Corrections Today

Corrections Today is a magazine covering corrections, law enforcement and rehabilitation. Founded in 1938, it is published six times per year. The magazine is published by the American Correctional Association. Subjects include: Police, Penology, and Penal Institutions. The managing editor is Susan Clayton.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, April

2000 Winter Conference Attendees Make Treatment Their Business
Once again, the American Correctional Association (ACA) broke its Winter Conference attendance record. More than 4,000 corrections professionals from the United States and around the world gathered together in Phoenix for the 2000 Winter Conference,...
ACA and ACHSA Workshops Explore a Variety of Issues
Attendees at the 2000 Winter Conference in Phoenix had the opportunity to attend a multitude of American Correctional Association (ACA) and American Correctional Health Services Association (ACHSA) workshops and seminars on various criminal justice/correctional...
ADA: Proposed Final Regulations for Courthouses, Jails and Prisons
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) extends comprehensive civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities, including inmates. Title 11 of ADA, which became effective Jan. 26, 1992, prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability...
Architecture -- Everyone Needs to Be Involved
With the expansion of correctional capacity in recent years, the correctional field's attention has been focused on how to design, build and operate a large number of beds in the quickest and most efficient way possible. This has required those involved...
Avoiding Trial by Fire: How Correctional Facilities Can Stay Safe
The ever-increasing adoption of the Uniform Building Code (UBC) Standard 7-2, (1997) "Fire Tests of Door Assemblies," will go a long way in preventing accidental institutional deaths. For many years, building code agencies in the United States supported...
Barbara Bush Stresses Family and Literacy
Greeted with a deluge of applause, former First Lady Barbara Bush addressed a full house at the 2000 Winter Conference Annual Luncheon. Although Bush humored the audience with a number of stories and observations, such as the fact that one in eight...
Brian Holloway Shows the Right Way
I was delighted to have the opportunity to be the breakfast speaker [here at ACA's Winter Conference]. I very expressly said to my representative, "I want to do that." I wanted to do it because I really connect with the commitment that each of you...
Can't You Hear Me Knocking?
The ASTM APPROACH TO DETENTION SECURITY DOORS PERFORMANCE Doors within jails and prisons perform a crucial function as part of security barriers. Standards are needed to help assure that these doors are strong enough to withstand the rigors of their...
Challenges of the New Millennium: Optimal Facilities Design through Objective Standards
With a growing inmate population of more than 1.5 million and the reality of ever-tightening budgets, there is no other choice but to harness the best available technology for building, renovating and operating detention and correctional facilities....
Comparing Public and Private Prison Costs: The ARIZONA Method
Finding a fair approach to compare the operation of public and private prisons is a daunting challenge. From a methodological viewpoint, such a comparison can easily become convoluted. Nevertheless, many state legislatures require comparisons between...
Customized Tests for Correctional Facilities: Safety through Innovative Use of Test Standards
It is a well-known fact that the construction of new detention/correctional facilities, as well as renovation of older existing facilities, is a multibillion dollar, fast-growing mega-industry in the United States. The work of The American Society...
Design/Build: The Future of Contracting
To design-bid-build or design/build? That is the question more and more correctional facilities are asking today. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) decision to solicit for design/build as a construction delivery method for a new U.S. penitentiary...
Design Considerations
FOR HEALTH CARE SPACE IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY Space -- how much there is, where it is located and how it is configured -- is vitally important to efficient and effective health care operations in any prison or jail. Health care staff need to...
Facility Management IN CORRECTIONS
Carefully organized facility design and construction programs too often give way to fragmented, poorly documented operations and maintenance programs. This is particularly true for correctional facilities, which experience continuous use under severe...
Improving Opportunities for Women in Corrections
Motivation, dedication and support are just a few things needed to form an organization. Luckily, these characteristics were present among the founders of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC) in 1994 when they decided to create...
Iowa's Living Laboratory
At the heart of a unique effort by Iowa's Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services lies an innovative way to unite research results and practitioner efforts in delivering effective correctional interventions in the community. ...
JUSTNET: Safe Harbor in an Internet Sea
The good news is that through the use of the Internet, information on any conceivable topic is just a few mouse clicks away. The bad news is that in a virtual tidal wave of available information, a Web surfer can easily go off course in an ocean of...
Making Big Strides in Little Time
Looking back at his first day at Menard Correctional Center in Menard, Ill., Sgt. Charles Cadell remembers feeling a bit apprehensive when he first saw the facility. Finding its gothic-like structure and what was behind its walls somewhat intimidating,...
Member Input Sought on New Policy
Public Correctional Policy on Fiscal Responsibility for Correctional Legislation Introduction: The percentage growth of the correctional population of the United States during the last decade far exceeds the increase in the number of crimes committed....
NIC's Performance Measurement System
There may be some truth to the saying, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." -- Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. In preparation for the 21st century and beyond, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Academy...
Officer Reaches the Inner Child from the Inner City
There aren't many opportunities these days for children to meet a police officer and develop a relationship with him or her over several months. The students in teacher Carlos Insignares' fourth-grade class at Miami's L'Ouverture Toussaint Elementary...
Prisons and Host Communities: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS AND BUILDING COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Prisons are the fastest-growing public space in the nation. The dramatic increase in our nation's prison population and accompanying demand for new prisons has been consequential in several ways. Perhaps the most unexpected result is the extent to...
Private Sector Involvement in Juvenile Justice
The American Correctional Association (ACA), under a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), conducted a survey in 1999 regarding private sector involvement in juvenile justice systems. Results of this survey are...
Profile
Allvest Information Services Inc. is a software company focusing on tools for juvenile justice systems that enable probation professionals to objectively assess each youths in their system, and effectively track and manage behavior and treatment. With...
Security Controls in Perspective: A Case Study of the St. Louis County Justice Center
Technology affects us every day, both at home and at work. Today's detention and correctional facilities particularly dependent on appropriate security control systems to provide a secure, flexible, reliable and operationally efficient environment...
Sentencing and Corrections: Exploring Major Issues
Corrections in America today is fragmented and fracturing. There is no longer a "standard approach." What seems at first glance to be a nearly monolithic set of tough-on-crime policies is really illusory. Some states have abolished parole, but some...
The Quiet Resource
Maintenance departments of these correctional facilities are "the quiet resource." Maintenance ensures that there is heat in the winter, that toilets are working, that there is hot water for showers and with the flip of a switch, the lights turn on....
Tony Orlando Speaks from Experience
Good morning and a belated Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for that warm welcome. I want to welcome all of you here and I want to thank the American Correctional Association (ACA) for giving me the honor and the privilege of being the first keynote...
Variety with Few Trends
Virtually all state legislatures are meeting in 2000. The sessions range from a few weeks to the entire year. In an effort to better determine state legislative trends, the American Correctional Association (ACA) has again surveyed both state adult...