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I highly recommend reading Ted Conover’s NewJack. It pinpointed this issue beautifully—one day his infant screamed from his crib, and Conover almost snapped seeing/hearing one more yell from “behind bars.” It changed his attitude (and also his job, but…) Having an Inside attitude that does not spill over Outside is difficult. This string of suggestions is wise. ... full thread


MOCK PRISON RIOT: Stopping the Disturbance Before It Starts

By Paul VanDeCarr
It’s not many people who will describe being held hostage as an “opportunity.” But then, most people are not like Mike Coleman, Director of Security for the West Virginia Division of Corrections (WV DOC).

It was New Year’s Day, 1986 at the West Virginia Penitentiary, where Coleman was working as a corrections officer. Four years earlier, prisoners had filed suit to challenge what they saw as the inhumane conditions at the facility—problems with overcrowding, heat, sanitation. Some say it was the lack of progress in responding to those complaints that led to the 1986 riot, when 20 inmates armed with knives stormed the cafeteria and took 15 corrections officers and food service workers hostage. Coleman was among them. ... full story

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The Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) is accepting applications for an unclassified Parole Director/Public Service Executive III, located in Topeka, Kan.

The Parole Director provides supervisory and administrative direction at the regional level to all NPR staff, including support staff, parole staff, case management staff, and resource staff. This position is responsible for oversight/continuity of the NPR’s risk reduction efforts, from future planning through daily operations.

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