The Twenty-Minute Trainer  
Lessons on Correctional Work, Leadership, and Effectiveness

By Gary F. Cornelius

From one of the country's leading correctional trainers—thought-provoking "Roll Call" talks designed to build correctional officer competence, confidence, and commitment…

“In a word, superb.”
—Michael B. Mushlin, Professor of Law, Pace University

“Thanks for providing a great resource that can help practitioners to do their jobs more effectively.”
—David M. Parrish, DMP Correctional Consulting

From one of the acknowledged leaders in correctional training, this unique collection of inspirational essays on law, security, behavior, duty, safety, and professional conduct is designed for jail and prison administrators, supervisors, and correctional trainers seeking to build staff skills, knowledge, and professionalism.

Corrections has come a long way. Officers are better educated, better trained, and more professional than ever. They are held to a higher standard, too. Correctional officers are not just “guards”—security is still the top priority, but COs must also function as first responders, mediators, referees, mentors, counselors, and psychologists. Thanks to research, we know more now about how incarceration affects inmates—how the experience of deprivation, “prisonization,” and adjustment can produce behavioral and psychological changes that can make a resident easier to manage or harder. How medical problems and mental illness factor in. How ethnicity, culture, sexual identity, and gang affiliation are expressed and intensified in a jail or prison environment. The correctional officer must understand and be prepared to deal with all of these potent forces. 

Based on the author's forty years' experience as jail supervisor and profesional trainer, The Twenty-Minute Trainer addresses the full range of challenges that face correctional officers today, in brief, lively, thought-provoking commentaries managers can adapt for use with veteran and new officers alike.

A note from the author ...

"Training plays a vital role in the public safety professions. Jail administrators and commanders, prison wardens and superintendents have a professional and legal obligation to see that staff are informed, educated, and drilled on the skills and duties of the job. A finding of 'failure to train' will subject an agency to serious legal liability, including damage awards and scrutiny under a court-appointed monitor... (More)

What your colleagues are saying about The Twenty-Minute Trainer

“In a word it is superb. The book is a clear-eyed, balanced insightful treatment of the landmark cases by the United States Supreme Court spanning the last forty years which created for the first time a body of constitutional law regulating prisons. Mr. Collins is a superb writer who has the rare ability to describe complicated legal concepts in understandable ways without oversimplifying. In this work, Mr. Collins not only clearly describes these critical Supreme Court cases and how they fit together to form an understandable pattern, but he also does so in a manner that makes the book a pleasure to read. This book is written primarily for an audience of jail and prison managers. While this is an important audience, I believe this book deserves a wider audience than that. Anyone who is interested in prisons and jails in America will benefit enormously from reading this work.”
—Michael P. Mushlin, Professor of Law, Pace University 

“For over 34 years I worked for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida. The last 27 years of my career there were spent as the commander (Colonel) in charge of the Jail System. During that time, it grew from 1,200 inmates to almost 5,000. Concurrently, I had the opportunity to oversee the design and construction of 5,000 beds of direct supervision housing and, because of the support I received from progressive sheriffs, our whole Jail System was ACA accredited. I have known Bill Collins for many years, but I wish that I had met him earlier in my career. I consider him to be the “best in the business.” His legal acumen, coupled with a practical application of the law, has made him an invaluable resource to people who administer jails nationwide. His book is on point, provides proper historical perspective, and permits corrections professions to better understand why they should adopt reasonable procedures. Thank you for providing those of us in the corrections business with a great resource that can help practitioners to do their jobs more effectively.”
—David M. Parrish, DMP Correctional Consulting 

“This book is a little jewel that may be cradled by criminal justice students, prisoners, and criminal justice advocates..”
—Fred Cohen, Executive Editor, Correctional Law Reporter 

Related Publications:
Correctional Law Reporter
Corrections Managers' Report
The Supreme Court and Corrections




Table of Contents (PDF)
Format: Hardcover Book
MMXXII 260 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-939083-23-4
Price: US $135.95
Product Code: TMT



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