This Week's Corrections Connection
Thursday | July 24, 2008
Our "women in corrections" focus continues with a profile of two professionals who unwittingly found themselves in the corrections world only to become leaders of change.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
The best laid plans
By Ann Coppola
See Jane go
When Jane Browning began her career as a developmental disabilities advocate in Denver, Colorado, she couldn’t have imagined she would one day be a part of criminal justice legislative history.
The same goes for Jane O’Shaughnessy; the former St. Louis juvenile probation officer had no idea she’d soon be transforming correctional operations throughout the United States. Whether it was the original plan or not, these unlikely career paths have helped create two turning points in corrections history, one past and one present.
Browning got her start as a mentor with The Arc of the United States, an organization committed to the welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities. Even though she had no intention of entering the criminal justice field, Browning couldn’t help but gravitate towards that arena. Read this week's full story.
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With all the checks and balances we have for institutions, like ACA, CFM, etc., and audits done by various organizations, why isn't someone looking at staffing to ensure positions are being filled all the time and not just during inspections? Why don't inspection teams just show up rather than give the institution months to fix everything that is wrong?
This would make sure everything is done right all the time, instead of those few days the inspection team is guided through only what they want to see. They mostly just go through the motions, and don't seem to look at anything too closely like rosters, which will show what is going on and question the shift supervisors who have to make due with what they have. The real story behind officer deaths will surface with liabilities lying where they should. A close look into this area may help save lives.
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Correctional Security Conference
The 5th Annual Correctional Security Conference is scheduled for September 28 to October 1, 2008 at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. This annual conference is designed to specifically address correctional security issues and is tailored for correctional officers, supervisors and administrators, jail administrators, wardens and superintendents, and the vendors and suppliers of correctional security products and services. The theme for this year's event is:
For more information on the conference or to register as an exhibitor, please visit our website at www.correctionalsecurity.org to download the conference registration brochure, or contact Becky Ritchey, Conference Manager, at 859-582-0027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2008 Conference hosted by the:
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Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Eastern Kentucky University, College of Justice and Safety
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Date: 8/24 - 28/08
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"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."
- From "Lady Windermere's Fan, 1892, Act I" by Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist, & poet (1854 - 1900)