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"The time has come to abolish the game of crime and punishment, and to substitute a paradigm of resitutition and responsibility. The goal is the civilization of our treatment of offenders."
Ruth Morris of Rittenhouse, Canada 1997

International Conference on Penal Abolition
The Movement to Abolish Prisons is as old as prisons themselves. In the 19th century, voices like Thomas Buxton of the British Parliament and Victor Hugo of France condemned the prison system and retributive justice. In 1976 Gilbert Cantor, a former editor of the Philadelphia Bar magazine, wrote in that prestigious magazine: "If our entire criminal justice apparentus were simply closed down...there would probably be a decrease in the amount of behaviour now labeled 'criminal.'

In 1981, the Canadian Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice planted the seed that grew to become ICOPA. Since 1982, fifteen international conferences have been held in all regions of the world. 

ICOPA History
ICOPA XI
The Eleventh Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Tasmania, Australia - 2006.

ICOPA X
The Tenth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Lagos, Nigeria - 2002.

ICOPA IX
The Nineth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Torronto, Canada -  2000.

ICOPA VIII
The Eighth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Auckland, New Zealand - 1997.

ICOPA VII
The Seventh Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Barcelona, Spain - 1995.

ICOPA VI
The Sixth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in San Jose, Costa Rica - 1993.

ICOPA V
The Fifth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Indiana, USA - 1991.

ICOPA IV
The Fourth Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Azimierz Doly, Poland - 1989.

ICOPA III
The Third Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Montreal, Canada - 1987.

ICOPA II
The Second Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands - 1985.

ICOPA I
The First Conference on Penal Abolition was held in Toronto, Canada - 1983.

The Abolition Foundation
ICOPA founders have established a small trust to continue the conferences and build the movement for penal abolition.
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