This week we profile a corrections professional who's reached a significant milestone. In addition to balancing family obligations with a career at a Michigan prison library, Joe Bouchard also serves as the editor for the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel's publication The Correctional Trainer and contributes articles monthly to Corrections.com. Despite all of the demands linked to these responsibilities, he recently published his 300th article.
We assume that Bouchard doesn't think highly of sleep, but further investigation in this week's article also reveals the energy and muse that motivates this writing warrior.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
By Ann Coppola
Behind the mighty pen...or keyboard
Accidentally stumbling upon something you soon discover you love can be a beautiful thing. Whether it’s a destination you find after making a wrong turn or a band you only get to see play because you bought the wrong ticket, those experiences are always thrilling and extra-satisfying.
For Joe Bouchard, a correctional librarian by day, his accidental discovery was writing. After a humble literary beginning nine years ago, Bouchard just recently published his 300th article about the corrections field. Corrections.com caught up with the prolific writer to learn his secret for success. Read this week's full story.
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Regarding An island of support
"Librarian Jordet's point regarding the value of prison libraries in promoting pro-social values is interesting. After more than a decade managing adult literacy libraries in Arizona prisons, it's still a marvel to me that the men choose pro-social behaviors in the library.
They address each other with greater civility than they generally do on the yard, and my clerks receive as many 'Thank you, sirs' as they deliver. Patrons feel free to sit at a table and have a conversation with someone of a different race, something they might not do in the dining hall, and they quickly find that buying into our system of book circulation--rather than stealing books outright or failing to return them--provides them with more benefits, and is more equitable for the community as a whole.
Those who learn the rules and play the game best--the men who return books in a timely fashion, recover stray books they find in the dorms, donate books they no longer need--know they are contributing to and maintaining a resource that benefits the whole community, as well as themselves, and they are the first ones to know which books have just been ordered and will soon be arriving, and the first ones to get on the waiting lists for the most in-demand books.
This process of learning how the system works, buying into it, respecting its value to the whole community, and reaping the rewards may be a valuable experience they can take with them to the street when they are released. So, in addition to the content of the books themselves, the whole library experience may promote pro-social values.
Librarian II Mike Kaliher Fort Grant Library Arizona State Prison Complex -- Safford"
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The Mock Prison Riot, May 3-6, 2009
The National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation host the Mock Prison Riot on the grounds of the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
- Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970) Head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers