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IN-CJ Podcast 039 - Jana Spero and Gustav Tallving
Leadership in Criminal Justice is changing and adapting to a new set of circumstances that are increasingly international in scope, bourne by the introduction of new technologies, and built on the realisation that what works must be examined holistically and developmentally. In this episode of the IN-CJ podcast, John Scott talks with Jana Špero and Gustav Tallving about their leadership roles in criminal justice support organisations that work across Europe.
Jana Špero took office as the Secretary General of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) on September 1, 2022, becoming the eleventh person to hold this position. Prior to this role, she served as the Director-General for Prisons and Probation in Croatia and was a board member and Vice-President of the CEP. She holds a Master of Law degree and is a Master-Specialist of Criminal Investigation.
Throughout her career, Špero has been actively involved in the development of probation services, participating in various activities such as workshops, round tables, and projects. Her expertise has been sought in countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Greece. Furthermore, she has played an integral role in the presentation of the Croatian Probation Service at numerous international conferences and has led various European Union and Norway Grants projects that were aimed at strengthening the Probation Service in Croatia.
Colleagues at the CEP anticipate that Špero will build on the organisation’s existing efforts to establish a robust, ethically oriented, and diverse professional community. Her new role is expected to inspire more women to pursue management careers in the challenging but rewarding field of criminal justice. Špero’s track record as an imaginative, dynamic, and effective leader, combined with her commitment to the worth of probation and its European values, position her as a crucial voice for probation in Europe. She is expected to continue to maintain, promote, and expand the CEP network, stimulate the exchange of knowledge on probation, and partner in relevant EU projects.
Gustav Tallving assumed the position of Executive Director of EuroPris on April 15, 2021. Before taking on this role, Tallving had a rich professional history spanning 17 years in the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, holding various positions over that period. His experience in the field extends beyond Sweden; he has acquired a deep understanding of correctional systems throughout Europe and other parts of the world.
In addition to his domestic work, Tallving also previously collaborated with EuroPris from 2017 to 2019 in a part-time secondment as a policy officer. This experience allowed him to deepen his familiarity with the organisation and its mission.
As he transitioned into the role of Executive Director, he received support from his predecessor, Kirsten Hawlitschek, ensuring a smooth transition and continuity of leadership within the organisation. His extensive experience in the field of prison and probation services, as well as his previous involvement with EuroPris, equip him with the knowledge and skills needed to lead the organisation effectively.
INCJ Newsdesk 2023 - Virtual Reality Assisted Rehabilitation in Finish Prisons
Pia Puolakka of the University of Helsinki and Jenni Kaunomäki, who is a researcher at the Prisoners’ Health Care Unit, and is preparing her thesis for the Helsinki University regarding VR assisted therapy with inmates, will share insights from the Finish use of virtual reality to support rehabilitation in prisons. VR has been used for therapeutical purposes, such as assisting with anxiety management, exposure therapy for phobias, relaxation, self-management, skills training and so on. Pia will outline how the latest pilot with the Finish Prison Healthcare Unit is being used to help young antisocial inmates with aggression and problematic behaviour issues. This session will explore how digital services and online consultation for mental health problems are being developed in Finnish prisons.
IN-CJ Newsdeak 2023 - Perspectives in Specialised Mental Health Supervision in Probation and Parole in Georgia
For the IN-CJ Newsdesk 2023 Kasey Barton, Ywkesha Garvin, Chris Burke, and Jolie Blackmon, are community supervision officers from the Georgia Department of Community Supervision. They discussed the introduction of specialised mental health supervision in probation and parole in the community supervision process. They explored the advantages of specialised mental health caseloads in community supervision. They also talked about the ‘consultation component’ and its role in mental health supervision. This session gave valuable insights into the duties of mental health officers, the impact of the caseload on those being supervised, and the reasoning behind the addition of the consultation component.
IN-CJ Newsdesk 2023 - European Perspective on Mental Health in Probation
Probation staff’s knowledge across Europe about mental illness can often be better than the general population’s knowledge, although their attitudes are often found to be healthy when measured using the Mental Health Literacy Scale. The CEP Expert Mental Health working group is looking at the design of a common-score curriculum with national add-on modules, that can be used to evaluate and assess improvements to mental health provision. Professor Charlie Brooker of Royal Holloway, at the University of London, and Coral Sirdifield a Senior Research Associate at the University of Lincoln, and Gerry McNally, former president of CEP, discuss how the study came about, and what the lessons are so far.
IN-CJ Newsdesk 2023 - Perspectives on Psychopathy and Recidivism
In this session of the IN-CJ Newsdesk 2023, Dr Chelsey Narvey shared insights from her work into psychopathy, and how policies and practices within criminal justice systems address recidivism among offenders. Chelsey explored the links between associated forms of violence, such as anti-social behaviour and domestic violence, and explained how examples of attuned and well-organised mental health awareness and knowledge of the processes that drive psychopathy can reduce criminal behaviour and harm to others and the individuals themselves. This session draws on Chelsey’s emerging research at Sam Houston University.
IN-CJ Newsdesk 23 - Finish Perspective on Women in Prison and their Loved Ones
Anastasia Lapintie and Sari Lönnberg, experts in women-specific work, will lead a thought-provoking discussion on the significance of mental well-being for women in prison and their loved ones. They are aiming to shed light on the statistical prevalence of mental health issues among incarcerated women, and the subsequent impact on behaviour, decision-making, and emotional regulation. The speakers are going to explore the critical role that relationships and support outside prison walls play in the mental well-being of incarcerated women. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the challenges faced by women in prison and their loved ones, and gain insights into effective support strategies.