Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 5, September/October

A Look at Phamatech
When government agencies need to perform drug screening, whether it's for employees, inmates or parolees, accuracy and ease of use are vital. One company, Phamatech, Inc. based in San Diego offers drug screening devices that can detect the presence of...
Calls from N.Y. Prisons Still the Priciest
City Limits WEEKLYFor the friends and families of New York State prison inmates, adjournment of the state legislature the last week in June brought a familiar frustration, according to the June 26th edition of the paper. They hoped that the Senate would...
Chronic Disease: A Vicious Cycle
COMPILED BY LAURA CATER, CONTRIBUTING EDITORA compilation of findings regarding rates, statistics and risk factors for TB and HIV infections-from local jails to large correctional facilities.Incidence of TuberculosisThe rate of tuberculosis (TB) among...
Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons: Part 1
What happens inside jails and prisons does not stay inside jails and prisons. It comes home with prisoners after they are released and with corrections officers at the end of each day's shift. Thus, when people live and work in facilities that are unsafe,...
Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons: Summary and Recommendations, Part 2
Labor and LeadershipFinding: Better safety inside prisons and jails depends on changing institutional culture, which cannot be accomplished without enhancing the corrections profession at all levels.Most corrections professionals work under extremely...
Jail Site Evaluation and Selection
Selectinga site is probably one of the most difficult tasks in planning and designing a new jail. The task usually involves a volatile mix of public controversy and technical and financial considerations found with few other public construction projects....
New PRODUCTS
HIV TreatmentViracept®, when used in combination with other antiretroviral agents, has shown to be useful in the treatment of HIV infection. The 625-mg tablet provides a 24% higher plasma concentration, offers a powererful HIV Suppression, has the ability...
Rebuilt & Redeployed
The U.S. Army's First Cavalry Division, based at Ft. Hood, Texas, recently searched for a vendor to refurbish cargo trailers that experienced hard duty in Iraq. Only one vendor was able to meet the Army's accelerated turnaround time, price and required...
Renewable Energy
Energy independence, a push towards building infrastructures that use renewable sources of energy and reduce national dependence on foreign oil markets, is an idea that is being endorsed by many across the country. According to a recent address delivered...
Roundtable Discussion: TASERS
One hotly debated issue in prison settings-if and when lasers should be used-was discussed by experts Dr. John Clark, Bill Collins, Art Wallenstein and Don Leach at the January 2006 meeting of NIC's Large Jail Network (LJN) in Longmont, Co. The following...
The Psychiatric Crisis of Youth in Detention
More than 2.3 million juveniles are arrested every year, and about 600,000 of these are processed through juvenile detention centers and more than 100,000 are placed in secure juvenile correction facilities (Sickmund, 2004). More research has shown that...
Training at Camp Caisson
Before the war in Iraq, the role of guarding prisoners wasn't common in military police occupations and the level of threat from prisoners was manageable. Now, military police professionals serve in a new role that requires fresh skills to perform this...
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