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Corrections Connection: This Week In Corrections


We begin the new year with a focus on innovators and creative ideas that help move corrections forward. This week reporter, Ann Coppola, profiles the inspirational and award-winning work of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

May this new year be filled with much success, good health and abundant happiness for you and your family.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


A parallel universe

By Ann Coppola

A real achiever

With all of the dismal economic, job loss, and political scandal stories of 2008, it seems most everyone will be eagerly awaiting a fresh start this New Year’s Day. But even during hard times, there will always be bright spots of ingenuity and a spirit for breaking new ground.

Called a “system-wide reform” and a “top-to-bottom overhaul of conventional corrections practices,” the Arizona Department of Corrections’ pre-release program Getting Ready was one of those bright spots this year. The reentry initiative became the first correctional program to win the Innovations in American Government Award, a program created at the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government that recognizes and promotes excellence and creativity in the public sector. Read this week's full story.

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Regarding Risk indicators for misconduct
Excellent article. I'm a warden for the Arizona Department of Corrections and can easily transfer/translate this to our field.
David Rivas, Warden, Arizona State Prison Complex - Douglas

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Politically incorrect

Gabriel Morales has worked in the area of gang prevention, both in the adult and juvenile system, for more than 25 years. Full story

A helping of great help

Jamestown, North Dakota, pop. 14,600, sits in the middle of the state along Interstate I-94. Full story

The elements of inmate re-entry

Jeff Mellow discusses the factors needed to make re-entry succeed... Full story


Digital Solutions/Inmate Telephone, Inc. Releases Third Quarter Update

Digital Solutions/Inmate Telephone, Inc., a technology firm focused on improving operational efficiencies within the corrections industry... More

California DOCR completes deployment of ATG system

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has successfully deployed Trust Fund Administration and Commissary Operations applications... More

Keefe Receives AWEC’s Legacy Award

Keefe Group was honored by the Association of Women Executives in Corrections’ (AWEC) Executive Committee as the recipient of the 2008 Legacy Award. More


INDOC’s Buss appoints two

Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Edwin G. Buss selected Michael Osburn to be the agency’s deputy commissioner of operations, and Bruce Lemmon to be Putnamville Correctional Facility’s new superintendent. Full story.

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