Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 5, September/October

Addressing Correctional Officer Stress: Programs and Strategies
A few facts illustrate the stressful nature of correctional work: * Many officers do not answer their home telephones because it might be the institution calling for overtime. Some officers get a second, unlisted telephone number that they keep secret...
Blood Borne Pathogen Protection-Clothing
It's hard for officers to accurately plan their day. They know what their detail is, but they don't know what they are going to come up against on a given shift. Yesterday is different from today, and today will certainly be different from tomorrow....
Go Ahead, Try to Lie
Discover The U.S. Department of Defense is attempting to create a better polygraph machine. The polygraph machine, which was first introduced almost 100 years ago, is routinely used to screen thousands of job applicants and government employees every...
Impact of Correctional Policies on Urban Communities
THE unintended consequences of high incarceration rates in some urban communities may be as important as the intended ones. Incarceration has a variety of labor market effects. According to Western and Beckett, high incarceration rates reduce unemployment...
Jail Panel Rolls Up Sleeves
Orlando Sentinel Florida's Orange County Chairman Rich Crotty established the Jail Oversight Commission in an effort to deal with medical and mental health; substance abuse; technology; corrections staffing; and criminal justice case processing. The...
National Academy of Sciences Advocates Enhanced HIV/AIDS Services in Prisons and Jails
It has been well-documented that the incidence of HIV/AIDS in the nation's prisons and jails is considerably higher than in the general population. Concern has been growing that HIV positive inmates are being reintegrated into society without adequate...
Recommendations for Management of Inmate Telephone Privileges
The Office of the Inspector General review of the Bureau of Prison's (BOP) inmate telephone system found that a significant number of inmates use prison telephones to commit serious crimes fi including murder, drug trafficking, and fraud. The BOP has...
Security Trends
The worst nightmare any correctional manager can face is the escape of inmates from his facility. This was illustrated in December of last year with the highly-publicized escape of the Texas Seven. The public, politicians and the press were all over...
Substance Abuse Costs States $81 Billion Annually
Three-year study conducted by Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), found that substance abuse has levied a heavy financial burden on state governments. According to the CASA report, Shoveling Up: The Impact of...
Thermal Imaging-Hot Stuff!
Imagine Imagine being able to spot a escaped convict hiding in absolute darkness. Or being able to see disturbed earth around the perimeter of your prison. Or being able to scan a cell and "see" things hidden in the walls. All of this, and more, is possible...
When a Cure Isn't Possible, CMF's Hospice Still Helps Heal
The cinderblock walls are painted the usual shade of institutional green. Sunlight streams in through heavily barred windows. But the atmosphere at the end of the corridor in Unit 4 is quieter and calmer than elsewhere in the institution. The aquarium...
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