James B. Hunt, Governor
R. Mack Jarvis, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Public Information Director

Correction News
September 1998

Department of Correction
214 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
(919) 733-4926

New management program begins for correction employees

Division of Prisons begins conversion to region structure

Secretary Jarvis asks DOC to support the State employees Combined Campaign

Anderson named new Craggy superintendent

Engineering employees certified as professional managers

DOC employees learn life-saving techniques

Training pays off

DOC dentist is really an artist at heart

Education program improves chances of success

Spotlight on Randolph Correctional Center

Health Insurance Alert

It's fair time

Employee Appreciation week scheduled

Internal Audit publishes newsletter to help managers improve their operations

News briefs


Correction Futures Week a Success
Using the very same technology that is sure to play a big role in the way business is conducted in upcoming years, department employees from nine sites across the state were given the rare opportunity to discuss the future of corrections with DOC officials in Raleigh – all without having to make the long drive to the capital city.

Employees from as far away as Swan Quarter and Asheville as well as employees as close as Wilson and Burgaw were all able to participate in the live panel discussion which was broadcast over the Information Highway.

Despite the fact that he was sitting in the Information Highway room at Pender Correctional Center in Burgaw, Jim Byrum, assistant superintendent at Pender, commented, "This has been the longest conversation that I’ve ever had with the management in Raleigh."

Probation officers in Charlotte discuss
the future with officials in Raleigh via
the Information Highway.

The panel discussion was one of many activities held during Corrections Futures Week, August 3-7, as a way to get employees thinking about the future of corrections. Other activities included technology demonstrations, open houses, tours, job exchanges and round-table discussions.

Correction Secretary Mack Jarvis said it’s going to be up to the employees of the department to make the future of corrections a success.

"I’m asking for all of our employees to get involved," he said. "Let’s see what we can do with this agency in the next few years by working together."

Videoconferences held during Correction Futures Week included a downlink from the National Institute of Corrections on psychopaths and information and computer demonstrations showing how to access statistics on the North Carolina offender population.

Clips and short videos on voice and Global Position System satellite monitoring of offenders, training films, drug interdiction tactics and general information on the Information Highway were also shown.

Members of the PERT team conduct
tours at Sampson Correctional

Demonstrations were given on ways the department is already utilizing much of this technology such as using the Information Highway to conduct classification hearings, medical consultations and distance learning programs.

During the panel discussion, Robert Guy, director of the Division of Community Corrections, said future uses of technology may include the use of satellite monitoring to keep track of sex offenders and individuals on house arrest.

"The department needs to continue to be aggressive in the area of technology," he said. "In order to be able to improve the quality of supervision, we have to go high tech. We need to continue to look at technologies to better control offenders, so the public feels safe."

In addition to the videoconferences, Sampson Correctional Institution, Carteret Correctional Center, Hyde Correctional Institution, Western Youth Institution, Morrison Youth Institution, Craven Correctional Institution and others all held various activities at their units including tours and round-table discussions in celebration of Correction Futures Week.

Nicole Sullivan, project director of the Futures grant, said she believed, overall, Corrections Futures Week was a success.

"There will be some significant changes in the future that will really affect how we do business," she said. "I think it’s important that we have started talking about the future and that we continue talking about it, so we are fully prepared." u

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