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. 73, No. 5, December

141st Congress Attendees Enjoy Warm Kissimmee, Fla
Thousands of corrections professionals attended workshops and meetings, visited the exhibit hall, and networked with colleagues and friends at ACA's 141st Congress of Correction in Kissimmee, Fla. Attendees had access to more than 110 workshops on...
ACA Congratulates Newly Certified and Recertified Professionals
Newly Certified Certified Corrections Executive - CCE Charmaine E, Johnson, prison officer II, Amalgamated Security Services Ltd., Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago Certified Corrections Executive/Juvenile - CCE/JUV DeVere R. Karlson, chief juvenile...
Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Corrections
Mental health services in America are in crisis. This is certainly not new information to the world of corrections. The depth of this crisis continues to grow every year as reported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In a recent report,...
A Seat at the Table: The Need for Collaborative Leadership in Correctional Mental Health
Today's challenges facing the mental health leadership in correctional settings demand a new leaders nip paradigm that collaboratively addresses emerging issues in managing the mentally ill behind bars. Correctional officials are learning that institutional...
Behavior Management Plans Decrease Inmate Self-Injury
Recurrent self-injurious behavior among inmates is one of the most pressing and frequent challenges currently being faced in corrections. The costs are high; self-injurious inmates are at increased risk for loss of limb and life; staff who intervene...
Collaborating for Success in Intragency Correctional Mental Health Reentry
Walter "was 8 years old when he started injecting heroin. By age 11, he was living in a boys ranch, and then was placed in a long-term boys home until he was 18. After a short period on the street, Walter said he" hooked up with my best friend, heroin"...
Confine the Worst and Manage the Rest: Considering a Shift in Criminal Justice Spending
"If we were to take a look at I the entire portfolio of criminal justice, we might rapidly A conclude ... that essentially, we own stock in a company called prison; we never get to see a dividend statement, but every year they send us a really big...
Correctional Workers and Stress: Providing Mental Health Support
A correctional facility is only as strong and secure as its workers. Why, then, does corrections seem to be overlooking questions related to the health of the very people who are responsible for the safety and security of the institution? For example,...
Department of the Navy a New Naval Consolidate in Chesapeake, Va
The Department of the Navy (DON) held a commissioning ceremony for the newly constructed Naval Consolidated Brig, Chesapeake (NAV-CONBRIG), on July 22, 2011, which was attended by representatives from each branch of the Armed Services, the Department...
E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award Citations
Lannette Linthicum Lannette Linthicum, M.D., is nationally recognized for the person-centered, compassionate care she has provided to Texas inmates. As the director for health services of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), Linthicum...
Experience NIC's Blended Leadership Learning for Captains
The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born--that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders...
Forensic Mental Health: Criminal Justice's Second Revolving Door
In a small Appalachian state, a disheveled man named Joe walks up to a woman and robs her because he is hearing voices telling him that the money she has is his. Police officers quickly catch up with Joe, who, believing the officers are there to kill...
Frank W. Abagnale's Story of Crime and Redemption Inspires General Session Attendees
Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank W. Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. While posing...
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren Emphasizes the Importance of Mental Health Courts
"I really consider all of you here in this room to be the 'angels' of corrections," began Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, Broward County Court judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida, as she addressed conference attendees at the H-PIS Special Session...
Mental Health Libraries Manage Stress for Detainees in ICE Custody
The experience of being a non-U.S. citizen detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is inherently stressful due to multiple factors. Deportation often means leaving one's home, parents, siblings,...
Mental Health: Not Just a Program
In an age of aphorisms, the observation that America is fatting when it comes to dealing with the mentally ill has become cliche. Nowhere is that truth more obvious than in corrections, where the "order" of the law and the "disorders" of mental illness...
Reduce Recidivism among Mentally Ill Offenders with Intensive Outpatient Support Programs
On Aug. 24, 1997, retired Seattle firefighter Stanley Stevenson was stabbed to death by Dan Van Ho after attending a baseball game with his family. Sadly, Van Ho was diagnosed previously with schizophrenia and had a history of aggressive, assaultive...
Self-Injurious Behavior in Corrections: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Measuring Success
There is no doubt that self-injurious behaviors appear to be on the rise in the U.S. In the early 1980s, the rate was about 400 per 100,000 citizens. (1) Within two decades, the rate had more than doubled to about 1,000 per 100,000. (2) Individuals...
Setting an Example for Women in Corrections Though Certification
Warden Karen Bryant joined the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) in 1990 as a correctional officer trainee. PPS is the fifth largest urban jail system in the country. It operates six major correctional facilities--the Alternative and Special Detention...
Statement of Ownership
U.S. Postal Service STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND CIRCULATION (required by Section 3685, Title 39, United States Code), (1) Title of Publication: CORRECTIONS TODAY. (2) Publication No.: 019-640. (3) Date of Filing: Sept. 27, 2011. (4) Frequency...
Taking STEPPS to Address Borderline Personality Disorder
Since 2005, the Iowa Department of Corrections has worked with the authors to integrate the Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving (STEPPS) program into the routine care of offenders with borderline personality disorder (BPD)....
Thank You to the Co-Chairs and Host Committee Members for a Job Well Done!
Raul S. Banasco, CPM, CJM, CCE, MPA, criminal justice consultant and professor, Kissimmee, Fla. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ed Beckman, major; Detention Bureau, Pasco County Sheriffs Office, Land O Lakes, Fla. Patrice Bryant, northern regional...
The Importance of Implementation in Corrections
As corrections continues to address the fiscal impact of reduced budgets and increased populations, there is growing recognition for providing evidence-based programming, services and interventions to address the unique needs of offenders. The competition...
The Importance of Libraries in Prisons
A good book is a good friend, teacher and company. The library, which is a center where books and other informational resources are made available for use, can build the emotional, social and spiritual well-being of people who are incarcerated or work...
Using the BASC-2 to Assess Mental Health Needs of Incarcerated Juveniles: Implications for Treatment and Release
Considering the high prevalence and breadth of the mental health needs of incarcerated juveniles, secure-care facility staff must have procedures and tools in place to identify mental health symptoms at the earliest point of an adolescent's contact...
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