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Emerging technologies for community corrections

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith, ACT, Mr Jack Harne and Mr Joseph Russo
03 March 2009

Mr Jack Harne and Mr Joseph Russo
National Institute of Justice and Mr Joseph Russo National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center

Presentation overview

As the research, development and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Institute of Justice provides objective, independent, evidence based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

It is a very exciting time to be in the community corrections field. New technologies are being developed continually to improve upon the ways in which we supervise offenders in the community. This presentation will describe some of the more promising developments in the areas of offender location and tracking, drug and alcohol testing, internet monitoring, automated reporting systems and information technology.

The presenters

Jack Harne manages the NLECTC-Rocky Mountain Center, the Weapons and Protective Systems Center of Excellence Corrections Focus Area, and the NLECTC-West Regional Center. He has 33+ years in the criminal justice field, including managing a medium security correctional facility with an offender population of 1900. He has been an institutional investigator and intelligence officer. He also trained as a hostage negotiator and a criminal investigator. Jack has assisted in the development of a gang awareness program, in which security threat groups were identified and monitored. Jack has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Towson State University (MD) and a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice & Public Administration from Shippensburg University (PA).

Joe Russo is the Assistant Director of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center's Rocky Mountain Region office. He has over 23 years experience in community corrections. Prior to joining NLECTC-RM, he was a management analyst for the New York City Department of Probation; Assistant Director of Work Release for the New York City Department of Correction and operations manager for a halfway-house in Manhattan for federal prisoners returning to the community. Jack holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.