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The Punishment Potlatch: A Way Out
By Professor Kimora, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  Mark Hazelbaker, Hazelbaker & Russell, LLP
Reconceptualizing Reentry -- Where Do We Go From Here?
By Meredith McKinney, MS
The J. McDonald Williams Institute
Education Enhances Sing Sing Residents
By Dr. Kimora, Assistant Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
Winter 2005/06
Why Bother?  
Suggestions for Community Supervision Officers and Counselors
By Linda Ingraham, Ph.D., Dallas, Texas
The Community Model –
The Facility Administrator’s Best Friend
By Penny Patton, Ed. S. & V. Morgan Moss, JR. Ed. S.
Center for Therapeutic Justice
Cognitive Skills Aid Clients at El Rio
By Dr. Kimora, Assistant Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
Building Bridges to Employment
By Lynn Mullaney, Reintegration Manager,
Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Crime is a Community Problem
by Emmett Soloman, Executive Director,
Restorative Justice Ministry Network
FALL 2002
DRC - District Resource Centers Defined
by Desiree Hernandez, DRC Program Coordinator
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Reentry & Reintegration:  Rebuilding Relationships of Trust
by Margie J. Phelps, Director of Release Planning,
Kansas Department of Corrections
New Directions Education Project
by Evelyn Hanks, Teacher, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
FALL 2001
Convict Criminology: Ex-Convicts Become Criminology Professors
by Stephen C. Richards, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminology,
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
The Salvation Army Community Corrections Center
by Gloria Valentino, Manager, The Learning Resource Center,
Chicago, IL
College Bound: A Vehicle for Change
by Denwood Barksdale, English Department Chair, Beaumont
Juvenile Correctional Center, Richmond, Virginia
FALL 2000
Building on Strength
by Joseph Sabella, Director, Franklin House of Corrections,
Greenfield, MA
Inmates who practice Inner Strength Training® within the institution
consistently report less conflict, more calmness, increased
self-confidence, and improved relationships with loved ones. Can
they carry with them the lessons they learned inside, when they
finally get outside?
Fatherhood Programs: Serving Dads Where We Find Them
by Preston J. Garrison, Executive Director, National Practitioners
Network for Fathers and Families, Inc., Washington, DC
The program practitioners go "where the dads are" - on the street
corners, basketball courts, community centers, and behind bars - to
help fathers become positive models for their children and
productive participants in their families and society.
  Ohio Department Of Rehabilitation and Correction Seeks True
by Reginald A. Wilkinson, Ed.D., Director, Ohio Department of
Rehabilitation and Correction
Restorative / Community Justice, writes Dr. Wilkinson, is based on
real accountability: understand what you have done and take
responsibility for it. Ohio has a plan and Community Justice
Liaisons are an integral part of the infrastructure.
FALL 1999
  Education And The Incarcerated Female
by Dr. H. C. Davis, Supervisor of Education, Eddie Warrior
Correctional Center, Taft OK
A study done at a women's correctional center shows that
completion of her GED reduces an inmate's probability of
recidivating from 43% to 12.2% in the five years following release.
One female inmate told others that "learning is a better high than
  It'S All About Involvement... Part 1
by Mark Paulus, Northwest Regional Pre-release Coordinator for
Community Connection for Ohio Offenders, Inc. and Mike Blass,
nationally recognized authority on community policing
Over 95% of offenders will eventually come home to the community,
posing the question: What degree of community involvement is
required to help offenders become productive citizens?
WINTER 98/99
  Utah's Job Connection
by Marilynn Rockelman, Employment Counselor, Utah Dept. of
Workforce Services, Salt Lake City, UT
Inmates who participated in the Department of Workforce Services
Project Horizon, working with an employment counselor to obtain
employment when they were paroled, had an 89% success rate.
Ms. Rockelman describes the project and some additional
  Breaking Through Old Barriers: Prisoners Serving As Interns
by Darryl Scott (Chaplain II), Ted Durfey (Unit One Manager), and
Randy Harding (Senior Correctional Case Manager), at the Bill
Johnson Correctional Center, Alva, OK
At Bill Johnson Correctional Center, the use of prison inmates to
assist other inmates and facilitate programs in correctional
education settings has been of great value to the individuals,
institution, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
  Teamwork: A Win-Win Solution
by V. Morgan Moss, Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health and
Substance Abuse at Henrico County (Virginia) Regional Jail East
Communication between inmates and staff reduces paranoia and
enables positive preparation for release. Says Moss, "When we
work as a team we model that behavior for offenders who ... know
little of it".
FALL 1997
  Motivation Vs. Denial
by Kay Heinrich, Corrections Program Manager for Chemical
Dependency, Washington State Department of Corrections
Chemical dependency treatment is reconstruction of an individual
from the soul on out, but denial is a powerful condition that blocks
the addict from the insight and motivation for recovery. The
realization that "...there might just be another way of looking at your
life..." is the opening the counselor seeks to "...shine the light in".
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