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Insight Inside: Colorado DOC

11th March 2016

Since 1871, the state of Colorado’s Department of Corrections has a proud history of serving the citizens of Colorado by maintaining and enhancing public safety. Currently over 6,300 correctional professionals supervise approximately 20,000 offenders in secure prisons and nearly 9,000 parolees. The Colorado Department of Corrections provides for the effective management of criminal offenders in controlled environments which are efficient, safe, humane, and appropriately secure, while providing meaningful work and self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders with community re-entry through pro-social stabilization. There are four internal divisions within the department, led by Executive Director Rick Raemisch, which include; Prison Operations, Finance and Administration, Adult Parole, and Clinical and Correctional Services. The Department […]

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Plans are Useless but Planning is Essential

11th March 2016

Both of these statements are paraphrases from two famous men who dramatically altered the outcome of World War II: Eisenhower and Churchill.  While both statements were made in the context of military actions, their relevance in the global evolution of prison systems is apropos. In nations that practice the rule of law, one could say that as laws are enacted which require a sanction of imprisonment, so too does the need, or not, for prisons. Hence, the need to consider the value of planning for transformative environments is pertinent. First, consider the need for strategic planning. One of the basic laws of physics is that for every action, there is […]

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Keeping Corrections Officers Safe; A Look At Body Armor

11th March 2016

Corrections Officers have a very clear and present need for body armor, as the environments they work in can be extremely dangerous. However, many prison services throughout the world still do not provide body armor to their Officers, and those that do often use outdated and unreliable vests. These cannot be assured of their protection, and may not help in the event of an attack. Therefore, many Corrections Officers (COs) are using their own personal body armor. It is common knowledge that the threat of attack from a firearm in a prison is almost zero. While it is irresponsible to say it could never happen, they are simply not a […]

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Implementing Information Technology in Corrections in the Developing World

11th March 2016

As corrections in the developing world moves away from punishment and towards the challenges of rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, corrections officials are searching for ways to improve both their efficiency and effectiveness. There is often a lack of resources available to manage and provide quality correctional services, even when the will to do so is enduring. Compounding the challenge is the fact that most corrections and prison systems in developing nations have been unable to join the information age; they continue to rely on traditional paper-driven, resource intensive, unreliable, unsecure and difficult-to-access record keeping. Pursuing humane and professional correctional aims for the rehabilitation of offenders is a complicated task […]

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