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Schm5e ppt ch17

  1. 1. Chapter 17 Professionalism in CorrectionsMcGraw-Hill/Irwin © 2013 McGraw-Hill Companies. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Today’s Challenges The Expansion of Prison Construction  More than half of all the prisons in the U.S. have been built within the past 20 years. An average of four prisons constructed per month. 17-2
  3. 3. Today’s Challenges - Continued Who Is Entering Our Jails and Prisons?  Prisoners with more serious needs are entering the system, and their needs are often unmet. 17-3
  4. 4. Today’s Challenges - Continued New Technology  New technology is being implemented in corrections but the process remains slow 17-4
  5. 5. Today’s Challenges - Continued The Effects of 9/11  In preparation for attacks by terrorists, funding to prisons has been cut 17-5
  6. 6. Today’s Challenges -Continued The Public Image of Corrections  As it impacts the correctional administrator’s ability to recruit quality employees, provide essential intensive training, encourage continuous professional development training efforts, and, ultimately, foster professionalism 17-6
  7. 7. Today’s Challenges - Continued Safety First  Correctional personnel see the mission of a professional correctional agency as delivery of safe and secure corrections services. 17-7
  8. 8. Today’s Challenges - Continued Inmate Programs Second  Correctional education is one inmate program that does work. 17-8
  9. 9. Today’s Challenges - Continued Recruitment  The corrections profession remains in critical status because the turnover rate remains high 17-9
  10. 10. Today’s Challenges - Continued The Importance of Training  The importance of training cannot be overstated. Lack of proper training may result in poor decision making, and the consequences may be problematic. 17-10
  11. 11. Today’s Challenges - Continued Execution Teams Executions are complex and very difficult processes that require a high level of training and professionalism. Those who take part in the process are affected by the psychological burden. 17-11
  12. 12. Today’s Challenges - Continued Inmates Prisoner reentry is one of the most pressing problems we face. We must conduct inmate programs to prepare inmates to return to communities as law-abiding citizens. 17-12
  13. 13. Professionalism Commitment to a set of agreed-upon values aimed towards the improvement of the organization while maintaining the highest standards of excellence and dissemination of knowledge 17-13
  14. 14. How To Create Professionalism  Purpose – the reason the organization exists  Mission – what is done to support the purpose  Vision – future orientation 17-14
  15. 15. Relationships With Other Professionals Governor – there must be a clear correctional philosophy and course of action that can be agreed-upon Legislature – will have to approve many of the programs and all legislative bills necessary to effect positive change 17-15
  16. 16. American Correctional Association (ACA)  Oldest and largest membership organization dedicated to the improvement of corrections  Conducts workshops, seminars, exhibits, and networking opportunities  Hosts two annual conferences  Corrections Certification Program 17-16
  17. 17. Recruitment Comprehensive application Written examination Local agency check Background check Psychological screening Personal interview Polygraph 17-17
  18. 18. Employee Recognition In situations where an employee performs his or her duties beyond expectations, receives a promotion, completes a degree program, and so on, that employee’s efforts should be recognized. 17-18

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