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Corrections Connection: This Week In Corrections


We continue this week with stories by practitioners about their doings in their off time.
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Hobbies, passions and other pursuits

David Worthington, Operations Analyst II, Florida

I collect die cast cars. I am really into NASCAR and the old muscle cars of the ‘60s. My collection consists of over 100 cars. I think I have every muscle car from 1953 to 1973. I really enjoy going to the stores on the weekends and looking for cars I need to fill my collection.

Sr. Chaplain F. Liburd, Lowell Correctional, Florida

I have been working for the Department of Corrections since February 2000, and I love my job. I have always found fulfillment in helping others. On my days off, I teach part-time at Central Florida Community College. I am a Master’s level teacher, and regularly teach English prep classes for those who need to improve their skills.

I sometimes teach career skills classes for new students entering college and classroom management for public school teachers. Read this week's full story.

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Regarding Someone to turn to, 8/5/08

I cannot applaud this new trend loudly enough! Ever since the 1960s when the prison-like mental institutions were emptied and the mentally ill were dumped on the streets, incarceration has been the unwritten policy for caring for the mentally ill.

It is heartening to see that the corrections community has finally decided that no one else is going to help these people and that it is up to the courts. I'm sorry it has to be this way, but anything that will get help for these folks is all to the good. Way to go, corrections!!!

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Going, going, gone green

At the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center (LPCC) in Lafayette, Louisiana, inmates in the jail’s plastics manufacturing program are learning job skills that can help them achieve successful reentry into society and a new life. Full story

Pulling together

June and July were hard months. Staff have been mourning the loss of coworkers CO Donna Fitzgerald and CO Jose Padilla to offenders in Florida and California. Full story

A last word on health care

In the latest, and final, edition of the Infectious Diseases in Corrections Report, Brooke E. Hoots... Full story


Public Communications Services Acquires AGM Telecom

Public Communications Services (PCS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of our current call processing equipment (CPE) partner AGM Telecom, based in Keller, Texas. More

Partnership facilitates implementation of victim notification system

he Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE ) is a free service that allows crime victims and other concerned citizens to call a toll-free number... More

Arizona county employee wins award for implementing new technology

Carol File, the Detention Services Records Manager with Yavapai County, recently was awarded the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office 2007 Civilian Employee of the Year Award for the outstanding job she has done by implementing an innovative new Offender Management System from Digital Solutions Inc. and Offender Communication System from Inmate Telephone Inc. More


Meritorious Service Award recipient named

Jeremy Welch, from the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas, was named the 2008 Meritorious Service Award recipient by the American Correctional Officer, a U.S. organization supporting COs. Full story.

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Correctional Security Conference

The 5th Annual Correctional Security Conference is scheduled for September 28 to October 1, 2008 at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. This annual conference is designed to specifically address correctional security issues and is tailored for correctional officers, supervisors and administrators, jail administrators, wardens and superintendents, and the vendors and suppliers of correctional security products and services. The theme for this year's event is:

"Correctional security and the mentally ill offender"

For more information on the conference or to register as an exhibitor, please visit our website at www.correctionalsecurity.org to download the conference registration brochure, or contact Becky Ritchey, Conference Manager, at 859-582-0027 or ekutrc@aol.com

2008 Conference hosted by the:
Correctional Security Network
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice and Safety
The Corrections Connection

24th Annual IACTP Trainers’ Conference

Date: 10/10 - 22/08
This year the Arizona Department of Corrections will host . Make plans now to attend this conference where you’ll see exceptional workshops and have the opportunity to network with corrections professionals from across the nation. More information.

Reentry Strategies for Successfully Guiding Men & Women Home

Date: 10/16-19/08
This is one of the largest faith-based Prisoner Reentry Conferences in the country. More information.

2008 OCJA Training Conference

Date: 10/19 - 21/08
Training topics include Adult & Juvenile Corrections, Juvenile Probation, Adult Parole & Probation, and more. Register at www.code4.org, 800-622-9391, or reservations@code4.org. More information

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