Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, July/August

Automating Accounting: Trust Fund Accounting
Handling of an inmate's money inside a correc- tional facility can be done in a range of ways - from manually to automatically. Older methods involve a clerk taking cash or checks, depositing it and keeping track of funds on an index card. New technology...
Controlling ANGER
The criminal justice system, from arresting officers to courts to corrections, is supposed to be impartial, devoid of emotions - especially anger. The bottom line, however, is that everyone involved in the process is human and it's difficult to separate...
Faith-Based Inmate Rehab Research "Sparse, Inconclusive"
Denver PostLike countless others before him, Jonathan Willis rediscovered God in the solitude of a Colorado jail cell, 10 months after he was charged with murder. "It's natural to reach out to God in a period of duress," says Michael Spotts, a volunteer...
First Line of Defense for Prison Effluent
For years, Graterford Prison, a maximum security facility in Pennsylvania, experienced continuous problems with their wastewater system. Their antiquated equipment consisted of bar screens, grinders and comminutors which were frequently overwhelmed by...
Handling an Influx of Mentally Ill Inmates
Correctional facilities have had to deal with an increasing number of inmates who are mentally ill, in part due to closing of community organizations and treatment centers. Correctional facilities are doing the best they can with their own limited resources...
High Risk Security Patrol: Preempting Inmate Disturbance Plans
HERE's an exercise for all you corrections news junkies out there: Google search the news headlines for the past month. You'll quickly pick up on a theme that is alarming corrections professionals nationally and internationally: Increasing escapes, disturbances,...
Issues in Integration: Building Systems
Tremendous advances in security equipment have come about over the past 10 years but 90% of the equipment is not suitable for corrections, says one industry leader. To make matters worse, there's no centralized certification authority.It's important...
Jailing Juveniles: The Dangers of Incarcerating Youth in Adult Jails in America
SUMMARY OF A CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE REPORTEvery day in America an average of 7,500 youth are incarcerated in adult jails, according to estimates made by researchers. The annual number of youth who are placed in adult jails is even higher - 10 to...
Keeping Safe in Close Contact
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS FACE A litany of threats on a daily basis. Protecting C. O. s from infections diseases, such as HIV, MRSA, hepatitis, tuberculosis and many others, is particularly challenging in a correctional facility environ- ment, where close...
Less (Lethal) Is More
BB Machinegun LTLX-Caliber Tactical has manufactured a new lesslethal weapon, the Strafer. Made of lightweight, Airsoft plastic, the weapon holds 7,200 rounds and shoots 1 75 BB's per second. The Strafer is most effective when used for pain compliance,...
New PRODUCTS
Chain Link HandcuffThe Model P010 Chain Link Handcuff is intended to fit increasingly tight budgets without compromising safety. While offered at a lower price the Model POI 0 was designed and tested to rigorous standards to meet the tough demands often...
Social Services for Nonviolent Offenders Can Cut Recidivism
Government ExecutiveThe U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance is bringing together law enforcement officials from across the U.S. for candid assessments of what's working - and perhaps more important, what's not - in the criminal justice...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Because inmates hide contraband or make weapons from vandalized equipment and furnishings, vandalism is a considerable problem in corrections facilities. We asked some leading manufacturers of tamperproof products how they design products with security...
Tips for Safe Inmate Transport
Not too long ago, an inmate incarcerated at the Cook County, Illinois, DOC kicked out the window of a transport van going 55 mph on the highway and escaped. The agency is not that different from anywhere else in that this caught them unaware (the agency...
Training for Life
Training is one of the most important lines of defense that can ensure safety on the job. Not only are officers' lives at risk, but the population they serve looks to them for protection; therefore, they must be confident in what they do. The following...
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