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April 2012 - Thinking About Corrections

Thinking About Corrections

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    NYC DOC Announces Crime Victims Bill of Rights for Staff

    The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) released a groundbreaking bill of rights for its staff who have been victimized by crime. The Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights for the NYC Department of Correction Workforce was announced Monday, April 23, at a candlelight vigil on Rikers Island during the department’s annual recognition of National Crime Victims Rights Week. It is believed to be the first crime victim’s bill of rights anywhere that focuses on corrections. The new bill...
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    Strip Searching in the 21st Century

    On April 2, 2012, the US Supreme Court announced an opinion concerning the issue of strip searches in correctional facilities. In a 5-4 decision, the Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling and supported the use of strip searches “to ensure that jails are not made less secure by reason of what new detainees may carry in on their bodies”. Given the complexity of the issue, and the thoroughness of the opinion from the Supreme Court, it is not sufficient as a corrections professional...
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