What is the best way to transport an inmate? Should officers be armed? Should inmates know about their travel? The answers are many and varied. Hospitals also seem to be at odds with what's best and what's right regarding staff safety and their ethical obligation to care for all. This week, we review the challenges South Carolina and other departments face as they manage their own transport issues.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
The doctor is out
By Ann Coppola
There’s a good chance that on any given day, at any number of hospitals across the United States, an inmate is receiving care from a non-correctional nurse or doctor. In these situations, the ultimate objective of hospital administrators – saving lives – can sometimes clash with the ultimate objective of corrections officials – security. Even worse, like so many other seemingly routine corrections procedures, outside medical appointments have the potential to turn into deadly incidents.
“Across corrections in this country if you look at the most serious, bad outcomes over the past few years, they’ve all been transport related,” says South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Jon Ozmint, who chairs the American Correctional Association’s staff safety issues committee. “Transports used to be routine, but we can’t treat them like they’re routine anymore.” Read this week's full story.
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Ideological connections between gangs and terrorists
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NaphCare, a Birmingham - based provider of correctional health care, was recently awarded a contract for the Essex County correctional facilities in Middleton, Massachusetts. More
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Ferguson Safety Products G.M. visits Mississippi
Ferguson Safety Products received an invitation to join the Mississippi State Penitentiary Suicide Prevention Training seminar, held by Dr. Kentrell Liddell. More
Thirteenth CO training class graduates
Suffolk County, Mass. Sheriff, Andrea J. Cabral, recently hosted graduating ceremonies for thirty-two new corrections officers. This is the thirteenth class under her leadership. Full story
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In Depth Gang Awareness & Investigations
This course covers not only the basics of gang identification but will look in depth at the history of certain gangs, identifying characteristics and what the common gang symbols mean. Read more
Unlock the Mystery: Managing Mental Health from Corrections to Community
Date: 6/23 - 25/08
Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to acquire innovative strategies, employed by correctional agencies across the country, for managing the explosive growth of the mentally ill, substance abuse, and sex offender populations within the adult male, adult female and juvenile populations in jails and prisons. Read more.
G.R.E.A.T. National Conference - 2008
Date: 7/16 - 18/08
You are invited to participate in the wealth of knowledge available to you at this year’s training conference for the Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program Read more.
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