Safe Alternatives to Segregation II initiative with the Vera Institute of Justice.
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Barbara Owen, Ph.D.

California State University, Fresno

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Chontit Chuenurah

Chontit graduated a Master of Law from the University of Kent and Master of Science on Social Policy and Social Research from the University of Southampton, the United Kingdom.
A passionate advocate of gender-sensitive policies and practices in the correctional system, she was one of the pioneer team members behind the successful adoption of the Bangkok Rules in 2010. Currently, she is responsible for research and capacity building activities to support the implementation of the Bangkok Rules and other international instruments related to the treatment of offenders.
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Chontit Chuenurah

Thailand Institute of Justice

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Mr. Maurice Denyys Odhiambo

Human Rights Officer/Trainer
Kenya

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Mr. Maurice Denyys Odhiambo

Human Rights Officer/Trainer
Kenya

My experience during Bangkok rules training was a very informative one, considering that the training was conducted by very experienced facilitators, Dr. Barbara Owen and Jo Barker who have vast knowledge backed by research on women prisoners, they were also experienced on adult learning techniques which made the participants active and engaged throughout the training period. The training was also conducted at three different venues, i.e; the Aetas Hotel (Bangkok), Krungsri hotel (Ayutthaya province) and finally at the TIJ offices in Bangkok, the different venues made the participants eager to learn since every time they moved to a new venue it’s like a new phase of training was starting again, it also assisted in breaking the monotony of one training venue as is tradition with most trainings.

The best part of the training was the study visit to the three correctional facilities across Thailand; it was such an enriching experience to how good correctional practices can be achieved through implementation of the Bangkok Rules, this really was a good point of contrast for the participants comparing to their facilities back in their countries and really encouraged and motivated the participants to go and put some of the good practices learnt during the visit into practice back in their home countries through implementation of the Bangkok rules. On coming back from the training in Bangkok, I identified Kakamega women prison as  my pilot station where I was going to assist in implementing the Bangkok rules, through training on the rules and advising and checking for compliance with the rules.

Using the self-assessment work book given during the training I managed to identify areas that required attention and embarked on advising on how to increase compliance to them, the first thing though that I opted to do was to build the capacity of the correctional officers from the institution through training in order to introduce them aware of the rules so that they become part and own the implementation of the Bangkok rules, so far I  have conducted two training sessions that has already covered 34 officers,  their knowledge to the rules has been increased and attitude changed and now working towards increasing compliance to the rules.

One significant change is that the correctional officers in the institution now know that women commit crime due to a number of underlying factors, which include; history of violence, trauma and poverty among others, this therefore inform the kind of treatment plans and programs for the female prisoners while in prison, thus smooth reintegration into the society, there has been development of policy requiring the open (nonrestrictive)visitation during the normal visits, then the recording of the names of the children of female prisoners not accompanying their mothers and their guardianship, inmates are given information on prison rules and regulations on admissions and a summary of the rules conspicuously posted in frequently used areas by the prisoners, we have also developed a comprehensive medical examination form that is very comprehensive and compliant to the rules and also policy on the way searches should conducted, view this as a step in the right direction towards increasing compliance to the Bangkok Rules. TIJ has been very supportive of my training by making available copies of the Bangkok Rules, which I issue to participants for reference during and after the training, PRI also provided copies of the Mandela Rule since the Bangkok Rules supplement the Mandela Rules making the training and understanding of the Rules very practical.

As a human rights officer/trainer and also an experienced correctional officer, increasing compliance to the United Nations rules on treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures (The Bangkok Rules) will enhance professionalism in the Kenya correctional system and also increase and encourage good correctional practices for social change.

Maurice Denyys Odhiambo
Human Rights Officer/Trainer in Kenya

Participant of TIJ’s Bangkok Rules Training 2016

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Mr. Savna Nouth

Deputy Director General
Cambodia

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Dr. Hetty Widiastuti

Head of Sanitation and Health Environment Section
Indonesia