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. 64, No. 4, July

Accessing Information about North Carolina Offenders on the Web. (CT Feature)
The North Carolina Department of Correction's (DOC) offender management software, while recently developed, is not the newest technology. It runs on a large, central mainframe, and when DOC employees use the software, they see a screen filled with...
American Correctional Association Online Corrections Academy: Addressing Corrections Professionals' Educational Needs
More than ever, the importance of education and training in corrections cannot be overstated. They are the first steps any employee encounters, and they are the keys to building a successful career in any field. In corrections, however, education...
Building a Technology Foundation for Correctional Industries. (CT Feature)
Nearly every productive activity depends on efficient computer systems to manufacture, track, deliver and install products in the private and public sectors. While remarkable efficiency improvements have been made within inmate rehabilitation work...
Can Congress Fight Terrorism and Fund Law Enforcement? (Legislative Issues)
The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have had a dramatic impact on federal priorities, redirecting them toward efforts to strengthen the government's ability to protect America against terrorism. To accomplish this, the...
Cooper Lighting. (Private Sector News)
This past spring, Cooper Lighting announced a call for entries to its 26th annual National Lighting Design Competition. Now called the Cooper Source Awards, the competition focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting...
Criminal Justice Community Resource Web Site Helps Ex-Offenders' Re-Entry
Author's Note: The community resource data cited for Salisbury, Md., in this article is fictitious. For most inmates, the criminal justice system journey consists of four distinct phases -- crime, court, incarceration and re-entry into society....
Department Web Site Saves Time and Money. (CT Feature)
In early 1996, garnering support to develop a Web site for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) was a hard sell. After all, the department was not trying to market its services nor was it trying to solicit more business. With...
Florida Department of Corrections' Entry into Distance Learning. (Distance Learning)
The Florida (DOC) distance learning may add a new dimension to the delivery of its training; but the concept is not unique. In fact, The Boston Gazette ran advertisements for shorthand lessons by mail in 1728 and the University of Queensland in...
How about a National Staff Safety Web Site? (Speak Out)
In 2000, 13 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty while responding to traffic pursuits and stops. Twelve were killed in arrest situations, 10 in ambush situations, eight while responding to disturbance calls, six while investigating...
Implementing Effective Inmate Supervision in Jails. (NIC Update)
Inmate violence ... contraband ... vandalism ... unsanitary conditions ... escape ... inmate suicide ... high staff stress ... low staff morale. Just part of running a jail? Or things that a jail can reduce and control? By improving the effectiveness...
Internet Applications Can Be Powerful Tools for Correctional Agencies. (Commentary)
The ability to acquire and disseminate vast amounts of information at the speed of light has contributed to a workplace culture in which the average employee either can greatly benefit from the use of an information system or become frustrated and...
Liberty Mutual Helps ACA Members Save. (Membership News)
Thanks to the American Correctional Association's (ACA) group buying power with Liberty Mutual, ACA members now can save money on their auto, homeowners' and renters' insurance through Group Savings Plus from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Liberty...
Living by the Sword. (Editorial)
James A. Gondles This fall, more than 30 states will hold elections for various public offices. One of the most important offices to corrections is that of governor. In most states, the governor is responsible for selecting the juvenile and adult...
Massachusetts Department of Correction Intranet: An Enterprise Information Portal. (CT Feature)
Historically, information in the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) was managed in various disparate formats across the agency using many different tools such as paper, spreadsheets, word processors, databases, etc. Gathering information...
National Correctional Officers Week Kicks off with Traditional Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Saturday, May 4, marked the beginning of National Correctional Officers Week. For the 11th consecutive year, the weeklong celebration commenced with a wreath-laying ceremony. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)...
New Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Industries. (Accreditation Byline)
The American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards Committee vote to adopt Performance-Based Standards for Correctional Industries, Second Edition, in January, capped seven years of work by the Correctional Industries Association (CIA). A...
New York's Finest Pull Women from Icy River. (Best in the Business)
On Feb. 1, Assistant Deputy Warden Carmine LaBruzzo of the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) was in his Rikers Island office going over some paperwork when a nurse and a clerk on their way home from working the midnight shift at the...
Osteoporosis Prevention for Women in a Community Correctional Facility
Osteoporosis is a condition that results in demineralization of bone, leading to fractures and height reduction. Women tend to believe osteoporosis prevention can be postponed until menopause. However, prevention measures --maximizing bone strength...
PAPPC: Promoting Treatment and Prevention of Crime. (Chapter/Affiliate Spotlight)
The Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections (PAPPC) is a volunteer group with support and recognition from many aspects of the criminal justice field. Although primarily concerned with probation, parole and corrections, PAPPC...
Policy on the Net: Communicating from the Inside out. (CT Feature)
No one would deny that until the advent of the Internet, gaining access to information from any bureaucracy was difficult. Growing interest by Americans concerning their right to know about the critical issues affecting their daily lives contributed...
SAFETY-NET: A 24-Hour Educational Network for Correctional Facilities
In 1997, Florida, New York and Texas formed the Justice Distance Learning Consortium (JDLC) to develop a network to bring high-quality video, computer and Internet educational resources to correctional facilities. With funding from the Department...
Spotlight on Probation in the Netherlands. (Probation and Parole Forum)
During the past decade, probation agencies around the world have faced the challenge of responding to media criticism of their services. After having been ignored for years by the media, probation agencies today have found the portrait painted by...
Stopping Drugs in the Mail. (Technology Update)
Stopping drug contraband in the mail is a full-time job for correctional facility staff. Inmates and others try every conceivable way to smuggle drugs into prisons and jails. Approximately 57 percent of people arrested used drugs within the 30 days...
Supreme Court Rules on Potential Liabilities of Private Corrections. (Judicial News)
Privatizing prisons is a hotly debated topic in modern penology. Whatever one's views on the subject, it is important to understand the extent to which private corporations, which contract to operate prisons at the federal, state and local levels,...
Web Site Shares Big Picture of Corrections in Illinois. (CI Feature)
The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is one of the largest prison systems in the nation, with responsibility for the management of nearly 78,000 inmates and parolees. To provide an in-depth 7 look at its operations, IDOC's Web site contains...
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