Corrections Forum

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 5, September/October

Contraband Detectors
The correctional environment can be a volatile one, and the people who work within its boundaries risk their lives on a daily basis. While the environment can be perilous, here's a sampling of state-of-the-art technology that can detect dangerous items...
C.O.P.: Contraband Awareness Training
With planning and work, the smallest gambling enterprise has the potential to develop into a large trading empire inside the walls. Such economic capacity can procure weapons, narcotics, loyalty, and outside help.What is the most important corrections...
Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill
Crazy in America: The hidden tragedy of our criminalized mentally illAs we learn in the book "Crazy in America," the gulf that exists between America's mental health and criminal justice systems is a vast canyon. When people fall, it is not through a...
Device Detects Cell Phones
A combination of a two events brought about CellScan Systems' entrance into the correctional/law enforcement market. John King's best friend's father many years ago was an athletic instructor at a state prison in Jackson, Michigan, and he was killed...
Inmates Challenge Ban of Religious Books
Associated Press reported in August that two inmates challenging a ban on some religious books in chapel libraries at federal prisons are trying to take the fight nationwide, asking that their lawsuit be given class action status so it can benefit thousands...
Is This the Answer?
Citing chronic overcrowding problems, double digit growth in costs and a lack of necessary services, Maine Governor John E. Baldacci has released an outline of his plans to consolidate state prisons and county jails."We have been on the edge of a crisis...
Managing Food the High Tech Way
Computrition has recently presented several enhancements to electronically manage nutrition needs in the corrections market, along with ongoing and consistent enhancements to its flagship Hospitality Suite products, Foodservice Operations Management...
Mentally Ill Inmates Face a Cruel System
In 1998, 11 years after a federal judge ordered improved mental health care for prisoners at New York State's Attica Correctional Facility, a psychotic 28-year-old man identified as "Inmate A" hanged himself in an Attica solitary confinement unit.The...
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PERSPECTIVE: HIV Behind Bars
(ProQuest: ... denotes text missing in the original.)Over the last several decades, the proportion of persons incarcerated in the United States has been steadily increasing. The United States incarcerates the greatest number and the highest proportion...
Riot Act
Police MagazineSince it was closed in 1996, the West Virginia State Penitentiary at Moundsville has hosted the annual Mock Prison Riot, which is one of the premier corrections and law enforcement training events in the world. The Mock Prison Riot, which...
Technologist Profile from E-Banking to E-Mail
Q & A with Atul Gupta, president, Advanced Technologies Group, West Des Moines, IowaAdvanced Technologies Group, ATG, was established to address a need for a better system to handle inmate banking. Rising to the challenge, this small company continues...
The Changing Image of Cert Officers from "Riot Troopers" to 21st Century Cert Operators
This topic has both rattled a number of cages in the past and opened the eyes of many agencies in the community. I am writing this article to respond to the more than 2,000 emails I have received from an earlier article on this subject several months...
The Evolution of Customized Vehicles
Customization of products stems from evolution, especially when customizing offender transport vehicles. The products are designed, manufactured, used, and clients inevitably go back to the manufacturer with suggestions for improvement or for items to...
Tightening the Screws on Security: VANDAL PROOF PRODUCTS
"Prisoners are just not as well-behaved as they used to be," says Alec Mackie, JWC Environmental. "We see news reports about it every month." Prisoners will do anything they can do to cause headaches for the correctional staff. "They learn tricks from...
Trends in Treating Mentally Ill Inmates
Treatment of the incarcerated mentally ill has long been a subject of much discussion. The good news is that things are getting better. Once in jail or prison, inmates suffering from mental illness are being screened, diagnosed and treated. There is...
Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Precast Concrete Cell Construction
A correctional facility in Hillsborough County, Florida, with 256 highsecurity beds, was completed in three months, a job that would have conventionally taken eight to 10 months. Sound familiar? Examples of such schedules seem a matter of course when...
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