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. 74, No. 4, August-September

2012 ACA Election-Candidates and Voting Instructions
This year's slate of candidates was selected by ACA's Nominating Committee during its meeting on June 15, 2012. Candidates were chosen for president-elect, vice president and treasurer positions, along with nominees to the Board of Governors, the Commission...
ACA Congratulates Newly Certified and Recertified Professionals
Newly Certified Certified Corrections Officers-CCO Damien Beverly, corrections specialist, Naval Consolidated Brig Chesapeake, U.S. Navy, Chesapeake, Va., Farrington Martin III, corrections specialist, Naval Consolidated Brig Chesapeake, U.S....
Addressing Special Populations in Corrections
I cannot think of a more challenging or needful segment of our work than our involvement with special populations. Often when we discuss special populations we think of populations such as those who suffer from mental illness, geriatric offenders,...
Aging Inmates: Correctional Issues and Initiatives
The Aging Inmate Population Problem The explosive growth of the U.S. prison population from 1980 to the present is well documented and well known by the legal community and the general public. Less well known, but of profound significance, has been...
Behavioral Management Disorders and Serious Mental Illness in a Maximum-Security Prison: It Takes a "Healthily Codependent" Staff
In corrections, we manage offenders. To do so in a safe and humane manner that also prepares offenders for a return to society is central to most, if not all, mission statements. What staff have come to realize is that there is "nothing new under the...
Dual-Certified Correctional Nurse Strives to Make a Difference
American Correctional Association certification is an important professional achievement, and those who are certified should be commended within the corrections profession. There are a growing number of corrections professionals who are earning the...
Ensuring the Safety of LGBT Youths in the Juvenile Justice System
Authors' Note: The authors of this article would like to thank the National Institute of Corrections for supporting work in this area, as well as the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department for their proactive...
Evolution of Co-Occurring Mental Health Substance Abuse Programs for the Forensic Population: The Beaver County Experience
Figures released in December 2009 by the US. Department of Justice show that Pennsylvania's prison population grew at a much higher rate than any other state from 2007 to 2008. Data indicate that 80 percent of offenders reentering from prison have...
Ex-Offender Job Placement Programs Do Not Reduce Recidivism
Author's Note: This article does not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ex-offender job placement interventions (e.g., job-readiness classes, job training, supported work, job placement, transitional...
Juveniles Who Sexually Offend: Special Considerations for a Population Difficult to Define
When he was seven years old, Michael was sexually abused by his babysitter over a period of several months. The abuse consisted of fondling and viewing pornography. By the time he was 12, Michael had acted out sexually multiple times with classmates....
Military Prisoners: How Do They Differ from Civilian Offenders?
Both the general public and the corrections community have become more aware of military corrections. Even with this increased awareness, military corrections, its facilities and military prisoners are still viewed as unique, special or different from...
Multicultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Third Edition
Multicultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Third Edition, by James E. Hendricks, Bryan Byers and Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd., 2011, 228 pp. Multicultural Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Criminology...
New PREA Standards and Differences
On May 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released the National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. The standards are the result of years of discussion over...
Roanoke County Sheriff's Office Is on the Cutting Edge of Accreditation
For several years, Sheriff Mike Winston wanted to automate American Correctional Association files. With 383 standards, the files require several thousand proofs of compliance during a three-year audit period. Winston was well aware that this change...
Seeing through the Eyes of Schizophrenia
Deinstitutionalization brought the hope that many individuals with mental illness could be treated in the community and lead productive lives rather than languish in mentalinstitutions for years. The architects of the movement never saw their vision...
Studies of Shifts and Sleep May Help Correctional Officers
Author's Note: Points of view expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. Two recent studies of work shifts and sleep disorders that focus on law enforcement officers...
The Role of Family and Pro-Social Relationships in Reducing Recidivism
Family can be a critical component in assisting individuals transitioning from incarceration because family members provide both social control (1) and social support, (2) which inhibit criminal activity. (3) Family members and other supportive individuals...
Today's Special Needs Call for New Approaches
During the last few decades, long-term mental health facilities in the U.S. were closed as a result of deinstitutionalization; however, due to the lack of community resources and budgetary issues, many states have been forced to treat mentally ill...