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Michigan Prisons Work To Keep Out Drug-Smuggling Drones

Drone technology is quickly becoming more sophisticated — and more affordable. Now, criminals are using drones to smuggle drugs, cell phones and even weapons to inmates in prisons.

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Celebrating Heritage at Monroe Correctional Complex

Close to 150 inmates and staff packed the Monroe Correctional Complex Twin Rivers Unit visitation room for the Native American Heritage Celebration Event.

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Michigan Department of Corrections receives award from Department of Defense program for support of employees in the Armed Forces

Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi E. Washington accepted the Pro Patria Award for the department’s efforts to support employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves.

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Gus Harrison Correctional Facility inmates grow, donate produce

Timothy Buis, a corrections program coordinator at Gus Harrison and one of the staff members helping the prisoners with the pumpkins and other produce in the gardens at the facility, said in addition to the pumpkin donations they also give up to 10,000 pounds of produce to places such as the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, The Daily Bread of Lenawee and the Adrian Senior Center.

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Metro Detroit based program changing lives of many people serving time

The program is called Chance For Life. Its founders have created a faith and accountability based curriculum inside the walls of prisons across Michigan. The mission is to give inmates the tools to transform who they are at their core.

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2017 Tom Clements Innovation Award goes to Colorado DOC Executive Director Rick Raemisch

ASCA’s Tom Clement Award was created in 2015 to honor the memory of Tom Clements, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was assassinated in the line of duty in March 2013.

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2017 Michael Francke Career Achievement Award winner- Ohio DRC Director Gary Mohr

The Michael Francke Career Achievement Award distinguishes an ASCA member who has given outstanding service to the agency(ies) in which he/she has served.

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Gov. Rick Snyder greets Jackson prisoners, tours new Vocational Village

The Vocational Village is only the second in Michigan - with the first beginning in Ionia's Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility. Snyder said he wants to continue to grow the program and start a new one at a women's prison.

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Michigan inmates paroled with new job skills

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder toured the new prison school Monday, meeting with Wood and other inmates in the Jackson program, which officially launched in late August.

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Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

Opinion editorial published by The New York Times, written by Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch. Details why we ended long term solitary confinement in Colorado.

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Prison Population Management Plan

The Sixty-fifth North Dakota Legislative Assembly mandated the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) develop a prison population management plan.

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Spokane Corrections Employees Give School Supplies to Families Impacted by Incarceration

The Department of Corrections' section one field offices in Spokane, Wash. recently held their annual back to school event.

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MDOC Expands Program For Inmates Leaving Prison

More inmates are being better prepared to return to their communities before release as a result of the Mississippi Department of Corrections expanding its pre-release program.

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More Inmates Graduate the Prison-to-College Pipeline Program

More inmates graduate a program that allows inmates to earn college credits.

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Michigan residents can now receive voice message alerts from Department of Corrections’ Nixle service on their landline telephones

Nixle is a community notification system that provides real-time information through text message, email, voice messages, social media and the Nixle mobile app. Residents previously could sign up to receive alerts by email and on their cell phone, and now also have the option to have voice messages sent to their landline telephone number.

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Michigan doubles capacity to prep inmates for in-demand jobs

Soon-to-be released prisoners who qualify for the Michigan Department of Corrections' Vocational Village are removed from the general population and assigned to the exclusive program for housing and job training that simulates a regular work day.

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‘Every great success story starts with a vision’

Michigan Department of Corrections launches newest Vocational Village at Parnall Correctional Facility

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'Guys without hope find their way back,' prisoner in new Vocational Village says

Highlighting the success of the Vocational Village created a year ago at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, the Michigan Department of Corrections has created a second village that's now open at Parnall.

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Susan M Hunter Scholarship Award presented to Brenna Rhiness and Meaghan Ireland

Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Rick Raemisch presented two Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA), Susan M.Hunter Scholarship Awards.

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Former Michigan Department of Corrections Director Perry Johnson to receive Legacy Award for efforts to advance women in corrections

Former Michigan Department of Corrections Director Perry Johnson will receive the Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections for his efforts to promote and support women in the field.

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Rescue Ready

Michigan Department of Corrections facilities help local fire departments train for emergency scenarios

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New BOP Chief

Attorney General Sessions names Army General Mark Inch as new BOP Chief

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One Year Later, Strength in Families Supports Incarcerated Men Becoming Better Fathers

Fathers behind bars say they have better relationships with their children, thanks to a new Washington Department of Corrections program.

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Colorado Department of Corrections Gang Disengagement Program

Colorado Department of Corrections implements a Gang Disengagement Program that provides a more effective, leading-edge approach to gang intervention.

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How Colorado's Prison system is training inmates to be better dads

Article hi-lights Colorado Department of Corrections use of the Parents on a Mission program.

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Colorado Department of Corrections Gang Disengagement Program

Colorado Department of Corrections implements a Gang Disengagement Program that provides a more effective, leading-edge approach to gang intervention.

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Colorado Department of Corrections Adds Employer Resources to Website

Colorado Department of Corrections launched new information on the website to give prospective employers and indication of offender skill-sets.

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Fourth Annual Tom Clements Award presented to Rhonda Hesslink

The Fourth Annual Tom Clements Award was presented to Rhonda Hesslink a Sergeant at Arkansas Correctional Facility in Crowley, CO.

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Offenders Participate in One Book 4 Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado is a literacy program that connects incarcerated parents with their children

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Department of Corrections dog training program gives inmates purpose

How Colorado's Correctional Industries, Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program is changing lives

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