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Experts address corrections' current issues.

This year's Congress workshops covered a variety of issues facing today's corrections professionals. Although space limitations prevent full coverage of each session, some highlights are detailed here.

In the workshop, "Geriatric Prisoners: What Can Be Done with This Growing Population?" Richard L. Douglass, Ph.D., associate professor of health administration at Eastern Michigan University, discussed the effects of an aging population on prison management. "Throughout the nation, we are faced with the possibility of building nursing homes for prisoners, recruiting geriatricians to our hospitals and infirmaries, and training custodial and nursing staff in gerontology," he said.

In "Criminal Justice Policy: Who's Driving?," Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph D. Lehman discussed the impact legislative policy decisions, such as mandatory sentencing, have on the criminal justice system. "The responsibility for sentencing has been removed from practitioners, who can assess public safety and the offender's needs, to a legislative policy based on |just deserts,'" he said.

In "Community Corrections: Is This a Sanction?," Terry Lang, director of community operations for the Corrections Division of the Saskatchewan Department of Justice in Canada, discussed community corrections programs' role as an alternative to incarceration. He said Saskatchewan officials have found electronic monitoring most effective when used as an element of an intensive supervision and treatment program.

In "Getting the Most Out of What You Know: Putting Research Into Action," Elyse W. Kerce, organizational psychologist for the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, discussed a current study on the Navy's corrections program. The study is examining which offender retraining programs are most beneficial.

"Battered Women and the Criminal Justice System: Twice Victimized?" explored community and correctional programs designed to address battered women's needs. Delores A. Taylor, supervisor of social work services for the Goodman Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C., focused on her work with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, a program for inmates at South Carolina's Women's Correctional Center. "The difficulty these women experienced with the law is only one aspect of the early betrayal of parental nurturing and safety," she said. "They also have struggled with trust and closeness in relationships and disappointment and betrayal from the most minimal incidents."

In "The Three R's to Combat Recidivism," Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Harry K. Singletary Jr. discussed factors that break the recidivism cycle. Singletary focused on the importance of restitution. "Offenders and inmates need to make restitution to victims and the public in order for them to fully grasp the consequences of their actions," he said.

In "International Corrections," Keith Hamburger, director general of the Queensland (Australia) Corrective Services Commission; Charles S. Mondejar, chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Quezon City, Republic of Phillipines; and Mel M.P. Smith, general manager of the Department of Justice in Wellington, New Zealand, discussed some of the unique corrections issues facing their countries as well as some concerns, such as sentencing and prison crowding, their countries have in common.

Editor's note: Complete transcripts from these and other workshops will be published in the 1993 State of Corrections, which will be available in January.
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Title Annotation:workshop seminars at the American Correctional Association's 123rd Congress of Correction
Publication:Corrections Today
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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