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. 67, No. 5, August

ACA Courses Ease Transition from Officer to Supervisor
One of the most difficult career moves is going from the rank and file to management; you must now supervise the individuals who were recently your peers. How do you make this challenging transition? Supervision courses offered by the American Correctional...
Addressing the Challenge of Inmate Rape
With the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003, the spotlight was turned on an issue that had been in the shadows for a long time. Inmate-on-inmate (1) sexual assault has captured media attention and generated considerable controversy....
A Solvable Problem: Reducing the Disproportionality of Youths of Color in Juvenile Detention Facilities
Shortly after the establishment of the first juvenile court in 1899, W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the most significant American thinkers of the 20th century, wrote in his seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk, that "the problem of the 20th century is the...
Breaking the Silence
In a dangerous Chicago neighborhood, two police officers are almost killed when someone opens fire on their squad car, filling the vehicle with bullets. The unprovoked shooting prompts an investigation to pinpoint a perpetrator. A parolee who was at...
California's Experiment with Drug Treatment Generates Sobering Findings
The past few years have witnessed a growing interest in the application of drug treatment to curb the growth in America's prison population. It begins with the well-recognized statistics that large proportions (60 percent to 85 percent) of the incarcerated...
Confronting Recidivism: Inmate Reentry and the Second Chance Act of 2005
Authors' Note: This article is an edited version of written testimony presented to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Government Reform, Oversight Hearing, by Reginald A. Wilkinson on Feb. 2, 2005. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is...
Correctional Facility Tours
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 * 1:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The American Correctional Association invites attendees of the 135th Congress of Correction to observe what happens daily in various correctional facilities in Maryland during ACA's Correctional Facility...
Crossing Borders: Two U.S. Corrections Efforts Offer Aid to Haitian Prison System
For the past 18 months, the National Penitentiary Administration of the Caribbean nation of Haiti has endured the arduous task of rebuilding its correctional system. Around Feb. 29, 2004, all the country's prisons were left empty as a result of political...
E.R. Cass Award: ACA's Highest Honor
The E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award was created in 1962 in honor of Edward R. Cass, who devoted more than 50 years of his life to corrections. Serving as the American Correctional Association's general secretary for 40 consecutive years, Cass...
E. R. Cass Award Banquet-Entertainment
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Renaissance Harborplace by Marriott, Maryland Ballroom Rhythm & Blues Review Starring Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and featuring Maxine Nightingale and The Contours [ILLUSTRATION...
E.R. Cass Correctional Award Reception
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 * 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Renaissance Harborplace by Marriott, Maryland Ballroom Foyer The American Correctional Association (ACA) will celebrate the remarkable achievements and extraordinary accomplishments of two of the...
Grand Prize Giveaway Game
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 12:45 p.m. One Lucky Attendee Will Drive Away In a Shiny New 2005 Jeep Liberty, Courtesy of Our Grand Prize Giveaway Sponsors! [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ACA is giving away a brand new Jeep Liberty during the ever-popular...
How to Start an ACA Criminal Justice Student Chapter at Your School
The American Correctional Association has begun a student chapter program in order to help future practitioners in the field network with current career practitioners, share information about the field and to enhance the educational experience of criminal...
ICCA's Roundtable Examines Reentry and Community Corrections
In his 2004 State of the Union address, President Bush raised the interest in inmate reentry to a new level of intensity when he stated that "America is the land of second chance, and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to...
Improving Corrections through Legislation
Corrections professionals have long grappled with the issues raised for discussion in this edition of Corrections Today. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, looking back on almost three years as director of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice,...
Incarceration as a Failed Policy
Executive Director's Note: In an effort to see other points of view concerning corrections, our profession and public policy involving criminal justice, from time to time, I invite others to use space in this editorial column. This month's comments...
Initial Accreditation Preparation: A Layperson's Guide to Optimizing the Potential for Success
As contemporary corrections professionals continue to face difficult and trying times with acquiring and managing resources, it is increasingly important to limit the stressors that coincide with it. For agencies embarking on the accreditation process,...
Managing Inmate Behavior in Jails
The Jails Division of the National Institute of Corrections now offers a new training program titled Inmate Behavior Management, which focuses on the elements of a comprehensive plan to manage inmate behavior in jails. It is a 44-hour program designed...
Meeting the Distinct Needs of Girls: Progressive, Gender-Specific Design for Girls' Detention
Girls in the juvenile detention and revocation program in Massachusetts are currently housed in a former boys' detention unit in a state mental health facility built in the late 19th century. Little modification has been done since the state's Department...
Mental Health Issues: The Impact of Explosive Growth
Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. Each day, the population grows by 175 people who move into the area (63,802 over the previous year). Clark County is 7,881 square miles and in addition to Las Vegas, also includes the cities...
Monday Night Exhibit Hall Reception: "Summer Block Party"
Monday, August 8, 2005 * 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Attendees are invited into the Exhibit Hall for an evening of socializing and fun as we celebrate life in the multicultural city of Baltimore during ACA's...
On the Consequences of Listening: Hostage Incidents in the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Authors' Note: The opinions expressed are those of the authors only and do not represent the official position or policies of the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Department of Justice. Operational readiness for the inevitable crises that emerge...
Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Cal Ripken Jr
Monday, August 8, 2005 8:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Baltimore Convention Center Baseball great Cal Ripken Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles, is the keynote speaker at the 135th Congress of Correction Opening Session. Hundreds of attendees will benefit...
Our Audiovisual Sponsors Will Send out Messages That Are Bright, Loud and Clear during the 135th Congress of Correction
Attendees will experience razor-sharp images and crisp, invigorating sounds throughout the Congress week, with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, compliments of our audiovisual sponsors, Pinnacle Electronic Systems, Inc. and Turner Construction...
Program of Events: "Building Alliances for a Stronger Voice in Corrections"
The following is a complete listing of the sessions, workshops and major events of the 135th Congress of Correction. Be sure to check your Program Book and Exhibit Guide at the Congress for the room locations and complete descriptions for all events....
Read All the News at the 135th Congress of Correction in Baltimore in the Congress Daily Newspaper!
The Congress Daily newspaper will keep attendees informed of current events and social activities during the 135th Congress of Correction. ACA thanks The GEO Group, Inc., for helping attendees stay on top of the news with this fine publication. ...
Safely Reducing Reliance on Juvenile Detention: A Report from the Field
In the early 1990s, juvenile detention centers across the country were in crisis. Reliance on secure detention, as measured by average daily population, had increased dramatically (see Figure 1) and almost two-thirds of youths admitted to these facilities...
Save Time-Save Money-Gain National Recognition
For more than 125 years, ACA has championed the cause of correctional effectiveness. ACA has worked with every type of correctional facility to meet constitutional requirements and compliance with standards. Why accredit your health services with...
Solicitation of Candidates for the 2006 Election
The ACA Nominating Committee requests that all affiliates, chapters and individual members submit suggested candidates for officers, members of the Board of Governors and Delegate Assembly, and seats on the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections....
Supreme Court Bans Death Penalty for Under-18 Offenders
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the imposition of "cruel and unusual punishment." Either the imposition of a particular sentence, or the conduct of corrections officials in carrying out a sentence, may be challenged under the...
Tenn. Prisons Combat Contraband Cell Phones
More than 200 cell phones have been seized during the past two years in Tennessee prisons, Department of Corrections officials report. Roughly 75 others had been destroyed by prison officials before that. According to The Tennessean, officials worry...
The 2005 National Juvenile Corrections and Detention Administrators' Forum: An Opportunity for Professional Development
The future of the nation's children is at stake. Although statistics show an overall drop in crime in recent years, corrections professionals are facing a drastic increase of the nation's fastest-growing crime problem--juvenile offenders. To wrestle...
The Corrections Certification Program Improves Further with Specialty Areas
A question the American Correctional Association's certification staff is often asked is: "Why so many specialty exam areas; aren't you 'watering down' the certification process?" These types of questions with regard to the specialty certification...
The Evolution of Juvenile Justice: Community-Based Partnerships through Balanced and Restorative Justice
Author's Note: Juvenile Probation services in Lehigh County, Pa., have evolved from the traditional approach of having youths report to the county courthouse to see their probation officer to the present-day operation of school and community-based...
The Second Chance Act of 2005
On April 20, Reps. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Danny Davis, D-Ill., joined with 27 of their colleagues to introduce the House version of the Second Chance Act of 2005, HR 1704. The purpose of the Second Chance Act is to reduce recidivism, increase public...
Tuesday Morning Exhibit Hall Break: "Take Me out to the Ballgame"
Tuesday, August 9, 2005 * 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Baltimore Convention Center, Exhibit Hall The fun and excitement of baseball is coming to the Exhibit Hall. Join us as ACA pays tribute to the great American pastime during the Tuesday Morning Break,...
Two Positions
Orange County Corrections Department Orange County, Fla. With Orange County Corrections, you can secure your future and build your career with the very best--the finest law enforcement, correctional and civilian staff in the nation. You will...
Welcome New Members
SUPPORTING PATRON INDIANA -- Heritage Food Service Equipment Inc. MICHIGAN -- Capital Enterprise PENNSYLVANIA -- McCann School of Business, NORESCO TEXAS -- Teletrust Inc. ORGANIZATIONAL COLORADO -- Larimer County Detention Center...