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. 72, No. 5, October

140th Congress Attendees Enjoy the Windy City
At ACA's 2010 Congress of Correction in Chicago, thousands of corrections professionals attended workshops and meetings, visited the exhibit hall, and networked with colleagues and friends. Attendees had access to more than 100 workshops on topics...
ACA Congratulates Newly Certified and Recertified Professionals
Recertified Janice Bradstreet, CCM, assistant manager and corrections captain, Orange County Corrections Department, Orlando, Fla., Burl Cain, CCE, CCM, corrections warden 5, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and...
ACA Helps Develop Corrections Web Site and Expand Training
If you are looking for a central location to send those interested in working in corrections, a resource for your local high school and college employment counselors or have been searching for a Web site to find candidates specifically interested in...
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...
Accreditation Byline
Recently Accredited Facilities The following facilities and programs received certification or accreditation at the 140th Congress of Correction in Chicago. Congratulations to the staff of these facilities and agencies on attaining this level of...
Addressing Gender Issues among Staff in Community Corrections
Gender-responsiveness research in the criminal justice field has increased during the past decade as professionals learn more about differences between male and female offenders: their unique pathways to crime, their varying needs and gender-specific...
Automating Assessment: The Computerized Assessment of Substance Abuse (CASA) System
Correctional administrators can make the most effective use of their treatment resources if they know which offenders require treatment. They can also improve efficiency by providing the most appropriate levels of treatment. Providing high-intensity...
Award Winners
ACA takes time to recognize exceptional individuals and agencies during each Congress of Correction. Congratulations to the following awardees who were honored during this summer's congress in Chicago. American Correctional Association Blanche...
Central American Countries Benefit from New Mexico's Correctional Training Academy
Imagine a prison where inmates are crammed into housing units like sardines in a can. There are no showers and the body odor is so strong that correctional officers can barely keep their breakfast down while making rounds. That was the situation in...
Corrections as a Career
This issue of Corrections Today focuses on corrections as a career. In that spirit, let's eavesdrop on a conversation between two long-time corrections professionals who are meeting to plan future projects. Instead, they find themselves reflecting...
Corrections in the Classroom: A Recruiting Tool
In today's challenging economy, career decisions for many have changed from the most desirable to the most dependable to the most available. Though the starting pay may not be as high as other careers, positions in corrections offer challenges and...
Corrections Is an Honorable Profession
Corrections professionals not only serve the offenders they supervise on a daily basis; they also serve the community, public safety and their country. The corrections field offers a variety of career opportunities. There truly is something for everyone....
Crisis Intervention Teams Adapted to Correctional Populations
In fiscal year 2009, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) identified 38,222 individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) who were receiving ODMHSAS-funded mental health services in the state. The Oklahoma...
Detecting Contraband: Current and Emerging Technologies and Limitations
A plastic bottle of cough syrup, a bundle of bills outside a wallet, a pornographic magazine--all of these items are contraband in a correctional facility. None, of course, would be caught by a metal detector. Today, detection devices have become...
Fit to Lead: Physical Fitness as a Core Component of Leadership
Leadership Quotient (LQ) is primarily determined by a combination of physical intelligence, mental intelligence, emotional intelligence, and spiritual intelligence. These four areas (body, mind, heart, and spirit) are essential toward the making of...
Former Corrections Secretary Stresses the Importance of Meeting the Health Care and Mental Health Needs of Offenders
Although R. Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, could not deliver the keynote speech at Saturday's H-PIS Special Session and Luncheon due to airport delays, attendees did not leave without learning something....
High-Tech Recruiting Strategies Pay off in Corrections
Recruiting for corrections has never been easy, especially in a less-populated state like Wyoming. Looking out over the wide-open Wyoming frontier, advances in technology have led to another wide-open frontier: recruitment. Forget the pen and paper--we...
Jim Gondles Celebrates 20 Years as Executive Director
This October will mark the 20th anniversary of the appointment of James A. Gondles, Jr., as the executive director of the American Correctional Association. At the close of the Delegate Assembly meeting at the 121st Congress of Correction in Minneapolis...
Learning Cohorts: Today's Career Pathways
"What makes you a contender isn't enough to make you a winner," wrote Dan Ciampa in his analysis on how leaders advance in their careers. (1) The Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) takes this statement to heart and is committed to providing more...
Long-Time Correctional Employee Sees Value in Professional Certification
Since the theme of this issue of Corrections Today is corrections as a career, an appropriate subject for this Certification Spotlight is Keith Bickham of B.B. "Sixty" Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie, La. Bickham was raised in a rural agricultural...
National Reentry Resource Center Addresses Juvenile Reentry
Each year, approximately 100,000 youths under the age of 18 leave secure residential facilities such as juvenile facilities, jails and prisons, following their adjudication. (1) Many youths in the juvenile justice system struggle with educational deficiencies,...
Newcomer Offers Insight on Careers in Corrections
Much like me, you may never have thought much about a career in a detention center or correctional facility. But, if you are interested in a line of work that will challenge you, and you are motivated, have good communication skills and have a desire...
Offender Workforce Development Specialist Partnership Training
The Transition and Offender Workforce Development (T/OWD) Division of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has provided offender workforce development specialist (OWDS) training since 2001. In 2011, NIC will offer OWDS as a partnership training...
Policies and Resolutions
Public Correctional Policy on Criminal Sentencing and Early Release From Confinement Introduction: A number of states have eliminated parole and/or good-time policies in favor of some form of a determinate sentencing scheme that may include sentencing...
Rebranding Corrections for Today's Work Force
While the role of a corrections officer, probation officer, corrections manager or corrections executive remains technically the same from decades past, the people filling those roles today come with a unique set of beliefs, values and experiences...
Singer Larry Gatlin Admits His Addiction and Credits Strong Faith
Larry Gatlin, a well-known country music singer and songwriter, regaled attendees at Monday morning's General Session. His guitar playing and singing entertained the audience, but his message of a comeback from addiction was the theme that resonated....
Thank You to the Co-Chairs and Host Committee Members for Making the 140th Congress of Correction a Great Success!
Paola Baldo, * president, Criminal Justice Society - ACA Student Chapter, University of Illinois/Chicago Beth Compton, chief legal advisor, Illinois Department of Corrections, Chicago Arthur Bishop, * acting director, Illinois Department of Juvenile...
The Beginning: Advice for Those Interested in Corrections
A former student recently wrote me asking for advice for "someone ... working in a correctional setting for the first time." Through the years, I was fortunate to receive valuable advice, both from my professors, and from many others, including coworkers....
The Trouble with Officer Discretion
Most correctional officers or prison supervisors would love to come to work every day if they could be confident that their officers faithfully and cautiously exercised that catch-all phrase, "officer discretion," that, if taken for granted, could...
Two of Correction' Finest Receive E.R. Cass Award
Harley G. Lappin The increasing federal inmate population and decreasing resources have presented numerous challenges to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Harley Lappin. However, Lappin has tackled these challenges with dedication, professionalism...
Welcome New Members
Organizational GEORGIA--Chatham County Sheriffs Department OKLAHOMA--Grady County Criminal Justice Authority Supporting Patron FLORIDA--John Burek, Canteen Correctional Services NEBRASKA--Sea Coast Medical TEXAS--Tri-State Van and...