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Social Networking - Be in the Bleachers or Be in the Game!
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We met in an ACA workshop on Sunday with about 50 professionals in correctional management and learning.Great workshop, thanks to the participants!It was about embracing applications of social networking and supporting technology. One theme was echoed loud and clear.Social networking technology is here and here to stay. Participants were put to work identifying applications for Wikis, Blogs, Social Networking and Video Sharing.  We generated a starter list for correctional applications. Wikis; to maximize participation in policy/procedure development, collaborating on projects, training, emergency response planning.Blogs; get information out, implementing new things, getting staff feedback, rumor control, job recruiting and hiring, convey “what’s happening” in day-to-day business and training.  Social Networking; to network with stakeholders, offender tracking, marketing, investigation, employee screening.Video Sharing; remedial instruction, annual refresher training, recruiting, offender program, feedback on training.Again, this is a nice starter list-thanks folks.

Please feel free to add more through the comments feature in this blog.

The session was enhanced with a case study presentation by the Wyoming Department of Corrections and how they have used social networking to advance recruitment efforts for the agency. Attached is the slide document for that presentation.


Posted Mon, Jan 31 2011 8:39 AM by Michael Dooley


Werner Gottschlich wrote re: Social Networking - Be in the Bleachers or Be in the Game!
on Sat, Feb 5 2011 1:27 AM

That is a step in the right direction. Very good article.

Michael Dooley wrote re: Social Networking - Be in the Bleachers or Be in the Game!
on Mon, Feb 7 2011 4:10 AM

Thanks for the comments.  Would like to hear some more.  What is your take on potential applications to the world of correctional services?  What are the obstacles to overcome?  What are the leading opportunities.  Thanks.

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