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Day 4: Drug Trafficking

July 2nd, 2009

Today one of my main tasks was to load news articles relating to corrections onto the Corrections.com website. One of the articles was titled, “CBP Seizes Cocaine during Morning Rush Hour at Tecate.” I stopped what I was doing for a moment to read this short, but very interesting article. A 19-year-old male U.S. citizen was attempting to carry $371,000 worth of cocaine across the U.S. border during morning rush hour on June 10th. Read more…

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Day 3: Juveniles in the Corrections Community

June 30th, 2009

One of the things on my to-do list today was to critique the Corrections.com website. As I was clicking around going into different areas of the site, I came across an article titled,
The Criminal Youth Inmate Subculture written by Tracy E. Barnhart who is one of the contributing writers for Corrections.com. Barnhart also works at a maximum security prison for males, working specifically with males ages 16-21. The article provides some fascinating insight on what it is like to work there every day and how one should interact with the inmates. One of the main questions that he asks, and then answers is, “How do you motivate and address this violent youth inmate, preventing aggression and attack?” Read more…

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Day 2: Where is Corrections?

June 23rd, 2009

If you’ve seen the popular show “Law and Order,” you’ve heard the opening narration.

“In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.”

Up until a few weeks ago, I listened to this opening credit and assumed it to be right. Read more…

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Day 1: I had no idea.

June 22nd, 2009

My name is Caitlin and the only time I’ve ever been in jail was on a field trip in 11th grade with Mr. Strazdes’ intro-to-psych class. We visited the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, which was interesting but that was the extent of my knowledge in the area. Now, I am the new summer intern for Corrections.com. I am a print-journalism major and a political science minor at Hofstra University on Long Island. I’m going into my senior year and honestly have no idea exactly what I want to do yet. This internship will help me figure things out a bit, or at least I hope so. It will also answer all those questions this interesting field and what it might be like to work in the corrections industry as a career. For those of you in the same position as me, I hope these blog posts will help you as you begin the long, sometimes uncertain process of figuring out the rest of your life.

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