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This week we take a gander at what Corrections Connection guest contributor Art Bowker has to say about cyber crime. These offenses and those committing them could go unnoticed because of their unobtrusive nature, but they’re dangerous just the same. Bowker details what cyber crime is all about and offers some helpful tips to fight it. Once you've digested that, enjoy your your holiday dinner the best way you can. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.
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FEATURED STORY

Supervising the cyber-offender: Are you ready?

By Art Bowker

The real threat of virtual crime

Computers are a legitimate tool for offenders trying to become productive members of society. However, technology’s use can dramatically increase the effects of criminal behavior and therefore poses a unique risk to the community. “Traditional offenders” have found the computer to be a highly effective tool in counterfeiting checks and currency that can be readily passed.

Sex offenders, from the safety of their homes, can use a computer to anonymously “groom” numerous children simultaneously for later molestations or distribute their “collections” to hundreds of other offenders, or even to children, with the click of a mouse. Hackers can travel through cyberspace to other states or countries and harness the collective power of hundreds of computers to launch denial of service attacks that can cripple public and private computer networks. These examples demonstrate that probation, parole and pretrial officers must learn to manage the high risk cyber-offender. Full Story

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Regarding Simple place for a simple man, 10/31/07

This was such a good article. Well told and written. We need to read more about affirmative things taking place, encouraging us that our work is not wasted time and energy, that dedication to this correctional work makes a difference somewhere. Lead on.
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BUSINESS NEWS

BINJ Laboratories

BINJ Laboratories, Inc. is an innovative technology company that specializes in cell phone and signal detection, defense electronics, and corrections and public safety communications. Led by three electronic warfare engineers with over 100 years in system engineering experience, BINJ Labs has developed a first-of-its-kind, wireless Cell Phone Detection System under the direction of corrections technologists from the Federal Bureau of Prison, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Learn more.

Bob Barker Company appoints Jeff Hale as Chief Operations Officer

Bob Barker Company recently announced the appointment of Jeff Hale to the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO). Jeff comes to the Bob Barker Company with more than 20 years of experience in operations involving purchasing, information technology, inventory control, distribution, manufacturing, transportation and logistics. More

Bob Barker Company appoints Greta Roach as marketing manager

Bob Barker Company recently announced the appointment of Greta Roach to the role of marketing manager. Greta will be responsible for developing marketing strategies and executing the production of the company’s extensive product catalog. More

Allen County Sheriff's Dept. signs 5-year phone contract with PCS

Public Communications Services, Inc. (PCS) a leading provider of inmate communications services to the corrections industry, is pleased to announce that Allen County, Fort Wayne Indiana Sheriff's Department has signed a 5-year contract with PCS for their inmate telephone services. More

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Two more promotions in Missouri

Jean Ann Johnson will become Western Missouri Correctional Center’s (WMCC) new warden on November 26, 2007. Also on that date, Steve Larkins becomes warden for Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC). Full story

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