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Corrections Connection: This Week In Corrections


Reporter Ann Coppola covers the Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health in this week's issue. Attendees across North America met to discuss several pertinent issues including how to best use the health data they collect at their facilities.
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By Ann Coppola

Utilizing data

Last week, nearly 200 researchers, educators, and clinicians representing 20 states, Canada, and 25 academic institutions came together for the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s second annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. Held in Quincy, Massachusetts, the two-day event offered nearly 50 presentations and seminars on everything from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to HIV case management in prison, all with the goal of building a national academic consortium on correctional health. It was a rewarding opportunity for a diverse field of colleagues to share their research and to learn from one another.

“I am so often struck by the fact that there is a whole set of competencies needed to provide care in corrections that, frankly, are not taught in medical school,” said Dr. Michael Collins, Interim Chancellor for UMass Medical School, which partners with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections health care administration. Full Story

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Regarding Out, out blind spot, 1/22/08

Although I believe the model is of good design, the statement that response times will be within less than “ten or twenty seconds,” is the telling issue. No matter the design of the facility, it is the character, motivation, and desire of the offenders and staff persons within the facility (or any facility) that determine the safety and security of the population, staff, and visitors to the facility.

The innovations within security systems, electronics, and fence construction have virtually eliminated the need for “brick and mortar,” or concrete walls in the construction of our facilities. Prisons no longer need to be multi-million or billion dollar construction projects. These funds would be better served toward staff compensation and toward the institution of single cell housing in the facility.
Jon A. Eichelberg, Substance Abuse Counselor, Indiana

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Reaching out for inner peace

The concept of taking a personal or mental health day for some time off might make previous workforce generations raise an eyebrow or two. Full story

HBV basics

The latest Infectious Diseases in Corrections Report goes back to the basics as it covers hepatitis B virus (HBV), along with its transmission, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Full story

A key to offender reintegration

Most professionals agree that reducing recidivism is the key to alleviating the stress on our overburdened correctional system. The prescription for reducing recidivism is simple enough in theory, even though it is complex in practice. Full story


Bob Barker Company adds complete first aid system

Bob Barker Company recently announced the addition of the All-Ready Complete First Aid System to their extensive line of detention products. More

Bob Barker Company to Give $5,000 Grand Prize to the “Biggest Winner”

The nearly 200 employees at Bob Barker Company have an exciting challenge in front of them and plenty of incentive to go with it. More

The nearly 200 employees at Bob Barker Company now have access to 3,500 world-class online business and computer training courses with the implementation of an e-Learning program.

The nearly 200 employees at Bob Barker Company now have access to 3,500 world-class online business and computer training courses with the implementation of an e-Learning program. More


Twenty-year veteran to lead Kettle Moraine

Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Rick Raemisch appointed Michael Dittmann as warden of the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution. He begins the job March 24, 2008.Full story

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48th annual NAAWS Training Conference, “Corrections in Action,”

The North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS), in conjunction with the Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association, invite you to join them at the 48th annual NAAWS Training Conference, “Corrections in Action,” April 9 - 12, 2008.

Program highlights include:

  • Exciting downtown location
  • Free shuttle service to area attractions, restaurants and sporting venues
  • $82.00 per night room rate
  • Featured workshops on Juvenile Corrections and Institutional Security
  • Large exhibit show
  • Online room reservation system
  • Free wireless Internet everywhere!

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Don’t miss the 48th annual NAAWS Training Conference,
“Corrections in Action,” April 9 - 12, 2008.

Caribbean Corrections Summit 2008

Date: 4/21 - 24/08
Please accept this as a personal invitation to attend the 2nd Annual Caribbean Corrections Summit in Nassau, Bahamas. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Corporal Alfreda Skinner-Rolle, Chairperson at (242) 364-9885/364-9855/426-1057 or Email: bahamasfaye@hotmail.com. More

Gangs: Customs, Practices, Sociology & Identifiers

Date: 4/30/08
How violence has become a gang tool, Safety issues when dealing with gang members, Understanding gang behaviors, and more.

Reaching behind the walls - Mental Health & Workplace Wellness for Corrections Staff

Date: 5/8 - 5/9/08
Hosted by Desert Waters Correctional Outreach. Topics include, Signs & ways to intervene with staff struggling with mental health issues, Supervising stressed staff, Staff suicide, and more.


"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical."
- Yogi Berra (1925 - ), U.S. baseball player, coach and manager


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