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Oregon corrections director honored with Michael Francke Career Achievement Award

Oregon Department of Corrections Director Colette Peters has been honored with the Michael Francke Career Achievement Award from the Correctional Leaders Association.

The association is dedicated to promoting, supporting and advancing the profession of corrections. Its members and associates lead more than 400,000 correctional professionals and 8 million inmates, probationers and parolees. The association presented the award to Peters during an online meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17.

The award is named after the late director of the Oregon corrections department who was murdered outside his office in Salem on Jan. 17, 1989. It was created to recognize a member who has given outstanding service to their agency or agencies in honor and memory of Francke.

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PRESS RELEASE: Secretary Sinclair Receives National Corrections Award

Washington State Department of Corrections, Secretary Stephen Sinclair (pdf), is the 2020 recipient of the Clements Award, presented by the national Correctional Leaders Association (CLA). Sinclair received the award during the association’s All Directors Virtual Symposium on Dec. 17, 2020.

The Clements Award honors the memory of Tom Clements, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. On March 19, 2013, Clements was killed outside his home by a parolee.

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Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan “Clean Slate” Criminal Justice Reform Bills Expanding Opportunities for Expungement, Breaking Barriers to Employment and Housing Opportunities

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders could be eligible to have their records expunged after governor signs bills 

DETROIT, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan House Bills 4980-4985 and 5120 reforming Michigan’s criminal expungement laws making it easier for people who have committed certain felonies and misdemeanors to have their record expunged. Changes in the bills include allowing a person to set aside one or more marijuana offenses if the offense would not have been a crime if committed after December 6, 2018  when recreational marijuana use by adults became legal in the state,  due to the referendum that voters approved to legalize marijuana in 2018. During her 2018 campaign for governor, Governor Whitmer made expungement for marijuana convictions one of her key priorities, and today she is following through on that promise.

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Michigan Department of Corrections Launches Video Visitation Pilot

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Corrections has launched a new video visitation pilot to offer an avenue for those incarcerated and their families to safely connect during the pandemic

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Vera Institute of Justice Expands Initiative to Increase Access to Public Housing for Formerly Incarcerated People

NEW YORK – The Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), announced the expansion of their Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative, a national project that changes restrictive public housing admissions policies and reduces barriers to safe community reentry for incarcerated people after release from prison or jail. Affordability, restrictive housing policies, lack of employment and credit history, and the stigma of having a criminal conviction are some of the obstacles justice impacted people face. Admissions criteria in much of the country’s public housing restricts people with convictions either from moving back in with family members or obtaining their own housing.

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Anne L. Precythe, Director of Corrections for the State of Missouri, recently was named President of the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA).

Director Precythe was elected by her peers from across the United States and officially began her term Aug. 6, 2020. The Correctional Leaders Association’s members are the CEOs of corrections for the United States. CLA’s mission is to promote the professionalism of corrections, to support its members, and to have a positive effect on policy and practices that support public safety. “Having Anne as our President is a big deal,” said Secretary of Pennsylvania John Wetzel, the outgoing CLA President. “She is respected on so many levels from leaders in the community, advocacy groups, and, obviously, her peers.” 

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New Jersey Department of Corrections Commissioner (NJDOC) Marcus O. Hicks Esq., was recently elected to the role of Vice President for the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA) by his CLA peers, comprised of the CEOs of corrections throughout the United States.

Hicks brings more than a decade of public policy and corrections experience and a history of developing progressive solutions to modern-day correctional challenges. As NJDOC Commissioner, Hicks increased protections in support of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, instituted ground-breaking educational programming in support of reentry, developed a workforce wellness initiative for employees grounded in resiliency and implemented a universal COVID-19 testing strategy for inmates and staff – the largest state testing initiative and the first among correctional agencies. 

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Scott R. Frakes, director of the Nebraska Department of Corrections, was recently named as Treasurer for the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA).   

His peers elected Scott from across the United States.  The Correctional Leaders Association's members are the CEO's of corrections for the United States. CLA's Mission is to promote the professionalism of corrections, to support its members, and to have a positive effect on policy and practices that support public safety. "I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the members of CLA and to begin to repay the organization for the support and assistance I've received since 2015".  

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