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The importance of scheduling for corrections officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 23, 2018 5:01:38 PM

Managing today's correctional facilities is demanding, difficult and sometimes dangerous. When you house hundreds of convicted criminals in one building, effective management is critical to the safety of inmates, workers and the surrounding community.

Today's correctional leaders should always be implementing practices that increase collaboration among criminal justice officials. Frequent cross-departmental collaboration can create improved conditions that may lead to a reduction in the steady increase of inmates.

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Topics: Corrections

How to Increase Correctional Officer Retention [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Feb 16, 2018 4:44:29 PM

Staff shortages and recruiting difficulties are constant facts of life in correctional facilities. When too few officers are available, the result can put both inmates and staff in potential danger.

To keep their staffing situation under control, correctional leaders must practice effective scheduling and offer long-term retention programs. Workforce management software designed for public safety is an effective means to this end.

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Topics: Corrections

New efforts could attract much-needed corrections officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Nov 16, 2016 9:46:26 AM

Everywhere around the country, officials must ensure there are enough officers on staff at correctional facilities, and make certain they are all properly trained to keep themselves and inmates safe. When hiring becomes a challenge, it's time to step up hiring efforts.

The Alabama prison system is currently facing a lack of staffing, and the Department of Corrections plans to make a renewed push for recruits by increasing benefits and ensuring there are opportunities for advancement.

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Topics: Corrections

Are Correctional Officers Prepared to Guard Inmates? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jul 26, 2016 2:09:37 PM

City and county jails hold thousands of inmates and occupy an important role in the criminal justice system. But while policymakers focus on improving the management of state prisons, recent audits suggest that jails suffer from serious problems that are not being addressed.

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Topics: Corrections

Florida Prisons Face Staffing Shortages [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 21, 2016 1:03:27 PM

In Florida, the nation's third-largest prison system is dangerously understaffed, leading to serious security issues.

That's the conclusion of a recent report conducted by independent consulting firm CGL, which found that many mandatory positions have been left unmanned for thousands of hours. As a result, fewer inmates are being searched, and use of force is increasing as guards struggle to maintain control.

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Topics: Corrections

Prisons Must Balance Budget and Fatigue When Staffing Officers [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Mar 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

State officials must always balance the need to stay on budget while avoiding burnout for their prison staffs.

A recent study from the Vermont Department of Corrections is once again bringing this dilemma into focus. Over the last six months, correctional officers at the state's seven prisons have worked an average of 11.6 hours of overtime for each two week pay period.

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Topics: Corrections

How can staffing automation deter prison disruptions? [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Jan 11, 2016 2:47:22 PM

In September, a 19-year-old inmate who was serving three life sentences for murder escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio. It took state police several ours before they finally tracked him down.

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Topics: Corrections

About Orion Communications

As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, please contact Jackie Belasky at 214-361-1203, #2413 or jbelasky@orioncom.com.