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November 2012 - National Jail Exchange

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    by Thomas P. O’Connor According to the psychological literature, people typically follow one of three paths to create meaning in their lives and feel connected: a humanist approach (H), a spiritual approach (S), or a religious approach (R). Some studies have found that the practice of spirituality and religion in a prison or reentry context can reduce in-prison infractions and recidivism. This article discusses inmates’ involvement in H/S/R opportunities, these activities’ connection...
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    Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office Is on the Cutting Edge of Accreditation

    By Denise Ory Jail professionals know that managing the pages of records needed for accreditation audits is time- and space-consuming. In this article, Denise Ory of the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia details how that agency shifted to a paperless system for compliance tracking. The agency began implementing its new system in January 2011 as a pilot test with the permission of the American Correctional Association. It completed a successful audit in March 2012, and the system is...
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    Web-Based Inmate Visitation Improves Security and Access in Washoe County, Nevada

    By Debi Campbell, Detention Operations Manager, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, Reno, Nevada The jail in Washoe County, Nevada, successfully piloted a web-based inmate visitation system that improves security, reduces visitor travel, and raises money for the inmate welfare fund. Visitors can access the system from their computers or from cell phones and tablet computers. After 2 years of use, the numbers of on-site inmate visits and web visits are about equal, and it is expected that web visits...
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