Laura E. Bedard, Ph.D.
Laura E. Bedard began her work in corrections as a jail administrator in 1984. She has served on the administrative faculty for the College of Criminology at Florida State University for 17 years. During her tenure she ran a study-abroad program in the Czech Republic lecturing on crime topics in an emerging democracy. In 2005, she became the first female Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. There she was responsible for 27,000 state employees and over 200,000 offenders in the third largest correctional system in the country. Dr. Bedard has published and lectured on a number of corrections-related topics including women in prison, mental health issues and correctional leadership. Dr. Bedard is currently serving as the Executive Director of Corrections for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Florida.
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Why facility accreditations are important–
Line staff know it’s time to buckle down, during this process but, do they truly understand why these things are important?
Don't call us 'guards:' How the Dannemora prison escape happened–
Why civilians work in prisons and how inmates manipulate them
5 steps to correctional management success–
Here are five steps on what it takes to be a strong leader who correctional staff want to follow
The time has passed for the wardens' shuffle–
It's a new day – emphasis must be on family and work balance
2015 in corrections: The year of professionalism–
The year 2014 has been quite a year in corrections, and not necessarily in a good way
Preventing hazing in the workplace–
Hazing may not be anything new, but it also shouldn’t be happening inside of prisons; here’s how to recognize and discourage your staff from hazing new recruits
Why you need bilingual corrections officers–
99% of our job as corrections professionals is to communicate effectively with staff and inmates – this means overcoming the language barrier
3 tech advances that are corrupting corrections–
With recent technological developments come increased opportunities for staff to "do the wrong thing"
Better late than never: Eric Holder gets "smart on crime"–
Holder's recent suggestion of changes to the criminal justice system shows that the government is seeing the light
Morale: What can we do to please the troops?–
How can we contribute to increasing the morale at our facility?
How inmates manipulate correctional officers–
Inmates refer to manipulation as "downing a duck," where the duck is a correctional officer who is easily fooled
Workforce management: A key challenge in corrections–
Our most important, and most expensive, asset is our people
2012 year in review: This ain't your daddy's Department of Corrections–
What does 2013 have in store for the corrections profession?
No not again: The gender debate in corrections–
Are we "man" enough to do the job?
How the digital divide impacts inmates–
Inmates are not provided internet access in prison, and justifiably so
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