>Users:   login   |  register       > email     > people    


Custody awareness key to corrections vitality
By Joe Bouchard
Published: 01/21/2008

Joe Bouchard is a librarian at Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility within the Michigan Department of Corrections. He is also a member of the Board of Experts for “The Corrections Professional” and an instructor of Corrections and Psychology for Gogebic Community College.




This article has been reprinted with permission from The Correctional Trainer, the journal of the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel. For more information on IACTP, go to www.IACTP.org

Have you ever felt left out? Exclusion makes others feel lonely and demoralized. It is the act of refusing to allow others to be a member or a part of a group. But, it is not just a one-on-one slice of rudeness. It is a monster that thwarts corrections operations.

Unfortunately, there are those who put personal preferences above the departmental mission statement and common goals. Through exclusion, they unwittingly squander the good intention of colleagues, waste tax payer money, and facilitate the ill effects of staff division. It leads to unsafe conditions, harassment, sabotage, and all of the spin-off effects of lower morale. Those are some of the potentially powerful negative consequences from what appears to be a simple, yet disrespectful behavior.

Division between custody staff and support staff is an age old problem in corrections. Both areas consider the other with mistrust. Nothing excludes staff like a false sense of importance over other work areas. But, the interconnectedness of corrections makes it difficult and even ridiculous to rank specific jobs in order of importance.

It is one thing to recognize exclusion, its many manifestations, and its ill effects. But it takes quite a leap to work towards the positive. In corrections it is not always easy to think in the helpful manner. Let’s look at the idea of teamwork. It means accepting others into a team and working toward common goals. In this state, all subgroups in an institution recognize themselves as belonging.

One way to foster collaboration is to focus on a common goal for all job descriptions. One model of cohesive statement in corrections is safety for all. Most mission statements point toward safety for the public by maintaining safe facilities. It is something all staff, no matter what their specific job duties may be, can participate in at some level. And it is not just for custody, but for all. The support staff adds many elements to the team. It is up to the support staff to help. It is up to custody staff to invite (or include) those who do not appear to feel included.

Duties of all staff

Everyone, regardless of work station, should do the following to keep the public protected through safer facilities. This will lead to the vision of teamwork.
  • Review and understand mission statement, guiding principles, and vision statements

  • Study operating procedures that impact all areas of the facility

  • Actively attend all mandatory training

  • Seek the bigger perspective. What seems to generate huge waves of change in your area of control may merely create small ripples on the institutional level.

  • Read a variety of corrections literature. Reread those pieces that you may disagree with. Share literature with colleagues.

  • Seek literature and training outside of the profession
Custody and support staff also need to modify some thoughts in order to promote teamwork. Some suggestions are broken down in separate custody staff and support staff categories.

Duties of custody staff
  • Check your mindset. Support staff should not be viewed as pests, but as part of the solution;

  • Remember that support staff contribute tension-relieving management tools through programming;

  • Refrain from the "us versus them" frame of mind when colleagues are concerned;

  • Seek custody-conscious support staff and cultivate them;

  • Spread news of custody conscious support staff to other custody team members;

  • Graciously accept help from support staff as it comes;

  • Give tactful peer counseling to those who seem less aware of the interconnectedness and importance of custody awareness.
Support staff duties
  • Work both sides of the hyphen. For example, if you are a corrections-librarian, treat corrections as the crucial foundation and library as the specialty. Never let the specialty override the custody foundation;

  • Educate custody staff on the value of your area as a supervision tool;

  • Accept constructive criticism regarding security methods. Turn any seemingly negative comment into a plan to enhance security in your area. If it sounds insulting, simply separate the message from the style of delivery;

  • Avoid elitist attitudes about your specific work area;

  • Visibly help custody staff. Show them, don’t tell them. Write appropriate misconduct reports as needed. Conduct frequent searches for contraband in your area;

  • Assist the inspector by supplying prisoner handwriting samples and translations as needed;

  • Help reluctant support staff realize the importance of custody awareness. Highlight how personal safety may depend on our assistance to custody staff;

  • Be aware that increased security can improve the vitality of programs. Successful programming depends on the cooperation of custody staff.
Duties of supervision

Of course, supervisors should play a major part of facilitating team mentality. Wise managers will serve as a liaison between warring work areas. Here are some other expectations:
  • Recognize well balanced employees from all areas;

  • Tout inter-area cooperation on monthly reports;

  • Create cross training opportunities to foster empathy;

  • Seek input on matter from institutional training officer and human resources specialists;

  • Bring our challenges and solutions to email peer forum and list serves;

  • Read literature inside and outside of the profession;

  • Absorb something that you initially do not agree with and derive useful points;

  • Lead by example.
Sometimes, the vision of teamwork seems terribly elusive. Yet it is as simple as linking a common goal to all groups. Security consciousness is something all corrections professionals, no matter the work area, have in common.

The benefits of this model include a secure environment for staff, prisoners, and the public, along with camaraderie, and diminished stress. More importantly, though less tangible perhaps, is that it produces an environment for better corrections value for the taxpayer.

Joe Bouchard can be reached at (906) 353-7070 ext 1321. These are the opinions of Joe Bouchard, and not of the MIDOC or Corrections.com.

Other articles by Bouchard

Of resolutions and L.U.C.K., 12/31/07

Communications compass, 11/19/07



Comments:

  1. Maryam Khatri on 12/13/2019:

    I found that site very usefull and this survey is very cirious, I ' ve never seen a blog that demand a survey for this actions, very curious... fbtutorials.wikidot.com

  2. yasir55@ on 12/10/2019:

    I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. taxi antwerpen

  3. yasir55@ on 12/10/2019:

    This is why it is better that you should linked review before developing. It is possible to post superior send that way. voyance amour audiotel

  4. Cheryls on 12/07/2019:

    Yes, I am entirely agreed with this article, and I just want say that this article is very helpful and enlightening. I also have some precious piece of concerned info !!!!!!Thanks. http://www.loyno.edu/~lucapweb/links.html

  5. Cheryls on 11/20/2019:

    Thank you very much for this useful article. I like it. Hướng dẫn cách tìm hiểu Pháp Luân Công

  6. Cheryls on 11/19/2019:

    I am jovial you take pride in what you write. It makes you stand way out from many other writers that can not push high-quality content like you. http://199.192.25.192/

  7. Cheryls on 11/17/2019:

    I went over this website and I believe you have a lot of wonderful information, saved to my bookmarks Ozzun Cheap SEO Services

  8. Cheryls on 11/17/2019:

    Yes, I am entirely agreed with this article, and I just want say that this article is very helpful and enlightening. I also have some precious piece of concerned info !!!!!!Thanks. http://thefad.pl/aktualnosci/obsluga-tindera/

  9. yasir55@ on 11/15/2019:

    I found that site very usefull and this survey is very cirious, I ' ve never seen a blog that demand a survey for this actions, very curious... voucher codes

  10. awan.danish on 11/13/2019:

    Fairly quickly this approach blog may well indisputably become popular approximately a large amount of weblog and additionally site-building many people, to make sure you the country's fastidious reports and / or feedback. the building constructor

  11. Cheryls on 11/13/2019:

    Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking. Tamilyogi

  12. Cheryls on 11/12/2019:

    Recently, I have commenced a blog the info you give on this site has encouraged and benefited me hugely. Thanks for all of your time & work. https://www.thebody.com/article/aids-related-web-sites

  13. Cheryls on 11/12/2019:

    It is a fantastic post – immense clear and easy to understand. I am also holding out for the sharks too that made me laugh. guaranteed online loans from mmPersonalLoans

  14. yasir55@ on 11/11/2019:

    You completed a few fine points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will go along with with your blog. clenbuterol France

  15. yasir55@ on 11/10/2019:

    Thanks for an interesting blog. What else may I get that sort of info written in such a perfect approach? I have an undertaking that I am just now operating on, and I have been on the lookout for such info. tree removal in Jupiter FL

  16. Cheryls on 11/09/2019:

    Your blog is too much amazing. I have found with ease what I was looking. Moreover, the content quality is awesome. Thanks for the nudge! detective sevilla

  17. Cheryls on 11/06/2019:

    Wow, this is fascinating reading. I am glad I found this and got to read it. Great job on this content. I liked it a lot. Thanks for the great and unique info. buy youtube subscribers

  18. arthuawkins on 11/06/2019:

    I'd like to see one's put. It really is more advanced than discover most people verbalize while in the core in conjunction with readability on this subject area crucial space are likely to be effortlessly observed. D Condo Sign

  19. yasir55@ on 11/05/2019:

    I appreciated your work very thanks Buy Pinterest Followers

  20. Cheryls on 11/05/2019:

    I got too much interesting stuff on your blog. I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work. https://www.radioram.pl/articles/view/22512/Nie-lada-gratka-dla-fanow-fantastyki

  21. Cheryls on 11/05/2019:

    We have sell some products of different custom boxes.it is very useful and very low price please visits this site thanks and please share this post with your friends. סקס עם נערות ליווי

  22. arthuawkins on 11/03/2019:

    There are specific dissertation web-sites by using the online world to build safeguarded web saved with your website online. official site

  23. donaldrsimonn on 11/03/2019:

    AxeReview can tell you regarding the good new stuff. We’ll work effortlessly to bring you original quotes and exclusive access. We’ll review it additional thoroughly and thoroughly than anyone else. We’ll make a case for however it works and why you purchase it (or not). Then it’s up to you. Add your own comments and opinions. Review Axe for yourself. Best Band Saw

  24. Cheryls on 11/03/2019:

    Well-Written article. It will be supportive to anyone who utilizes it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – can't pause to read more posts. Thanks for the precious help. legitimate payday loans online cash from UnitedFinances.com

  25. donaldrsimonn on 11/03/2019:

    AxeReview can tell you regarding the good new stuff. We’ll work effortlessly to bring you original quotes and exclusive access. We’ll review it additional thoroughly and thoroughly than anyone else. We’ll make a case for however it works and why you purchase it (or not). Then it’s up to you. Add your own comments and opinions. Review Axe for yourself.

  26. Cheryls on 11/03/2019:

    Thanks for the blog filled with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. Now my task has become as easy as ABC. http://redarmyfc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=960784

  27. Cheryls on 11/01/2019:

    I read that Post and got it fine and informative. 바카라사이트주소

  28. yasir55@ on 11/01/2019:

    You have a real ability for writing unique content.I like how you think and the way you represent your views in this article.I agree with your way of thinking.Thank you for sharing. Oakville Best Massage Therapist

  29. yasir55@ on 10/28/2019:

    This is the reason online marketing specials efforts so you can effective analyze earlier than post. Put simply to write down more beneficial destination of this nature. Buy Facebook Reviews

  30. Cheryls on 10/28/2019:

    I am jovial you take pride in what you write. It makes you stand way out from many other writers that can not push high-quality content like you. xe88 casino

  31. Cheryls on 10/26/2019:

    Great write-up, I am a big believer in commenting on blogs to inform the blog writers know that they’ve added something worthwhile to the world wide web!.. jav porn

  32. Cheryls on 10/25/2019:

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. how to make winter clothes for dolls

  33. Cheryls on 10/24/2019:

    Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information! Custom Printed boxes

  34. Cheryls on 10/23/2019:

    I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. Zerteck Digital Agency

  35. Cheryls on 10/23/2019:

    You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers. plagiarismdetection.org

  36. Cheryls on 10/23/2019:

    I went to this website, and I believe that you have a plenty of excellent information, I have saved your site to my bookmarks. Buy Soundcloud Likes

  37. xnxxiraqsexy on 10/23/2019:



  38. yasir55@ on 10/22/2019:

    Zen Space. Top professional photographers on Maui | Oahu | Kauai | Big Island. We specialize in family portrait photography, engagement photography, wedding photography, couples photography, maternity photography, fashion photography. Our award-winning photographers have won awards for their excellent photographic skills and have hundreds of five-star reviews from very satisfied clients. We are among the most affordable photographers in Hawaii and our work has been published in International prestigious magazines. Book a morning or sunset photoshoot on your next vacation in Hawaii. Honolulu photographers

  39. aliana on 10/22/2019:

    The article published here is one of the best that I've read on this website. If this article had content on downlights, it would be the best article. It's a shame that you couldn't include any info about that topic.

  40. Cheryls on 10/21/2019:

    This particular papers fabulous, and My spouse and i enjoy each of the perform that you have placed into this. I’m sure that you will be making a really useful place. I has been additionally pleased. Good perform! Article Submission

  41. yasir55@ on 10/20/2019:

    It is likewise an amazing write-up i always definitely relished examining. It's not necessarily day-to-day i always develop the opportunity to discover anything. Seamless gutter company

  42. yasir55@ on 10/20/2019:

    Which can be what's more a very good put in which definitely enjoyed exploring. A possibility per day which we accommodate the opportunity to understand a single thing. Oakville Custom Orthotics Clinic

  43. Cheryls on 10/20/2019:

    It is a good site post without fail. Not too many people would actually, the way you just did. I am impressed that there is so much information about this subject that has been uncovered and you’ve defeated yourself this time, with so much quality. Good Works! Horseshoe Bay custom homes

  44. yasir55@ on 10/20/2019:

    Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks Digital hearing aid

  45. yasir55@ on 10/18/2019:

    It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commentators here! Gutter installers

  46. yasir55@ on 10/16/2019:

    Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. bleeding scalp sores

  47. Cheryls on 10/16/2019:

    Everything has its value. Thanks for sharing this informative information with us. GOOD works! 유흥 알바

  48. yasir55@ on 10/14/2019:

    Great post, you have pointed out some fantastic points , I likewise think this s a very wonderful website. Warmtepomp

  49. Cheryls on 10/14/2019:

    You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming. seo service

  50. yasir55@ on 10/14/2019:

    Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information. Warmtepomp

  51. Cheryls on 10/14/2019:

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info. get a 300 payday loan direct lender from mmPaydayLoans

  52. yasir55@ on 10/13/2019:

    Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. seminar transcription services

  53. Cheryls on 10/13/2019:

    Efficiently written information. It will be profitable to anybody who utilizes it, counting me. Keep up the good work. For certain I will review out more posts day in and day out. dumpsters Cedar Park

  54. yasir55@ on 10/13/2019:

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually realize what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also seek advice from my site =). We could have a hyperlink change contract between us! 여우알바

  55. yasir55@ on 10/13/2019:

    Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!Thanks Webdesign

  56. yasir55@ on 10/13/2019:

    You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming. 발기부전

  57. Cheryls on 10/10/2019:

    I have read all the comments and suggestions posted by the visitors for this article are very fine,We will wait for your next article so only.Thanks! Vintage Oaks Custom Home Builder

  58. yasir55@ on 10/09/2019:

    808 Pictures. The best photographers on Maui since 2004. Top award-winning photographers with published work in International magazines. 808 Pictures has hundreds of five-star reviews and our Maui photography packages are the best prices in Hawaii. We specialize in family portrait photography, wedding photography, engagement photography, senior portrait photography, maternity photography, fashion photography. Book a fun photoshoot with 808 Pictures on your next vacation in on Maui. Maui photographers

  59. Cheryls on 10/08/2019:

    What a sensational blog! This blog is too much amazing in all aspects. Especially, it looks awesome and the content available on it is utmost qualitative. indianpornbay.com should have 10 percent of links

  60. mark7889 on 10/07/2019:

    Thanks for sharing this post.It is very informative and helpful. office.com/setup office.com/setup

  61. yasir55@ on 10/06/2019:

    I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. www.Bodystuds.com website

  62. yasir55@ on 10/06/2019:

    I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much. Free Shipping

  63. Cheryls on 10/06/2019:

    What a sensational blog! This blog is too much amazing in all aspects. Especially, it looks awesome and the content available on it is utmost qualitative. natural home remedies for erectile dysfunction in Maryland

  64. Cheryls on 10/01/2019:

    We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work. marketing in colorado springs

  65. Cheryls on 09/27/2019:

    If you are looking for more information about flat rate locksmith Las Vegas check that right away. Buy backlinks cheap

  66. Cheryls on 09/26/2019:

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. 918kiss appk download

  67. Maryam Khatri on 09/21/2019:

    Thanks for the blog post buddy! Keep them coming... agence digitale

  68. jonnybaba1 on 09/19/2019:

    Thank you because you have been willing to share information with us. we will always appreciate all you have done here because I know you are very concerned with our. gutters

  69. jonnybaba1 on 09/18/2019:

    This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!. Voyance amour eternel

  70. Cheryls on 09/18/2019:

    Nice knowledge gaining article. This post is really the best on this valuable topic. sports betting website

  71. Maryam Khatri on 09/18/2019:

    Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. https://nancy-engle.my-free.website/about-us

  72. seo090 on 09/16/2019:

    Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks judi online

  73. John0 on 09/14/2019:

    Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. Get European visit Visa

  74. Maryam Khatri on 09/14/2019:

    Thanks, that was a really cool read! mMagazine MK

  75. Maryam Khatri on 09/14/2019:

    Thanks, that was a really cool read! formwork shuttering

  76. Maryam Khatri on 09/12/2019:

    Excellent and very exciting site. Love to watch. Keep Rocking. 사설토토사이트

  77. Maryam Khatri on 09/06/2019:

    Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences. Dermaplaning Littleton CO

  78. Maryam Khatri on 08/30/2019:

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. portable air conditioner reviews

  79. Maryam Khatri on 08/27/2019:

    Very good points you wrote here..Great stuff...I think you've made some truly interesting points.Keep up the good work. crowdfunding kya hai

  80. Maryam Khatri on 08/21/2019:

    Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. Entertainment Agency

  81. Maryam Khatri on 08/09/2019:

    Please share more like that. Toronto Party Bus

  82. Maryam Khatri on 08/06/2019:

    Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. Accountants Crawley

  83. Hoang Ha on 05/27/2019:

    Xoài chứa lượng đường tự nhiên khá lớn, vì thế nhiều người nghĩ rằng xoài làm tăng lượng đường trong máu. Thực chất, xoài được xếp vào loại quả giúp ổn định nồng độ insulin trong máu, tốt cho người bị tiểu đường. Xem thêm về lợi ích của xoài tại Website: Mangthai.net nhé.

  84. peter on 02/08/2019:

    They need to realize that one more short trick to you have set the dual system on more user are apply setup dual monitor the same function are apply the follow some easy trick.

  85. DarkKnight on 01/24/2008:

    I have been in the Correctional field for almost 13 years. I have held many different positions in my Department, and I am a true believer that you should treat people the way you want to be treated. One of the biggest issues I've seen in my department regarding seperation is between the Correctional Deputies and the Patrol Deputies. If you are fortunate enough to work for a Sheriff's Dept that employs both, then you will know what I am talking about. It seems like the majority of patrol deputies have trouble remembering where they got their start from. They feel that their job is more important than the correctional deputies' job, and it shows in their attitude. They need to realize that one job is not more important than the other. Each job requires different responsibilities and risks. Feeling superior to your peers will only result in failure somewhere down the road. Eventually, you will be in a position where you will need to rely on other resources for help, and those with the most knowledge may not want to assist you. Like the old saying goes, what comes around goes around. So be respectful to others, and others will respect you. Stay Safe!


Login to let us know what you think

User Name:   

Password:       


Forgot password?





correctsource logo




Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of The Corrections Connection User Agreement
The Corrections Connection ©. Copyright 1996 - 2019 © . All Rights Reserved | 15 Mill Wharf Plaza Scituate Mass. 02066 (617) 471 4445 Fax: (617) 608 9015