Reimagining Prison Project Interviews Andie Moss

The Reimagining Prison Project, which envisions a smaller correctional system that places human dignity at its philosophical and operational core, recently sat down with TMG President Andie Moss.

In this episode, host Sam Dye and Ms. Moss discuss correctional staffing, achieving organizational excellence, and transformational prison culture. Mr. Dye regularly interviews thought leaders in the corrections field to get their thoughts on what it would mean to reimagine prison in America. To hear the episode, click here.

Discover Prison Fellowship’s Warden Exchange Program at pfm.org/warden-exchange. To reach out with any feedback or suggestions for future podcast guests, contact reimaginingprisonpodcast@pfm.org.

Developing Emotional Intelligence To Improve Your Career and Personal Life

The National Sheriff’s Association is offering a webinar on the principles of emotional intelligence to help public safety leaders be more effective in their job.

This webinar, which takes place August 11, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET, will show attendees how they can prevent emotional hijacks and “read” the emotions of others to be more calm and effective in their work and even home life.

Dr. Michael Goold, the former Chief of Police for the City of Rancho Cordova, CA, is the lead presenter. He is a certified executive coach and systemic team coach. He is a graduate of the FBINA Session #251 and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government state and local leader program. To register and learn more, click here.

Women CEOs: A National Voice Mentoring Program

The Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC) National Voice Committee aims to assist members who are considering the pursuit of CEO positions. While every state has adult corrections agencies and juvenile justice systems, currently only eight women serve as heads of adult prison systems and 16 women head juvenile justice agencies, meaning that only approximately 20 percent of these agencies are headed by women.

A harsh reality for those who serve in executive-level government positions, is that government agency cabinet members and many chief executives serve at the pleasure of state governors. Many find themselves looking for jobs when new governors are inaugurated.

AWEC wants to encourage its members to consider themselves as viable candidates for top positions and be alert for opportunities and positions that become available. To help in that endeavor, the National Voice Committee can serve as a sounding board and offer assistance as its women members consider the next level of opportunities. Go to www.awec.us for more information.

Communicating with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recently released the second part if its webinar series created for the Family Connections Project. This 1.5-hour training on how to communicate with families and children in correctional facilities provides relevant information and strategies for staff on three major topics:

• Communication 101: Basic Types and Everyday Challenges

• Workplace Culture and Practices: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities

• Applicable Practices for Staff: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities

The resource has been converted into a streaming format with captions (find it here). You can also view part one here.

COVID Pandemic Continues to Challenge Conferences

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an issue across most of the United States, two important women in corrections conferences have been postponed until 2021. The Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice (WWICJJ) 2020 conference, originally scheduled for this October in Savannah, Ga., will now be held October 10-13, 2021. The location remains in Savannah, Ga. You can find more information about registration refunds and hotel cancellations at https://wwicjj.com/.

Similarly, the Association for Women Executives in Corrections annual membership training institute was cancelled for this year and postponed until October 8-10, 2021. For more on this postponement, go to www.awec.us.

Nobody Is Above the Law – DOJ Issues Several Correction-Related Sentences

Inmates civil rights took center stage in three recent Department of Justice (DOJ) sentences. In the most recent case, four former corrections officers at the Jackson County Detention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment for their roles in violating the constitutional rights of an inmate by beating an inmate without any legal justification.

“Nobody is above the law,” said U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison of the Western District of Missouri. “These former corrections officers abused their authority and violated the civil rights of an inmate by physically assaulting him while he was restrained and not posing any threat.” To learn more about this case, click here.

In a somewhat similar case (see more about the incident here), four former supervisory correctional officers at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana were sentenced in early July, for their roles in assaulting an inmate who was handcuffed, shackled, and not resisting, and for conspiring to cover up their misconduct by devising a false cover story, submitting false reports documenting that cover story, tampering with witnesses, and lying under oath.

Finally, a federal grand jury in Honolulu, Hawaii, returned a six-count indictment against three former correctional officers for their roles in assaulting an inmate housed at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center and for attempting to cover up their misconduct. The indictment alleges that, on June 15, 2015, defendants, along with a fourth correctional officer designated “Officer A,” physically assaulted an inmate in the jail’s recreation yard that resulted in bodily injury.

The indictment further alleges that the defendants and Officer A conspired to cover up their misconduct by engaging in a variety of obstructive acts, including devising a false cover story to justify their use of force, documenting that false cover story in official reports, and repeating that false cover story when questioned during the ensuing investigation and disciplinary proceedings arising out of the assault. The maximum penalties for the charged crimes are 10 years of imprisonment for each of the deprivation-of-rights offenses, 20 years of imprisonment for each of the false report offenses, and 5 years of imprisonment for the conspiracy offense. More information on the indictment can be found here.

OJJDP Releases 2019 Annual Report

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently released its 2019 Annual Report to Congress. The report describes programs and activities that OJJDP carried out in fiscal year 2019. OJJDP awarded more than $323 million to fund programs, research, training and technical assistance, and information dissemination activities that enhance public safety, ensure juvenile offenders are held appropriately accountable, and empower youth to live productive, law-abiding lives.

“OJJDP continues to stay focused on issues of national concern. We work with communities plagued by gang and gun violence, as well as neighborhoods affected by drug abuse,” said Caren Harp, OJJDP Administrator. “We pursue better methods to protect children who are abused, exploited, or exposed to violence — and to inspire young people who need positive adult mentors. When young people are empowered to live up to their potential, our communities become stronger and safer places in which to live and learn.” To view the full report, click here.

The Moss Group Offers COVID-19 Support and Services

The Moss Group’s mission is that we are a trusted partner – to leaders and their organizations – in creating optimal safety and well-being for staff and those persons under their care. Especially during these times, we are working closely with corrections leaders and staff to support the challenges, changes, and shifting priorities they are facing as a result of COVID-19. The pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of operations within facilities to medical and mental health services, community services, and probation and parole.

The Moss Group (TMG) offers the following services to support your state, local, or federal agency and facilities.

COVID-19 Operations Review.  From a full operational assessment of sixteen core domains to targeted areas of review, TMG will conduct a comprehensive review of policy, practice, staffing, training and overall operations in a wide range of areas. We will provide pragmatic, actionable recommendations to enhance best practice, support the safety and wellbeing of all persons, and strengthen preparedness for future infectious disease crises. Areas of in-depth review include:

  • Leadership, management, coordination and collaboration
  • Communication and training – staff, inmates, and community
  • Policy review and development
  • Staff wellness
  • Emergency and infectious disease preparedness
  • Visitors – including professional visits, contractors, service providers, educators
  • Screening – employee, initial intake
  • Transport
  • Isolation and Cohorting; care for the sick; quarantine; Inmate disease prevention
  • Grievances and reporting; Investigations
  • Reentry
  • Small facilities or facilities without onsite medical

Workforce Development. The emotional and physical impact of COVID-19 on corrections staff has been monumental. Now more than ever, leadership and staff require ongoing support, guidance, and planning to maintain a healthy and safe environment. Examples of areas in which TMG can support your agency or facility staffing needs include the following:

  • Employee wellness
  • Organizational surveys, workplace assessments, and implementation plans
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Recruitment planning
  • Leadership and supervisory training- leading through and after crisis

Virtual learning and online training.  TMG will help your agency or facility adapt in-person training programs to online training programs, where appropriate, or create new online courses. TMG has expertise in developing virtual and online training using a wide range of technology options and that is engaging, interactive, and supports best practices in adult learning theory. Our service examples include:

  • Developing and planning for virtual learning with your training team and leadership
  • Adapting in-person training courses to effective online training sessions
  • Providing TMG-led virtual and online training in areas of need

Contact Donna Deutsch, Director of Business Development, for more information on how we can support you.

Report Aims To Reduce Recidivism and Crime Worldwide

The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently released a revised edition of the Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders to help countries prevent crime and implement reforms that strengthen the law and reduce recidivism.

The publication focuses on recidivism prevention and emphasizes the importance of program development that supports offenders with social reintegration upon release. To read the full report, click here.

You Be the Judge: Webinar Identifies Inappropriate Staff and Inmate Interaction

Have you ever had a personal problem that you unintentionally brought to work? In a correctional environment, doing so can make you vulnerable to inmates looking to compromise situations to their advantage. Join this NIC interactive session, July 29 at 1:00 pm ET, as we watch videos simulating “days in the life” of a corrections officer. During the video scenarios, attendees will help identify red flags for potentially being compromised. To register, click here.