Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, March/April

Automating Training Records
Maintaining the training records of your corrections personnel may not seem like a huge undertaking. That is, until a surprise audit of those records by a state training standards body occurs, or you suddenly discover that several officers have missed...
Behind the Scenes at Moundsville
A beautiful stone building looms over the town of Moundsville, West Virginia. Its gothic-style columns and architecture resemble a castle, a building rooted in place to house and protect its people. But it's not a castle; this is the West Virginia State...
Daylighting & Productivity
As the pace of technological innovation intensifies and human beings are daily asked to process more information and perform increasingly complex tasks, it becomes exceedingly important that architectural design respond to human needs. Building design...
Executive Summary
Three decades of growth in America's prison population has quietly nudged the nation across a sobering threshold: for the first time, more than one in every 100 adults is now confined in an American jail or prison. According to figures gathered and analyzed...
High Risk Inmate Transport: Its Reputation as the Cushiest Job in the Chain of Custody May Be Changing
In the past several months, inmates have escaped custody during transportation. Because the escapes have been fatal to the transporting officers and dangerous to the public-and because they put the media spotlight squarely on the faces of administrators,...
Inmate Releases Begin under New Guidelines
The federal government recently freed the first of what could be thousands of federal inmates convicted on crack-cocaine charges to benefit from amended U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines that retroactively reduced their sentences.Four federal inmates...
Medical Causes of Death in State Prisons 2001-2004
Between 2001 and 2004, 89% of deaths in state prisons were attributed to medical conditions. Heart disease and cancer were the two leading causes of deaths, according to the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP).Between 2001 and 2004, state prison...
Meritless Investigation of Corrections Officers
Wisconsin prison inmates are using-and many say abusing-an unusual, 168-year-old law to spark often meritless investigations of correctional officers, tying up courts, and creating new headaches for officers. Under the state's John Doe law, citizens...
Security Detectors
Security detectors are an ever-present tool in correctional facilities. Most recently, they have become more highly sensitive to hidden weapons and contraband that inmates and visitors might conceal. The latest technology goes a long way to help ensure...
Spotless Laundry Leaves Less Blemish on Environment
Missouri is expected to save $1.2 million per year in natural gas, water and sewer costs simply by improving energy-efficiency at 15 correctional facilities statewide. During 2007, an ozone system was added to each facility's on-premise laundry as part...
Suit Yourself
New advances in uniform properties and technologies have brought a host of products to the corrections industry in the past few years. Gone are days of stiff polyester trousers and shirts. The fabrics that make up uniforms specifically for the corrections...
Swelling Prison Population Numbers Cause Budgetary Woes
Robert Sillen, the man a judge put in charge of health care in California prisons, has been trying to fix things, but solutions come at a price. Health care spending in California's state prisons has doubled in the last two years. That is just one reason...
Technologist Profile
A Q&A with a Leader in Maintenance Management Software Systems An Interview with William Caver, President, Aleier, Inc., Piano, TexasAn ongoing series of profiles that highlight 'technologists' who specialize in various conections technologiesWilliam...
The Revolving Door of Re-Entry
If four years in prison taught John Rodgers anything, it's that he doesn't intend to go back. Get a job, play by the rules and stay clean. That's his plan. Re-Entry Court, which helps to integrate ex-cons back into the community, is his path. Released...
Two Prisons in El Salvador Devoted Exclusively to Gangs
Two gangs that originated on the streets in Los Angeles have grown so large in El Salvador that there are two prisons in that country devoted exclusively to their members, one for each gang. Gangs in Los Angeles, with the worst gang problem in the U.S.,...
When Trainers Conspire to Riot
Each year a riot happens in West Virginia. And close to 2,000 people are involved, with the numbers mounting annually. Why can't the cops get this riot under control, you may ask? Why, pray tell, do they allow it, even encourage it? Because we're not...
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