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. 70, No. 4, August

ACA President Leads 2008 Annual Tribute to Fallen Officers
American Correctional Association President Gary L. Maynard kicked off Correctional Officers/Employees Week in Washington, D.C., on May 3 with this year's annual tribute to fallen correctional officers. Maynard, whose term as ACA president ends in...
ACA Provides an Array of Services to Juvenile Justice Professionals
ACA's Winter Conference in Grapevine, Texas, was the site of an exciting Juvenile Corrections Committee meeting, with ACA Executive Director James Gondles in attendance as well as Past President Chuck Kehoe. The chair of the committee, Diane Gadow,...
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...
ACA's Professionals Train and Certify the Correctional Work Force
Conference Workshops "Best programs ever"; "Something for everyone"; "Consistent and high quality." These are a few of the comments ACA received as feedback on workshops presented at winter and summer conferences. More than 100 workshops are presented...
A National Survey of Older Prisoner Health, Mental Health and Programming
There is a financial crisis growing in U.S. corrections that will compound the already strained budgetary climate. The percentage of older prisoners is increasing daily. After nearly three decades of truth-in-sentencing, mandatory sentences and three-strikes...
A Passion for Justice Leads to an Impassioned Career
A budding interest in justice can be traced back to Angi Lee's childhood. Her mother worked in corporate law and served as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) while Lee was growing up. CASA volunteers work one case at a time, ensuring that the...
A Window to Our Future Capital Campaign
Through the support of our members, the American Correctional Association was able to purchase a national headquarters building in 2006. Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, Va., close to our nation's capital, our offices are always open to members,...
Correctional Officers Become End of Life Caretakers: Winnebago County Jail Partners with Local Hospice to Provide Care to Terminally Ill Inmate
Kathy Baxter, RN, director of patient services for Hospice Care of America--a hospice agency founded in Rockford, Ill., in 2004-was a bit surprised to receive a call in February 2008 from Capt. Timothy Owens of the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford....
Correctional Predoctoral Psychology Internships Creating a Uniquely Qualified Mental Health Work Force
By converging legal mandates, research findings and humanitarian concerns, a continuing need for correctional mental health services is clearly identified. Every day, psychologists practicing in jails and prisons are meeting these needs and addressing...
Developing State Prison Policies to Respond to Sexual Violence
Prior to the enactment of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, there was little national information about the extent of sexual violence occurring in state prisons, or what was being done about it. In 2004, the Urban Institute's...
Don't Be Fooled
Difficult economic times during the first half of 2008 may have caused a decline in state and local revenue that resulted in some local, state and private correctional agencies freezing positions and reducing their budgets and work forces. The 2004...
Face the Facts: We Need to Focus on Recruitment
It is becoming increasingly more difficult to recruit, train and retain a correctional work force. As baby boomers retire from the work force, organizations are losing key people in critical positions. This is one of the greatest challenges corrections...
I Really Don't Want to Share, but I Need To
Hi, I'm Dan, and I'm an ISTJ. Geez, just writing the opening sentence makes me feel like I am at a support meeting ... not that I have ever been to one, mind you. OK, now I suppose I've offended someone with that comment. I'm told that I do that...
Leading into Tomorrow: Developing Leaders for the Challenges Ahead
Preparing the leaders of tomorrow is one of the most important jobs for the leaders of today. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC), like many other organizations, will be experiencing significant turnover as baby boomers retire. In order...
Missouri's Eastern District Finds Success with Work Force Initiative
In an interview with News Channel 5 in St. Louis, Chief Douglas W. Burris of the Eastern District of Missouri U.S. Probation Office said, "Showing the carrot is more effective than the stick. " These few words go a long way in summarizing the approach...
Offender Employment Is the Key
Many offender work force development professionals have long recognized the need to focus attention and resources on helping offenders sustain long-term employment. Therefore, overcoming barriers to long-term employment warrants the development of...
Oklahoma's Quality Assurance Experience: Continuous Improvement through Employee Empowerment, Teamwork, Diversity and Best Practices
Today's correctional agencies are faced with many challenges--prison overcrowding, staffing shortages and an ever-increasing demand to operate cheaper, better and faster. Correctional agencies must find ways to operate more efficiently and effectively...
One Juvenile Facility's Answer to Retention: Training and Mentoring
A major correctional work force issue facing current administrators is retention. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected a 14 percent to 20 percent faster-than-average increase in U.S. correctional positions between 2006 and 2016--a projected...
Private Sector News
* TriActive Amercia, a manufacturer of outdoor exercise equipment, recently unveiled a new Web site that features: * An interactive map of TriActive fitness locations nationwide; * Contact information for TriActive's network of sales representatives;...
Protect Officers with Evidence-Based Safety Practices
As studies and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) spread across the nation in regard to supervision policies, little is being documented on evidence-based safety practices to keep probation and parole officers safe while completing various...
Recruiting and Retaining Staff through Culture Change
Changing the culture of a correctional organization may be the toughest task an agency head will ever take on. (1) The culture in a department or facility is formed over years, if not decades, of interaction among organization participants. At times,...
Rethinking the Reentry Process: The Human Resource Recovery System
During the past 25 years, the nation has encountered unprecedented growth in every aspect of the criminal justice system. Violent crime rates have been significantly lowered throughout the country, yet the incarceration rate continues to increase annually,...
The Correctional Work Force Faces Challenges in the 21st Century
The U.S. work force is becoming increasingly more diverse in terms of race and gender. In addition, a very large proportion of the work force, specifically the baby boomers, are approaching retirement. Both of these trends present significant challenges...
The Feminization of the Community Corrections Work Force
Challenges abound for correctional organizations. Ever-increasing numbers of inmates and offenders under community supervision focus attention on issues of reentry and successful re-integration. Evidence-based practices are being emphasized for implementation....
The First R in the Five Rs of Corrections Employment
Growing up, we were constantly bombarded with the "three Rs"-reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. Now, as an administrator in the corrections management business tasked with staffing America's jails and prisons, I find myself face to face with the "five...
Unintended Consequences of Sex Offender Residency Laws: Can GIS Mapping Help?
Laws that limit where registered sex offenders may live have become increasingly popular during the past decade. By 2007, 27 states and hundreds of municipalities had passed laws that prohibited sex offenders from living near schools, parks, playgrounds...
Welcome New Members
ORGANIZATIONAL FLORIDA--Victory Forge Military Academy VIRGINIA--Naval Brig Norfolk SUPPORTING PATRON. GEORGIA--Joel Lowery PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATE. ILLINOIS--National Association of Correctional Record Administrators and Supervisors...
Work Force Improvement: Developing Staff through Professional Certification
How many times have corrections professionals asked themselves or their coworkers, "Where are the future correctional leaders and managers coming from?" The Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) realized that tomorrow's agency leaders were not...
Work Force Project Makes Strides
The American Correctional Association's Work Force Project began in 2002 with the vision of incoming President Charles J. Kehoe. An advisory committee was formed to discuss the impending work force crisis--not enough workers to fill future correctional...