Webinar: Inmate Manipulation in Corrections

Correctional officers work inside facilities where operations follow strict policies and procedures. All are designed to keep inmates safely confined, the staff, inmates and public safe and to ensure that inmates receive necessary services.

However, through manipulation, some inmates will attempt to create cracks in the security network, and work against us.  While the staff may think all is well and operations are running smoothly, many of these tactics are going on right under our noses.

This webinar will discuss ways that staff can combat inmate manipulation, using real case studies and examples where inmates have won and the staff have lost. The goals of this webinar are to teach the audience an understanding of inmate psychology, tactics they use to manipulate the system, learn what staff weaknesses inmates look for and why, and learn measures to stop inmate manipulation before it happens.

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About Our Presenter

Gary F. Cornelius

Retired Lieutenant & Professor at George Mason University

Lieutenant Gary F. Cornelius retired in 2005 from the Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Sheriff, after serving over 27 years in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He served as an officer in the United States Secret Service Uniform Division and as a police officer early on in his career before transitioning to Deputy Sheriff.

Gary Cornelius has also been a professor in corrections courses for George Mason University since 1986. He has performed training and consulting for the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association and the National Institute of Justice. And, Gary is a multi-published author of several books about corrections, including: The American Jail: Cornerstone of Modern Corrections,The Art of the Con: Avoiding Offender Manipulation and The Correctional Officer: A Practical Guide Third Edition. 

Gary received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in Social Science from his alma mater, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an Instructor Appreciation Award from George Mason University.  Gary served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) representing local adult corrections.

Gary F. Cornelius
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