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. 56, No. 6, October

Arkansas Correctional Industries Teams Up with Athletic Association
In 1986, the National Federation of State High School Associations set out to make pole vaulting a safer sport in high schools. Its stricter standards for pole vault pits included a mandate for larger landing pads. This seemingly simple requirement--larger...
Children Need to Unlearn Violent Behavior
Editor's note: The following is an edited version of Howard Spivak's General Session address. Members may obtain complete copies of his speech by contacting Corrections Today, 8025 Laurel Lakes Court, Laurel, MD 20707-5075; (301) 206-5051. It really...
Conference Informs Lawmakers about Benefits of Work Programs
The corrections field has long been criticized for being reactive in dealing with major issues and problems. The Massachusetts Department of Correction is responding to his criticism by taking a proactive approach to building support for its Correctional...
Correctional Industries Helps Solve Hawaii's Labor Shortage
The recent downturn in tourism, Hawaii' s main revenue source, has resulted in no-growth budgets for state agencies. Even though crowding in Hawaii's jails and prisons is a growing problem, the state's Department of Public Safety has been asked to deal...
Debunking the Demonology of Crime
Editor's note: The following is an edited version of Perry M. Johnson's final presidential address. Members may obtain complete copies of the speech by contacting Corrections Today, 8025 Laurel Lakes Court, Laurel, MD 20707-5075; (301) 206-5051. During...
Experts Tackle the Perceptions and Realities of Violence
In today's society, the church and strong family values need to be reintroduced to American households. In general, this is one view panelists at ACA's Closing Plenary Session Aug. 11 agreed on. Five corrections experts debated issues surrounding the...
Exploding Myths about Correctional Industries
We in correctional industries are proud of what we do. We're aware of the critical role that correctional industries plays in today's correctional system. The goal of all correctional industries programs is to assist inmates who want to acquire job skills...
Industrial Training Program Offers Education, Experience to Kansas Inmates
Many years ago, corrections experts recognized the need to link vocational training, education and work experience to provide inmates with skills that would help them find jobs upon release. The result was the national Training, Industry and Education...
Jails Overcome Limitations to Succeed in Correctional Industries
Increasingly, jail managers are turning to a traditional activity--work--as a solution to inmate idleness and budget problems. For most people, the term "jail industries" evokes images of manufacturing and other production-oriented work activities....
Joint Venture Program Benefits Inmates, Employers
Jerry gets up at 5:30 a.m., takes a shower, shaves, brushes his teeth and gets ready for work. He puts on his new T-shirt given to him by the vice president of a Fortune 500 company for having over 95 percent quality acceptance for the month. After breakfast,...
New York Program Succeeding in Today's Competitive Climate
Correctional industries has its roots in New York state where inmates at the Auburn prison in Auburn were turning out a variety of products in the early 19th century. Eventually, operations expanded to Sing Sing prison in Ossining and Clinton prison...
Quality Practices Can Work in Correctional Industries
Over the last decade, correctional industries programs have tried to provide meaningful work experience to inmates by mirroring the business practices of private corporations. These practices include a full work day, the authority to hire and fire, and...
Reaching out to Critics Will Enhance Success of Inmate Work Programs
Over the past 10 years there has been a substantial shift in public perception of correctional industries. In the past, people thought inmates employed in correctional industries either made license plates or folded laundry. Today, people are learning...