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Official web sites and mission statements of the corrections departments and prison systems in all 50 states.

Alabama Department of Corrections
The mission of the Alabama Department of Corrections is to confine, manage and provide rehabilitative programs for convicted felons in a safe, secure and humane environment, utilizing professionals who are committed to public safety and to the positive re-entry of offenders into society.

Alaska Department of Correction
Mission to protect the public by incarcerating and supervising offenders.

Arizona Department of Correction
Recruits and recognizes a well-trained, professional work force to serve and protect our communities and its crime victims by effectively employing the field's best security practices and proven pre-release programming to prepare for the release and reintegration ex-offenders as civil, productive citizens.

Arkansas Department of Correction
The vision of the ADC is to be an elite correctional organization dedicated to public safety through ethical, innovative and professional leadership at all levels delivering superior services to the citizens of Arkansas.

Court Okays Withholding Newspapers from Inmates
The U.S. Supreme has ruled that Pennsylvania prison officials did not violate the rights of inmates being disciplined by denying the access to newspapers and magazines in order to try to get them to behave themselves.

California Department of Corrections
Mission is to develop and implement effective and innovative correctional policy, create a coordinated correctional system which is responsive to the citizen's right to public safety and governmental accountability, and maintain a reputation for excellence and integrity.

Colorado Department of Corrections
The mission of the Colorado Department of Corrections is to protect the public through efficient and effective management of offenders.

Connecticut Department of Correction
The Department of Correction shall protect the public, protect staff, and provide safe, secure and humane supervision of offenders with opportunities that support successful community reintegration.

Delaware Department of Correction
The department is the only government operated correction agency in the State. Delaware runs a unified corrections system. Delaware has no regional, county or municipal correction or jail system and no separate probation system.

Florida Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections protects the public by operating a safe, secure, humane and efficient corrections system.

Georgia Department of Corrections
Protect citizens in the most effective manner possible with a team of highly dedicated professionals, who serve together with our governmental and community partners.

Idaho Department of Correction
Mission is to safely manage offenders, provide opportunities for offenders to change and successfully return offenders to communities.

Illinois Department of Corrections
Mission is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration and supervision which securely segregates offenders from society, assures offenders of their constitutional rights and maintains programs to enhance the success of offenders' reentry into society.

Indiana Department of Correction
The mission of the Department of Correction is to protect the public by operating facilities and programs in a safe, secure, effective and accountable manner.

Iowa Department of Corrections
The mission of the Iowa Department of Corrections is to protect the public, the employees, and the offenders.

Kansas Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections contributes to public safety by exercising safe and effective control of inmates, by managing offenders in the community, and by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens.

Kentucky Department of Corrections
To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure, and humane environment for staff and offenders.

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
The mission of Corrections Services is to provide for custody, control, care, and treatment of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of laws and management of programs designed to insure the safety of the public, staff, and inmates and reintegrate offenders into society.

Maine Department of Corrections
Mission is to hold the offender accountable to the victim and community and to prevent crime and reduce the likelihood of juvenile and adult offenders re-offending.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correction
Has primary responsibility for controlling, supervising, and providing services for defendants and offenders in our custody. Creates statewide correctional and rehabilitative initiatives, and criminal justice training standards that are the foundation of Maryland's crime control efforts.

Massachusetts Department of Correction
Professionals committed to an open and respectful organization dedicated to public safety through the safe, secure, humane confinement and successful re-entry of our offender population.

Michigan Department of Corrections
The goal of the Michigan Department of Corrections is to provide the greatest amount of public protection at the lowest possible cost.

Minnesota Department of Corrections
Mission is to develop and provide effective correctional practices that contribute to a safer Minnesota.

Mississippi Department of Corrections
Mission is to provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.

Missouri Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections is an agency dedicated to public safety through the successful management and supervision of offenders on probation, in prison and on parole.

Montana Department of Corrections
Dedicated to public safety and trust by holding adult and juvenile offenders accountable for their actions against victims through custody, supervision, treatment, work, restitution and skill development.

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Mission is to serve and protect the public by providing control, humane care, and program opportunities for those individuals placed in its custody and supervision, thereby facilitating their return to society as responsible persons.

Nevada Department of Corrections
Those employed by the Department manage offenders in their custody through a balanced approach of custody and programming.

New Hampshire Department of Corrections
Mission is to protect the public, offer offenders the opportunity for self improvement, and promote staff development and personal growth in a safe environment.

New Jersey Department of Corrections
The mission is to ensure that all persons committed to the state correctional institutions are confined with the level of custody necessary to protect the public and that they are provided with the care, discipline, training, and treatment needed to prepare them for reintegration into the community.

New Mexico Corrections Department
Provides a balanced system approach to corrections from incarceration to community- based supervision with training, education, programs and services that provide opportunities for offenders to transition to communities.

New York City DOC
The New York City Department of Correction, as a distinct entity, dates back to 1895, when the Department of Public Charities and Correction was split into separate agencies — the Department of Public Charities and the Department of Correction.

New York State Department of Correctional Services
To provide for public protection by administering a network of correctional facilities that retain inmates in safe custody until released by law, offer inmates an opportunity to improve their employment potential.

North Carolina Department of Correction
Mission is to promote public safety by the administration of a fair and humane system which provides reasonable opportunities for adjudicated offenders to develop progressively responsible behavior.

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Mission is to protect the public while providing a safe and humane environment for both adults and juveniles placed in the Department's care and custody.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Protects and supports Ohioans by ensuring that adult felony offenders are effectively supervised in environments that are safe, humane and appropriately secure.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is to protect the public, protect the employees, and protect the offenders.

Oregon Department of Corrections
The mission of the Oregon Department of Corrections is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Mission is to protect the public by confining persons committed to our custody in safe, secure facilities, and to provide opportunities for inmates to acquire the skills and values necessary to become productive law-abiding citizens; while respecting the rights of crime victims.

Philadelphia Prison System
Mission is to provide a secure correctional environment that adequately detains persons accused or convicted of illegal acts; to provide programs, services, and supervision in a safe, lawful, clean, humane environment; and to prepare incarcerated persons for reentry into society.

Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Mission is to contribute to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs which provide a range of control and rehabilitation options for criminal offenders.

South Carolina Department of Corrections
Mission is to protect the public, our employees, and our inmates, provide rehabilitation and self-improvement opportunities for inmates and promote professional excellence, fiscal responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

South Dakota Department of Corrections
Mission is to protect the citizens of South Dakota by providing safe and secure facilities for juvenile and adult offenders committed to our custody by the courts, to provide opportunities for their rehabilitation, and to provide effective community supervision upon their release.

Tennessee Department of Correction
Mission is to incarcerate criminal felony offenders in a secure, humane and disciplined institutional environment that meets the standards of the law, while emphasizing public safety, offender rehabilitation and the advancement of strong and efficient criminal justice policy.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
The mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist victims of crime.

Utah Department of Corrections
The state agency responsible for the supervision and management of convicted felons. Community protection is accomplished by operating safe, secure facilities that hold offenders accountable through humane, firm, fair, and consistent practices.

Vermont Department of Corrections
In partnership with the community, supports safe communities by providing leadership in crime prevention, repairing the harm done, addressing the needs of crime victims, ensuring offender accountability for criminal acts and managing the risk posed by offenders.

Virginia Department of Corrections
Enhances public safety by controlling and supervising sentenced offenders in a humane, cost-efficient manner, consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards.

Washington State Department of Corrections
As a partner with victims, communities and the criminal justice system, the Department enhances public safety, administers criminal sanctions of the courts and correctional programs, and provides leadership for the future of corrections in Washington state.

West Virginia Division of Corrections
It is the mission of the West Virginia Division of Corrections to provide a safe, secure and humane correctional system for the public, staff, and offenders.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Has responsibility for the regulation and oversight of all local detention facilities, including county jails, houses of correction, secure juvenile detention centers, unlocked Huber facilities, work camps and municipal lockups.

Wyoming Department of Corrections
Contributes to public safety by exercising reasonable, safe, secure, and humane management, while actively providing offenders opportunities to become law-abiding citizens.

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