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. 3, June

2004 Best in the Business Submissions
The following personnel were submitted for Corrections Today's annual Best in the Business issue. Many thanks to the correctional agencies and ACA chapters and affiliates for nominating staff members this year. Alabama ADOC K-9 Tracking Teams;...
Assessing American Indian Suicide Risk: Can Screening Be Culturally Sensitive?
Authors' Note: Points of view expressed in this article do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. When detainees are screened during admission for suicide risk, their culture may make a difference in the...
Boot Camp Instructor Foils Kidnapping
On an afternoon in February 2003, Texas authorities went on the look out for a 4-year-old girl who had been abducted. When an Amber Alert was broadcast, Xavier Garza started pursuing a vehicle he thought fit the description he heard over the radio....
Breaking Down Barriers in Native American Communities
Terrence Schemenauer, corrections field supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections' Division of Community Corrections, began his corrections career in 1991 as a probation and parole agent after working several years as a social worker....
Certification Program Raises Standards for Corrections
Nicholas Demos, a retired U.S. Department of Justice official, heard about the American Correctional Association's Certification Program and e-mailed: "Nearly 20 years ago, I worked on [certification] quite intensively while at [the Department of]...
Changing the Lives of Youths
Barbara Templeton, a community resource supervisor for the West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services, has had a tremendous influence on the way in which courts deal with juvenile offenders in the state's eastern counties. Among other services, the...
Children of Inmates: An Issue for Criminal Justice
An estimated 1.4 million inmates housed in America's state and federal prisons are parents to 1.5 million children. The majority of these children range between the ages of 1 and 10. (1) This number excludes individuals in jails or under some form...
Clinical Director Reverses Deficits and Rejuvenates Department
When Dr. Richard Garden took the helm of the Utah Department of Corrections' Bureau of Clinical Services as the clinical director and medical administrator three years ago, the division was facing a $2 million deficit. But through sound fiscal judgment,...
Controlling the Debate
During the first week of March, the re-election campaign for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney spent $4.5 million in advertising in key battleground states, marking the earliest beginning of a mass media campaign for the presidency. The...
Correctional Facility Tours
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 * 1:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Fascinating Tours to Local Facilities The American Correctional Association invites attendees of the 134th Congress of Correction to observe the day-to-day activities of correctional facilities in...
Correctional Officer and Inmates Rescue Truck Driver from Fiery Collision
Returning from a work detail late in the afternoon last November with five inmates assigned to the Department of Transportation work squad, Correctional Officer Jeffrey Hunnicut of the Marion Correctional Institution in Florida, came upon a fiery wreck...
Correctional Officers Shot at U.N. Detention Center in Kosovo
While the violence in Iraq is getting most of the nation's attention these days, hostility is in no short supply in other hot spots around the world. In Kosovo, a gun battle erupted at a jail in the northern city of Mitrovica after a Jordanian police...
Correctional Sergeant Encourages Giving Back to the Community
About 10 years ago, Sgt. Mark Cowan initiated a fund drive for Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCIH) staff to purchase Christmas gifts for residents at Big Pine Children's Home, which houses up to 14 boys ages 8 to 18 who are victims...
Correctional Services Are Overhauled in England and Wales
After an in-depth review of the way correctional services are delivered in England and Wales, the British government has established the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to use scarce resources more efficiently and to reduce recidivism....
Corrections Calendar
* Correctional Education Association, 59th International Conference, July 4-7, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore. Contact CEA at 1-800-783-1232; or visit www.ceanational.org. * Southern States Correctional Association, Annual Training Conference,...
Corrections Veteran Leads BOP in the Fight against Terrorism
John M. Vanyur was in his office in the Federal Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first hijacked airplane hit the World Trade Center. Learning of the crash, which he assumed was an accident, Vanyur turned...
Correct That Correctional Facility Design: The Benefits of Design Review
"Why didn't they ask me?" This is one of many questions that correctional administrators and staff, from maintenance to food service, frequently ask after a new correctional facility is built and operational. "If only I had been able to review the...
Drug Users Sweat It Out
Authors' Note: The views and opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect an official position of the U.S. government. References to any specific commercial products by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise do not...
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Expecting the Best from Corrections
Serving the public is a noble pursuit but, as we all know, it is also very demanding. Institutions of public service receive tremendous pressure from their leaders, as well as their constituents, to be efficient, successful, accessible, flexible, accountable...
Family Auxiliary Program and Tour
ACA cordially invites family members of registered Congress attendees to experience life in Chicago, Illinois, also known as "The Windy City," by participating in our highly popular Family Auxiliary Program and Tour. Enjoy a variety of program events,...
Finding Cost Savings in Linking Design to Operations
In constructing new and expanded correctional facilities, finding ways to contain building costs is critical. Successful architecture supports key operational issues in corrections such as direct and/or indirect supervision, security and technology,...
Fugitive Recovery Unit Endeavor Captures 59 Felons
During a five-month sweep by the Idaho Department of Correction Fugitive Recovery Unit, 59 wanted felons were located and arrested under the leadership of Ron Mesler and a program called Operation Talon. The program cross-matched outstanding arrest...
Hotel Reservation Information
Attendees of the American Correctional Association's 134th Congress of Correction in Chicago, Illinois can make their hotel reservations online, by telephone, fax or mail by June 24, 2004. ACA wants your conference experience to be a pleasant one from...
New Georgia Facility Successfully Mixes Range of Populations: Be the Solution, Not the Problem
This motto embodies the design the new Gwinnett County Comprehensive Correctional Complex in Georgia is based on. It is the largest county-owned correctional facility in Georgia and one of the few facilities in the country specifically designed to...
New Hampshire Institutes a Strength-Based Perspective
The New Hampshire Division for Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) was created three years ago. Prior to its existence, juvenile justice services were provided by two state agencies; one was responsible for institutional services and the other for community...
Norval Morris
Norval Morris, a professor of law, noted criminologist and advocate for criminal justice reform, died Feb. 21 in Chicago at the age of 80. Morris was an internationally recognized expert in the criminal justice system and prison reform. Most recently,...
Opening Session Keynote Speaker
J.C. WATTS Monday, August 2, 2004 * 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. J.C. Watts, former U.S. Congressman and football hero, will be the keynote speaker at the American Correctional Association's 134th Congress of Correction Opening Session. This extraordinary,...
Reasonable Suspicion Required for Strip-Searches
Since the early 1980s, courts have imposed restrictions on when an arrestee can be strip-searched. (1) These decisions have all reached the same conclusion: An arrestee cannot be strip-searched without "reasonable suspicion" to justify the search....
Serving the Community through Inmates' Work
Inmates who work in the Industrial Compound at Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, La., pride themselves in the contributions they make to the public. Under the leadership of Capt. Craig Laborde, two projects in particular have show-cased...
Supporting a Positive Difference: Alternative Designs for Juvenile Justice Facilities
Juvenile detention's deficiencies in living space, health care, security and control of negative behavior are widely documented. Overcrowding and lack of funding compromise the ability of staff to work effectively with detained youths. Additionally,...
The Best in the Business
Each year, the American Correctional Association publishes the "Best in the Business" issue of Correction Today, which is filled with inspirational and motivational stories of corrections professionals and volunteers from around the country. They are...
Tough Businessman Transforms Ailing Prison Industries
In 1991, state legislators told Arizona Department of Corrections officials they had one year to transform the agency's taxpayer-supported Arizona Correctional Industries, which had been "hemorrhaging" millions of dollars during the previous decade,...
Turning a Job into a Successful Career
With expertise in the dental field, Joan Palmateer never intended to make a career out of corrections when she first moved to Oregon and joined the Department of Corrections as a correctional officer 24 years ago. In fact, she almost quit a few times....
Volunteer Brings Puppies and Smiles to Inmates
There is something different about the North Central Correctional Facility in Iowa. Since Carol Kirkbride arrived with her first minivan full of 7-week-old puppies nearly three years ago, the mood among inmates and staff alike has changed significantly...
Welcome New Members
ORGANIZATIONAL COLORADO -- Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, Garfield County FLORIDA -- Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office LOUISIANA -- American Resource Technicians, The Spirit of Freedom Ministries MASSACHUSETTS -- Aqualine Resources Inc....