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. 60, No. 2, April

ACA Bestows Five Awards in San Antonio
At its Winter Conference in San Antonio in January, ACA resented the following five awards: the Medal of Valor Award, the Community Service Award, the Peter P. Lejins Research Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Journalism...
APPA President Outlines Future
Change of leadership is a time to affirm and articulate an organization s vision, goals and objectives. In August 1997, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) elected Dr. Mario A. Paparozzi, assistant commissioner, Department of Corrections,...
Assessing Correctional Health Care
Correctional populations reflect and magnify society's problems. Correctional health care is no exception. Poverty, dysfunctional family life, unemployment, lack of education, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect are recognized as...
Beyond Telemedicine: Ohio Expands Its Use of Videoconferencing Technologies
Ohio Expands Its Use of Videoconferencing Technologies Technology has expanded the communications canvas to an almost unfathomable range. Who could have imagined that Alexander Graham Bell's tinny message, "Watson, come here, I need you," presaged such...
'Can-Do' Attitude Earns Accolades
Michael Kemna, superintendent of the maximum security Crossroads Correctional Center (CRCC) in Cameron, Mo., was responsible for opening not just one but two major correctional facilities. Before tackling CRCC, he opened and was superintendent of the...
Changing Paradigms in Correctional Mental Health Care: Georgia DOC Meets the Challenges of the New Managed Care
Managed care is dead. Long live managed care. The traditional figure of the Rockwellian country doctor single-handedly managing the care of generations of Americans is no longer part of our way of life. Advances in science and technology have promoted...
Communication Is Key to Success
Editor's note: The following is an edited version of the Closing Breakfast keynote address delivered by Gwendolyn C. Chunn, director of the Division of Youth Services, North Carolina Department of Human Resources, on Jan. 21, 1998. A lot has happened...
Conference Workshops Explore a Variety of Correctional Issues
Attendees of the 1998 ACA Winter Conference in San Antonio were treated to a plethora of workshops and seminars on topics from health care to the death penalty. Below are highlights from a few of those workshops. Managed Care and Preventive Medicine...
Elder Care: Louisiana Initiates Program to Meet Needs of Aging Inmate Population
In Louisiana, an inmate sentenced to life in prison is likely to die there, unless a court intervenes or the sentence is commuted by joint action of the board of pardons and the governor. There are 3,014 inmates with life sentences and approximately...
Hawaii Criminal Justice Association Produces 'A Lot of Positive Vibrations.'
Don't call it a comeback. After years of inactivity, the Hawaii Corrections Association (FICA) has given rise to the Hawaii Criminal Justice Association OtCJA). The new name represents more than just a temporal update, though; it reflects the association's...
HIV and TB in Prison
Increasing Incidence of Infectious Diseases Calls for Aggressive Plan of Action In addition to the already daunting problems posed by crowding and fiscal stringency, today's correctional administrators and health care professionals must deal, with an...
Intervening among the Invisible Population: The CDC Examines Correctional Health Care
Approximately 1.7 million people are housed in correctional facilities in the United States, many of whom have numerous health problems. Our nation s criminal justice system is in real danger of facing a public health crisis as a result of excessive...
Making the Case for Bioethics in Corrections: Formal Programs or Policies Can Alleviate Pressure on Correctional Health Care Workers
J.W. is an HIV-positive inmate whose illness is progressing steadily. The infetious disease consultant recommends an expensive "cocktail of mediciens that are now J.W.'s only hope of survival. The warden warns that the prison cannot afford this treatment...
McCollum Outlines Legislative Initiatives
Editor's Note: The following is an edited version of the Opening Session Keynote address delivered by Rep. William McCollum (R-Fla.), chair of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, on Jan. 19, 1998. Crime has been down for a number...
Medical Emergency! One Nurse Looks Back on the Headingley Riot and Evaluates What Could Have Been Done Differently
"The inmates are rioting, and we've lost the jail. Can you come?" It was a call out of a nightmare. For a correctional nurse, it was also the ultimate professional challenge. The call came about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. 1996. The jail was Headingley...
Meeting the Challenges of Juvenile Health Care
The health care needs and status of incarcerated youths have received limited public policy and programmatic attention. But with the rising number of children and adolescents involved in both the adult and juvenile justice systems, their health problems...
Memorializing America's Tragedy: Community Leaders Unite to Remember Victims of Oklahoma Bombing
Community Leaders Unite to Remember Victims of Oklahoma Bombing Like most corrections professionals, I am involved in several civic and community affairs. One such activity has been Starting Right!, a partnership organized for the prevention of alcohol...
President Wilkinson Pays Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Editor's Note: ACA President Reginald Wilkinson paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Opening Session of ACA's Winter Conference, Jan. 19, 1998. It is an honor for me to deliver ACA's tribute to one of our country's heroes: the Rev....
Preventing the Spread of Hepatitis B: Correctional Facilities Offer Opportunity to Vaccinate At-Risk Juveniles and Adults
Correctional Facilities Offer Opportunity to Vaccinate At-Risk Juveniles and Adults The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is one of the most prolific infectious diseases of our time, striking an estimated one out of every 20 Americans. A blood-borne pathogen,...
Prison Educators Travel N.C.'S Information Highway
In the wake of new communication technology, North Carolina prison educators are reaching more inmate students than ever before. Now, offenders throughout the state can actively participate in classes live via the North Carolina information highway....
Reflections on Leaving the Penitentiary
By training, I am both a child psychologist and a forensic psychologist. Through my work in these specialties, I have conducted evaluations on abuse and neglect, custody determinations, divorce mediation, trauma assessment and play therapy. I also have...
Staff Health and Wellness: Protecting the Health of Correctional Employees Is a Long-Term Endeavor
Protecting the Health Of Correctional Employees Is a Long-Term Endeavor The deaths of several inmates and a correctional officer from multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis in 1991 convinced the New York Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) to implement...
Standing Up for Education: New CEA Study Seeks to Definitively Show Correlation between Education and Reduced Recidivism
New CEA Study Seeks To Definitively Show Correlation Between Education and Reduced Recidivism Program accountability and the accompanying research have become a necessity in the correctional education field. As budget pressures in corrections grow and...
Tattooing & Body Piercing: Examining the Public Health Implications of These Risky Behaviors
Examining the Public Health Implications of These Risky Behaviors Tattooing and body piercing have emerged as popular practices among teens and young adults in the general population. Both practices are legal activities, though largely unregulated by...
Voting Is a Privilege
It is again time to cast your vote. Not in your local, state, provincial or national elections, but in another important contest - ACA's 1998 elections. Shortly, you will be receiving information about the candidates for ACA's Executive Committee, Board...
Winter Conference Attendees Network for Success
More than 3,400 corrections professionals from the United States and around the world gathered in San Antonio in January for the American Correctional Association's Winter Conference. Focusing on the theme, "Developing a Network for Success," the conference...