ASCA June 2012 Current Issues in Corrections Survey
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Oct. 19, 2012
ANNOTATION: Results from an online survey of members from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) are analyzed. These results will inform correctional professionals about issues deemed important to the field. These issues raked in order of priority are: budget; turnover of correctional staff/staff recruitment and retention; managing geriatric, medical, and mental health populations; cost of inmate medical care; coordination of reentry efforts at the local level/reentry initiatives/implementing reintegration centers/recidivism reduction; Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards and staff/inmate sexual misconduct; opening emergency/temporary beds, overcrowding, and bed capacity; contraband detection, specifically cell phones; staff behavior - morals and ethics/staff culture; post-release housing for difficult to place inmates; information technology Infrastructure and use of technology; management of security threat groups; middle management position reductions/succession planning - replacing retiring; managers/pay compensation limits; surge in female inmate population; outdated, misplaced prisons/maintaining buildings and properties; inmate programming effectiveness/program cutbacks; consolidation of corrections, juvenile, crime control into public safety/organization structure; revision of the inmate classification system; conflicting earned credit laws; reorganization of probation and/or parole services; modernization of prison industries; reduction of institutional violence; priorities of inmates working in the community/risk management; implementation of Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011; reduction of the number of parole technical violators returned to prison; returning healthcare services to state control; and sentencing reform.