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. 65, No. 4, July

A Changing Reality
One can look at the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security or the war in Iraq as signs that America has changed. One can recall the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, and wonder if America can ever return to how it was before this tragic...
Alberta Program Opens Communication between Communities and Young Offenders
Alberta, Canada, has facilitated a unique response to youth crime that exceeds a legal response using youth justice committees (YJCs), which provide community members valuable opportunities to become more directly involved in addressing the issues...
Assessment and Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders
This is the second of three articles focusing on the sessions that were presented during the Workshop on the Management of Dangerous Sex Offenders organized by the National Probation Service for England and Wales in collaboration with the Conference...
Biometrics in Corrections: Current and Future Deployment
In the February 2001 special issue of Technology Review magazine, the editors chose 10 emerging areas of technology that they believed would have a profound impact on the way individuals live and work. Biometrics was one of them. (1) [ILLUSTRATION...
Blood Work Tainted by Former Police Chemist
A former Baltimore County, Md., police chemist is under fire after acknowledging that she did not understand the science of her forensic tests and that her blood work in a deathpenalty case was "worthless," court papers show. The Baltimore Sun reports...
Bob Woodward
Monday, August 11, 2003 * 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Delta Ballroom A An American icon and award-winning journalist, Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and famous investigative...
Bush Proposal to Expand DNA Database
DNA profiles from juvenile offenders and from adults who have been arrested but not convicted would be added to the FBI's national DNA database under a Bush administration proposal, reports USA Today. Under current law, only DNA from adults convicted...
California's Technology Committee: A Recipe for Success
The mission of the California Department of Corrections is to incarcerate the most serious criminal offenders in a secure, safe, humane and disciplined institutional setting that meets the standards of California law. The task of providing inmates...
Congratulations to Newly Certified Corrections Professionals
On May 10, 2003, and May 18, 2003, 33 candidates for the Corrections Certificate took their examinations at both the Correctional Accreditation Mangers Association conference in New Orleans and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents...
Correctional Facility Tours
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 * 1:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The Correctional Facility Tours Program, coordinated by the Tennessee Host Committee, provides attendees the opportunity to tour local jails at Federal, State, and County correctional facilities around...
Developing a Vulnerability-Assessment Process for Corrections
There are two central principles of sound correctional management. First, administrators must have security and control or nothing else is going to matter. Second, they must ensure the custody and safekeeping of persons committed to institutional confinement...
DNA Samples Prove to Be Effective in Solving Crimes
In the past, Virginia police officers had to rely on hard work, fingerprints, witnesses and other standard crime scene clues to solve cases. In 1989, Virginia became the first state in the nation to begin testing and cataloguing DNA evidence of those...
E.R. Cass Award Banquet Reception & Banquet Entertainment Sponsors
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. * Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center * Delta Ballroom Join ACA's leadership, honored guests, and others as the evening begins with an elegant reception at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August...
Family Auxiliary Program and Tour
ACA's 133rd Congress of Correction is an event the entire family can enjoy. We encourage family members of registered Congress attendees to experience the music, fun and down-home excitement of Nashville, Tennessee, also known as "Music City, U.S.A.,"...
Following the 133rd Congress of Correction, Stay Longer and See What Nashville Has to Offer
Nashville, Tennessee, "Music City, U.S.A.," will host the American Correctional Association's 133rd Congress of Correction, August 9-14, 2003, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. While at ACA's 133rd Congress, exhibitors and attendees...
Grand Prize Giveaway Game
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 12:45 p.m. ACA extends a special thank you to its Grand Prize Giveaway Game sponsors for making someone an instant winner! Imagine how good it will feel to hear some good ol' country music and other hit tunes on...
Hassle-Free Travel Arrangements
AIRLINE For your absolute convenience and comfort, ACA has arranged top-of-the-line air and ground transportation at affordable rates and will provide attendees of the 133rd Congress of Correction the best service available. So don't waste time...
Hotel Reservation Information
RESERVE BY JULY 11, 2003 Attendees of the American Correctional Association's 133rd Congress of Correction in Nashville, Tennessee can make their hotel reservations online, by telephone, fax or mail by July 11, 2003. ACA wants your conference experience...
Managing High-Risk Offenders in Prison Dormitory Settings
Almost every correctional facility across the country, be it local or state, has been faced with the problem of insufficient bed space at one time or another. For some of those facilities, there is an even larger problem--dormitory housing. Developed...
Massachusetts' Inmate Management Systems: Information Sharing Made Easy
Corrections professionals live in a technological age, at a time of great opportunities and unprecedented challenges. This demands that commissioners, superintendents and other operations managers in the profession engage new technologies and their...
Minnesota Implements Controlled Access Tracking System
In recent years, a number of changes have made it increasingly difficult for the Minnesota Department of Corrections to quickly track the movement of the 3,500 staff and contractors. The proliferation of prison partnerships with private industry and...
Monday Night Exhibit Hall Reception
Monday, August 11, 2003 * 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Exhibit Hall "CHILLI PEPPER--A HOT NIGHT!" It's going to be a hot time in good ol' Nashville as ACA is cooking up something that will add spice to...
National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies Celebrates 100 Years
The National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Although the organization did not officially meet until 1904, the early members had their conceptual meeting at the National Conference of Charities...
New Jersey Jail Benefits from Emergency Evacuation Excercise
According to American Correctional Association standards, emergency evacuation plans are required for correctional facilities, and the exercises must be conducted on a quarterly basis, on every shift and in every section, including the administrative...
Outcome Measures Explained
The next several paragraphs are going to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about outcome measures--one of the most confusing aspects of the American Correctional Association's new performance-based standards. The outcome measures...
Paying Tribute to Fallen Heroes
It was a perfect spring day--despite early-morning dire predictions of rain--as National Correctional Officers Week kicked off on May 3 with the 12th annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring fallen officers. The event is held each year at Judiciary Square...
Prison and Jail Law Libraries: Where Do We Go from Here?
Correctional administrators have battled for decades on how to uphold an inmate's constitutional right to access the courts while, at the same time, being fiscally efficient in providing access to some type of law library service. Traditionally, the...
Product Category Index
ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS 125, 126 ACOUSTICAL PANELS/NOISE CONTROL 126, 127 ADMISSION/HYGIENE KITS 127 ALCOHOL/BREATH ANALYZERS 128 AMMUNITION...
Providing the Help Needed to Activate Juvenile Facilities
An increasing number of juvenile justice officials find themselves involved in the planning and design of new or renovated juvenile facilities. Although this is an excellent opportunity to set policy and positively influence juvenile offenders for...
Recent Supreme Court Decisions Will Have Impact on Corrections
This past spring, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions that will have a dramatic impact on federal, state and local correctional policies. The first opinion challenged the constitutionality of three-strikes laws, while the second examined...
Renovating Historic Structures: Seismic Retrofits at Folsom and San Quentin State Prisons
During the past decade, California has undertaken a comprehensive program to evaluate its buildings for their ability to withstand earthquakes and to retrofit them to meet upgraded seismic codes. The program covers all state-owned buildings, which...
Saving Funds on Correctional Telephone Systems
In the business of corrections, security and safety are always concerns. However, one of the most frequently used security and safety devices is overlooked as a way to save money. Telephones are used daily to communicate security and safety problems...
Security and Technology-New Challenges, Creative Solutions
Care and custody, public safety, security--these are all terms corrections professionals have always lived by. But in today's post-Sept. 11 world, security has taken on a new and even more serious connotation. The glaring recognition of the potential...
Security Review Committee Helps Florida DOC Make Sound Technology Decisions
I recall vividly in the 1960s going to the prison "camps" at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss., and having the "trusty guards" (a minimum-custody inmate who carried a state-issued weapon and guarded other inmates) shuttle down the...
Shame and the Adolescent
American culture has the language of shame woven into its fabric. Shame is that part of the communication that gives the message, "There is some thing wrong with you." Without realizing what they do, people often cut adolescents to the quick with just...
Slippery Slopes on the Banks of the DNA Data Stream
Virginia's new DNA law was born on the campaign trail for attorney general in 2001. Seeking to add substance to his tough-on-crime rhetoric, the conservative Republican candidate proposed a new law to take and store DNA samples from everyone upon arrest...
Teaching Inmates the Art of Motherhood
As nursery coordinator at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York, Neb., Renee Uldrich has served as a teacher, unit supervisor, Lamaze coach, counselor and overall backbone of the Nursery and Parenting Program during the past eight years....
Thank You
Thanks for sharing the benefits of American Correctional Association membership with your colleagues. ACA works tirelessly to raise the level of professionalism for those who work in the corrections field. It is always good to know members believe...
The BOP's Videoconferencing Network: A Cost-Effective Way of Doing Business
The rapid growth of the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been driving the push to be innovative and explore alternative technologies that allow the agency to use resources more effectively to expand services. In conjunction with the increasing inmate...
The Importance of Information Sharing among Agencies
The criminal justice community has long recognized both the need and importance of having the capability to exchange information among criminal justice agencies. The inability of states and localities to communicate and exchange data has long posed...
Tuesday Morning Exhibit Hall Break
August 12, 2003 * 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Exhibit Hall [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you're into foot-stomping, knee-slapping fun in Nashville, then the Exhibit Hall is the place for you during the...
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