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September 5th, 2009

Foundations is a collection of corrections articles written by Joe Bouchard over the last  decade. This intellectual holding area is named for the excellent book series Foundation by famed author Isaac Asimov.

In Foundations, you can expect to read about some of the issues over which corrections professionals have a degree of control. Two common themes in this are contraband control and recognizing and repairing staff division.

How we react to many of the things that happen on (and off) the job are based on our own personal foundation ideas. Our personal professionalism comes from our personal foundations, training foundations, and vocational experience foundations. Truly, it is all about foundations.

Realistically, we cannot hope to completely solve all of our problems. However, with a more thorough understanding of our foundations, we can go a long way in mitigating some of the issues that vex us.

Joe Bouchard has been with the Michigan Department of Corrections since 1993 as a Librarian for the Baraga Correctional Facility. He also teaches criminal justice and corrections classes for Gogebic Community College. He is the editor of The Correctional Trainer, the official journal of the International Association of Corrections Training Personnel and MCA Today, the official journal of the Michigan Corrections Association. To date, Bouchard has published over 400 articles and five books on corrections topics. He presents extensively to various corrections organizations, specializing in contraband control and recognizing and reparining staff division.

These are the opinions of Joe Bouchard, a librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections. These are not necessarily the opinions of the Michigan Department of Corrections or The Department and are not responsible for the content or the accuracy.

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  1. Pete Wilson
    May 6th, 2009 at 10:33 | #1

    Joe: Your cell phone article was very good. As a UPer, raised in Ironwood and attended GCC a “few” years ago, 1964, it’s good to hear from UP NORTH. I am currently in the juvenile corrections business, however, I served as the Director of Jails for Wayne County for a number of years and teach corrections classes at Saginaw Valley. I look forward to your information from this website.
    Pete Wilson

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