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With all of the high-tech answers out there to today's corrections challenges, it can be difficult to see that sometimes the best solution might be the simplest one. This week's story covers an idea used for generations, and it needs little more than love, feeding, walks and a few treats. But, really, who doesn't need that every now and again?
Jim, Corrections.com editor


High-tech fetching

By Ann Coppola

They can text, but they can't hide

The presence of cell phones inside correctional facilities can endanger everyone, from staff to inmates and even to the outside public. Phones can be used to plan escapes as well as attacks on other inmates, officers, witnesses, or others outside the facility.

They also can be help inmates threaten enemies, carry out contraband trafficking, or organize gang activity. Many departments these days are utilizing metal detectors, X-ray machines, and visitor inspections to prevent phones from getting smuggled in, but these efforts don’t appear to be a complete solution.

While the South Carolina Department of Corrections and others are currently looking at technology such as cell phone signal jamming as alternative solutions to this problem, a less high-tech way to “drop” these unwanted calls for good is available. Read this week's full story.

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Regarding Notes from the home front
This is a great article. I know that I will need all of the support that my family can give me, especially in the beginning. I will be gone for extended periods of time without seeing them to start, and it will be an oasis coming home on the "weekends" and just hanging out with my wife and kids. Again...great article.

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Texas Juvenile Probation Commission Conference

The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission will host "BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Preventing, Responding, Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Justice Facilities" from December 10-12, 2008 at the Omni Bayfront Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This year's conference will gather renowned national authors, speakers, and practitioners to discuss the complex issues surrounding sexual abuse of juvenile offenders in correctional facility settings. This multi-tracked conference will focus on prevention of sexual abuse in facilities, responding to sexual abuse, and effective investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse.

Its goal is to provide attendees with the tools, training, and resources to formulate comprehensive and effective protocols for their facility to ensure that incarcerated youth are protected from sexual abuse.

For more information, please visit www.tjpc.state.tx.us

ACA 2009 Winter Conference

Date: 1/9 - 14/09
Location: Kissimmee, Florida, United States. See http://www.aca.org, contact Jennifer Bechtel at 703.224.0102 or click here for more information.

Interview Techniques

Date: 1/23/09
Course Content: Focused Interview Strategies, Interview Fundamentals, Verbal and Non-Verbal Behavior, and more. More information.

The Bullet Proof Mind: Mental Preparation for Combat

Date: 1/27/09
Col. Grossman, currently a West Point professor, is one of the nation's leading law enforcement trainers. More information.

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