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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

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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. The context is Michigan, however many conclusions can be broadly generalized to other states.
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Navigating the Future of Corrections

The intent of this report is to present analyses to assist stakeholders in managing this contracting sector of the economy. The context is Michigan, however many conclusions can be broadly generalized to other states.
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Correctional Officer Wellness Project: Solutions

Before beginning the long-overdue work of reforming the U.S. correctional system and addressing the mental health challenges facing correctional officers (COs) today, it’s imperative to understand the sources of those mental health challenges – namely, the stress COs live with every day.
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Correctional Officer Wellness Project: Mental Health

Among America’s nearly 450,000 correctional officers (COs), PTSD and depression are at near-epidemic proportions, driving extreme rates of psychological and even physical harm.
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Correctional Officer Wellness Project: Causes of Stress

Before beginning the long-overdue work of reforming the U.S. correctional system and addressing the mental health challenges facing correctional officers (COs) today, it’s imperative to understand the sources of those mental health challenges – namely, the stress COs live with every day.
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Correctional Officer Wellness Project: Challenges with Facility Administration

Surprisingly, the biggest source of stress for correctional officers (COs) today isn’t the incarcerated individuals they work with – it’s the administrations they work for.
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