This week we feature a regular Corrections.com contributor who excels at turning an unexpected, and sometimes startling, event into an occasion to learn a lesson that can be applied to corrections or life in general. The fact that this particular article falls on the same week as Halloween, well, that's just a spooky coincidence.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
Eek! It's the B.A.T.
By Joe Bouchard
Applying a terrifying moment
I sit nervously near the scene of the incident mere moments after it occurred. As I write these notes, I am amazed at how unprepared we were.
The event was unexpected and discomforting, leaving four people nervous, clumsy, full of adrenaline, and confused. Notions of comfort and safety were shattered in an instant. A presence had breached our safe zone.
It sounds like this is some sort of post mortem of a crime, terrorist act or some sort of calamity. However, the source of the trepidation was a single brown bat. Read this week's full story.
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Regarding Hats off to county corrections
Thank you so much for this article. Corrections officers in county jails are often doubly condescended; by the public and their general lack of knowledge or indifference toward them, and by peers in law enforcement including corrections officers in the prison system.
The reality is that all prison inmates begin their tour as a county inmate, and many county facilities lack the resources that a state or federal system has. Mentally ill inmates and especially violent individuals create a burden to county systems where it is difficult to segregate them.
It is impossible to man a CERT team when there is only a minimum of officers to supervise the inmates on a daily basis, and there is no window for such specialized training. Your research and statistics will be valuable in training and in building morale among officers in my department.
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What is misconduct?
Every time you interact with a citizen or inmate it seems that they are constantly complaining that their rights have been violated, or they’ve been treated poorly or wronged in some way. Full story
When ignorance is not bliss
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Keefe Receives AWEC’s Legacy Award
Keefe Group was honored by the Association of Women Executives in Corrections’ (AWEC) Executive Committee as the recipient of the 2008 Legacy Award. More
Federal Bureau of Prisons fully deploys two medical systems in 18 months
In less than 18 months, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) has deployed ATG’s Electronic Medical Records and Pharmacy Administration systems to all 114 Bureau institutions nationwide serving over 165,000 inmates. More
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
New Minnesota warden
Tracy Beltz has stepped in for retiring warden, Rick Hillengass to become the new warden of Minnesota’s Shakopee correctional facility. Full story.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Play: Work that you enjoy doing for nothing."
- Evan Esar, (1899 - 1995) American Humorist