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. 63, No. 7, December

2002 Winter Conference: Opening Session Keynote Speaker
Monday, January 14 * 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Oliver North, a U.S. colonel-turned politician and radio talk show host, will be the keynote speaker during the Opening Session of the 2002 Winter Conference. A decorated platoon leader in the Vietnam...
Community: Service Work as Part of Offender Rehabilitation
They have taken from society. Now they are being forced to give back. The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Division of Parole Services has developed a community service program for some of its noncompliant offenders. Since 1995, Kansas parole...
Corrections - Media Wise?
Crime sells -- particularly, the fear o crime. Thus, crime and justice stories are popular topics for the news and entertainment fields. All forms of mass media compete to gain larger audiences so they become more attractive to advertisers and enjoy...
Early Intensive Help for High-Risk Juveniles. (CT Features)
It is easy to imagine these youths becoming repeat offenders, returning time after time to the juvenile justice system. Florida, however, is trying a new approach with these troubled children. Rather than just reacting to the offense, the Florida Department...
Families Are the Building Blocks of Strong Communities. (Probation and Parole Forum)
Dr. Edward J. Latessa, professor and chairman of the University of Cincinnati's Division of Criminal Justice, was both recipient of the Margaret Mead Award and presenter of the Margaret Mead Lecture at the International Community Corrections Association's...
Finding Finer Place. (Best in the Business)
A third-generation migrant worker, Elaine White began picking fruits and vegetables from fields throughout Florida, Michigan, New York and North Carolina when she was just 6. Her family moved from place to place in pursuit of available work, staying...
Geographical Disparities among Trying and Sentencing Juveniles. (CT Feature)
Oakland County, Mich. -- In 1997, 11-year-old Nathaniel Abraham shot Ronnie Greene Jr. with a stolen rifle while he was allegedly shooting some trees. Abraham was convicted of murder in an adult court two years later. Although Abraham was eligible...
Geographic Information Systems: Helping Corrections Inside and outside Prison Walls. (Technology Update)
From tracking the concentration of probationers in a neighborhood to gang members in an institution, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping technology can be a great benefit to the corrections community. GIS combines traditional database...
Implementing Research-Based Best Practices in Juvenile Justice Education. (Juvenile Justice News)
In 1998, the Florida Department of Education, which oversees the state's juvenile justice education system, awarded a discretionary grant to Florida State University's School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to generate and implement a research-driven...
Increasing Collaboration between Family Courts and Juvenile Justice
Editor's Note: An interview with South Carolina Family Court Judge R. Wright Turbeville is included as a sidebar to this article on pages 118 and 120. On July 3,11-year-old Henry Campbell's mother hauled him into court. Henry was charged with petty...
Innovative Community Partnerships: Kentucky's Statewide Delinquency Prevention Councils. (CT Feature)
Addressing juvenile delinquency through early intervention and prevention is not earth-shattering, nor is it a complicated principle. Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works and What Doesn't, by Richard Mendel, an independent writer,...
Juvenile Corrections in a Changing American Landscape: Understanding How Our Country and the World Are Changing Is Very Important in Anticipating the Trends That Are Shaping Juvenile and Adult Corrections. (Guest Editorial)
The world changes minute by minute. Some changes are hardly noticeable, while others can alter the course of international relations and the world itself. It has been said that 80 percent to 90 percent of what a person must know to be successful in...
Making a Connection: The National Crime Prevention Council Joins Youthful Offenders with Their Communities. (CT Features)
There is little question about it: Most troubled youths have little sense of connection to their communities and do not understand their value as community members or how crime hurts them, as well as their families and friends. On the other hand, youths...
Parents in Prison
Six-year-old "Justin" and his grandmother drive two hours several times each month so Justin can visit his father in the maximum-security prison where he has been confined for much of Justin's life. The prison does not allow physical contact between...
Promoting Community Change for Juvenile Justice: Collaborative Change and Community Partnerships. (CT Feature)
For many years, most of the work addressing community problems focused on treatment. This was due, in part, to a specific focus on the people who were creating the problems and on the forces, such as attitudes and psychopathology, within them that...
Public Perception versus Good Public Policy. (Commentary)
Good public policy is essential for the success of any program or system. It must reflect sound reasoning and be predicated on safety and security to include the clientele being served and the general public. This issue of Corrections Today focuses...
Reclaim Ohio: Building Ohio's Juvenile Justice Infrastructure. (CT Feature)
It was 1992 and the field of juvenile corrections was a bleak business in Ohio. Faced with crowded juvenile institutions and a system that could not appreciate the costs and demands of operating state facilities, the Ohio Department of Youth Services...
Recruiters Race to the Blue Ribbon. (Membership News)
The American Correctional Association (ACA) thanks all members for making its first National Membership Month, "Race to the Blue Ribbon," a success. You did an outstanding job of spreading the news about the benefits of joining ACA. More than 200 people...
Re-Entry at the Point of Entry. (CT Feature)
A frightened youth is ushered into a conference room at the local juvenile detention center. During his dispositional hearing the previous Friday, he was ordered into the custody of the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS). "Hi, Jeremy," says...
Relationships' Role in Female Juvenile Delinquency. (CT Feature)
Female juvenile offenders represent a misunderstood, understudied population within the juvenile justice system. A system that historically has studied the anti-social behavior of adolescent males, the juvenile justice system has been challenged with...
The Core Competency Model Project. (NIC Update)
Correctional trainers preparing and conducting management and leadership programs may encounter the terms "competency" or "competency model" with increasing regularity. Competency models have been a part of the corporate world for nearly 30 years,...
Utah Correctional Association: Uniting Correctional Employees Statewide. (Chapter/Affiliate Spotlight)
The Utah Correctional Association (UCA) is the only professional correctional association in Utah representing all correctional programs. It provides a vehicle for members to network with professionals in all correctional disciplines nationwide. UCA...
Why More Violent Young Offenders? (CT Feature)
The car radio crackled the story unfolding in Littleton, Colo., as I drove away from the teacher training session on youth violence. Back at my hotel, the red light on the phone was blinking. Media from all over the world wanted to know: "Why do they...
Write for Corrections Today 2002
FEBRUARY Corrections Around the World. Correctional practices vary throughout the world. In this issue, we will examine corrections in different countries and regions by looking at diverse correctional systems and programs. Possible topics include:...
Youth Courts: A National Youth Justice Movement. (CT Feature)
Youth courts, also called teen courts, are a rapidly expanding voluntary alternative to the juvenile justice system for young people who have committed their first misdemeanors and/or offenses. Youth courts strive to promote in juveniles feelings of...