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. 7, December

$6.2 Million Given to Help Victims
In order to help children and families that have fell victim to violence, the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) said in a press release that $6.2 million in awards will be given to 15 communities. This will include victims who...
ACA Launches First Nurse-Specific Certification Examination for Professionals in the Correctional Work Force
The American Correctional Association's Professional Development department offers a variety of educational opportunities. One of the most valuable programs is the Corrections Certification Program. The certification exam is offered at four different...
A Get Sponsors Will Provide You with a Medley of Ideas!
Corporate Sponsors The American Correctional Association considers it an honor and a privilege to acknowledge its many Corporate Sponsors for their generosity and unwavering support of the 2006 Winter Conference. HDR Offices Nationwide ...
Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Ben Nighthorse Campbell Tuesday, January 31, 2006 * 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Ben Nighthorse Campbell, former Republican U.S. Senator from Colorado, will be the keynote speaker at the American Correction...
A Renewed Focus on Mission and Vision: Maryland's Strategy for Creating Culture Change
Change is not an easy process for individuals and is even more complicated when trying to get whole organizations of individuals to think, act or conduct business differently than they have in the past. And when the organizational change is targeted...
Changing Fortunes
Jan. 10, 2005, was a dark day for corrections in California. It was the day correctional officer Manuel A. Gonzalez Jr. was stabbed and killed by an inmate in one of our prisons. It was the first time in more than 12 years that an officer in California...
Closing Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Craig Karges Wednesday, February 1, 2006 * 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Craig Karges, master of the extraordinary and award-winning entertainer, will be the keynote speaker for the 2006 Winter Conference...
Computer-Based Programs: Pennsylvania's Cost-Effective Approach to Staff Training
Imagine that a correctional employee has just been promoted to the position of deputy superintendent at a state correctional institution. He is scheduled for his first "on-duty" weekend and realizes that if something happens, he will likely be the...
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
ACA has partnered with the University of Maryland to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at our conferences. CEUs help employees earn professional recognition for completing educational and training programs. Participants who register for the program...
Correctional Facility Tours
Monday, January 30, 2006 * 2:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Discover What's Happening Behind the Scenes in Nashville's Correctional Facilities! Winter Conference attendees are encouraged to participate in the American Correctional Association's (ACA) Correctional...
Department of Defense Values ACA Accreditation
During the past 15 years that I have been involved in military corrections, my superiors, peers and subordinates have asked the questions why accreditation and what does it do for Department of Defense (DOD) corrections? These questions are usually...
DOC and Diversity: Connecticut's Solution
While the 1990s buzz word diversity often hovered in office hallways and fluttered in the air of meetings, the Connecticut Department of Corrections saw its effects first hand. Between 1992 and 2004, the Connecticut DOC saw a 38 percent increase in...
Drug Treatment and Reentry for Incarcerated Women
Author's Note: Points of view expressed in this article do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. For many years, corrections officials applied the same drug addiction treatment programs to women as they...
Eliminating Violence in Prisons and Jails
On Aug. 10, 2005, USA Today published an editorial titled "When rape is a joke. "The editorial contends that prison officials and workers tolerate "rape with an indifferent shrug or smirk," announcing "that officials aren't in control of their facilities."...
From "Guard" School to Training School: New York's Evolution
Author's Note: All historical excerpts used in this article were taken from the August 2000 issue of DOCS Today, a publication of the New York State Department of Correctional Services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lewis Lawes, who served as warden...
Grand Prize Giveaway Game
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Tuesday, January 31, 2006-3:45 p.m. ENJOY WIDESCREEN ENTERTAINMENT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME AS THE OWNER OF A BRAND-NEW ENTERTAINMENT ROOM PACKAGE! Envision yourself as the winner of a new...
Hotel Reservation Information
RESERVE BY DECEMBER 27, 2005 Attendees of the American Correctional Association's 2006 Winter Conference in Nashville, Tennessee can make their hotel reservations online, by telephone, fax or mail by December 27, 2005. ACA wants your conference...
Hurricane Katrina Showed Corrections at Its Best
This year will be remembered by many as "the year of the hurricanes." Out of 23 tropical storms--exhausting the list of names chosen by the National Hurricane Center for the 2005 season--13 became full-blown hurricanes. Of those names, the most likely...
ICCA President Looks Ahead
Terry Marshall, the new president of the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), has been involved in community based corrections for more than 25 years. He is the president and CEO of ATTIC Correctional Services and oversees a wide...
Iowa DOC Leaders Turn to Staff for Cost-Saving Solutions
Redirecting 5 percent of the Iowa Department of Corrections budget did not seem feasible a year ago, but today, the plan to achieve those potential savings is in the midst of being implemented. The source of the savings ideas--the department's own...
Jails and Prisons See Death Rate Decrease
The government says there have been significant declines in the death rates of inmates for AIDS, homicide, and suicide in jails and state prisons, according to The Washington Post. There was a 90 percent decline in state prison homicide rates, a change...
Job Corps: A Training Program Pipeline to the Corrections Profession
With the nation's correctional agencies struggling to find and retain correctional officers, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is trying an innovative approach. TDCJ has partnered with the Gary Job Corps Community in San Marcos, Texas,...
Management Development for Impact
According to Leadership Development in Balance: Made/Born, (1) by Bruce J. Avolio, "Only 10 percent of the leadership development interventions out there will be able to get past the first level of evaluation of programmatic impact." And in The High...
Opening Session Keynote Speaker
Linda Armstrong Kelly Monday, January 30, 2006 * 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Linda Armstrong Kelly, mother of cycling legend Lance Armstrong, will be the Keynote Speaker at the American Correctional...
Paperless Training Records Management
Files. Lots and lots of files. Picture any training office and chances are cabinets full of thick manila folders comes to mind. Even in modern detention systems that boast touch-screen controls and state-of-the-art wireless communications, there is...
Preliminary Workshop Schedule
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2006 10:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. A-1 Innovative Approach to Sex Offender Supervision Moderator: David Jablonski, B.A., Region II Special Programs Manager, Probation/Parole Division, Corrections Department, Albuquerque, New...
Responding to Today's Work Force: Attracting, Retaining and Developing the New Generation of Workers
Just like the "graying" of the nation's inmate population, the criminal justice work force is also "graying." This phenomenon spans the entire country; it is the product of the baby-boomer generation reaching the age of retirement. (1) The issue of...
Scientific Learning
Scientific Learning has combined 30 years of neuroscience with the latest advances in brain research and developed proprietary technology to create an exciting and effective group of products called Fast ForWord. Fast ForWord software is actively helping...
Some Questions regarding Staff Safety, Development and Retention for the Corrections Profession
In recent years, few incidents in corrections have received the national attention that the tragic murder of Tennessee correctional officer Wayne Morgan did this past August. It reminded me of the worst day in my professional life when Arizona correctional...
Staff Teambuilding: From Theory to Technique
Correctional environments are increasingly turning to team projects to address the strategic issues of the agency and to develop staff in areas of interdependence and leadership. Team structures are no longer made up of primarily homogeneous groups...
Staff Training and the Impact on Institutional Culture
Staff training can have a big impact on changing institutional or workplace culture. However, when questioned about the type of training that is needed, a consistent answer is rarely found. The general nature of a correctional job tends to mandate...
Supreme Court Decides Two Cases from Ohio: Holds RLUIPA Constitutional and Upholds Supermax Placement Procedures
Editor's Note: This article is the first in a two-part series. The second part will be printed in the February 2006 issue of Corrections Today. During its 2004-2005 term, the Supreme Court decided two cases, Cutter v. Wilkinson (1) and Wilkinson...
Training the Next Generation of Leaders: Texas' Approach
With an increasing emphasis on training and staff development taking place nationwide, today's state correctional officers are better trained, better equipped and better prepared for supervising the inmate population than ever before. But are they...
Tuesday Morning Exhibit Hall Specialty Break: "Forging the Frontier"
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Tuesday, January 31, 2006 * 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Attendees will begin their morning exploring a new land of opportunities right in the Exhibit Hall as they experience ACA's Tuesday Morning...
Welcome New Members
ORGANIZATIONAL DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- Office of the Provost Marshal General GEORGIA -- Fulton County Sheriff's Department, Roswell Detention Center MARYLAND -- U.S. Parole Commission NEW JERSEY -- Gloucester County Jail OHIO -- Licking...
Women in Contact with the Criminal Justice System Have Specific Needs
"Success is not a doorway. It is a staircase." --Dottier Walters, author, entrepreneur Although women comprise a smaller percentage of the overall criminal justice population than men, they are the fastest growing segment of the population....