American Jails

American Jails is a bimonthly magazine covering jails in the U.S. It includes an advertisers' index, book reviews, calendar of events, state jail association news, foreign coverage, and a military jail section. It is published by the American Jail Association and has been in publication since 1987. Editorial headquarters are in Hagerstown, Md.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 5, November/December

35th Annual AJA Conference & Jail Expo: Host City Preview
Together. Towards. Tomorrow. 35 Years2016 marks our 35th anniversary as a community of professionals working together to improve the operation, safety, and effectiveness of this Nation's jails and detention facilities. And what better city to mark this...
Adopting Sustainability from the Bottom Up
It was a crisp autumn afternoon in 2013 when I stopped by the Shelby County Division of Corrections Center (SCDC) in Memphis (Tennessee) to say hello to an old friend. Director Jim Coleman and I had worked together briefly in the 1980s at the National...
Beyond the Comfort Zone
It was a warm, beautiful day, and people were at the poolside, sipping a cool drink. Then from our distant high perch behind closed windows, I saw people rapidly assembling along the protective railing that overlooked the ocean cove below. What was happening?Suddenly...
Board Profile
Hello, my name is Kimberly Moule. I am the Jail Administrator for San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office in French Camp, California. I have been with the Sheriff's Office for more than 24 years and am truly blessed to work with and for the many fine leaders...
Challenges and Opportunities in Green Corrections
Green corrections. It is a term that gets tossed around lightly. It often sounds arduous and unrelated to the day-to-day work of correctional facilities, and appears to come at a hefty price. But with appropriate planning, an eye toward cost containment,...
Core Competencies AND Jail Leadership
What skills, knowledge, and abilities do you need in order to be a credible and successful jail leader? Beginning with the July/August 2015 issue of American Jails, we are exploring the 22 core competencies identified by jail administrators located across...
Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America
Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America James F. Anderson Burlington, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett Learning June 2015 267 pages www.jblearning.comFor the past several yearsI have been reviewing books for correctional staff. Usually, I...
Cultural Conflict in Corrections: A Review
Improvement in corrections has never been a straight line. Sometimes, it is an actual event that forces corrections and the criminal justice system to improve. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s, cultural clashes showcased the need for major reform...
Franklin County Green Task Force Aims Bigger and Brighter
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) is located in Columbus, Ohio. We currently have approximately 700 personnel assigned to the Corrections Division, and we operate two jail facilities. Within the corrections division at both facilities, we house...
ICS Reform
By the time you read this, the Federal Communications Commission will have voted to make sweeping changes to the way we do business with the Inmate Calling Services (ICS) in our facilities. The vote in October was the culmination of more than 12 years...
PAINTING CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS GREEN: How Using Green Technology Can Reduce Correctional Institution Costs
With prison costs steadily rising and State budgets being cut, correctional institutions are seeking ways to reduce costs. Based on an NIJfunded research analysis through its Corrections Technology Center of Excellence (one of the National Law Enforcement...
Sustainability in Modern Detention Facilities
Sustainability has been the single most influential movement in architecture and construction over the past quarter century, and it impacts our lives in ways that we often take for granted. Today, we think little of low-flow urinals, solar panels, wind...
Sustainability: Not a Fad
When the editors of American Jails magazine approached me with the idea of an issue on "green," I was a bit hesitant. After all, I thought, the green movement has not embraced our industry in the same way it has embraced others. Look at the automotive...
The Scholar VS the Practitioner: Innovate to Collaborate?
For leaders in all professions, the daily obstacles and dilemmas that often occur in their jobs may at times feel insurmountable. In particular, corrections administrators must continually develop and adapt to forces both inside and outside their facilities,...
Transitioning in Arkansas: Garland County's Story
Although the concept of direct supervision is not well-known in the State of Arkansas, the Garland County Sheriff's Office has taken the progressive step of transitioning from a podular remote detention center to a direct supervision detention center....
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