EDITOR'S CORNER

As legislators continue to look to corrections to slash budgets, administrators are forced to scrutinize every program and service. In addition to cutting down on meal options, library services could be out too if Arizona and other states are providing any indication of what might come next.

Not so fast, says the author of this week's feature. She discusses compelling arguments about the importance of reading as well as the significance of keeping the folks who support library services.
Jim, Corrections.com editor



FEATURED STORY

Reading and prison libraries

By Judith Jordet

Reading is fundamental

Reading is a powerful tool for people in every walk of life, but it takes on special significance for inmates. Reading books not only builds their knowledge and vocabulary, but it also develops their capacity for internal reflection -- a crucial skill often lacking among criminals.

Managing general reading books in prison are important, regardless if it is one library room or several units each having "pod libraries." A managed book collection provides a pro-social example of social support within the prison setting. All these benefits make it important for general reading books in prison libraries to flourish. Read this week's full story.

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EVENTS

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:

"Correctional security and the mentally ill offender"


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 ekutrc@aol.com

2008 Conference hosted by the:
Correctional Security Network
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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24th Annual IACTP Trainers’ Conference

Date: 10/19 - 22/08
This year the Arizona Department of Corrections will host . Make plans now to attend this conference where you’ll see exceptional workshops and have the opportunity to network with corrections professionals from across the nation. More information.

2008 OCJA Training Conference

Date: 10/19 - 21/08
Training topics include Adult & Juvenile Corrections, Juvenile Probation, Adult Parole & Probation, and more. Register at www.code4.org, 800-622-9391, or reservations@code4.org. More information

Management of HIV/AIDS in the Correctional & Community Setting

Date: 10/22/08
This program addresses clinical issues in the management of HIV-infected patients and is a unique, collaborative venture among Albany Medical College, the New York State Department of Correctional Services and the private pharmaceutical industry. Each program addresses a different clinical aspect of HIV infection using the same format: didactic lectures, case presentations and a panel discussion. More information.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session."
- Gideon J. Tucker (1826 - 1899) American lawyer, newspaper editor, judge, and politician


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