Thursday, September 30, 2010

Top Correction Officials Briefed on Research

Top managers within adult and juvenile corrections throughout Texas met leading researchers in the criminal justice field during the latest training offered by the Correctional Management Institute of Texas.

"It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to, and I’ve been to several,' said Dustin Fore, Assistant Deputy Director of Angelina County Adult Probation "I’ve got four pages of things jotted down that I want to do when I get back. My brain hurts."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Senior Level Corrections Leadership Development

The Correctional Management Institute of Texas is pleased to offer a week-long Senior Level Corrections Leadership Program for criminal justice professionals at the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center in Huntsville, Texas. The purpose of the program is to equip selected participants with the necessary correctional knowledge from an academic research standpoint and with the necessary leadership skills from a practitioner perspective that are required for Senior Level Leaders.

This training will target deputy directors within adult and juvenile community corrections, assistant wardens/wardens, assistant jail administrators/jail administrators, and assistant superintendents/superintendents within adult and juvenile institutions. The Institute is now accepting nominations for its program scheduled for March 20-25, 2011. This program is limited to 24-participants.

Agency Responsibility

< Nominate a person who is in a Senior Level Leadership position or who has the potential to be promoted into a Senior Level Leadership position;
< Nomination must be signed by the Agency Executive Director;
< Nominees that are two years from retiring from the agency are not eligible;
< Consider diversity when making the nomination;
< Be prepared to allow the nominee to be in attendance from Sunday afternoon to noon on the following Friday; and,
< Provide transportation or reimburse the nominee for round trip mileage between duty site and Huntsville.

Participant Responsibility

< Arrive at the Criminal Justice Center in Huntsville on Sunday by 5:00 PM for the opening session; and
< Actively participate in training activities the entire week; and

Institute Responsibility

< Consider a variety of diversity issues in selecting participants;
< Notify nominee of acceptance into the program;
< Provide 34 hours of relevant training in an atmosphere conducive to learning;
< Provide all training materials;
< Provide accommodations at the University Hotel; and
< Provide meals for participants.

For questions, please contact Fred Rangel at (936) 294-3916 or email at

Friday, September 17, 2010

Correctional leader as entrepreneur

Many decisions will not be unanimously supported within the organization and will require risk taking.

In recent years, many correctional leaders have realized the benefits of operational standards and the best efforts at compliance taken by their agencies. Such standards bring structure, enhanced safety, and a degree of predictability to an environment that can all too quickly spin out of control.

That being said, though, there is much entrepreneurial behavior in the correctional profession that is also important to its success. Entrepreneurial leaders initiate change where they see the need. Often those decisions are not unanimously supported by others in the organization, or require risk taking. Many great accomplishments in the corrections profession occurred with that spirit in mind.  Read More...

5 keys to outstanding leadership

By Mark Warren

In 1948, Harold L. Smith began teaching an eye-mind coordination driving program that he had developed after observing how the eyes work and how drivers respond to what they see on the road. It was called “5 Keys to Space Cushion Driving” and has become known throughout the world as the Smith System.  Read More...