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Corrections Fatigue Self-Assessment™

May 24th, 2012

The Corrections Fatigue Self-Assessment™ (CFSA) is here!*oXsw

This instrument is a web-accessible software application that measures individual corrections employees’ Corrections Fatigue level anonymously and confidentially. It takes about seven minutes to complete. A score and its interpretation, with recommendations, are provided automatically upon completion of the assessment, and can be printed.

The CFSA can be completed as often as needed for the purpose of monitoring one’s Corrections Fatigue score following interventions such as Desert Waters’ Well-being Monitor or 7×7 Intervention, following utilization of EAP services or peer support activities, or following changes in working conditions or job assignment.

The CFSA is offered to individual corrections employees at no charge. It can also be administered anonymously to employees of an entire facility, agency or department to assess the Corrections Fatigue level of those employees and to identify areas that may need improvement through systemic interventions.


Sexual Exploitation of Female Offenders

May 24th, 2012

There was yet another mention in the press recently about the systematic and prolonged sexual exploitation of female inmates by male corrections staff.  The description of the inmates’ helplessness and victimization was almost too painful for me to read.  A question kept ringing in my ears, a question posed by corrections officials nationwide who are baffled as to why corrections workers would risk going to prison just to get some sexual gratification from offenders. Given the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (, staff who sexually assault offenders are subject to felony criminal charges punishable by prison sentences of their own and/or fines, as well as discipline by their corrections agency. However, those dire consequences do not seem to be sufficient to deter some corrections employees who contemplate engaging in sex acts with offenders. Why might this be so? Read more…

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