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Resilience in Corrections: A Proactive Approach to Changing Conditions

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Michael Connelly; David Feldman
Date Published
March 2014
20 pages
This publication examines how corrections can deal with the challenges of climate change.
This paper describes the issues facing corrections policy and leadership as the impacts of climate change and its related consequences confront departments, agencies, and facilities in coming years. Topics covered in this paper include: introduction to climate change and corrections; the potential impact; the role of leadership; resilience-oriented leadership; and concluding observations. Finding suggest that in the future, corrections will have to manage the effects of more extreme weather and temperatures; develop and improve its flexibility and resiliency in its operations to weather the multiple coming changes; and continue to maintain its core functions of protecting the public, corrections staffs, and offenders during extreme weather events. Climate change events naturally will vary from State to State as well as within States. Correctional leaders developing their responses to, and plans for, these events will need to have clear understandings of all the possibilities. Programs and precedents already exist to provide foundations for future action when correctional policymakers and practitioners determine those issues must be addressed. List of resources and 24 notes