On August 14-15, I attending the summer meetings of the Association of State Correctional Administrators in Indianapolis. There, I meet with a dozen current directors of corrections to talk about the book and give each one a complementary copy.
For readers who are unfamiliar with the organization, ASCA is a unique in American corrections. Its membership consists of the people who are directly responsible for the administration of a correctional system and includes the leaders of each state’s department of corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as the administrators for the District of Columbia, county systems such as Los Angeles County and Cook County (Chicago), municipalities such as New York City and Philadelphia, the Correctional Service of Canada, and United States territories, possessions, and/or commonwealths. Founded in the late sixties, it became a fully functional organization with an Executive Directorate in 1985. The Co-Executive Directors, George and Camille Camp, have served in that capacity for over thirty years.
In Healing Corrections, there is an extended discussion of the work led by George and Camille under the Prison Culture Project, which conducted culture assessments at dozens of prisons around the U.S. and worked closely with several correctional systems to assist them in leading and sustaining change. The Healing Corrections framework builds on the knowledge generated through this groundbreaking work.