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This week we take readers to Iraq, where Indiana DOC Commissioner, David Donahue recently visited. Donahue was asked by the U.S. Army to survey the detainee facilities around Iraq. What Donahue found was both surprising and inspiring.
Editor, Corrections.com


On the front lines

By Ann Coppola
Corrections.com Reporter

Surveying wartime corrections

It was mid-December of last year, and David Donahue had been in Iraq for several days. Standing inside a makeshift office at Camp Bucca, the United States Army’s largest military detention center, the Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner was still adjusting to daily life in a war zone among 20,000 Iraqi detainees and thousands of soldiers.

Colonel James Brown, the commander at Camp Bucca, walked into the office where Donahue and a modestly decorated artificial Christmas tree were waiting. The intense and highly energetic Brown had someone to introduce to Donahue that might help him to feel more at home. Full Story


Regarding Dungeons for dollars, 4/7/08

I appreciate people like you who inform the public with the truth and not more B.S. I am an African American who is trying very hard to keep my grandson out of this horrible nightmare. It seems as if our race doesn't care anymore and that they are so comfortable with their lives.

Anyone can become incarcerated these days, and it appears as if everything is now a felony. What can be done about this before it is too late? If we get a new president, can these big corporations be dealt with? I like the article and look forward to reading more.

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Please (don’t) recycle

With more than one in every 100 adults in a United States jail or prison, there are now millions of children across the country with at least one incarcerated parent. Full story

Survey of violent youth, part II

National self-report studies indicate that the age of highest risk for the initiation of serious violent behavior is 15 and 16... Full story

Neighborhood & National Gangs: What’s the Difference?

As a gang investigator and a criminal justice professional for nearly thirty-nine years... Full story


Facilities getting solid benefits from PCS’ financial strength

No long-term debt combined with consistent yearly incremental growth and profitability has positioned Public Communications Service, Inc. (PCS) as the leading inmate communications firm... More

Ferguson Safety Products G.M. visits Mississippi

Ferguson Safety Products received an invitation to join the Mississippi State Penitentiary Suicide Prevention Training seminar, held by Dr. Kentrell Liddell. More

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


Key staff changes in Wyoming

The Wyoming Honor Farm and the Wyoming Department of Corrections has new leadership. Dawn Sides had been Wyoming Honor Farm Warden since 2004, until she was recently promoted to Deputy Division Administrator for the Division of Prisons. Full story

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American Jail Association Training Conference & Jail Expo

The American Jail Association invites you to join them at their 27th annual Training Conference & Jail Expo, May 4-8, 2008, in Sacramento, California.

Direct supervision and management, NIC legal issues, defusing violence, and many more topics will be discussed. A session for first time attendees and a board of directors installation ceremony will also be featured during the week’s events.

For more information, see the exciting AJA conference overview, or register here.

Don’t miss the American Jail Association’s 27th annual Training Conference & Jail Expo, May 4-8, 2008, in Sacramento, California.

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.

Organizational Training in Anger Management

Date: 5/8/08
This four-hour continuing education training is designed for certified Anderson & Anderson® Anger Management providers interested in offering organizational training. Read more.

Verbal Judo - Excellence in Tactical Communications

Date: 5/12/08
Goals Of This Course: Conflict Management, Enhance Personal Safety, Diffuse Potentially Dangerous Situations, Lessen Stress at Work and at Home, and more


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- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968), pivotal leader of the American civil rights movement


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