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Guidebook for Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes|3rd Edition
Posted: 15 hrs ago
(2013) “The Guidebook is designed to help jurisdictions engage in a process to determine what integration and coordination efforts will best achieve improved outcomes for children and families and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It can be used in conjunction with the publication, Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook [NIC accession no. 028039] that provides month-by-month direction to implement the structure, policies, and practices to address dual status youth” (p. xx). It explains the four phases of the initiative process: Phase 1—Mobilization and Advocacy; Phase 2—Study and Analysis (i.e., data collection, management, and performance measurement, resources and practice, and law, policy, and information sharing; Phase 3—Action Strategy; Phase 4—Implementation. Appendixes include: Federal Legislation to Support Systems Coordination and Integration Between Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare; Keeping Our Children Safe--The Child Protection System; The Juvenile Justice System; Executive Summary from Doorways to Delinquency--Multi-System Involvement of Delinquent Youth?; King County, Washington; Oregon’s Executive Order; Baltimore City Memorandum of Understanding; Hopetown Hypothetical Agreement; Discussion Questions for Barriers to Integration and Coordination; Descriptions of Federal Programs for Children and Families; and summaries of federal programs for juvenile justice.
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Evidenced-Based Strategies for Working with Offenders
Posted: 15 hrs ago
(2014) "Over the last 20 years, a critical mass of social science evidence has accumulated challenging what had previously been the prevailing notion that “nothing works” in the rehabilitation of offenders. Findings from academic and program evaluation literatures in the fields of psychology, criminal justice, sociology, and public policy suggest that evidence-based interventions, which effectively combine the core principles of rehabilitation (risk-need-responsivity), deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration, can significantly reduce recidivism. Additionally, emerging treatments for previously undertreated and underpublicized criminogenic needs (i.e., cognitive behavioral therapy for criminal thinking) are proving feasible and effective with offender populations in the United States and abroad. This fact sheet seeks to distill a growing body of research about evidence-based strategies in five areas for reducing recidivism among criminal offenders" (p. 1). These areas are assessment, treatment, deterrence, procedural justice, and collaboration. Also addressed are the problems surrounding misdemeanor offenders.
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Occupational Stressors in Corrections Organizations: Types, Effects and Solutions
Posted: 19 hrs ago
(2014) "The primary goal of corrections work is the safe and secure management and rehabilitation of justice-involved individuals, whether in locked facilities or within community supervision programs. Pursuit of this goal comes with demanding requirements such as the necessity of staff to maintain constant heightened vigilance while they work and also adhere to strict security protocols. In addition, corrections staff must perform their duties within harsh physical environments and with repeated exposure to violence, injury, and death events. Data supports a health and functioning toll of corrections work that must be not only endured but overcome if corrections staff are to perform optimally over time and if staff are to develop a sense of job-related success, pride, meaning, and professional fulfillment. Meeting and overcoming the occupation-specific challenges of corrections work will, by necessity, require an accurate and specific understanding of the converging forces impinging on staff’s health and functioning, how these manifest, and how they can be deterred. This paper presents an evidence-supported model and framework for the comprehensive understanding of occupational threats to corrections workplace health and functioning as well as a data-driven and evidence-based strategy for addressing them" (p. 1). Sections of this paper include: types of stressors in corrections environments; direct and indirect traumatic exposure; use of varying terminology in the literature regarding traumatic exposure; types of corrections fatigue components; interacting components; a six-stage model for addressing corrections fatigue; and summary.
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Caregivers of Children with Incarcerated Parents
Posted: 1 day ago
(2011) “Abstract: With rising attention toward the plight of children with incarcerated parents, there has, as yet, been little focus placed on the adults who care for them, individuals who may have a profound impact on the children’s relationships with their incarcerated parent. This study explores unique parenting challenges the caregivers faced, from their perspectives and presents their voices. Caregivers discussed the strain of serving as a gatekeeper between the child and imprisoned parent, coping with stigma and isolation, and negotiating a predominantly child-unfriendly visitation system. The findings suggest that caregivers need information about raising a child in this context, connections with others in similar situations, and a more child-friendly and transparent judicial and visitation process” (p. 105).
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Unbalanced Juvenile Justice
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(2014) This is by far the best website for investigating who are the youth that are incarcerated in the United States and what their offenses are. The statistics are especially useful for illustrating the disparity in juvenile ethnic/racial groups. “The Burns Institute is in pursuit of an equitable and excellent juvenile justice system. A system used sparingly and appropriately. We know that our current juvenile justice system is not equitable, excellent, or used sparingly and appropriately. More than 61,000 youth were incarcerated on any given night in 2011, most (75 percent) for non-violent offenses. The majority (65 percent) were youth of color. Nationwide, youth of color are significantly more likely to be incarcerated than White youth. In 2011: Black youth were 4.6 times as likely; Native American youth were 3.2 times as likely; and Latino youth were 1.8 times as likely. The U.S. stands out in its use of youth incarceration. We incarcerate youth at higher rates than anywhere in the world: five times the rate of South Africa; 15 times the rate of Germany and 30 times the rate of Italy. With more than 75 percent of youth locked up for non-violent offenses, the U.S does not have an alarming crime problem; we have an alarming incarceration problem. And it’s a problem primarily for youth of color. To solve the problem, we need to better understand it. To help you better understand racial and ethnic disparities and how juvenile justice is being administered in your county, state, and nationwide, BI's interactive tools provide customizable searches.” There are five interactive customizable charts: detention rates; disparity gap incarceration gap—youth of color vs White; disparity gap incarceration gap—Black vs White; disparity gap incarceration gap—Latino vs White; and incarcerated nonviolent offenses.
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Veterans Treatment Court Locations
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) This map shows the locations of veteran treatment courts throughout the United States.
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Enterprise 2014 Conference Workshop Presentations
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) If you are involved with inmate industries in your correctional facility, you will find some of these programs very useful. "NCIA’s 2014 National Training Conference offered informative and cutting-edge professional development for its attendees. PowerPoint Presentations for some of the workshops are provided below." These presentations are organized into four groups: leadership and management—coaching a championship correctional industries team; sales, marketing, and business development—changing with the times—it's not the same old ballgame; business operations and solutions—improving and innovating to drive correctional industry success; and best practices in correctional industries and reentry.
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Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Detained Youth
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) If you work with justice-involved juvenile, you need to read this bulletin. "Incarcerated youth die by suicide at a rate two to three times higher than that of youth in the general population. In this bulletin, the authors examine suicidal thoughts and behaviors among 1,829 youth ages 10 to 18 in the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL" (p. 1). Findings are presented for: hopelessness; thoughts about death and dying; thoughts about suicide; suicide plan; telling someone about suicidal thoughts; suicide attempts; and psychiatric disorders that may increase the odds of suicide attempts. Additional discussion concerns demographic characteristics and suicide risk, and psychiatric disorders and suicide risk. Based on the results, detention facilities need to systematically screen juveniles for suicide risk within 24 hours of arrival if not sooner, and increase the availability of psychiatric services.
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Statement for the Record of Vietnam Veterans of America Regarding "Service Should Not Lead To Suicide: Access To VA's Mental Health Care"
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) This statement explains the position of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) regarding older veteran suicides. Older veterans are over the age of 50. This group commits 66% of all veteran suicides. "VVA strongly suggests that until VA mental health services develops a nationwide strategy to address the problem of suicide among our older veterans – particularly Vietnam-era veterans – it should immediately adopt and implement the appropriate suicide risk and preventive factors found in the "National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention" (p. 3). VVA also suggests that both the DoD and the VA should use the PTSD (post traumatic shock disorder) assessment protocols and guidelines are presented by the Institutes of Medicine so that "our veteran warriors … receive the accurate mental health diagnoses needed to assess their suicide risk status" (p. 5).
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Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP) Resources
Posted: 5 days ago
(2014) This website provides a great collection of brochures explaining incarceration to the children of inmates. Resources available to download include: “Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership Brochure”; “Resource page for Children of Incarcerated Parents”; “Caring for Children of Incarcerated Parents”; “How to Explain Jails and Prisons”; “An Overview of Mommies and Daddies in Jail”; “Visiting Mom in Jail”; and “Visiting Dad in Jail”.
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Corrections News
Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Transition From Jails To Community Marketing DVD
Posted: 15 hrs ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the production of a 45-60 minute high-end, broadcast quality DVD to provide information specific to the implementation on NIC s Transition From Jails To Community (TJC) Initiative. Developed for correction staff and stakeholders, this DVD will illustrate the nine modules of the on-line TJC Toolkit based on the key components of the Model, and incorporate narration, interviews, graphics, and footage from TJC learning sites. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to an edited 45-60 minute segmented broadcast-ready DVD, pre-recorded video clips to enhance the instructional value of the DVD (to include footage/testimonies from at least two TJC learning sites), produ
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Seeking Site Host for 2015 AJFO Workshop Conference
Posted: 20 hrs ago
Interested in the topic of adult and juvenile female offenders? Have a potential host site? Apply to APFO! From the APFO site: The National Workshops on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) have been held every two years since the 1980s. A committee from the Association of Programs for Female Offenders (APFO) will make the site selection for the 16th Biannual AJFO Workshop Conference held in 2015 based on information provided by potential hosts in the following format: Sponsorship: A major state agency or consortium of agencies or groups can sponsor a conference. A letter of support from the chief executive officer or Secretary of Corrections of the agency or group primarily responsible for the conference should be attached to the application to sponsor the conference. The Association of Programs for Female Offenders will be the primary co-sponsor of the event. The host agency or organization is encouraged to have as many co-sponsors as possible to provide broad b
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Cooperative Agreement: Thinking About Corrections – Content Development
Posted: 6 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the development of a series of resources dedicated to addressing the corrections-specific frequently asked questions of its many stakeholders. Sample content will include original feature writing, the creation of fact sheets, and multimedia development. These works will support the production of Thinking About Corrections, NIC s electronic magazine dedicated to educating audiences about corrections through creative storytelling. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Director s Office. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective July 1, 2013 the
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Cooperative Agreement - NIC Service Delivery Impact Initiative
Posted: 6 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a process that will guide the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to demonstrate the program effectiveness and impact of NIC service delivery methods on the field of corrections. NIC service delivery methods include responsive technical assistance, cooperative agreements (including pilot programs or demonstration projects), partnership training programs with individual agencies, multi-agency training programs, and collaboration and resource sharing forums and focus groups. Ultimately, this initiative will enhance NIC s ability to contribute to the knowledge about what works in corrections and evidence-based practices. This project will be a collaborative venture with the National Institute of Corrections.
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Strategic Essentials for the Advancement of Organizational Knowledge and Expertise
Posted: 6 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 13, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve several deliverables, including the production of a white paper that will review all of the current research and publications on the implications of the massive loss of individual and collective knowledge and expertise due to generational retirements. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Prisons Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://w
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Computerizing Your Statistics for Better Jail Management
Posted: 6 days ago
By Jeff Goetz, CJM, Administrative Commander, Boulder County Sheriff s Office, Boulder, Colorado Easy access to information on jail operations can make or break a manager s ability to direct the jail and to communicate key indicators both inside and outside the facility. Boulder County s solution has been to build an intranet-based report, using Microsoft Excel, which compiles data from all functions and programs in the jail. This article describes how Boulder County set up its report workbook in Excel, including a front-page COMSTAT -style dashboard for managers that displays high-level data. The system includes automated reports from the Jail Management System (JMS) and information from other sources. A point person was assigned to develop the overall system. Other staff members who are responsible for various areas of jail operation manage their own data on the appropriate worksheets. Staff members access to read or edit information is individually defined. With this too
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Veterans: Risk and Needs Assessment Tool and Protocol
Posted: 7 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 36-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a multidisciplinary advisory committee to assist with reviewing and revising the veteran s needs screening tool and veteran s treatment court risk and needs assessment protocol, along with developing a comprehensive clinical needs screening tool containing factors which will identify combat veterans entering the criminal justice system and those clinical factors that may be most at risk. This tool will be specific to Veterans in the criminal justice system and designed to be a non-proprietary, open source document available to the field. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesd
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Curriculum Review and Revision: Inmate Behavior Management
Posted: 7 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve review and revision of the current Inmate Behavior Management (IBM) curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model, including relevant language and concepts from NIC s Direct Supervision training curriculum, incorporation of two established NIC E-Courses ( Objective Jail Classification: Assessing Inmate Risk and Needs and Assigning Inmates to Housing ) as part of the pre-work for participants, identification of benchmarks for implementation of IBM in local jurisdictions, and development of a 4- to 5-day pilot training based on the revised curriculum. The awardee will develop an updated program description, detailed narrative lesson plans, a participant manual that follows the l
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Cooperative Agreement - Production of Eighteen Live Internet Broadcasts (54 Hours) Over a Three Year Period
Posted: 8 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC for up to three years, pending funding availability each year, beginning September 1, 2014, and continuing through fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Through this cooperative agreement, funds will be made available for the production of a minimum of six live Internet broadcasts each year of the agreement. NIC will accept proposals for the creative use of 18 broadcast hours each year, using either NIC s traditional 3-hour long-form talk show broadcast format or other suggested formats for this work. All of the proposed Internet programs are 3-hour and/or 2-day, 6-hour (3 hours each day) interactive training broadcasts, featuring on and off-air activities broadcast nationwide. This agreement also includes the production of pre-recorded video clips and screen captures that will enhance the instructional value of the broadcast or otherw
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Webinar - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
Posted: 11 days ago
Introducing NIC s Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar Series . . . Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals July 22, 2014 Please note webinar start times/your time zone: 10-11:30am PT / 11 - 12:30pm MT/AZT/ 12pm - 1:30pm CT / 1pm -2:30pm ET Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register at this link https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?t=a d=710314197 As mentioned in the NIC broadcast Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes on June 18, 2014, NIC is pleased to offer the first of several follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings. First up - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals. With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now possible for millions of low-income justice-involved i
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