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Corrections Connection: This Week In Corrections


As we start a new year, we begin a new series for Corrections Connection as well. Our "Corrections 101" segments will feature basic articles about corrections concepts.

Anyone looking to brush up on their corrections knowledge or those looking to become more familiar with the field will find "Corrections 101" articles filled with helpful information. We kick off this series with a piece about jail cleaning basics.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


Corrections 101: Jailhouse Cleaning

By Matt Morrison

Back to basics

Earlier last year in Florida’s Pinellas County Jail, a female inmate unexpectedly died. At first, investigators were confounded as to the exact cause of the woman’s death.

An autopsy was performed and other than being slightly overweight and having minor coronary artery disease, the procedure found no serious health problems. However, a closer investigation determined the inmate had contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA is a bacteria that normally causes skin infections, but has become increasingly resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics, which have traditionally terminated any threat. Typically, MRSA invades the system through a cut on the skin, but it can also be transmitted by sharing personal items, such as razors, towels, and even clothing. Read this week's full story.

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Regarding The elements of inmate re-entry
One important factor is creating a system that encourages the development of personal responsibility for an offender to handle his own life, and not to continue saddling the taxpayers (which includes victims) with all kinds of social service “entitlements.” These extra services seldom help the offender become a law-abiding, productive member of society!

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