Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, January/February

Beyond the Burpee
When the public pays monthly fees for their gym memberships, while inmates exercise at no cost during their incarceration - well, this proves to be a controversial topic. But to those in the corrections industry, providing appropriate exercise options...
Brownback Abolishes Kan. Parole Panel, Names Corrections Chief
Wichita EagleGov. Sam Brownback has abolished the Kansas Parole Board to save money. He named Raymond Roberts, warden of the El Dorado Correctional Facility, to head the corrections department. In a move projected to save nearly $500,000, a three-person...
D.C. Jail to Fingerprint Visitors, Check for Warrants
Washington ExaminerStarting in March, all visitors to the District's jail will undergo a fingerprint scan that will be checked against law enforcement databases for outstanding warrants. The D.C. Department of Corrections is already using the "live scan"...
Field Testing Kits Have Come a Long Way
DRUG field testing kits have come a long way in the past five or ten years. They are much quicker, test for a wider variety of drugs, and are used by all types of law enforcement officers, from those on patrol to those working in drug courts to those...
Kan. County Gets Plan on Keeping Mentally Ill out of Jail
Kansas City StarA new Johnson County, Kan., study recommends far more resources and broad coordination of the justice and health systems to help keep the mentally ill out of jail. The report, released after 19 months of research, addresses a problem...
Keeping the Perimeter Secure
Correctional facilities are constantly challenged to protect their staff as well as the public surrounding the facility, while providing a secure environment for the incarcerated population. To achieve this, the perimeter system at each location must...
Mich. Leaders Call for Common Sense in Stemming Prison Budget
The Detroit NewsTwo prominent Michiganders called on Gov.-Elect Rick Snyder to reign in corrections spending, which they called "one of the largest contributors to the state's chronic structural deficit." The commentators are Rob Fowler, president of...
Prison Mental Health Treatment: TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Inmates' mental health care begins the moment they enter the correctional system, when they are evaluated by a mental health professional and/or a health care professional. Treatment begins as soon as the inmate's condition is diagnosed and assessed....
Rfid Monitoring
With stringent accountability requirements equal to any industry, it's easy to see how corrections agencies could benefit from a device that continuously tracks both inmates and staff - as well as key assets.Tracking inmates and staff has its obvious...
Sacramento County Uses Biometrics to Remove 461 Undocumented in First Year
Hispanically SpeakingSince its activation in Sacramento County a year ago, Secure Communities' biometrie information-sharing initiative has resulted in the identification and removal of more than 460 convicted criminal immigrants encountered by local...
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