From the Desk of the President…
In October your board met and tallied the votes in the election of the new officers. As the
newly elected President I want to thank all the members that took the time to vote and to
thank all members for their continued support of the Western Correctional Association. I am
fortunate that our members have elected a board of very qualified individuals in all
positions, which makes my job much easier.
My first goal is to improve our newsletter both in quality of information and quantity to give
correctional professionals a way to explore shared issues. The second goal will be to assist all
state, provincial and regional associations in networking ideas to assist in professional
development and morale amongst our staff. This can only be done with the support of our
state representatives and our members. Please feel free to contact any of the board members
with ideas, articles or if in need of some assistance.
As a member of Western for about 19 years I have found that it is not just an organization for
hard fact training, but it is a way that opens communication and interaction amongst a
variety of individuals in the same basic field of interest. But maybe the best part is that as a
bonus a great camaraderie develops. Friendships develop that span decades. You not only
learn about corrections in all parts of the west but you also learn about the people. When you
sit at a table sharing food, go down into a silver mine in Utah, cross Flathead Lake in
Montana to attend a barbeque, play in a softball game, listen to speakers from all parts of the
country, hear from experts in all fields, go up a mountain in a cable car in New Mexico, visit
prisons or treatment programs it is just natural that friendships will develop that will last a
I would encourage all to try to attend a conference in another state, at least one time. You will
be pleasantly surprised at the feeling of camaraderie and well being with which you will
I wish to apologize to the members for the lag in getting out our newsletter. The change over
in Board Members and the changing of responsibilities regarding the newsletter slowed up
the process. You should start receiving them more regularly.
Also please note that our spring Board meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on 5-15-09
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held in conference room B at the 3rd District Juvenile Court’s
location - 3636 South Constitution Blvd., West Valley City, Utah. All members are welcome to
A special thank you goes to Dennis Moxon, president elect of the Utah Correctional
Association, for taking the initiative to set up the meeting location.
MEET YOUR BOARD
President: 1st Vice President: 2nd Vice President
James Riker Rae Forseth Darla Maqueda
1324 Edgewood Ave. 1539 Eleventh Ave. P.O. Box 14
Shelton, WA 98584 Helena, MT 59602 Boise, ID 83709
360-426-6226 (home) 406-444-9819 208-336-0740
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Treasurer: Membership Chair:
Sarah Carlson Karen Jassman Lisa Hunter
P.O. Box 988 P.O. Box 25 600 Conley Lake Road
Belfair, WA 98528 Lusk, WY 82225 Deer Lodge, MT 59722
360-490-5294 307-334-3693 406-846-1320
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
ACA Representative: Public Relations: APPA Representative:
Virginia Swanson Bill Fitzer Car Fox
1301 Beaudry Road P.O. Box 403 4913 West Mountain View
Yakima, WA 98901 Eatonville, WA 98328 Glendale, AZ 85302
509-452-0778 253-576-9572 928-445-6844
firstname.lastname@example.org BillFitzer@aol.com email@example.com
Nominations and Elections Chair Resoluations Chair Historian
P.O. Box 11215
Olympia, WA 98508
Finance Chair Conference and Institute Immediate Past President
Karen Jassman Hisami Yoshida Carl Fox
P.O. Box 25 13707 Marcon Lane 4913 West Mountain Vies
Lusk, WY 82225 Rochester, WA 98579 Glendale, AZ 85302
307-334-3693 253-589-4470 928-445-6844
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
STATES AND PROVINCES REPRESENTED
ALASKA ~~~ BRITISH COLUMBIA ~~~ CALIFORNIA
HAWAII ~~~ NEVADA ~~~ COLORADO
ARIZONA ~~~ IDAHO ~~~
Carl Fox Darla Maqueda
4913 West Mountain View 4443 S. Skyridge Way
Glendale, AZ 85302 Boise, ID 83709
928-445-6844 308-336-0740 Ext. 4643
MONTANA ~~~ OREGON ~~~
Lisa Hunter Rhonda Holder
600 Conley Lake Road 182 SW Academy #326
Deer Lodge, MT 59722 Dallas, OR 97338
406-846-1320 503-623-2349 Ext. 2322
MCA Website: www.mca-us.com OCA website: www.oregon-cja.org
UTAH ~~~ WASHINGTON ~~~
Dennis Moxon Hisami Yoshida
75 W. 80 N., Suite 201 13707 Marcon Lane, SW
American Fork, Utah 84003 Rochester, WA 98579
WCA website: www.wca2.org
WYOMING ~~~ NEW MEXICO ~~~
Kacey Gallagher Jan Thomas
700 West 21st Street 5280 Seminole Trail
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 82002 Las Cruces, NM 88012
FALL BOARD MEETING
Synopsis of Minutes:
Western Correctional Association (WeCA)
Board of Directors Meeting
October 19-20, 2008
Sun River Resort
President Carl Fox called the meeting to order. The minutes from the 4/18/08 meeting were approved as
presented. The treasurer’s report was presented and approved as read. Jim Riker presented the membership
report. We currently have 264 members. Written reports were submitted on APPA by Carl Fox and on ACA by
Virginia Swanson. Representatives from the states of Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana gave
Election Results - Ballots were counted according to the By Laws. The following were elected:
President James Riker
1st Vice President Rae Forseth
2nd Vice President Darla Maqueda
Treasurer Karen Jassman
Secretary Sarah Carlson
As past president, Carl Fox swore in the new Board members.
President Jim Riker proposed the following for committee chairs:
Membership Lisa Hunter
Resolutions/Constitution Barbara Miller
Conference Hisami Yoshida
Conferences – The Board discussed issues surrounding the cancellation of the 2008 conference in Washington.
The states of Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming have all expressed an interest in hosting Western in the coming
years. The Board decided to explore Idaho for 2009 and Oregon for 2010. Both representatives will discuss the
co-hosting at their next board meetings and report back to the Board. Once those reports have been received the
spring Board meeting will be scheduled.
Sarah Carlson, Secretary
Synopsis of Treasurer’s Report:
9-15-07 Balance Forwarded $12,022.05
Expenditures $ 7,953.10
Income $ 6,031.28
9-30-08 Ending Balance $10,100.23
Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! I remember so well looking forward to those
special 3 day weekends.
The ACA Congress was well attended in New Orleans. I was glad to leave the city before
Gustav hit! The grand prize drawing was held on the last day and the prizes were received by
3 women! One got the new car and the other 2 received gas cards. The January meeting will
be held in Kissimmee Fl (outside of Orlando) and the January meeting 2009 will be in
Nashville. lf my memory serves me right, the next Congress will be in Chicago in August
2009. Membership has risen in the past 2 years by about 2000 members and that's
particularly good given the stressful economic times. We had an interesting ACA election this
year. There were 3 tie votes - one for a Board of Governor's position and two on the Delegate
Assembly. Additional evidence that every vote counts! I continue to serve on the Policy and
Resolution's Committee and was reappointed again to the Constitution & By-Laws
Committee. The Committee on the Constitution & Bylaws will be tackling again this year the
composition of the Delegate Assembly so be sure to read Corrections Today for any update
that may be forthcoming in the spring. Our last effort at revision was turned down by the
Board of Governor's so we go back to the drawing board and try again!
I was happy to hear WeCA was meeting in conjunction with the Oregon group this month. It
seems every time dollars get tight the first thing eliminated is training. My best wishes to all of
you and of course, our new officers as they venture out in these troubled time. Remember
there's always a silver lining out there someplace!
As the Western Representative to the APPA Board, I attended the meeting in Las Vegas,
Nevada at APPA's 33"d Annual Institute. The meeting was held on Sunday, August 3'd. The
Institute was held in the Rio Atl Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. As the Affiliate
Representative to the Executive I was the Chair of the meeting. There are about 45 affiliate
members in the American Probation and Parole Association. The attendance at the
conference was approximately 10100 with a variety of workshops covering every topic
imaginable. The APPA board was pleased with the attendance based on the issues facing
the economy and the budget shortfalls around the country. The following is a list of future
Training Institutes and Annual Institutes for APPA:
2009 Winter Training Institute 34th Annual Training Institute
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Anaheim, CA
February 8-11, 2009 August 23-26, 2009
2010 Winter Training Institute 35th Annual Training Institute
TBA Washington, D.C.
August 15-18, 2010
STATE AND PROVINCE HAPPENINGS
Media Relations Office:
Nolberto Machiche, Media Relations Administrator
1601 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
ARIZONA’S DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
WINS INNOVATIONS IN AMERICAN
Harvard University’s Ash Institute Recognizes Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe Prison
Phoenix AZ., – September 9, 2008 – The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at
Harvard Kennedy School announced today that Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe is a winner of
the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards. As a successful initiative of Arizona’s Department of
Corrections, the state-wide program facilitates inmate reentry into society by structuring the prison
environment like the outside world with real-world workdays and leisure time activities, progressive
decision-making and earned opportunities to advance. The announcement was made this evening at the
Innovations in American Government Awards reception and gala in Washington, D.C. Governor Napolitano
delivered the event’s keynote address on the unique position of states in generating and spreading
innovative practices nationwide.
The Department implemented Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe in 2004, as an alternative to
conventional correctional systems in which staff exercises complete control over prisoners, affording most
inmates few opportunities to acquire and apply basic skills critical to their success. By contrast, Arizona’s
initiative empowers inmates to take control of their own lives, shifting pre-release preparation from staff to
inmates with graduated incentives and earned privileges to recognize good behavior. This opt-in re-entry
initiative is available to Arizona state inmates at all custody levels and was developed with no new funds or
Called a Parallel Universe, life in prison is restructured to resemble life in the community to the greatest
extent possible. Inmates are encouraged to earn high school (equivalency) diplomas, achieve and maintain
sobriety, and work full time during the work day, and serve as community volunteers, participate in victim-
focused activities and strengthen family ties in prison during leisure time. To ensure success and
sustainable wages after inmates are released, job training and job assignments behind bars are aligned
with actual Arizona industries. And, just like the real-world, inmates’ wages improve with post secondary
education and good work evaluations, and their status advances with community service and volunteerism.
Prior to the development of Getting Ready, nearly half (42 percent) of all Arizona inmates released returned
to prison within three years. Since its implementation over four years ago, the inmate population has
increased 17 percent, operating funds have been reduced and the system is more overcrowded and still,
the Department operates much better than before thanks to the program’s traction within the inmate
community and its widespread support among staff. A study of inmates who participated in Getting Ready
prior to their release from prison demonstrated its graduates are 35 percent more successful in the
community than inmates of comparable risk. In addition to lowering the recidivism rate, inmate-on-inmate
violence is down by 37 percent, inmate-on-staff assaults by 51 percent, and inmate suicides by 33 percent.
The initiative also cut inmate litigation by 42 percent and brought down staff vacancies from over 30 to
fewer than 3 percent. The prison population is increasingly embracing opportunities for pre-release
preparation. Three quarters of the inmate population has earned high school equivalency diplomas and
completed bona-fide jobs training. They have also donated over one million dollars to crime victim
organizations in Arizona. Plummeting rates of institutional violence and recidivism represent a $1.6 million
reduction in spending in its first several years directly benefiting Arizona taxpayers. “Getting Ready
fundamentally changes how inmates do time. We operate our prisons like the real world as much as we can
with similar rules, responsibilities and rewards,” said Dora Schriro, Director of the Arizona Department of
Corrections. “Getting Ready is all-day, every-day, pragmatic pre-release preparation. It keeps communities
safe while inmates are incarcerated and when they go home.”
“I want to congratulate Director Dora Schriro and all of the ADC staff for working so hard and succeeding at
putting “corrections” back in the mission of the Department of Corrections,” said Arizona Governor Janet
Napolitano “Getting Ready is the perfect example of what innovation in government means for real people.”
Since 1986, the Ash Institute’s Innovations in American Government Award Program at Harvard Kennedy
School has honored 193 federal, state, and local government agencies through Ford Foundation support.
This is the first-ever Innovations award to a Department of Corrections for prison-based reform. In
highlighting exemplary models of government innovation, the Program drives continued progress in
improving the quality of life of citizens and encourages scholarly research and teaching cases at Harvard
University and institutions worldwide. Many award-winning programs have been replicated across
jurisdictions and policy areas, and have served as harbingers of today’s reform strategies or as forerunners
to state and federal legislation.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Association will be hosting a conference in Cripple Creek, CO,
October 5-6, 2009. For additional information contact CCJA President Rae Timme at
Washington Correctional Association is once again partnering with the National Association
of Blacks in Criminal Justice and Women in Criminal Justice to sponsor two one-day “mini
conferences.” To make information and training available state-wide, one session will be
held in the spring in Western Washington and one session will be held in the fall in Eastern
Washington. The spring session will be held at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe,
WA, on 5/28/09. The cost is extremely reasonable $25 for the day, which includes lunch!
For more information or registration contact Michelle Watson at email@example.com.
You can visit Washington Correctional Association’s website at www.wca2.org.
“The Mission of the Idaho Correctional Association is to provide a forum for professionals to
share ideas, resolve problems and address issues of importance to the criminal justice
community. We are committed to enhancing communication and increasing professionalism
within the membership, key stakeholders, and the community. We will provide
encouragement and opportunities for professional development an excellence for all
members. We will support the development of ideas and programs to increase cooperation
between the agencies and members of the Idaho Criminal Justice Community.”
“It is the Mission of the Idaho Juvenile Justice Association to provide a forum for discussion
and resolution of issues related to juvenile justice; to provide a central focus of networking
for professionals in career development, service deliver, and progressive growth in the
profession; to provide leadership for Idaho in the promotion of community safety, victim
restoration, and effective service delivery for at-risk youth, their families, and communities.
On September 14 through 17, 2008 the Idaho Correctional Association and Idaho Juvenile
Justice Association held their 21st annual joint congress at Lewiston Idaho. There was a very
good turnout and the 3 day event included topics on: Intro to Surviving Corrections;
Motivating Performance and Changing Times; Practical Aspects of Interviewing; Detecting
Deception; Current Perspectives on Sexual Abuse and Prevention; A New Lens for
Understanding Human Behavior; and, Problem Solving Courts just to name a few. There was
also a fun night of barbecue and Monday Night Football as well as a Banquet with keynote
speaker Judge Ron Schilling on “Prisoner to Professor”.
Both associations spent a lot of hard work and time to set up and put on this very worthwhile program.
They both lived up to their Missions in a very professional way.
We had a good year in Montana and the weather has been exceptional. The Association has
hosted numerous training events across the state and the website is going great. Updates
and information is being seen more readily and we are able to get it out there faster.
We have received a large portion of our restitution and will no longer have to struggle in
regards to financial issues. It is a relief to be on solid ground and moving forward.
Our annual conference was a great success with a large showing from the upper
administration. The Director and various Mangers attended and showed great support for
our cause to “take care of ourselves”. We had some fantastic presenters. Bill O’Connell on
self leadership, Dr. Leonard Mees on Stress, Deanne Hewitt nutritionist for the Denver
Broncos dealt with physical aspects of leadership, and many more gave some of the best
training to date. It was a wonderful time. The only down side was the apparent lack of
vendors. Due to a national financial crunch – many were not able to make the trip.
We have new Board Members:
President – Mr. Steve Ette, Bozeman Probation and Parole
Vice President – Rae Forseth, DOC Training Bureau
President Elect – Armando Oropeza, MLEA Training Officer
Treasurer – Mike Aldrich, Helena Probation and Parole
Secretary – Lisa Hunter, DOC Training Manager
Plus we elected various positions on the Governing Board as well. You can visit the website
to check this and conference photos out. Go to www.mca-us.com
The mission of the Oregon Criminal Justice Association: “To work for a better understanding
and the prevention of causes of delinquency and crime; to promote the development of
effective programs in the juvenile and adult justice system; to sponsor and contribute to high
quality and low cost professional training; to Provide a forum to develop and voice
important criminal justice issues”.
The Oregon Criminal Justice Association held their 2008 annual training conference at the
Sun River Resort October 19th to the 21st. There was a good turnout for the conference.
Workshops were held involving: sex offender grooming processes and recidivism and effects
of treatment were also reviewed by the Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in
Beaverton, Oregon: victim assistance presented by a victim’s specialist from Clackamas
County, Washington; recidivism reduction techniques were explored by The Carey Group;
the concept of Responsivity was discuss by the mental health trainer with the Oregon
Juvenile Justice Training Academy; victim’s rights issues concerning the affects on service
providers and victims of crime in Oregon were discussed by Washington County Juvenile
Victim Services Program staff; prevention and intervention strategies in working with gang
involved youth was the focus of a workshop with gang enforcement team members; an
interstate compact update by Carol Gillsepie discussion was focused on the issues and
changes in the system; an overview of the Oregon Department of Corrections special
investigations unit was presented by the Assistant Chief Investigator, Jacey Duran; an
introduction to Islamic terrorism was presented by Sam Kharoba of the Multi-Jurisdictional
Drug Task Force; and, many more interesting sessions.
As you can tell there was a wide variety of training and information offered. It would appear
by this that the Association has met their mission and provided some excellent training in
both adult and juvenile venues and provided a good forum to discuss and begin to
understand current criminal justice issues.
The mission of the Wyoming Criminal Justice Association is to provide a forum for the
exchange of ideas and promote professionalism, pride and personal growth throughout
Wyoming’s correctional, law enforcement, medical, mental and substance abuse health
professionals, victim advocates, prosecutors, public defenders, juvenile detention centers,
local jails and restorative systems through training, networking and simple communications.
The WCJA welcomes participation and membership from anyone involved in these areas of
work and interest.
The WCJA held their annual training conference in Cheyenne Wyoming at the historic Plains
Hotel from September 10th to the 12th. The conference was well attended and had some very
high powered speakers. The conference got off the ground with a remarkable session with
Dr. Henry Lee, one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. He has traveled to many
countries including England, Bosnia, China, and Brunei at the request of the governments to
work on high profile cases. He has helped solve over 6000 cases. He was involved in the O.J.
Simpson Trial, the “Woodchipper” murderer, Jon Benet Ramsey case in Colorado, the 1993
suicide of White House Counsel Vincent Foster and reinvestigated the Kennedy
assassination. Dr. Lee kept the audience’s attention throughout his presentation which
included many slides.
Also speaking at the conference were Sheriff Fred Wegener from Colorado who was in
command during the September 2006 hostage situation and fatal shooting at the Platte
Canyon High School; and, Linda Wheeler-Holloway a former detective with the Fort Collins
Police Department and retired from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations. She was present
during and worked on the subsequent investigation of the Columbine School Shootings and
helped develop and worked on the metropolitan area critical incident protocol adopted
throughout the state.
There were also many excellent well qualified breakout presenters that dealt with: emergency
preparedness; alcohol monitoring; TASER familiarization; street gangs in Wyoming; the
assessment and treatment of sex offenders; Amber alert; juvenile justice, internet crimes
against children; behavior change; and, problem solving courts.
The conference was a success and enjoyed by all. Including the entertaining Murder Mystery
Dinner and of course the meeting of new friends and strengthening of ties with old friends.
MEET YOUR FELLOW MEMBERS
FROM THE DESK OF THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
It is very interesting to hear about the diverse professionals that are members of the Western
Correctional Association. If you would like to know more about the particular employment
of your fellow members below let the membership chair know. They will have the person
If you would like to share information about your position in the corrections field with the
other members of Western please send your information to the membership chairperson. The
other members would like to hear.
Also please remember that you must maintain a current membership to continue to receive
the newsletters. Check your cards to make sure you are still up to date.
Mindy Brookshire- Mindy is the Lead for the Assessment and Sanction Center at the
Passages Facility in Billings, Montana. She is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and
has worked with women both in prison and in community settings for the last 12+ years. In
her current position she oversees a staff that assesses and facilitates placement of female
offenders who are sentenced to the Department of Corrections (not sentenced to prison) as
well as supervising the unit of up to 50 offenders using a Therapeutic Community model.
Their goal is to help place the offender in the most appropriate placement available for both
the individual and the community.
Amy Cook- Amy is a Sales Representative for SecureAlert, Inc. Amy lives in Oregon and
covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. She is currently working with
Juvenile Departments, Adult Probation & Parole, Sheriff Departments, Department of
Corrections, Federal Probation Agencies, etc. She recently became a member of the Western
Correctional Association and is interested in learning more about the organization. She
provides an “All-In-One” Electronic Monitoring Device called the Tracker-Pal, to agencies to
use on their Offenders. The device has GPS/Satellite Imagery and Cellular Phone technology
all inside the device itself. No land line is required and it is new to the Western Region of the
THE ANCIENT CORNER
- BY THE OLD ONE (according to my children)
The Western Correctional Association has been going strong since 1936. Some years stronger than
others but it keeps on moving along. Did you know that in 1991 Western held a joint conference with
the Wyoming Corrections Association. The theme was ESCAPE! -To Jackson Hole Wyoming. It was
held from September 28 to October 1 and was very well attended. The president of Western
Correctional Association at the time was Robert Ortega and the president of Wyoming Corrections
Association was Janet M. Kirk. Speakers/presenters included Judith Uphoff, Director, Department of
Corrections of Wyoming, Dave Savage director of Washington Department of Corrections, Jackie
Crawford, Superior Court in Arizona, Gary Deland, executive director Department of Corrections of
Utah, Kit Bail-Chair of the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (parole board) from Washington,
Dick Vernon, director Department of Corrections Idaho, just to name a few. There were presenters
from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, California, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado,
Washington D.C., and Idaho. Presenters ranged from Legislative staff, probation & parole staff,
treatment program representatives, police agencies, prisons and victim/witness advocates. Topics
included restitution, gangs, alternatives to detention, program funding, community board services,
treatment models, domestic violence, corrections philosophies and changes, sex offenders and women
The Escape was great. You gained a lot of knowledge and you made a lot of lifelong friends. The
location was excellent and who could forget the great time at the barbecue with the singing cowboys at
the Bar J Wranglers ranch. But it was also good to find out that the issues you have been dealing with
were not just yours alone but were happening all over. You were able to meet and interact with a
variety of individuals from many different fields and locations. You were able to develop a network of
other professionals from around the west and beyond where you could turn to if the need arose.
By Zoë Waggoner
Imagine: Tempers heat up as Mom and Dad sit across from each other and air their
grievances. Words are exchanged. New dating partners are criticized. Nothing gets resolved
or issues are resolved badly. Kids are caught in the middle. No one is happy.
Is this at all familiar to you or someone you know? Most often these scenarios, or ones similar
to them between neighbors, family, friends, or Small Claims Court issues, lead to lawyers
and court. Lawyers, trained to be adversarial, often add fuel to the fire while the Judges or
Commissioners who deal with these cases are forced to make quick decisions that have
Everyone can lose. In cases with kids, the kids are really caught in the middle of a dispute
that can literally go on for years.
I live and work in Washington State. One solution that works for kids and families in my
local area is mediation. In 1984 legislation was passed allowing the establishment of Dispute
Resolution Centers (DRC) throughout the State of Washington. Since then 20 DRC’s covering
more than 90% of the state’s population have been established. DRC’s offer mediation
services to any residents who have disputes: neighborhood conflicts, Small Claims court
disputes, planning departments and other government agencies, restitution between
offenders and victims, elder care matters, family and divorce, parenting plans and visitation
issues. Over 300 mediations a year are conducted by the Thurston County DRC in Olympia,
Washington. The Thurston County DRC trains over 500 people a year in mediation, conflict
resolution and communication skills. Currently there is a pool of approximately 60 trained
mediators who volunteer their time to the Thurston County DRC.
Why mediation? Mediation offers parties a way to address, in a safe environment, those
tough topics that keep them apart and at war. This happens through an agenda the parties
create, negotiation, encouragement and support from the mediators. Sometimes confidential
information is revealed, the kind that is hard to discuss or deal with. All information shared
in mediation is confidential. Parties are encouraged, and often taught ‘in the moment’ to
practice good listening, paraphrasing and negotiating. Mediators check often for good faith
from all parties, or the willingness to truly listen, negotiate and consider other options for
resolution. In cases involving children, mediators act as advocates for the children.
When parties truly begin to ‘hear’ the other and consider all solutions, they are encouraged to
write up their own agreements, using their own words. When participants can build
relationships, build trust, increase respect and communication, they often can create
sustainable and peaceful solutions.
“Peace isn’t just a matter of goodwill. Peace is a carefully crafted process.”
Susanne Beauregard, DRC Board Member
For more information about mediation services or training go to the Thurston County
Dispute Resolution website at http://www.mediatethurston.org. There you will find
information about mediation in Washington State and a list of national resources.
Zoё Waggoner is a Hearing Officer with the Washington State Department of Corrections.
She is a Senior Mediator with the Thurston County DRC and works primarily with family
cases involving children. She is also involved in the statewide Interagency Mediation
Program which provides free mediation to state employees during work hours to resolve
conflict in the workplace. To contact her send an email to: zwaggoner@DOC1.WA.GOV.
PROFESSIONALISM: AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
This was the theme of the 2004 joint Western Correctional Association and
Utah Correctional Association conference that was held in Park City Utah on
October 3-6. Many sessions addressed this issue and were well worth
attending. This article was included in a newsletter a few years ago. I just came
across it again and realized that this topic does not change or go away. I
thought it would be worth reprinting for those who missed it.
The presenters ranged from Brent Johnson, Legal Counsel for the Utah Administrative Offices to
Debra Daniels, LCSW, the director of a Women’s Resource Center with over 20 years experience in
social work. I felt that this topic is one that is of great importance to this organization and all
corrections. The presentations were well done and some of the following information is taken directly
from the presentations. I thank them for their excellence in their professions and information that they
Professionalism = the importance of maintaining integrity.
Ethical behavior- What drives these behaviors?
1. Company Policy. There needs to be a strong policy and the staff needs to be trained
to know the policy.
2. Sense of integrity and fair play. The policy must be clear to all.
3. Respect for self and co-workers.
4. Dignity for client/customers. This sets the tone of interactions.
5. Value for the work you do.
6. Accountability and credibility.
7. Safe and respectful workplace.
Weak ethical principle and practices- What does this cost?
1. Inconsistent practices and protocol. Leave an opening to act outside of the normal
and divides staff.
2. Division of staff.
3. Loss of trust in leaders.
4. Vulnerable to discriminating practices (loss of consequences).
5. Open to misconduct in office, with co-workers or clients.
6. Loss of credibility.
7. Supporting actions that weaken the agency mission.
5 principles for developing ethical policies:
1. Purpose- this combines the visions and missions of the organization.
2. Pride- dignity and self-respect and knowing that you will not be placed in a
3. Patience-take time to assess and evaluate. You are looking at the long term.
4. Persistence- standing by your word.
5. Perspective-not just your own but how others will perceive.
Implementing ethics in the workplace:
1. Orient new employees about the agency’s policy regarding ethical practice
2. Review the ethics policy with managers in management training.
3. Involving staff in review of codes and policies is strong ethics training.
4. Include training to practice resolving complex ethical dilemmas.
5. Include ethical performance as a dimension in performance appraisals.
THE THREE CRITICAL QUESTIONS ON EVERY DECISION WE MAKE-
1. IS IT LEGAL? (WITHIN LAW OR POLICY)
2. IS IT BALANCED? (IS IT FAIR TO ALL)
3. IS IT RIGHT?
NOTE: I believe that the Western Correctional Association and all associated
organizations handle this area very well. However we can not forget its importance.
Each interaction, whether with staff, offender, witness, member of the public or a
supporting group, not only reflects on you as an individual but it also reflects on your
unit and your profession as a whole.
Keep up the good work. You are a great group of professionals.
Jim Riker-President Western Correctional Association
As all of you are probably aware, the current economic situation has impacted us personally,
professionally and as agencies. Unfortunately, one of the things agencies usually cut first is
participation in professional organizations, training and conferences. Such is the case for our
organization’s states’ conferences….but there is an irony here.
During tough times, more than ever, there is a need for networking. Networking provides an
opportunity to give and receive much needed support for each other. It satisfies the need to
know we are not alone, thus reducing the sense of isolation and fear that people tend to have.
Networking also allows for sharing of ideas. If someone has experienced a money-saving
strategy that might work in other states or agencies, what better way to extend a helping
hand to fellow correctional professionals than to share such experiences? Conferences
provide the perfect opportunity to network and it also provides training. They provide a few
days away from the everyday stress of the office and renew ourselves. Conferences are also
great moral-boosting experiences. All of these things are of benefit to employees and
administrators struggling with the uncertainty of a budget crisis.
This premise is the bottom line for Western Correctional Association – networking, training,
sharing and support.
You will see from the information below, many state associations feel they can best cope with
the economic situation by canceling their conferences, fearing that without the financial
support of their major agencies, they would lose money and be worst off in the end. Other
associations have cut back their conferences or looked at alternative schedules. It is the hope
of Western Correctional Association that you will make an effort to get out and attend a
conference or training presented by one of our member associations.
Those states cancelling conferences are: OREGON, IDAHO, WYOMING, ARIZONA, UTAH
Conference status is unknown: ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, HAWAII, NEVADA
COLORADO 10/5-6/09 Cripple Creek, CO For additional information contact
CCJA President Rae Timme at firstname.lastname@example.org
CALIFORNIA CPPCA Training Institute 9/15-18/09 @ Esmeralda Resort and Spa,
Indian Wells, CA
NEW MEXICO 9/23-25/09, Taos, NM @ Sage Brush Hotel contact Joni Brown
MONTANA SEE FLIER BELOW
WASHINGTON SEE FLIER BELOW
Save the Date!
For the Criminal Justice Conference
May 28, 2009 Monroe Correctional Complex
The registration fee is $25.00, which includes lunch.
Registration forms will be sent to you by April 27th.
Space is limited to 100 people, so please be timely in returning your
For more information, contact Michelle Watson at:
This event is hosted through a partnership between:
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
WASHINGTON CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION
WOMEN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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