Take a walk from the reception area of almost any prison or jail facility in the country to any cell block or other detention area, and you’ll have to pass through a series of heavy spring-loaded steel or barred doors designed for security. As you pass through each door, it shuts behind you with a resounding metallic SLAM. The sound is unforgettable, and lets you know you’ve been separated from freedom, and have entered a different somewhat-oppressive world, the “slammer.” It’s a world where shouting, bravado and anger flare every day, and fear, despondency and tears reign silently in the dark of each night. Its role is to protect society, to discipline the guilty and to rehabilitate amenable offenders.

The-SLAMMER is dedicated to all the people that spend time behind those doors in that other world — the inmates, former inmates, the correctional officers, other law officers, administrative staffs, chaplains, medical personnel, visiting attorneys and civilian volunteers.

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Reentry Effort for Drug Offenders a Start, But Short Funds (0)

Following below is a republication in entirety of a timely editorial that appeared in the March 19, 2012 issue of one of South Florida’s major newspapers, the Sun Sentinel. The editorial clearly portrays that progress aimed at reducing Florida’s ex-inmate recidivism is underway, but because of budget cuts not yet a slam dunk.-ED
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Cell Sentiments»

Florida’s Cash-Register Justice Stalls Re-entry Success (2)

Florida’s Cash-Register Justice Stalls Re-entry Success

Florida’s practice of financing its criminal justice system with fees from the indigent creates a vicious cycle of debt for ex-offenders that threatens their successful re-entry into society, according to a new Brennan Center report released on March 23, 2010.
Since 1996, the study shows, the Sunshine state has added more than 20 new categories [...]

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Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel (1)

Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel

Surprisingly, even in these times of ten percent unemployment and widespread state budgetary crises, Iowa’s Department of Corrections intends to hire about 200 personnel, mostly for work as corrections officers, but others for counselors, probation officers and residential officers. These much-needed new hires come about as the result of the loss of 362 employees [...]

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Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues (2)

Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues

Following immediately below is a key excerpt from a July 13, 2010 speech by United States Attorney General Eric Holder, as presented before the Project Safe Neighborhood’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. While the speech spanned wide aspects of joint efforts to reduce violent crime, what was especially notable and welcome was Holder’s emphasis that [...]

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