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. 66, No. 7, December

ACA Health Care Accreditation
Save Time * Save Money * Gain National Recognition For more than 125 years, the American Correctional Association has championed the cause of correctional effectiveness because we in corrections have a responsibility to protect from harm those who...
A Correctional Journal: An Optimistic Choice
I grew up with a couple of correctional employees for neighbors and family friends. They have worked for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) for more than 20 years, and though they tried their best to discourage me from following them into a career...
Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker: General Anthony Zinni
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. * Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Phoenix Civic Plaza Retired General Anthony Zinni, formerly the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command, and one of the most respected and outspoken military leaders of the past...
Annual Luncheon Meal Sponsors
Guests will enjoy a hearty, delicious meal and a golden opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences during the American Correctional Association's Annual Luncheon from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza....
Applying the Principles of Effective Intervention to Juvenile Correctional Programs
In 1989, Gendreau and Andrews developed the Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI). This tool is designed to evaluate the integrity of a correctional program to determine the degree to which it meets certain principles. Over the years, the...
Assessing Drug Abuse Programs: Benefits from Partnering with Researchers
Authors' Note: Points of view expressed in this article do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. More and more, policy-makers are persuaded by data-driven results. Questions about a program's performance...
Audiovisual Sponsors
Amazing Audio and Video Effects Will Sharpen Your Conference Experience! At the American Correctional Association's 2005 Winter Conference, attendees will receive enhanced sounds and visual effects during a week's worth of scheduled events, workshops...
Canada's Circles of Support and Accountability: A Community Justice Initiative for High-Risk Sex Offenders
Picture the following scenario: The local newspaper has a front-page story about Tom, a repeat child molester who has just been released from prison after serving his entire sentence because he had been denied parole. Tom's crimes and the plight of...
Carving Pathways from Incarceration to Community Life
In a black and white world, inmates commit a crime, serve their sentences and move on with their lives. But in a world of orange jumpsuits and gray jail bars, the transition back to normal life can be trying. Fortunately for ex-offenders, people like...
Closing Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Michael J. Durant
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 * 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Hyatt Regency Phoenix Best-selling author Michael J. Durant, CW4, U.S. Army (ret.), will share his experience as a military hero and the harrowing details of the military operation that inspired...
Correctional Administrators' Attitudes: Making a Difference in Correctional Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
In a post-9/11 world, domestic and international intelligence have become the cornerstone of U.S.homeland security. America's law enforcement community and the correctional community have been faced with the challenge of working together and sharing...
Correctional Facility Tours
FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES IN ARIZONA'S CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES! 2005 Winter Conference attendees are invited to observe the day-to-day operations of Arizona correctional facilities by participating in the American Correctional Association's...
Court Intervention Ends for D.C. DOC
With the termination of the Women Prisoners of DC v. District of Columbia class-action lawsuit in September, the District of Columbia Department of Corrections ended 33 years of court oversight and court orders, the mayor's office announced. U.S. Court...
Detention and the War on Terrorism: How Far Can the Government Go?
In 2004, America's "war on terrorism" clashed with the U.S. Constitution as the federal government sought to detain suspected terrorists and deny them access to both attorneys and the courts. In three historic cases, the U.S. Supreme Court examined...
Developing Restorative Justice in China
Feb. 12, 2001, was a special date. It was the start of the fourth annual Symposium of China Ministry in Pasadena, Calif., which provided participants the opportunity to meet with Chinese delegates and to better understand the current social situation...
Eleventh U.N. Crime Congress to Bring Global Community Together
Americans pride themselves on being independent and self-sufficient. George Washington used his presidential farewell address to warn Americans of the dangers of "foreign alliances, attachments and intrigues." Later in U.S. history, the Monroe Doctrine...
Embracing Differences
As executive director of the American Correctional Association. I have been fortunate enough to travel the country and the world. I have met thousands of people who made the choice to work in corrections and have developed friendships with people from...
Family Auxiliary Program and Tour
Give your family a break from winter weather by taking them along when you attend the 2005 Winter Conference. While you learn about the newest and best of corrections, they will have the opportunity to enjoy the Conference and Phoenix, Arizona with...
Foreign Nationals Are Entitled to Consular Notification and Access
During the past several years, the National Institute of Corrections has worked with the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State to inform corrections professionals about consular notification and access. These are instructions for...
From Despair to Renewal: Rebuilding Belize Central Prison
From as many as a dozen inmates crammed into a single cell, most of them sleeping without bedding on wet concrete floors, to two-man cells with a bed, sheet, pillow and blanket for every inmate. From slop stirred with a shovel and delivered to hapless...
Grand Prize Giveaway Game
Phoenix Civic Plaza, Exhibit Hall Tuesday, January 11, 2005-3:45 p.m. BRING YEAR-ROUND FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT TO YOUR HOME! BE THE WINNER OF AN EXCITING RECREATIONAL ROOM! Have you ever dreamed of enjoying a recreational room in your own home?...
Hotel Reservation Information
Reserve by December 8, 2004 Attendees of the American Correctional Association's 2005 Winter Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, can make their hotel reservations online, by fax or mail by December 8, 2004. ACA wants your Conference experience to be...
Improving Conditions of Confinement through ACA Accreditation
Graphic accounts of the most horrendous crimes parade across the headlines and scroll continuously on TV screens in homes across the country. The media create an unshakable fear of victimization among the public and imply that the government should...
Juries Are Imposing Fewer Death Sentences
U.S. juries imposed far fewer death sentences in each of the past four years than they did on average during the previous decade, according to a report released by the Death Penalty Information Center. The center attributes the decline largely to growing...
Leadership Development-Meeting the Needs of the Future
In an effort to expand training programs and services to better meet the needs of corrections personnel, the American Correctional Association's Professional Development Department will be embarking on a new venture. This undertaking is precipitated...
Let Phoenix Be Your Oasis While Searching for "Golden Opportunities"
Phoenix, Arizona--January 8-12, 2005 Escape the chill of winter and join your fellow correctional professionals in a paradise of moderate temperatures, sunny skies and breathtaking vistas for the American Correctional Association's (ACA) 2005 Winter...
More States Now Billing Inmates
To help cover the costs of incarceration, correctional officers and politicians are more frequently billing inmates for their room and board, an idea popular with voters, reported The New York Times. Although the idea is not new, the tightening of...
NLEOMF Officer of the Month Program Recognizes Distinguished Law Enforcement Professionals
Recognizing that not all heroes are called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice, in September 1996, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) established the Officer of the Month program. Each month, the Memorial Fund recognizes a...
Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Bernard B. Kerik
Monday, January 10, 2005 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. * Phoenix Civic Plaza Former Police Commissioner of the New York Police Department Bernard B. Kerik will be the Keynote Speaker at the American Correctional Association's 2005 Winter Conference Opening...
Outcome-Based Health Care Accreditation: Management Tool of the Future
In the past, correctional management was based solely upon observation and the comparison of processes. Today, however, there is a new tool available that enables the manager of a facility to make data-driven decisions and note the results of those...
Outcome Measures: An Excellent Management Tool in Corrections
Corrections professionals have been perceived as a staid and unwavering group. This means, presumably, that they are not the first to try the new, nor the last to throw out the old. Nowhere is that old perception more apparent than in the adoption...
Patterns of Thinking
Eduard de Bono, an expert in creativity, says that the human brain can only deal with so much data at a time. It is constantly filtering out irrelevant information so that it can focus on what is important at the moment. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Playrooms in Prison: Helping Offenders Connect with Their Children
Authors' Note: Names of the offenders and their children in this article have been changed to protect their identities. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As a male inmate of the Lakes Region Facility in Laconia, N.H., was walking his 4-year-old daughter...
Preparing for the Accreditation Hearing
All too frequently, agencies involved in the accreditation process feel that once the accreditation audit team has left the agency, the process is over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC)...
President of National Association of Probation Executives Begins First Term
At the July 2004 National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE) meeting in Orlando, Fla., held in conjunction with the Annual Training Institute of the American Probation and Parole Association, Cherie Townsend assumed the position of president...
Quality Improvement in Juvenile Corrections: An Opportunity That Benefits Staff and Clients
Customer focus, process optimization, leadership, and knowledgeable and collaborative management are the principles of quality improvement. Applying these principles within the juvenile correctional system is an innovation that benefits both staff...
Restorative Conferencing in Belgium: Can It Decrease the Confinement of Young Offenders?
From November 2000 to October 2003, a pilot project ran in five youth court districts in the Flemish part of Belgium that explored the potential of restorative conferencing with serious youth offending in the Belgian juvenile justice system. The following...
Restorative Justice: A Paradigm Shift in the Thai Criminal Justice System
In recent years, Thailand's criminal justice system has just begun to warm to the idea of restorative justice. Once accepted by the government, the concept was introduced to the whole of Thai society as a resolution to address the crisis of overcrowded...
South African Constitutional Court Rules on Inmates' Right to Vote
"A government that restricts the franchise to a select portion of citizens is a government that weakens its ability to function as the legitimate representative of the excluded citizens, jeopardizes its claims to representative democracy, and erodes...
The Koror Jail: Cultivating a Community within a Prison
The only correctional facility in the Republic of Palau, the Koror Jail, has undergone significant changes in the past three and half years. This is evidenced by a 75 percent reduction in escapes, a significant decrease in contraband smuggled into...
The Use and Abuse of Prison around the World
Throughout the world, there are nearly 9 million people in prison, (1) with almost half of them in three countries: China, Russia and the United States. The rate at which countries make use of prison varies widely across the world and sometimes within...
Tuesday Morning Exhibit Hall Specialty Break: "Southwest Sunrise"
at the Desert Cactus Cafe Phoenix Civic Plaza, Exhibit Hall Tuesday, January 11, 2005 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Attendees will wake up to the smell of a hearty breakfast and take in a beautiful sunrise of the southwest sky as they experience...
Welcome New Members
SUPPORTING PATRON ARIZONA -- The Dial Corp., Merry Carnell Schlecht Inc. FLORIDA -- Direct Access International, Protective Products International GEORGIA -- Cen-Signal ILLINOIS -- Single Source Inc. NORTH CAROLINA -- Mary Frances Center...
Winds of Change: Democratic Reform in the Polish Prison System
During early July 2004, a delegation of criminal justice students and professors from both Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., embarked on an in-depth study of the Polish criminal...