|Holidays Are Dangerous Times Within Correctional Facilities|
|By William Sturgeon|
The holiday season in prisons and jails is a dangerous time. In this article we will take a look at the types of dangerous situations that come along with the holidays.
During the holiday season the offender population becomes antsy, angry, sad, and remorseful along with every other emotion one can think of…. even though correctional facilities and staff go above and beyond to make the holiday season as pleasant as possible for the offenders. Life is much different today than in the old days, when at Christmas the doors of the correctional facilities were ‘opened’ and some offenders were paroled.
Being incarcerated during the holiday season is difficult for everyone:
Suggestions for staff members to help them get through the holidays:
If you have worked corrections for any length of time, you know that the holiday season can be difficult. Offenders, who are normally compliant, become testy or even violent.
During the holiday season, security concerns become magnified because of the emotional behaviors of the offenders.
Security issues to be concerned about:
The holiday season presents some intensified security concerns in correctional facilities. I have tried to outline the issues that I have encountered during my years in the field.
I want to emphasize the point that you should get sufficient rest during the holiday period. You should not go into work tired. Balancing life is especially difficult during the holiday season, but it is crucial that you try.
My experiences with security issues that have arisen during the holiday season have one thing in common – They were spontaneous. The 101st Airborne Division has the saying “Stay Alert – Stay Alive”!
Corrections.com author, William “Bill” Sturgeon has over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field. An author, teacher/trainer, practitioner, expert witness, and internationally recognized criminal justice consultant, he has received numerous awards and commendations for his work.
Mr. Sturgeon has been a consultant for the United States Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections for over twenty years in the areas of management, operations, training, security, and supervision. Additionally, he has consulted with the divisions of the Department of Justice.
Mr. Sturgeon has been a consultant for federal, state, and county governments, as well as national and international corporations. He has served as a technical consultant for correctional training videos, and in 1995, Mr. Sturgeon won a Telly Award for “Best Training” video in its class.
He has also consulted abroad in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Haiti, and the Republic of South Africa. Mr. Sturgeon has written several articles and co-authored two books, No Time To Play: Youthful Offenders in Adult Corrections, and Recess is Over: Managing Youthful Offenders In Adult Systems.
Mr. Sturgeon received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts Degrees in Criminal Justice Administration, and his training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mt. Sturgeon is a decorated Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division.
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