Magazine article Corrections Today

Corrections Mourns Joseph R. Rowan

Magazine article Corrections Today

Corrections Mourns Joseph R. Rowan

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On May 4, 2001, when Joseph Rowan lost his battle with cancer, corrections lost one of its most tireless and effective leaders. During a career that lasted more than 60 years, Rowan was one of the nation's foremost authorities on correctional health care and suicide prevention. With his groundbreaking work in establishing medical and mental health standards, and his training curriculum for suicide prevention in juvenile and adult institutions, Rowan has left a valuable legacy that will be remembered for years.

Rowan began his career in corrections as a jail line officer with the Dakota County Sheriff Office in Hastings, Minn. During World War II, he served as a member of the Military Police. After the war, he studied social work at San Jose State College and earned master's degrees from Notre Dame and the University of California at Berkeley. In the mid-1950s, he worked with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), developing citizens' groups to support correctional reforms and adequate funding for the criminal justice system. Rowan went on to hold numerous positions across the nation in adult and juvenile detention facilities, probation and parole agencies, and law enforcement.

From 1967 to 1973, Rowan served as executive director of the John Howard Association (JHA) in Chicago, an organization dedicated to promoting fair and effective correctional programs in prisons and jails. After his tenure with JHA, he took on the challenge of director of the Florida Division of Youth Services. …

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