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. 61, No. 5, August

American Correctional Association Standards: Shaping the Future of Corrections
Editor's note: The following article originally appeared in the Correctional Accreditation Association of Ohio's newsletter, CAAO Beacon, Volume 1, Issue 1. Are standards regarding unit management in prisons too inflexible? How should victims' issues...
Applying Correctional Intelligence to Law Enforcement Investigations
The traditional motivating factors a correctional agency uses to form gang intelligence units typically are related to incidents of "gang-motivated" disruptive behavior within its facilities. However, what if no documented history of gang violence...
Can Tolerance Be Taught?
The typical hate crime offender is a first-time offender, or "a teen-ager who goes out Saturday night looking for someone to bash," says Jack Levin, author of Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed. He estimates that no more than 5 percent...
Civil Rights Lawyers Organize a National Response to Hate Crime
BIAS VIOLENCE IS SEVERELY UNDERREPORTED BY VICTIMS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE OF THE LAW, DISTRUST AND FEAR OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, AND LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL BARRIERS. In 1963, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Inc. was...
Courts Decide on Unconstitutional Confinement and Family Visitation
Craig v. Eberly, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 1998 In this Colorado case, Bobby Woods Craig Jr. claimed that he was subjected to unconstitutional conditions of confinement while incarcerated at the Otero County Jail. Specifically, he alleged...
Effective Strategies for Managing Litigation and Working with Attorneys General Offices
One of the pressing problems confronting adult and juvenile correctional departments is the effective management of a burgeoning litigation caseload that encompasses everything from systemwide class action conditions of confinement lawsuits to simple...
Hate Crime: Not New, but Still Alarming
The hate crime problem is not new; it is not unique to the United States. However, that does not make it less of a concern to those of us in the correction profession. I am troubled that hate crime is the topic of this issue of Corrections Today....
Hate Crimes: State and Federal Response to Bias-Motivated Violence
Chained to the back of a pickup truck by the ankles and dragged to death - One man's life ended in a heinous murder and the public's conscience awoke to the horrifying headlines describing the mutilated remains of a black man scattered along a road....
Integrity at Its Finest
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This certainly is true in Greg Polzin's case. Corrections was an integral part of his early years - His father retired as assistant superintendent of the Gordon Correctional Center in Gordon, Wis., after 27...
Learning Not to Hate
Although the targeted groups may change, hatred and its consequences do not. Individuals are not born prejudiced. Instead, prejudice is a learned emotion and behavior. Thus, it can be learned. What is it that makes people hate? For centuries, the...
Lone Star State Doesn't Go It Alone
In Texas, everything is bigger. Take the Texas Correctional Association (TCA), for example. According to Executive Director Roy Bohrer, "TCA is the only professional corrections group in Texas that encompasses everyone who is working in or connected...
New Technologies Protect Officers and Inmates
Imagine being able to subdue an inmate by lighting up a cell with bright green lasers from a handheld flashlight. Picture yourself temporarily disabling an inmate with an electric shock from 30 feet away, or firing a projectile that combines the sting...
Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement Forms Partnership
The Office of Correctional Job Training and Placement (OCJTP) was created within the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in March 1995. From the start, OCJTP has sought to advance the skills of those who help offenders find, obtain and retain employment....
One Hundred Years of Conditional Release in Canada
In the June 1999 edition of the Atlantic Monthly, Sasha Abramsky's article, "When They Get Out," discusses the problem of releasing large numbers of offenders from U.S. prisons. The author examines how prisons produce crime by creating more hostile...
Poisoning the Web: Hatred Online
Editor's Note: The following is reprinted verbatim from Poisoning the Web: Hatred Online with permission from the Anti-Defamation League, 1999. INTRODUCTION The tragic and horrifying events that unfolded on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado...
Stop the Hate: Massachusetts Task Force Creates Student Civil Rights Project to Combat Problem
Massachusetts Task Force Creates Student Civil Rights Project to Combat Problem Hate crimes create fear, mistrust and hostility among society members. They occur in communities worldwide and no one is exempt from them. However, society must remain...
The 2000 Crime Bill: The Starting Points
The 1994 Crime Act is up for reauthorization by Congress in 2000. The debate on this important topic has already begun with Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats and the Clinton administration, all promoting their own versions of what the reauthorization...
Understanding and Responding to Youth Gangs: A Juvenile Corrections Approach
During the past two decades, the United States has seen the youth gang problem grow at an alarming rate. According to the National Youth Gang Center, the number of cities with youth gang problems has increased from an estimated 286 with more than 2,000...