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. 69, No. 5, October

0100101101011001: Kentucky Goes Binary
An electronic medical record (EMR) is a computer-based system designed to capture and display patient-specific clinical information. First described in the 1960s by Lawrence L. Weed, such digital systems are increasingly used by physicians and hospitals...
137th Congress of Correction Workshops Address a Variety of Topics
National Incident Management System Training At an early morning workshop, titled "National Incident Management System Training for Health Care and Security Professionals," attendees learned about the importance of training all levels of staff how...
ACA Is Leading the Way in the New Generation of Health Care Standards
The American Correctional Association (ACA) is taking another important step in leading the correctional health care accreditation process. In early 2008, ACA will unveil a revised edition of the Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Health...
ACA's Congress Heats Up Kansas City
The American Correctional Association's 137th Congress of Correction reached Kansas City, Mo., for the hottest days of the summer, Aug. 10-15. Attendees kept cool by attending workshops and events on "The Perceptions of Corrections," in which they...
Addressing the Specific Health Care Needs of Female Adolescents
During the past two decades, girls have entered the juvenile justice system in increasing numbers, at younger ages and with greater needs. In a traditionally male-dominated environment, girls have gender-specific health needs that the system may be...
Amended and Approved Policies and Resolutions
Editor's Note: The existing policies printed below were reviewed, amended and approved for continuation by the Delegate Assembly at the 137th Congress of Correction in Kansas City, Mo. Public Correctional Policy On Employee Assistance Programs ...
Award Winners
ACA takes time to recognize exceptional individuals and agencies during each Congress of Correction. Congratulations to the following individuals who were honored during this summer's congress in Kansas City, Mo. The photos on page 113 are a sampling...
Babb Discusses Pandemic Flu with H-PIS Attendees
At the first Healthcare Professional Interest Section luncheon, Rear Adm. John T. Babb, R.Ph., M.P.A., inspired attendees to focus on education and planning when faced with the larger-than-life prospect of a pandemic avian influenza outbreak. Babb...
Borderline Personality Disorder in Corrections
The use of the term Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in corrections at many institutions has become a series of words that paint many pictures. Because of this, BPD's distinction as a proper diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...
Coming to Terms with Prison Growth
Policy concerns in the corrections field have rightly focused on issues of prisoner reentry. Considering the social crisis generated by 650,000 people returning to our neighborhoods each year, it would be irresponsible to ignore the challenge of managing...
Community Corrections and the Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 was implemented to eliminate rape and sexual assault in jails and prisons in the United States. So what does PREA have to do with community corrections? And how does it affect public safety? These are important...
Community Supervision Needs Evidence-Based Standards
What choice do we have? Like a jury converting the evidence into a judgment, evidence-based supervision and the application of best practices require conversion into accreditation standards. At a time when many jurisdictions implementing evidence-based...
Confronting the Challenge with Training: Managing Inmates with Mental Health Disorders
The number of inmates with mental health disorders in correctional facilities throughout the country is growing at an alarming rate. The American Psychiatric Association found that "as many as one in five [offenders] was seriously mentally ill, with...
Correctional Health Care: Barriers, Solutions and Public Policy
Corrections faces many barriers in its efforts to deliver inmate health care, and these barriers contribute to the variation found across correctional venues in the quality of health care provided to inmates. The absence of a universal and effective...
Correctional Health Care Establishes Itself as an Industry Model
It is a great time to be in correctional health care. In just a few decades, the field has developed from nonexistence into an evidence-based, collaborative, integrated structure with outcomes that rival the best available anywhere. There is much work...
Correctional Health Care since the Passage of PREA
In 2003, Congress and President Bush issued a clarion call for change in American corrections to remedy the "dreadful degradation" of inmate sexual violence first described in 1826 by the Rev. Louis Dwight, president of the Boston Discipline Society....
Correctional Health Continues to Provide Quality Care
On Nov. 9, 1973, a Texas inmate was injured performing a work assignment. The inmate was dissatisfied with the medical care he received and took his case to court. His complaint ultimately made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1976, the...
Co$t-Effective Methods for Managing Contagious Diseases in the Jail Setting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that jails currently house what it refers to as its "target population." According to CDC studies, the jail inmate population includes a disproportionate percentage of people with hepatitis,...
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...
Faith-Based Programs Give Facilities a Helping Hand
Authors' note: Findings and conclusions reported in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. Religious groups have long played a role in helping prisoners...
Grapevine, Texas Welcomes ACA: Please Join Us for Our 2008 Winter Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, Jan. 11-16. Our Theme This Winter Will Be "Work Force: The Heart of Corrections."
The City of Grapevine and the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau extend a warm welcome to all attendees of the American Correctional Association who will be participating in the Winter Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center....
HIV, Incarceration and Community: A Paramount Linkage
HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, (1) and researchers hypothesize that the number of people who will develop AIDS during the 21st century will continue to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the...
H-PIS Breakfast Roundtable Addresses the State of HIV Care in Corrections
At the Healthcare Professional Interest Section breakfast roundtable, Dr. David A. Wohl, clinical associate professor of medicine and service chief for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine,...
Inmates Are Often High-Risk for Hepatitis C
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a relevant concern for correctional health care because 29 to 43 percent of all HCV-infected people pass through correctional facilities each year. In addition, 70 percent of U.S state prisoners and 69 percent of jail...
Jail Administrator
JAIL ADMINISTRATOR Sheriff's Office Champaign County, Ill. The Champaign County, Ill., Sheriff's Office is seeking a seasoned, proven leader to be the jail administrator--responsible for all functions of the two county jails including prisoner/staff...
Juvenile Forum Discusses Worst-Case Scenarios
As a juvenile justice or corrections professional, you hope that in every situation you can say, "Yes, we're prepared!" During the 2007 National Juvenile Corrections and Detention Administrators' Forum, sponsored by ACA and the Office of Juvenile Justice...
Mental Illness among Juvenile Offenders-Identification and Treatment
Jeffrey is a 14-year-old mass of movement. Some part of his body appears always in motion. He is quick to smile, quick to anger and rarely quiet. Jeffrey and his sisters have lived with their grandmother since his father was incarcerated for assault...
Military and Corrections Personnel Fulfill a Higher Mission of Safety and Security
ACA's Congress of Correction General Session brought together corrections professionals from all facets of the industry. Retired Gen. Richard Myers, who served as the 15th chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the keynote address, which...
Pandemic Influenza: Prepare for the Worst, but Hope for the Best
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has approximately 25,000 inmates located in 51 facilities around the state, which range from community work centers to maximum-security institutions. In addition, the DOC has more than 4,500 employees, making...
PREA and the Investigative Process
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2003 to highlight the problems of staff sexual misconduct and inmate-on-inmate (1) sexual assault in correctional facilities across the country. PREA establishes a zero-tolerance...
Presidential Statement
I hope you made time in your busy summer schedule to join us in Kansas City, Mo., for the American Correctional Association's 137th Congress of Correction. The congress was a wonderful forum in which we discussed issues important to the corrections...
Receive ACA's Highest Honor
Mary Ann Saar For more than 40 years, Mary Ann Saar has been committed to the corrections field, serving in both adult and juvenile capacities. Wherever she has worked, she has made lasting impressions and inspired her colleagues with her dedication...
Rep. Kennedy Advocates for Corrections Collaboration
At ACA's Congress of Correction Plenary Session, Rep. Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island encouraged corrections professionals to work together to get the message out about their issues and dispel public misconceptions. "It's clear from the turnout here...
Rx Prescription for Excellence: Certification for Correctional Health Care Workers
As the corrections field has evolved, much of the focus has changed to reflect the interactions between the community and the corrections world. No matter what the size or nature of the facility, there must be a system for delivering necessary medical...
Serving Those Serving Time
Editor's Note: This is an edited version of the article, which was printed in the April 2007 issue of Nursing Spectrum, Midwest Edition. Copyright April 2007. Nursing Spectrum Nurse Wire (www.nursingspectrum.com). All rights reserved. Used with permission....
Sexual Assault in Juvenile Corrections: A Preventable Tragedy
In Seattle, a former juvenile corrections officer pleads guilty to two counts of custodial sexual misconduct for sexual activities with youths housed at a King County juvenile detention center. (1) In Texas, a former Texas Youth Commission staff member...
Starting the Reentry Process at the Beginning
With large numbers of offenders returning to communities from prisons throughout the United States, offender reentry dominates corrections agendas. Accepting the premise that it's just a matter of time before "parolees" re-offend endangers public safety...
The Brain Behind Bars: Perspectives on Injury and Aggression
Authors' note: The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect the policy or opinions of the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Department of Justice. This paper was supported in part by research grant...
The Center for the Correctional Work Force of the Future Opens at ACA Headquarters
The new Center for the Correctional Work Force of the Future is officially open at the ACA headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The operation of this center has been made possible through funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. While the center...
The Oral Health Effects of Illegal Drug Abuse
Jill is a 22-year-old woman, but she looks much older. She is facing her first incarceration. She is very thin; her cheeks are hollow and her eyes sunken. Jill's complexion is an unhealthy shade of pasty white and her arms have deep scratch marks....
Two of Corrections' Finest
Editor's Note: The American Correctional Association's highest honor was bestowed upon Charles J. Kehoe and Mary Ann Saar, Aug. 14, in Kansas City, Mo. The following citations are printed as they were read during the event. Charles J. Kehoe For...
Welcome New Members
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