|Women in Corrections|
|By Terry Campbell, Professor, Purdue University Global|
I would like to recognize Dr. Mary Livers for over 30 years in correctional service. She has worked in three state systems and is currently the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice, in Louisiana. She was appointed to this position in 2008 and recently reappointed in February 2016. Dr. Livers is a cabinet-level agency head reporting directly to the Governor. Dr. Livers is the “President of the American Correctional Association (ACA), has served as Treasurer, served a term on its Board of Governors and has been a member of numerous committees. She is a charter member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). One of significant accomplishments was her collaboration with other professionals on the creation of a pilot training model for women in corrections that was adopted and used by the National Institute for Corrections. She is a true professional and one to model regardless of one’s gender.
For more information on her appointment click here.
I also need to include recognition for the Honorable Helen G. Corrothers, retired. She has numerous accomplishments and I have included a few for review. Ms. Corrothers brings to the corrections field a military background. She has served as warden and has been appointed to the U.S. Parole Commission as well as the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She has served as a Past President of the American Corrections Association and has achieved many more accomplishments. Over the years she has been recognized by receiving various awards for her numerous contributions to corrections and by having served on many boards.
I had the pleasure of being colleagues with Dr. Livers and Ms. Corrothers, during their employment with the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
I suggest you take time to bookmark the following site and review when convenient. MTC: Women Professionals in Corrections: A Growing Asset.
The number of women in the corrections fields continues to increase, yet additional women are needed to fill vacant and/or soon to be vacant positions. “The number of women in the workforce is projected to grow by 10.0 percent compared to 9.1 percent for men through 2014; with women comprising 47 percent of the workforce. With a 13% workforce increase in the number of additional supervisory staff projected for corrections between 2006 and 2016, women represent a growing, educated human resource asset.”
The next article provides the following summary:
Employees in correctional facilities under state or federal authority, by gender and occupational category
In 1973, The National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals established standards for correctional agencies recruitment and hiring of females in corrections. This consisted of the following:
Corrections’ budgets are precious resources and continue to dwindle. Personally I want the most for my dollar. Corrections spends a tremendous amount of money yearly to hire, train, and promote officers. Yet many agencies continue to face high-turnover rates. Are we looking at this and finding solutions to help curb this turnover trend? Do we know what contributes to this? We spend this money and invest in our officers, yet what do we have in place to assist our officers and staff? Research over the years has reflected the following:
Terry Campbell is a criminal justice professor at Kaplan University, School of Public Safety and has more than 20 years of experience in corrections and policing. He has served in various roles, including prison warden and parole administrator, for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Terry may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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