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. 6, December

"Ask and You Will Receive": Creating Faith-Based Programs for Former Inmates
Inmate reentry has become a pressing issue throughout the nation, especially since ex-inmates are returning home in large numbers, having spent longer terms behind bars. To combat recidivism effectively, parole and probation agencies must understand...
Asking about Family Can Enhance Reentry
One simple idea could lead to considerable change as corrections professionals search for innovative, effective and cost-efficient ways to help prepare people who are making the transition from prison to the community: Always ask about the family....
Conducting Research Leading to Evidence-Based Changes
Conducting research that leads to evidence-based operational or programmatic changes in a correctional agency is appealing to both academics and practitioners. Partnerships between academic institutions and correctional agencies benefit the institutions...
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) officials met with government officials from the National Institute of Adult Education (INEA) in Mexico City to find a solution to the challenges created by the tens of thousands of undocumented Mexican immigrants...
Ensuring Offender Success from Entry to Reentry
For more than 25 years, Dennis Schrantz has been serving in administrative positions similar to his current post--deputy director of the Planning and Community Development Administration in Michigan's Department of Corrections. But at 53, this convertible-driving,...
Establishing Partnerships between Correctional Agencies and University Researchers to Enhance Substance Abuse Treatment Initiatives
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that the number of state inmates grew by 1.6 percent from 2003 to 2004. (1) Estimates have shown that as many as 80 percent of those in U.S. prisons and jails may be seriously involved with substance use and...
Factories Behind Fences: Do Prison "Real Work" Programs Work?
Authors' Note: This article is a shortened version of an article printed in the June issue of NIJ Journal. (1) Points of view expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice....
Framing Evidence for Correctional Mental Health Services
Authors' Note: The views expressed herein are those of the authors only and do not reflect the official policy or opinions of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Prisons or the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The influence...
Georgia Reentry: A Transformation in Correctional Philosophy
Early research in the late 1970s concluded that rehabilitation efforts had no appreciable effect on recidivism. These research findings fueled the "nothing works" era that brought about significant changes in how correctional treatment programs were...
Governors Take the Lead on Offender Reentry Programs
"For the past decade, the state of Illinois and our nation have been facing a dangerous and costly trend: record recidivism rates and record releases of inmates from our prisons. Over the years, Illinois' communities have paid the price for rising...
Increasing Public Safety and Reducing Spending: Applying a Justice Reinvestment Strategy in Texas and Kansas
Last January, lawmakers in Texas and Kansas faced a grim picture of the future of their correctional systems. State prison populations in both states were projected to make large jumps in the next 10 years, putting significant pressure on taxpayers...
Maximizing Correctional Staff's Contribution to Corrections
Authors' Note: Please do not cite without permission. The current-day impact of criminal justice issues on American society is unparalleled in history. For instance, in 2003, nearly 6.9 million adults, or approximately 3.1 percent of the U.S. population,...
Meeting the Needs of Returning Offenders through Employment
There is compelling evidence that unemployment contributes to an increased rate of parole revocation, which is a major risk factor for recidivism. Individuals released from correctional facilities often find that their search for employment is hindered...
Mental Health Issues Burden the Juvenile Justice System
As a member of Congress concerned with the treatment of mental health and substance abuse in America, I have seen a lot of tragedies and heard a lot of sad stories. Our national failure to properly appreciate and address problems of mental illness...
Merging Research and Correctional Practice
We need to shift the center of gravity from the research community toward the practitioner community by focusing on the integration of research and correctional practice. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What is evidence-based practice, (EBP)? The answer...
New Approaches to Using Relapse Prevention Therapy in the Criminal Justice System
Origins and Current Status of Relapse Prevention Therapy G. Alan Marlatt's cognitive-behavioral model of relapse prevention (RP), as described in his 1985 book co-edited with Judith R. Gordon, was originally developed as a theory of alcohol relapse...
Nothing Works, Something Works-But Still Few Proven Programs
Practitioners who 30 years ago were told that nothing works are now being told that some programs/interventions must work--but we don't know which ones they are. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the 1970s the corrections field was overrun by the notion...
On the Hill, Experts Call for Change
On Oct. 4, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb chaired a Joint Economic Committee hearing to explore the U.S.'s growing correctional population. The committee hosted a panel of five experts who presented startling statistics and personal vignettes on a range of...
Quality Improvement in Juvenile Corrections: An Update on Work in Idaho
In December 2004, Corrections Today published "Quality Improvement in Juvenile Corrections: An Opportunity That Benefits Staff and Clients," by Beverly A. Wilder, Frank E. Riley III and Leif H. Sorensen. This article presented some of the foundational...
Reducing the Harm: Identifying Appropriate Programming for Low-Risk Offenders
Much of the focus of programming evaluation research has been on the impact of recidivism rates for the high-risk offender. With limited funding and resources, it is necessary to direct services to the group that can potentially demonstrate the largest...
SAMHSA Administrator to Address H-PIS Special Session at 2008 Winter Conference
Terry Cline, Ph.D., administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will address Healthcare Professional Interest Section (H-PIS) members at a luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 12, at ACA's Winter Conference in Grapevine,...
Strategically Planning for Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: Using Macro- and Micro-Strategies to Improve Success
During the past decade, correctional agencies have experienced increasing pressure to implement evidence-based practices (EBPs). Consequently, many agencies often look to scientific literature to determine "what works" for the client populations they...
The Recertification Rationale
Would you hire a lawyer who had not opened a book dealing with the law during the past 10 years? Would you ask for income tax advice from an accountant who had not kept up with the latest changes in the tax laws? Would you go to a physician who had...
The Violation Population
On any given day, a large number of the admissions to America's prisons come from individuals who have failed to comply with the conditions of their parole or probation supervision. For years, the revocation and incarceration rate of probationers and...
The Work Force Center Plans for Staff Recruitment and Retention
Work force issues continue to be at the forefront of the corrections agenda. According to the May/June 2007 Corrections Compendium survey, 44 percent of the 44 U.S. correctional systems and four Canadian systems that responded said they are experiencing...
Using Performance Audits to Gauge Results
Approximately 90 percent of the nearly 8,900 offenders within Iowa's prison system have a history of alcohol or drug problems, and 60 percent have had problems with both. (1) Research suggests that alcohol and drug abuse often leads to criminal behavior,...
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When Evidence Is Ignored: Residential Restrictions for Sex Offenders
The use of evidence-based practices in corrections and public policy is now considered the gold standard for policy and program development. Numerous examples (as discussed throughout this edition of Corrections Today) are available to show the importance...