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Connie Clem, Principal, connie at cleminfostrategies.com
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Stacy Sinner and I recorded an interview online in February 2019 using Zoom. View it at the bottom of this post.

Stacy Sinner photoStacy describes her consulting and technical assistance work with criminal justice agencies and jails. She recently retired from her position as a jail administrator from Olmsted County, Minnesota. Her focus areas as a consultant include operational assessments, staffing analysis, training, executive coaching, and capacity building for agencies.

Topics we discussed:

  • Stacy’s perspectives on fostering agency culture change.
  • The Strategic Inmate Management initiative under way at the National Institute of Corrections (NIC)—distilling the best practices of direct supervision and inmate behavior management, and applicable to all physical plant designs and in both jails and prisons.
  • Stacy’s good fortune to have mentors and supportive sheriffs who wanted their agencies to do work that best served the community.
  • Why working in jails has been a meaningful career path for Stacy.

Stacy can be reached at LinkedIn.com/in/StacySinner. An article featuring our interview was first published on LinkedIn on March 22, 2019.

Download the interview transcript (PDF)

 

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Peggy Ritchie – woman of super powers

April 17, 2019

Peggy Ritchie and I are both veterans of the National Institute of Corrections in Colorado—Peggy was at both NIC’s Academy and the NIC Information Center. We collaborated on national assessments and surveys to identify trends in state corrections and elicit practitioners’ knowledge, with the aim of developing and improving NIC training programs. Peggy’s areas of […]

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Alice Heiserman – editor and guide to getting published

April 17, 2019

Alice Heiserman was the manager of publications and research for the American Correctional Association (ACA) for more than 20 years before launching her editorial business, WriteBooksRight. At ACA, she guided more than 200 books to publication. Alice and I connected as she was helping some of her correctional authors generate buzz for their new books. […]

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About John Eggers: A profile in corrections

April 17, 2019

Today I’m giving a shout-out to my friend and colleague, John Eggers. About 10 years ago, John and I worked together on a needs assessment for the corrections field, to shape the focuses of our agency, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). John came to NIC from the Nebraska corrections system with assignments in designing […]

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Don’t Get Shot – Community Education to Reduce Officer-Involved Shootings

July 19, 2018

Too many Americans are shot by police officers. The reasons why it happens are complex. In the spirit of addressing a complex problem, here’s a suggestion. Schools, churches, and community centers can invite police officers to talk with students about how to stay safe in an interaction with police. Young people need to hear this, […]

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What keeps them up at night?

February 20, 2018

Ever wonder what issues jail leaders have to deal with? At recent meeting, jail directors tossed out one or two of their top challenges. I tallied up my notes on what they mentioned. The themes – #1 = STAFF ISSUES. As in: facility staffing levels, overtime reduction, recruitment, retention, reliability of staff to do the […]

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A word about #MeToo

November 6, 2017

Now that the #MeToo meme is getting around, sexual misconduct and abuse of power are open topics of discussion toward long-needed social change. The surprise to many is that the corrections field is so far ahead on confronting a culture of abuse and establishing a comprehensive methodology for reducing it. The Prison Rape Elimination Act […]

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It’s a people business

June 14, 2017

When it comes to jail and correctional work, the demands made of people could hardly be more intense. Correctional officers (they are not “guards,” by the way) have to be 100% safety-aware and 100% open to the idea that the person they’re interacting with is a human being, too. They operate within these two very […]

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Don’t take my word for it

March 28, 2017

Jails matter! But don’t take my word for it. Talk with your local public safety leaders. Check out agency websites. If you know someone who works in a jail or has spent time in one as a volunteer or a detainee, see what they can tell you. Find out who is in your city or […]

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Industries examined?

October 7, 2016

Recently inmate industries made the news on a public radio talk program:  “The National Prison Strike (According To Prisoners),” September 28, 2016, On Point, WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts. I applaud fresh attention given to jails and prisons, so this was good to hear. However, the program seemed to accept at face value the comments of the […]

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