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Of the last 50 inmates leaving the institution I talked to with the new release set up from the unit staff they are never released to nowhere if they do not have family a friend or a home to go to they are put in a halfway house or on rear occasions when there isn’t room in the halfway house they do get placed in a homeless shelter. Though usually on the way out they do not have amazing six figure jobs lined up but they have a job or a packet with everything they need to find a job on their own...
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Any correctional officer (CO) that works inside an institution wants ‘The Smooth Shift’-the tour of duty where there are minimal problems with inmates, everyone gets along and there are few incident reports. Wouldn’t it be nice to work a 12 or 8-hour shift where the inmates are quiet and cooperative? The more years a CO has on the job, the more he or she just wants to work a quiet shift and go home safely. Cultural diversity training can factor in to trying to achieve a ‘smooth shift’. I present an in service training class in Cultural Diversity, required by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not only do I discuss the behaviors and customs of several ethnic groups, I also discuss racial profiling. This column will give the corrections trainer some advice on presenting cultural diversity training...
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