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June 2012 - Thinking About Corrections

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    "DC Public Safety" Podcasts

    Commissioner Cranston J. Mitchell, Vice Chairman, US Parole Commission and Robbye Braxton-Mintz, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections were recently featured discussing the status of parole in the United States on a "DC Public Radio" program . Another noteworthy program covered motivational interviewing . “ DC Public Safety ” offers Radio and television shows, blog and transcripts on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system. Click...
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    Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 56 Mississippi Inmates

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for states to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. In Mississippi, 56 inmates sentenced when they were 18 or younger are serving capital murder sentences in which there is no parole, says Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tara Booth. It is unclear right now how the ruling will affect these inmates. From corrections.com Learn more: Read Supreme Court opinion...
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    Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice: University of Illinois

    On Thursday June 7th, the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice celebrated its official opening at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford. The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice will equip communities across the state to respond appropriately to the needs of people with behavioral health disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system. The Center of Excellence will provide technical assistance, resources, and training...
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    PREA 101 Webinar Series

    The PREA 101 Webinar Series focuses on the U.S Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, released on May 17, 2012. Each webinar will provide a presentation on standards readiness and blueprints for moving forward in the various correctional settings including adult prisons, jails and lock-ups, community corrections and juvenile agencies. The goal of the series is to: (1) assist agencies in triaging their response to the standards; (2) share information...
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    Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard Revision Project

    The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is revising the stab resistant body armor standard through the efforts of a special technical committee of practitioners and technical experts. As part of the revision, NIJ is trying to quantify the threat improvised weapons pose to correctional officers in order to identify better protective equipment that is more suitable to the ergonomics and work environment of a correctional officer. An important part of the work involves characterizing the types of weapons...
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    A Report: The Future of California Corrections

    On April 24, 2012, CDCR released their report, titled: The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Court Oversight, and Improve the Prison System. The report covers departmental changes that CDCR is looking to undertake as part of their efforts to streamline their operations, which they believe will save billions of dollars, reduce the prison population and help to meet court ordered population reductions and heath care standards. Summary highlights...
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