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  • Food as punishment: "THe Loaf"

    In many prisons and jails across the U.S., punishment can come in the form of a bland, brownish lump. Known as nutraloaf, or simply "the loaf," it's fed day after day to inmates who throw food or, in some cases, get violent....

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  • Going Gray Behind Bars

    As America’s baby boomers continue to age, the justice system is having to change to meet the needs of a very different kind of prisoner.

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  • Managing Correctional Medical Costs

    Healthcare costs are on the rise in most states. How the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, telemedicine and outsourcing will factor in.

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  • From Flinstones to Jetsons

    With new tablets, offenders are getting the same computing experience as those on the outside—and some correctional staff are only too happy to bring them into the 21st century.

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  • CPO Foundation National Memorial Ceremony

    Join us for our 25th Annual National Memorial Ceremony for Fallen Corrections Professionals on Friday, June 6, 2014in Seattle, WA.

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  • Perimeter Security

    Corrections staffs rely on various technologies to help keep their facilities secure. Technology allows them to monitor prisoner movement and prevent the influx of contraband into the facility, and it provides guards with protection and the means to effectively subdue inmates.

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  • Video Hearings

    Oftentimes a bail hearing or an appearance takes just a few minutes, yet the offender—and the sheriff’s deputy or other staff—may spend half a day getting to the courthouse and waiting for the offender’s chance in front of the judge.

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  • Coping With Mental Health Issues

    Correctional facilities in the U.S. have become the nation’s default mental health providers. This has been a trend for the past 50 years: a result of what is called “deinstitutionalizing,” and the numbers are sobering.

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  • The Road to an Effective RTC Program

    A mental health program onsite at Arizona’s Yavapai County Jail bolsters defendants from multiple counties to stand trial.

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  • Alternatives to Incarceration

    How management assessment tools can predict risk and high-tech tools can assist in managing community treatment.

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