EDITOR'S CORNER

I always have difficulty answering the "what do you do" question, mostly because it's usually meant to find out about one's profession but then tends to define who a person is. To me, it's not just work that defines someone; hobbies, interests and family are just as important.

In some cases, though, the answer can be an easy one if it's a job people understand. When the profession is less understood, or tends to be associated with uncomfortable issues, the answer can be tricky.

How I've handled this question is the topic of this week's feature. I still don't have any clear cut responses, but I have learned a few lessons along the way when asked what I do.
Jim, Corrections.com editor



FEATURED STORY

Pride and Prejudice

By Jim Montalto

Describing a difficult profession

My family and I moved to a new town not too long ago, so when a neighbor invited me over to share tips on growing herbs and vegetables, I eagerly accepted. As can be the natural course of any get-together our conversation turned to the challenges, and wonderfulness, of raising our kids, which included the stress associated with caring for our family while balancing careers.

Well, he mentioned it actually. I gladly popped open a summer blueberry ale, breathed in the fresh scent of just-picked dill, and listened. He spoke about working a full-time teaching job in a town several miles away, while his wife taught in a school district also quite a distance from their home. All of this being done while figuring out who got which kid and when since the children were in different preschools in different towns. I nodded, and added the occasional “wow,” and “I hear ya,” at appropriate times. Read this week's full story.

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NOW ON CORRECTIONS.COM

Mentors hold the future of corrections

Just like using a lever to move a boulder, mentors provide tools to perform seemingly insurmountable tasks. Full story

From CO to COO

Home is not only where the heart is; for many, it’s also where hope for the future begins. Full story

To have and have not

In California the laws about sexual activity inside prisons are simple; inmates cannot have sex and they cannot have condoms. Full story

BUSINESS NEWS

North Carolina DOC Licenses ATG’s Pharmacy Administration System

The North Carolina Department of Corrections has licensed ATG’s Pharmacy Administration System for all its 78 institutions serving 37,000 inmates. More

Keefe Group and Sopakco combine efforts towards hurricane disaster relief

Due to the devastating aftermath of hurricane activity, most recently Hurricane Ike, inventory of self-contained products has virtually been depleted to assist with the relief effort. More

NaphCare announces contract with Federal Medical Center Devens, Massachusetts

NaphCare, a Birmingham - based provider of correctional health care, was recently re-awarded a dialysis contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons Medical Center located in Devens, Massachusetts. More

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WADOC promotes corrections veteran

After serving 24 years with the Washington State Department of Corrections, Patrick Glebe has become the new Stafford Creek Corrections Center superintendent. Full story.

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EVENTS

Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice National Conference

The 2008 Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice National Conference will be held October 26 to 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.

Keynote speakers will include:
Dr. Brene Brown
Bonnie Campbell
Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D
Gwendolyn C. Chunn

Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten, along with colleagues from the field, will deliver a day long work shop on "Merging Evidence-Based Practices and Gender Responsive Research: An Innovative Case Management Model."

This year's conference also will include five main tracks of interest:

  • Leadership at all Levels - Motivating staff, dealing with change, issues for women in leadership

  • Workplace Climate and Culture - Team building, multi-generational workforces, diversity, workplace relationships

  • Corrections and the Community - Working with victims, collaborating for best results, reform movements in juvenile justice

  • The Offender's Journey, Helping Facilitate Change - Reentry, gender-specific programming, working with females in the juvenile justice system

  • Living a Balanced and Healthy Life - Evaluating and balancing your priorities, the value of coaching, managing stress

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit our website www.womenincorrections.com

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.

Jamaica 4th Annual Corrections Training Conference 2008

Date: 10/22 - 27/08
as this conference will offer workshops, training sessions and to network with established National and International Corrections Professionals. At this conference we will continue the discussions on the “Caribbean Association of Corrections” More information.

Strategic Communication for Corrections & Law Enforcement Staff

Date: 11/13 - 14/08
This vital two-day training provides corrections and law enforcement personnel with the opportunity to learn and practice communication, self-management and conflict management skills based on best practices. More information

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean."
- Mark Twain, (1835 - 1910) U.S. humorist, novelist and short story author


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