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2014-02-12 23:22:26

Over 20 courses and 40+ hours approved by the Standards & Training for Corrections now available through The Corrections Online Training Collaborative (COTC). Cary, NC (PRWEB) February 12, 2014 Building on their extensive offerings for Corrections and Law Enforcement, Relias Learning, the online leader in specialized training, has added over 20 new courses approved by the Standards & Training for Corrections (STC). These courses address specific needs for California corrections...

2014-02-10 16:24:45

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last year, Department of Corrections (DOC) officials reported the first significant decrease in the inmate population since 1971. At the end of 2013, officials discovered that the state's prison system has experienced the smallest increase in the inmate population growth, all while the state's crime rate remained flat. "This is the smallest increase for the 24 years preceding this administration," Corrections Secretary John...

2013-12-16 12:20:31

Partnership with Cass County Sherriff's Office Meets Increasing Demand For Highly-Skilled Officers in the State FARGO, N.D., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rasmussen College and the Cass County Sherriff's Office today announced the first Corrections Academy graduating class at the Rasmussen College Fargo campus. Upon completing the Rasmussen Correctional Officer Skills Basic Training program, all students in this first graduating class will be employed with corrections positions in...

2013-09-10 16:23:46

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will be a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening over the next three years at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious panel, consisting of about 30 of the leading policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the country, will help shape the meaning and future of community corrections in...

2013-08-29 12:23:52

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In April 2012, Pennsylvania's Office of Victim Advocate began a coordinated program with the Department of Corrections called the Inmate Accountability Bank (IAB). Renamed recently to the Inmate Apology Bank, the voluntary program provides an avenue by which crime victims can receive an apology from their offender without having direct contact. "As of August 2013, the IAB has 537 inmate apology letters submitted and 96 crime...

2013-08-07 23:25:34

NaphCare, Inc., an independent leader in comprehensive correctional health care and corrections-based technology solutions, has begun a new partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to provide on-site correctional dialysis services. Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) August 07, 2013 Beginning August 1, 2013, NaphCare will offer corrections-specific treatment at two Oklahoma Department of Corrections facilities, with a combined daily population of 2,500 inmates. “We are excited to...

2013-06-21 12:24:57

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier this year, Governor Tom Corbett directed Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to make sure residents of the state's Community Corrections Centers were helping to improve local communities. Recently, 12 residents of the Wernersville Community Corrections Center completed a four-month Habitat for Humanity project by refurbishing a house in Berks County. "I strongly believe that our community corrections centers should be...

2013-04-25 12:26:55

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The chairperson of the Council of State Governments (CSG), Alaska State Sen. Gary Stevens, announced Wetzel's appointment today. Wetzel joins a small, bipartisan group of key legislators, leading court and law enforcement officials and members of several governors' cabinets...

2013-02-28 12:24:55

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced the release of the Department of Corrections' 2013 Recidivism Report. "To get a true picture of whether our state prison system is meeting its goal of reducing future crime, we need to look at more than just the reincarceration of an individual," Wetzel said. "We need to look at rearrests as well to see the whole picture of how and when individuals come into contact again with the...

2013-02-14 12:24:44

Statistics Show Sentencing Alternative Reduces Crime, But Underutilized HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today released the agency's 2013 performance report on the State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) Program. "The use of State Intermediate Punishment goes hand-in-hand with the prison reforms begun in 2008 and continued in 2012," Wetzel said. "Studies have shown that individuals' criminal behavior is driven by their...