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The Reentry of Adults Convicted of Sexual Offenses: A National Survey of Reentry Professionals
Posted: 22 hrs ago
(2015) Results are presented from "a national survey of stakeholders invested in the successful reentry of adults convicted of sexual offenses … The survey findings reveal variability regarding the extent to which respondents’ beliefs about various sex offender-related matters align with current research." Findings are provided for: applied reentry strategies; understanding relevant research about recidivism, risk factors, principles of effective correctional intervention, sex offender-specific risk assessment tools, longer sentences, community supervision, violations of post-release conditions, community supports, sex offense-specific treatment, residence restrictions, GPS or electronic monitoring, and registration and notification; reported barriers to reentry; and reported priority needs for additional training or technical assistance.
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Toward Equity: Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression, and Developing Competency to Serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Training Curriculum
Posted: 1 day ago
(2015) "This training curriculum provides comprehensive, interactive training lessons designed to increase competence about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE), while providing practitioners with increased knowledge, tools, and resources for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in the juvenile justice system. Toward Equity aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system by providing juvenile justice personnel with a deeper understanding of terms and concepts related to SOGIE, normative adolescent development, and the data relating to LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system. It will also increase professionals’ capacity to understand bias and stigma related to SOGIE, and their impact on the well-being of youth in the juvenile justice system. Additionally, the curriculum will provide participants with skills for communicating with youth about SOGIE and increase knowledge of the common circumstances leading LGBT youth into the juvenile justice system. Toward Equity illustrates methods by which juvenile justice system stakeholders can support LGBT youth to increase their resiliency and prevent their re-entry into the system. The curriculum also covers specific conditions of confinement issues and promotes a greater understanding of transgender and gender non-conforming youth" (p. 7). This training program is comprised of: Lesson One--Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression; Lesson Two--Dismantling Bias and Fostering Equity; Lesson Three--Enhancing Communication and Building Trust with LGBT Youth; Lesson Four--Reducing Risk and Promoting Protection; Lesson Five--Ensuring Safety and Equity in Secure Settings; and Lesson Six--Respecting and Supporting Transgender Youth. NOTE: Participant's materials (lessons and handouts) are only available by accessing the website.
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Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) "The Guide is designed to assist corrections professionals in revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices to more effectively manage women inmates, and create safer facilities for staff and inmates. It builds on a growing body of research and practice that supports an approach to discipline and sanctions tailored to women inmates. It also provides a synopsis of American Correctional Association (ACA) standards, and case law relevant to discipline and sanctions policies and practices for women … The Guide is a new and innovative approach for applying what is known about women (i.e., research and practitioner experience) to discipline and sanctions policies and practices. Its primary purpose is to inform corrections work in this area, and contribute to the growing body of knowledge and research to achieve more successful outcomes with women offenders." This guide is comprised of the following sections: overview; process; research implications; integrating research and practice with ACA standards; legal issues; and research findings.
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Correctional Industries: A Guide to Reentry-Focused Performance Excellence
Posted: 1 day ago
(2015) This guide "is specifically designed to empower each Correctional Industries organization, no matter the size or structure, to design and implement its program with an emphasis on maximizing system impact. The model supports implementing effective strategies through the context of work. The results are focused on increasing an individual’s success after release. The model provides a holistic approach to evaluating where you are and how to proceed with recommendations based on promising and evidence-based practices. Implementing this model will result in long-term sustainability for the organization and reduced recidivism for the system. It will develop a culture of offender development and employability, preparing an individual for gainful attachment to the workforce." "The guide was developed using a systems approach to achieve the following: Reduce Recidivism; Increase Public Safety; Improve Offender Success; Ensure Sustainability; [and] Enhance Operations." Access is provided to the following sections: About This Guide--systems thinking and focus, why a correctional industries program should use this model, components at a glance, the journey begins, and a glossary of terms; Components—incorporate strategic planning, maintain financial sustainability, recruit/develop/retain staff, engage stakeholders, replicate private industry environment, implement certificate based soft skills training, provide certified technical skills training, maximize offender job opportunities, create a culture of offender employment readiness and retention, and provide post release employment services; and Resources—studies, articles and reports, and websites.
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National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center
Posted: 1 day ago
(2015) "The National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC) is designed to assist state, local, and tribal entities with the evaluation of juvenile justice programs and implementation of evidence-based initiatives. We provide a number of resources to guide juvenile justice agencies and practitioners to select, implement, evaluate, and sustain programs supported by research evidence … [in order] to: Improve evaluation capacity in juvenile justice programming; Facilitate the use of evidence-based programs and practices in state, local, and tribal juvenile justice systems; [and] Enhance the capacity of states, tribes, and localities to evaluate juvenile justice programs." This website provides access to: NJJEC trainings; skill-building education; resources—Logic Model Toolkit, Sustainability Toolkit for Service Providers, Sustainability Toolkit for Grantors, and the Performance Measure Guide; NJJEC Bulletin; related publications; and EBP (evidence-based practice) and evaluation resources.
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NCJA Webinars
Posted: 1 day ago
(2015) "Online learning is an important tool to access the latest criminal justice information, promising practices and trends. The National Criminal Justice Association [NCJA] hosts a number of webinar series focusing on a variety of topics. Our webinars focus on innovative and data-driven programs and practices to keep you ahead of the learning curve." 1. NCJA/BJA Webinar Series: "NCJA in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) hosts a monthly webinar series on topics of interest to our members which seek to help participants learn from experts and stay connected to trends and practices at all levels of government." 2. Pretrial Webinars: "In an effort to help educate the field on the importance and impact that pretrial services can have at the state and local level, NCJA is hosting a three part pre-trial webinar miniseries. The purpose of this webinar miniseries is to help criminal justice practitioners at the state and local level understand the evidence base behind pretrial risk assessment, release and supervision." 3. State & Tribal Collaboration Webinar Series: This “webinar series aims to enhance state and tribal collaboration and highlight the benefits of intergovernmental coordination. Each webinar in this series focuses on a different aspect of state and tribal collaboration”. Of particular importance is the focus of most of these webinars on Tribal –State-Local partnerships regarding criminal justice issues. 4. JISP Webinars. 5. State Justice Information Sharing (JIS) Technology Enhancement Webinars. There is also access to presentation from the previous year's NCJA National Forum and Regional Meetings.
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Civil Liability for Use of Distraction Devices Part 1 [and] Part 2
Posted: 2 days ago
(2015) Distraction devices (such as flashbangs) are especially useful when "correctional personnel are dealing with unruly prisoners or detainees who must be brought under control or extracted from their cells in a safe and controlled manner … Such devices must be properly used by adequately trained personnel, skilled in both legal aspects and practical tactical considerations surrounding their intelligent deployment. Their deployment is a use of force. Although non-lethal in most instances, improper use can result in injury to both members of the public and officers themselves" (p. 1). The use of distraction devices and civil lawsuits associated with them are discussed. Sections of this series include: introduction; use in a home or building entry; use in correctional settings; use in street settings; damage awards; injuries to officers; and some suggestions worth considering.
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Equipment and Technology Research on Body-Worn Cameras and Law Enforcement
Posted: 2 days ago
(2015) "To date, little research is available to help law enforcement executives decide whether and how to implement the use of body-worn cameras in their departments." This website provides access to information that will help in making these decisions. Topics discussed on this website are organized according to: research on body-worn cameras and law enforcement; ongoing NIJ-funded research on body-worn cameras; Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement; market survey of body-worn cameras for criminal justice; and other resources.
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Global Prison Trends 2015
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) This report is "designed to describe key global trends in the use and practice of imprisonment and to identify some of the pressing challenges facing states that wish to organise their penitentiary system in accordance with international norms and standards. Identifying key trends and challenges in penal policy and practice is a particularly important task during a period in which many countries are experiencing economic difficulties and looking to reduce public spending. This climate may lead both to increasing levels of crime and reduced resources for preventing and tackling it. The report is also timely in view of the international community’s work to implement a post-2015 development agenda which recognises the importance of security and justice in ensuring stable and peaceful societies" (p. 4). Sections comprising this document are: crime, prison, and policy; trends in the use of imprisonment; prison populations; prison management; prison regimes—work, and education and training; role and use of technologies; alternatives to prison; conclusion and recommendations; and a special Pull-out Section entitled "Drugs and Imprisonment: Special Focus 2015".
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National PREA Resource Center
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) "The PRC’s aim is to provide assistance to those responsible for state and local adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, community corrections, lockups, tribal organizations, and inmates and their families in their efforts to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. The PRC serves as a central repository for the best research in the field on trends, prevention, and response strategies, and best practices in corrections … This website consists of an extensive library, stories of efforts at compliance from around the country, information about national trainings, webinars, resources including tool kits and model policies." Points of entry include: library—legal, policy and practice, resources, news coverage, research—statistics/data, accountability, policy and practice, surveys, legal, and reports, and standards; training and technical assistance—PREA essentials, curricula, upcoming and archived webinars, and PREA in action; audit—instruments, process and appeals, auditor qualifications and application, list of certified auditors, trainings, and Auditor Field Training Program; news and events; FAQ; and standards—DOJ National PREA Standards, audit, implementation and compliance, audit, and report. Curricula include: Specialized Training--Investigating Sexual Abuse in Confinement Settings; Specialized Training--PREA Medical and Mental Care Standards; Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities--The Impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act; Inmate Education; Human Resources and Administrative Investigations Employee Training; Victim Services; Gender Responsive Strategies – Adults; Gender Responsive Strategies – Juveniles; Employee Training; and NIC E-learning Courses.
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New to the NIC Website - Correctional Industries: A Guide to Reentry-Focused Performance Excellence
Posted: 1 day ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) in a collaborative effort are pleased to announce a new Correctional Industries Reentry-Focused Performance Excellence Guide specifically designed to empower Correctional Industries organizations. The guide was developed using a systems approach to achieve the following: Reduce Recidivism Increase Public Safety Improve Offender Success Ensure Sustainability Enhance Operations Each component is intended to positively affect at least one area noted above with most components influencing multiple areas. Using target outcomes which include program relevance, financial sustainability, maximizing participation, increased employment and job retention of former offenders after release, collaboration within the communities, etc., the effects of full model implementation are substantial. Please visit the new guide here: http://nicic.gov/go/ncia
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Hard Labor: A Doula Offers a Little Comfort for a Birth Behind Bars
Posted: 4 days ago
This feature article from The Marshall Project describes the Minnesota Prison Doula Project and the experiences of pregnant women giving birth in prison. Hard Labor: A Doula Offers a Little Comfort for a Birth Behind Bars tells the story of Brittany Seaver and her doula (birthing coach) during the 2011 delivery of her daughter from the Minnesota Shakopee facility. From the article: At any given time, of the roughly 98,000 female inmates in state institutions, an estimated 1 in 25 reported that they were pregnant when admitted. A handful of correctional facilities across the country, in places such as California, Massachusetts, and Florida, have allowed the use of doulas, but Minnesota is the only place to implement the policy statewide. Brittany Seaver had two other children, but during this delivery, a few months into a five-year sentence for burglary in Minnesota s only correctional facility for women, she was both intensely watched and eerily alone. She repeatedly asked to s
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Innovation Webinars in Green Corrections: Integrating Green Corrections
Posted: 5 days ago
Over the next several months, you are invited to join us and learn about the latest innovations in green corrections from winners of the Green Corrections Challenge, the federal prize competition hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to crowdsource and share ideas with the field about green corrections. Through a series of Innovation Webinars, Challenge winners will demonstrate their prize-winning effective practices in the core areas of green corrections: facilities; education and training; and reentry. A final webinar will show how to integrate the three areas. Please mark your calendars for the webinar dates (completed) Thursday, February 19 at 12pm (EST): Making Education and Training Programs Green: Featuring Challenge winner Delaware Department of Corrections, Sussex Community Corrections Center. The webinar will show how their local green program teaches offenders hands-on skills like aquaculture, growing native grasses for beach restoration, and raising be
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NIC Live Event – Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance For Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
Posted: 1 week ago
Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at: http://nicic.gov/training/ib2015 August 26, 2015 3 hour live streaming event 9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country. The three-hour broadcast titled Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way, will be aired live on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. From WWII through the continuing global war on terror, there are approximately 21.5 million veterans in the U.S. today. So many of these men, and increasingly women, return home damaged mentally and physically from their time in service. These wounds often contribute to their involvement in the criminal justice system. As a result, veterans are overrepresented in our jails and prisons. For these justice-invol
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Register Now! World Congress on Community Corrections
Posted: 1 week ago
Join the Community on July 14-16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California to attend the Second World Congress on Community Corrections. Hosted by the American Probation and Parole Association and the International Community Corrections Association, this Second World Congress will offer an outstanding selection of speakers and time to network, engage, learn, share, and build relationships across the continents. Keynote speakers are confirmed as: Opening Keynote Wednesday, July 15, 10:30am - 11:45am Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Plenary Keynote Thursday, July 16, 8:45am - 10:00am Mentally Ill Offenders and Implications for Corrections Policy and Practice Jennifer L. Skeem, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean of Research, School of Social Welfare Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of
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Plan to Attend: Girls Adjudicated as Adults
Posted: 1 week ago
Reserve a spot on your calendar on May 13 for the upcoming webinar, Girls Adjudicated as Adults, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Council on Crime Delinquency (NCCD). About the webinar: Over the past three decades, states across the country passed legislation making it easier to move youth under 18 into the adult criminal justice system. Although not widely considered by practitioners, researchers and other related stakeholders, a growing proportion of youth prosecuted as adults are female. This webinar is an opportunity to learn more about the enabling legislation and practice; the challenges faced by adult correctional systems in ensuring safety, providing appropriate programming, staffing and training to a population with differing emotional, psychological, educational and vocational needs. Please join us and bring your questions and thoughts regarding this topic. Date: May 13, 2015 1:00-2:30 EST Register here (Details to f
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Connecticut and the National Institute of Corrections Identify Opportunities to Increase Medicaid Enrollment
Posted: 2 weeks ago
With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is now possible for millions of low-income individuals in the criminal justice system to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has provided technical assistance to the state of Connecticut for two work sessions to identify opportunities for increasing Medicaid enrollment. The purpose of the first work session was to convene Connecticut stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid eligibility determination and enrollment at decision points in the criminal justice system. During this two-day work session, participants developed a map of criminal justice system decision-points, discussed existing ACA enrollment activities, and identified and prioritized opportunities for increasing enrollment. The second work session was convened to follow-up on a particular area of
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In the News: Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders
Posted: 2 weeks ago
This recent article published in The Huffington Post provides an overview of the Same Sky program offered at the Most Excellent Way Life Center in New Jersey. Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders describes how the Same Sky model is providing employment and a sense of purpose for female ex-offenders. From the article: Rev. Gloria Walton, founder of Most Excellent Way, gives female ex-offenders a fighting chance. She provides a supportive, sober, and emotionally nourishing space in which these women can live, and pick up the pieces of their lives. Working is critical for Most Excellent Way women. Many owe significant fines, court fees and 85% of female ex-offenders have children to support In Rwanda, Same Sky provides employment for HIV+ women genocide survivors as artisans to craft beautiful jewelry. The Sam Sky model helps fill the employment and income need at the Most Excellent Way. Their income is more than just a check. Beading is calm
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Register Now! Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Introducing the third webinar in NIC s Health Reform and Public Safety series . . . Building Service Delivery Capacity to Meet Demand May 28th, 2015 Please note webinar start time/your time zone: 10:00 am-11:30am (PT), 11:00 am- 12:30pm (MT), 12:00pm 1:30pm (CT), 1:00-2:30pm (ET) Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register at this link https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?d=710371980 t=a 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 third in a series of follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings. With the advent of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), numerous states have seen a large increase in their Medicaid population. And there has been no single target population that has witnessed as large an i
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New in the Library – Report on Consequences of Disciplinary and Push-out Policies for Girls of Color
Posted: 3 weeks ago
From the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, this 2015 report seeks to increase the awareness of the gendered consequences of disciplinary and push-out policies for girls of color, and, in particular, Black girls. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected argues that existing research and public policy is underinformed and often fails to address the risks that black girls and girls of color confront. The research in this report is based on focus groups and stakeholder interviews in Boston and New York City conducted between September 2012 and August 2013. Examples of key observations from the report: In New York and Boston, black boys and girls were subject to larger achievement gaps and harsher forms of discipline than their white counterparts. At-risk young women describe zero-tolerance schools as chaotic environments in which discipline is prioritized over educational attainment. Increased
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Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
Register Before: August 26, 2015
(Begins August 26, 2015) The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a three-hour live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country.
Training Opportunity
Correctional Industries Director's Training
Register Before: July 24, 2015
(Begins September 22, 2015) Correctional Industries Director's Training. Correctional Industry Directors are called upon to provide dynamic and effective leadership which is a critical component in the success of any organization. Expanding leadership knowledge and enhancing leadership skills is the foundation for this training as it helps lay the groundwork for the complex work that must be done in this ever changing and challenging industry.
Training Opportunity
Offender Employment Retention Specialist (OERS) Training
Register Before: June 26, 2015
(Begins August 24, 2015) The OERS training combines motivational interviewing techniques with cognitive behavioral principles to teach practitioners how to increase the offenders’ motivation for change while addressing the thoughts and feelings that negatively impact employment retention and successful reentry.
Training Opportunity
Large Jail Network Meeting
Register Before: June 19, 2015
(Begins September 27, 2015) The goals of the Large Jail Network are to explore issues facing jail systems from the perspectives of network members with administrative responsibility and to discuss strategies and resources for dealing successfully with these issues.
Training Opportunity
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: June 18, 2015
(Begins September 21, 2015) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
Training Opportunity
Conducting Security Audits
Register Before: June 16, 2015
(Begins September 14, 2015) With NIC’s hands-on, onsite training, gain the experience of auditing out-of-state institutions of various security levels and missions. This 36-hour training program supplements classroom instruction in auditing protocol with tours of assigned facilities and real-world assignments that put newly trained participants in charge of the auditing process.
Training Opportunity
Women Offenders: Developing an Agencywide Approach
Register Before: June 13, 2015
(Begins August 11, 2015) This revised blended learning program, with combined independent and on-site activities will total approximately 40 hours over the course of a year. Incorporated into the course requirements are Blended-learning activities to include a webinar, an organizational readiness survey, independent reading and personalized coaching throughout the year to assist agencies in directing their planned change. On-site activities include a 2.5 day, in-class training at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, Colorado.
Training Opportunity
Executive Excellence Program
Register Before: June 01, 2015
(Begins August 23, 2015) This 10-month executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for New Parole Board Members
Register Before: June 01, 2015
(Begins July 28, 2015) This training program helps participants build competencies and skills in performing the tasks that matter most.
Training Opportunity
Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: June 01, 2015
(Begins September 09, 2015) Please note that by applying for this meeting, you acknowledge that (1) you meet the eligibility requirements for the meeting, and (2) that your supervisor supports your application for, and attendance at, this meeting, if selected.
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