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November 2007 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    What's Being Done to Help Women, in a Nutshell

    Addressing Women's Incarceration: A National Survey of State Commissions and Task Forces on Women in the Criminal Justice System is a new, concise resource from the Women's Prison Association. Per the WPA, "[p]roviding links to authorizing legislation, final reports, as well as other information generated by these bodies, this resource is meant to serve as a tool for decision-makers and concerned community members." In such an important and active area, it is helpful to see such...
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    What Are the Most Dangerous Everyday Objects in Your Facility?

    Correctional officers in prisons and jails face an environment in which they are surrounded by potentially dangerous inmates with access to ordinary items that can be converted into weapons. In a new NIJ-funded report, Improving Correctional Officer Safety : Reducing Inmate Weapons, a panel of practitioners from the correctional community, along with researchers from Johns Hopkins University, looks at which everyday objects pose the greatest threat to correctional officers in the real world environment...
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    Does Faith Play a Role in Reducing Criminality?

    What, if any, is the impact of religion in promoting pro-social behaviors? This is the question Baylor University, Institute for Studies of Religion sought to answer by using standards of scholarship to examine issues of faith. Their studies indicate that religious commitment, particularly among youth, promotes self-control and enhances protective factors regarding drug use, academic performance and in altering the behaviors of high-risk youth.
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