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Corrections Mourns Joseph R. Rowan.

On May 4, 2001, when Joseph Rowan lost his battle with cancer, corrections lost one of its most tireless and effective leaders. During a career that lasted more than 60 years, Rowan was one of the nation's foremost authorities on correctional health care and suicide prevention. With his groundbreaking work in establishing medical and mental health standards, and his training curriculum for suicide prevention in juvenile and adult institutions, Rowan has left a valuable legacy that will be remembered for years.

Rowan began his career in corrections as a jail line officer with the Dakota County Sheriff Office in Hastings, Minn. During World War II, he served as a member of the Military Police. After the war, he studied social work at San Jose State College and earned master's degrees from Notre Dame and the University of California at Berkeley. In the mid-1950s, he worked with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), developing citizens' groups to support correctional reforms and adequate funding for the criminal justice system. Rowan went on to hold numerous positions across the nation in adult and juvenile detention facilities, probation and parole agencies, and law enforcement.

From 1967 to 1973, Rowan served as executive director of the John Howard Association (JHA) in Chicago, an organization dedicated to promoting fair and effective correctional programs in prisons and jails. After his tenure with JHA, he took on the challenge of director of the Florida Division of Youth Services.

Rowan was a prolific writer throughout his entire career. In addition to numerous articles for American Jails and Corrections Today, he wrote for publications of the National Sheriffs' Association, American Medical Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Institute of Corrections, International Association of Correctional Officers, Council of State Governments, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, as well as the Encyclopedia of American Prisons, the National Association of Social Workers' Encyclopedia of Social Work and the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Rowan had been a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) since 1956, and his service to ACA is nearly as extensive as his work in the field. In 1974, he became one of the charter members of ACA's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and was subsequently elected to a second term. He also worked as a trainer, accreditation auditor and on numerous ACA committees. He was the author of ACA's correspondence course, Suicide Prevention in Custody. In 1992, he received ACA's E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished service to the corrections field.

From the mid-1980s until his death, he was the president and CEO of Criminal and Juvenile Justice International, a nonprofit agency in Roseville, Minn. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara, a daughter, Mary Ann, and a son, Mike.
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Author:Kelly, Michael
Publication:Corrections Today
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Date:Aug 1, 2001
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