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Information and Research About the Toughest Job

Frontline Assistance

Useful Resources and Links for Corrections Officers and Staff

Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

Contact: Caterina G. Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC , Executive Director

Safe Call Now

Contact: Sean Riley, President and Founder

Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis line and support service for first responders, emergency services personnel, medical professionals and their family members nationwide.

Abolish Private Prisons Now

Contact: John Dacey, Executive Director

Abolish Private Prisons is a non-profit organization founded for one purpose: using the United States court system to end the horrific practice of locking people up for profit. We are currently assembling our legal team and reaching out to the public to explain our mission.

Dr. Michael Pittaro

Faculty at American Military University

Research Interests: Corrections, Criminology, Probation / Parole, Sex Offenders, Serial Killers, human trafficking, Criminal Justice Leadership Theory and Practice.

Dr. Katy Cathcart and Dr. Susan Jones

Research Studies:

Dr. Katy Cathcart, Senior Instructor at the UCCS School of Public Affairs has over 20 years of both academic and practitioner experience in the field of criminal justice. Dr. Cathcart has an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from Pueblo Community College. She attended Colorado State University-Pueblo for her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology/Sociology. She earned her Master of Criminal Justice Administration degree in 2010, studying contemporary applications of antiquated U.S. prison environments, and earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Research, and Policy at University of Colorado- Colorado Springs, in May 2017.

Dr. Susan Jones, has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Southern Colorado, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Jones started her career in 1985, retiring after 31 years in Colorado corrections where she held the positions of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Administrative Manager, Associate Warden until her appointment as Warden. She retired from the position of Warden in July 2012. During her career she has worked with male and female inmates and at all custody levels. Her assignments included training, programs, custody/control, administration, and case management.

White Papers, Fact Sheets and Research

Learn more about the needs and lives of corrections officers and staff

Visit Before You Vote

Visit Before You Vote is a national campaign created to educate and engage decision makers on the realities of corrections
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Safer Prisons, Safer Communities

One Voice United (OVU) and FAMM, respectively, two of the leading organizations representing correctional staff and incarcerated people and their
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Changing the Dynamic: A journey of exploration between the Norwegian and American prison systems

OVU led the first-ever delegation of correctional staff union members and labor leaders on a journey to Norway to reimagine
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Blue Ribbon Commission Report 2022

One Voice United assembled the first-ever Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on correctional staff wellness. In front of a diverse and
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I Am Not Okay – Wellness White Paper

"I Am Not Okay." is a white paper discussing the mental health crisis facing correctional officers and frontline staff.
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The Dignity Assaults Initiative Implementation within the Michigan Corrections Organization

The intent of this report is to present analyses to assist stakeholders in managing this contracting sector of the economy.
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