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Document 031471
You've Got Mail: The Promise of Cyber Communication in Prisons and the Need for Regulation
By Raher, Stephen. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) (Easthampton, MA).
"As with most aspects of life, communications options for incarcerated people are in flux due to technological changes. For practical, political, and technical reasons, communications methods have evolved more slowly in prison than in the outside world, but change is nonetheless here. New technologies such as video visitation and electronic messaging have the potential to improve quality of life for incarcerated people and help correctional administrators effectively run secure facilities. Yet t... Read More

33 pages
Document 029678
Screening Out Family Time: The For-Profit Video Visitation Industry in Prisons and Jails
By Rabuy, Bernadette; Wagner, Peter. Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) (Northampton, MA).
This is the most comprehensive website you will find about the for-profit video visitation industry. It is essential reading for anyone considering using a for-profit video visitation system in their correctional facility. "Video technology like Skype or FaceTime can be a great way to stay together for people who are far apart. It is not the same as being there in person, but it is better than a phone call or sending a letter. Given that there are 2.2 million people who are incarcerated, often m... Read More
38 pages
Document 028190
Controversy, Litigation and Performance Problems Plague Private Probation Services
By Reutter, David M.; Friedmann, Alex.
This is a good overview of the problems inherent in private probation. Sections cover: the controversy—probation for profit; litigation against private probation companies; and performance problems reported.... Read More
4 pages
Document 031368
Video Visitation: How Private Companies Push for Visits by Video and Families Pay the Price
By Renaud, Jorge Antonio. Grassroots Leadership (Austin, TX); Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (Austin, TX).
This publication explains how video visitation negatively impacts the families of inmates. "While prison advocates have long anticipated the technology that would allow for video visits as a way to increase communication between incarcerated individuals, their family, and community members, it was always envisioned as a supplement to in-person visitation. The reality of incarceration is that many individuals are assigned to units in rural communities, far away from their loved ones, burdening mo... Read More

12 pages
Document 031562
Managing the Elderly in Corrections
By Porporini, Frank J..
"The elderly offender is still treated as distinctly marginal and remains more or less peripheral to policy and advocacy within most correctional jurisdictions. Where innovative practices have emerged, it is typically because of the local efforts of determined correctional professionals, often in partnership with the voluntary sector. Despite their increasing numbers, elderly offenders have not yet attained visibility as a national or international policy issue in corrections" (p. 18-19). This d... Read More

29 pages
Document 027246
Halfway from Prison to the Community: From Current Practice to Best Practice
Rutgers University. Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research (New Brunswick, NJ).
“With the growing emphasis on reentry readiness, federal, state, and local correctional agencies have developed reentry strategies that rely to varying degrees on “halfway” residential facilities, called “residential reentry centers” (RRCs) … This report provides a framework and a set of guidelines for the structure, implementation, and evaluation of RRCs” (p. i). Sections of this report following an executive summary include: from current to best practice regarding halfway houses; residential r... Read More
24 pages
Document 027248
Promising Victim Related Practices in Probation and Parole Fact Sheet Series
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY); Council of State Governments (New York, NY).
Access to eight fact sheets “on topics related to crime victims and victims’ needs throughout the community corrections process” is provided. Topics covered are: The Role of Community Corrections in Victim Services; Collaboration and Partnership for Victim Services in Community Corrections; Family Violence; Restitution and Other Legal Financial Obligations; Seeking Victim Input; Victim Information and Notification; Victim/Offender Programs; and Workplace Violence.... Read More
Document 027629
Annual Privatization Report 2013: Criminal Justice and Corrections
By Gilroy, Leonard; Kenny, Harris; Volokh, Alexander; Livingston, Andrew. Reason Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).
If you are looking for a great overview of privatization and public-private partnerships in criminal justice and corrections, then this is the place to start. “Now in its 26th year of publication, Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report is the world's longest running and most comprehensive report on privatization news, developments and trends” The Criminal Justice and Corrections section contains subsections covering: A. 2012 Corrections Privatization Overview; B. State and International... Read More
41 pages
Document 028053
Strategies for Procurement Innovation and Reform|Final Report
By IJIS Procurement Innovation Task Force. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC). IJIS Institute. Procurement Innovation Task Force (Ashburn, VA).
“This document is intended to provide guidance to state, local, and Federal officials for use when assessing how to address the procurement problems that are ubiquitous across the nationwide procurement space … While this document may not ultimately provide recommendations that will solve specific procurement challenges, it will provide more high-level suggestions aimed at addressing procurement issues in general. While the procurement issues that buyers and sellers face are often anecdotally di... Read More
70 pages
Document 022990
Large Jail Network Meeting, March 2-4, 2008, Aurora, Colorado
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Washington, DC).
Contents of these proceedings are: introduction; key themes; session highlights; opening remarks; open forum; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) Program; contract services; media relations; workforce development; Legal Issues in Jails--2008; LJN business; final meeting agenda; participant list; and index of past LJN meeting topics.... Read More
84 p.
Document 013682
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, January 1997
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
This meeting focused on two issues: privatization of correctional facilities and the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996. Ten presenters provide arguments for and against privatization. Political environment, contract terms, personnel, cost of operation, monitoring, and accountability are highlighted. The Prison Litigation Reform Act is explained and commented upon by two attorneys, Lynn Lund and William Collins. Appendices include the meeting agenda and list of participants.... Read More
52 p.
Document 003372
Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, July 11-13, 1993, Denver, Colorado
National Institute of Corrections Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
Two main topics were the focus of this meeting: the privatization of corrections and the special needs of women offenders in jails. Presentations on privatization addressed contracting out specific services as well as the issue of full-scale management of correctional facilities. The health care needs of women in jail were addressed by two physicians who direct jail health services. Another major session was devoted to the need for special programming for women in jail.... Read More
63 p.
Document 005473
How to Develop an RFP/BID Document for the Procurement of an Automated Jail Management System
By Donham, Wayne. National Institute of Corrections Jail Center (Boulder, CO). Hancock County Sheriff's Dept. (Ellsworth, ME); Maine Sheriffs' Association (Augusta, ME).
Generic specifications, to be adapted in formulating an RFP for a jail management information system, are presented in this RFP outline. Areas to consider in evaluating proposals are also discussed. Supplied title.... Read More
Document 002969
Contracting for Community Corrections Services
By Jensen, Cristy; Lieber, Harley; Scherman, Richard; Thiel, Karen Smith. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Topics discussed include: needs assessment, make or buy decision process, request for proposals, contract development, and contract management and evaluation.... Read More
47 p.
Document 005798
Correctional Contracting: A Guide to Successful Experiences
By Camp, Camille Graham; Camp, George M.; Osmond, Gordon. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Criminal Justice Institute (South Salem, NY).
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138 p.
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