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>>what's your opinion?

Education is most important. I read somewhere that the average class level for inmates is about 4th grade – that’s not enough to read a newspaper, much less solve the complex issues of everyday living these days. I keep voting for politicians who believe in educating inmates but that just never seems to be an issue – the issue is always get ‘em in jail/prison, not make sure they’ll get out and stay out! ... full thread


Back to Basics: The Human Services Officer

By Gary F. Cornelius, First Lt. (Retired)
I do a lot of corrections training throughout Virginia at both the college and in-service training academy levels, with an occasional “newbie” jail recruit officer class thrown in. In my travels, I meet many jail officers. We discuss not only our ideas on training but also the best ways we have discovered to manage inmates.

As one of the retired, I relate a simple four part approach that served me well in my 27 plus years working inside a jail. I also say that sometimes this approach worked most of the time. And-sometimes it did not; the inmate I was dealing with was so negative, obstinate or uncooperative that no positive approach by me would ever work to resolve a problem. ... full story

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