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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
Ive ever had with the management in
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
|Correction Secretary Mack
Jarvis said its going to be up to the
employees of the department to make the future of
corrections a success.
asking for all of our employees to get
involved," he said. "Lets 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.
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 its
important that we have started talking about the future
and that we continue talking about it, so we are fully