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Protecting Written Family Communication in Jails: A 50-State Survey
Posted: 1 week ago
(2016) This report "reviews which agencies in each state provide rules, guidelines, or best practices to local jails and uncovers what, if anything, these entities say about mail that people in jail may send or receive. As expected, we find a strong correlation between the states that have strong language protecting letter writing and the states in which no jails are experimenting with banning letters" (p. 1).
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Fidelity to the intensive supervision probation with services model: An examination of Adult Redeploy Illinois programs
Posted: 1 week ago
(2016) "Growing public support for prison reform has brought attention to community-based supervision alternatives, including intensive supervision probation for offenders who are at significant risk of being incarcerated. Researchers examined four intensive supervision probation with services programs supported by Adult Redeploy Illinois for fidelity to the evidence-based service model" (authors abstract).
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Review Panel on Prison Rape Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons, Jails, and Juvenile Correctional Facilities, April 2016
Posted: 1 week ago
(0) "This Report presents the findings of the Review Panel on Prison Rape (Panel), along with its recommendations, that are the result of its 2014 hearings in Washington, District of Columbia, based on two national surveys of correctional facilities by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011-12 (May 2013) and Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2012 (June 2013) … Consistent with the Panel’s prior reports, the Panel identified institutional practices that either prevent the sexual victimization of inmates and juveniles or place them at risk. To assist the reader in quickly comparing the factors associated with high- and low-incidence prisons, jails, and juvenile correctional facilities, the Panel prepared three tables that summarize this information" (p. v-vi).
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An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) In 2014, a network of membership associations that represent community corrections practitioners—the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)—surveyed their memberships to gauge opinions about the state of the field. The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN’s goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about where the field needs to go and what community corrections will need to get there, and allow those engaged in the national criminal justice reform debate to hear directly from those working with most people under correctional control. This survey is the first to ask those employed in community corrections their opinions about the field’s priorities. As such, the survey focuses on issues that relate to the direction community corrections is taking, the influence policymakers and the public have in determining that direction, and the resources needed to address new and anticipated priorities. The survey also provided CCCN an opportunity to determine if it is working on policy and issue areas that association memberships consider priorities Results show that the field embraces key elements of the new approach CCCN says the field needs to take: Key benchmarks include increasing reliance on evidence-based practices, research and data driven approaches. The survey results show strong support for a field that prioritizes innovation, systems change, collaboration and training.
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NACo County Explorer: Mapping County Data
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) Hundreds of data indicators can be mapped. These are organized according the topical areas of county administration, county employment, county finance, country structure, demographics, economy, education, energy and environment, federal funding, geography, health and hospitals, housing and community development, justice and public safety, public amenities, public lands, social services, transportation, utility, and water, sewerage, and solid waste management. You can search by city-zip code, county, or state.
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Jail Incarceration Trends
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) "In 2014, the nationwide jail incarceration rate of 326 per 100,000 county residents exceeded the highest county rates registered in the 1970s, which rarely exceeded 300 per 100,000. Scroll the time slider or click the "Select data"; button to navigate the data"; Interactive charts for U.S. counties or states show the size of jails today; disparate impacts on race; disparate impacts on gender; decades of jail growth; and jail and prison population. There is also a link to the full report from which these charts are taken"; In Our Own Backyard: Confronting Growth and Disparities in American Jails" (December 2015) by Ram Subramanian, Christian Henrichson, and Jacob Kang-Brown.
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Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) Staff is the life blood of any agency and its most valuable resource. Their wellness is paramount to organizational health and mission effectiveness. What can individuals and organizations do to identify issues commonly associated with corrections stress and cultivate a climate of staff resilience and agency health, stability and excellence? During this broadcast, we will: Acknowledge the effects and consequences of corrections stress on staff and the organization; Identify commonly referenced terminology that informs the discussion of corrections stress; Explore the context and continuum of stress within the corrections profession; Discuss research and knowledge focusing on corrections stress that effects the individual and organizational culture; Present proactive strategies to identify and address cumulative effects and consequences of corrections stress; Describe individual and organizational strategies to build and maintain a healthy workforce; Discuss proactive tools and resources for both individuals and organizations; [and] Provide individual and organizational resources to promote and support a healthy workforce. This broadcast will answer the following questions: Why is corrections stress an issue we need to address? What are characteristics of corrections stress? What does it look and sound like? What are distinguishing features of corrections stress within institutional and community settings? How do you build awareness of this issue for yourself and your organization? How do you address the problems and effects associated with corrections stress? What are strategies to deal with stressors? How can leadership introduce this issue within the agency? Who needs to be at the table to discuss it? What resources are available to you and your organization to address this issue? Are you taking advantage of them? What are tools and strategies for engaging and connecting directly with your community stakeholders? What positive steps can you take to make a difference personally and within your organization regarding corrections stress?"
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Thinking for a Change 4.0
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) Thinking for a Change 4.0 (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem solving skills. T4C is comprised of 25 lessons that build upon each other, and contains appendices that can be used to craft an aftercare program to meet ongoing cognitive behavioral needs of your group. Not all lessons can be completed in one session, so a typical delivery cycle may take 30 sessions. Sessions should last between one and two hours. Ideally, the curriculum is delivered two times per week, with a minimum recommended dosage of once per week and a maximum of three times per week. Participants must be granted time to complete mandatory homework between each lesson. The program is designed to be provided to justice-involved adults and youth, males and females. It is intended for groups of eight to twelve and should be delivered only by trained facilitators. Due to its integrated structure, T4C is a closed group, meaning members need to start at the beginning of a cycle, and may not join the group mid-stream (lesson five is a logical cut-off point for new group members). T4C is provided by corrections professionals in prisons, jails, detention centers, community corrections, probation, and parole settings. The National Institute of Corrections has trained more than 10,000 individuals as T4C group facilitators, and more than 500 trainers who can train additional staff to facilitate the program with justice-involved clients. T4C 4.0 represents a significant evolution in the curriculum, both in content and use. It is the most sincere hope of NIC and the authors that the changes enable you and your agency to better serve your clients. Correctional agencies can consider Thinking for a Change as one option in a continuum of interventions to address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of their client populations’.
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Restrictive Housing: An Annotated Bibliography 2016
Posted: 7 weeks ago
(2016) Resources about the use of restricted housing are provided and organized according to: resources from NIC; prevalence of restrictive housing; governing practices and policies; the basis for and process involved in determining whether, and for how long, someone is placed in special housing; conditions of confinement—juveniles, and female offenders; research—effects of prolonged confinement; legislation and litigation impacts; programming and reentry-focused services; availability of medical and mental health services; safe alternatives and step-down programs; Resources about the use of restricted housing are provided and organized according to: resources from NIC; prevalence of restrictive housing; governing practices and policies; the basis for and process involved in determining whether, and for how long, someone is placed in special housing; conditions of confinement—juveniles, and female offenders; research—effects of prolonged confinement; litigation; programming and reentry-focused services; availability of medical and mental health services; safe alternatives and step-down programs.
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Wisconsin Department of Corrections Interactive Dashboards
Posted: 7 weeks ago
(2016) Access is provided to three interactive dashboards from the Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections—Admissions to Prison, Releases from Prison, and Prison Point-in-Time Populations. These are great examples of what your agency could do with the operational data you collect.
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Reduce Unnecessary Jail Use and Make Your County Safer EBDM at NACo 2016
Posted: 1 day ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), in partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy, built the Evidence-based Decision Making Initiative (EBDM) to create game-changing criminal justice system reform. EBDM is a strategic and deliberate method of applying empirical knowledge and research-supported principles to justice system decisions made at the case, agency, and system level and seeks to equip criminal justice local and state policymakers with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct, post-conviction reoffending, and other forms of community harm resulting from crime. Last week the National Association of Counties held their annual conference in Long Beach, CA. During the conference, Gregg Moore, county board chair from Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, one of NIC s EBDM sites, was part of a panel on reducing unnecessary jail use. The other panelists were Ms. Julie Armstrong, Clerk of Court, Charlesto
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Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network
Posted: 1 week ago
During National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week July 13-19, 2016, the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) wishes to acknowledge the dedication of all professionals in our field. We also want to share a new resource to the community, An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There. In 2014, a network of membership associations that represent community corrections practitioners the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) surveyed their memberships to gauge opinions about the state of the field. The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN s goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about where the field needs to go and what community corrections will need to get there, and allow those engaged in the national criminal justice reform
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Register for live webinar - Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Behind Bars
Posted: 1 week ago
Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer s Disease Behind Bars A webinar focusing on initiating awareness, recognizing symptomology and exploring recommendations for daily care of dementia, particularly Alzheimer s disease behind bars. Date: July 28, 2016 Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone 9:00-10:00am PT / 10:00-11:00am MT/AZ/ 11:00am-12:00pm CT / 12:00pm-1:00pm ET Target Audience: Criminal justice professionals and organizations, community-based providers, and those interested in aging offender issues. Register Here https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?MTID=e91a2c62ff4caabfadf78905a9b2fdb9e Description Dementia, including Alzheimer s disease, is difficult to detect in a population often afflicted with other mental illnesses and maladaptive social behaviors. During this interactive webinar we will explore how symptoms and behaviors can be misconstrued and identify environmental risk factors that can contribute to costly accidents and injury for
Corrections News
Building Gender Informed Practices at the Pretrial Stage – Lessons Learned
Posted: 1 week ago
From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW), Building Gender Informed Practices at the Pretrial Stage: Lessons Learned about Implementing the Inventory of Needs (ION) in Dutchess County, New York, highlights how gender neutral risk factors may miss critical gender specific factors that can achieve more successful outcomes for justice involved women. In 2010, Hamilton County engaged in a project with the University of Cincinnati and supported by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to draft a gender specific pretrial assessment tool, called the Inventory of Need (ION) Pretrial Screening Tool. In 2013, the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women began working with the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections (OPCC) to develop a more robust pretrial process for women. This article discusses the lessons learned in Dutchess County both from the results of the ION tool assessment and from the implementation of the project. P
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Cooperative Agreement—Classification Instrument Revalidation for NIC Prisons Division
Posted: 1 week ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 - Revalidation of an agency s objective classification system. Work in this cooperative agreement will result in the revision, conversion and or development of instructional materials for the existing document entitled Revalidating External Prison Classification Systems . This document will be used to build competency and capacity within an agency and the overall field of corrections. Overview For the past several years, there has been increasing requests from correctional agencies for the National Institute of Corrections to render technical assistance in the area of revalidation of classification instruments. Many correctional systems have found themselves in situations of overcrowding and managing diverse populations. To add to their distress, in light of dwindling budgets, cuts have been made in areas that historically have aided agencies in the reduction of senten
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Cooperative Agreement--Executive Excellence: A Professional Development Program for Correctional Leaders (Behavior and Performance)
Posted: 2 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 with this solicitation whose purpose is to support the development, enhancement and sustainability of nationwide correctional leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience. Overview The field of corrections is constantly evolving, requiring continuous learning and professional development for its administrators. With responsibility for leading complex correctional systems, Correctional Executives are charged with managing human resources, developing and implementing agency policy and procedure, engaging with internal and external stakeholders, and administering significant fiscal resources all while supporting strong business practices and delivering results. As such, it is imperative for Correctional Executives to stay current regarding critical issues facing the f
Corrections News
Cooperative Agreement--Executive Excellence: A Professional Development Program for Correctional Leaders (Executive Roles)
Posted: 2 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 with this solicitation whose purpose is to support the development, enhancement and sustainability of nationwide correctional leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience. Overview The field of corrections is constantly evolving, requiring continuous learning and professional development for its administrators. With responsibility for leading complex correctional systems, Correctional Executives are charged with managing human resources, developing and implementing agency policy and procedure, engaging with internal and external stakeholders, and administering significant fiscal resources all while supporting strong business practices and delivering results. As such, it is imperative for Correctional Executives to stay current regarding critical issues facing the f
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Community Supervision Officer Safety 2016
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Questions and Answers below: The mission of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances effective correctional practice and public policy. NIC fulfills its mission, in part, by providing current best and promising practices information to the field. Program-Specific Information In March 2003, NIC published the Second Edition of New Approaches to Staff Safety (accession number 011356). While much of this document is still relevant and useful, there are some changes, particularly in the area of technology that require updating. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables This competitive solicitation will fund the development of an addendum to New Approaches to Staff Safety to address changes that have occurred in officer safety issues and encompass the use of current technology. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on August 23, 2016. Download Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC
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Outagamie County Wisconsin Judge John Des Jardins’ Philosophical Change
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Judge Des Jardin started his career as a district attorney. He had a reputation as tough prosecutor. He had similar reputation as a judge. He was skeptical of treatment courts. He thought of them as touchy-feely. Then he took the time to sit in on Outagamie County s drug treatment court, and his opinion began to change. Today he runs the county s veterans court and is chair of Outagamie County s EBDM team. Outagamie County is one of eight counties in Wisconsin participating in the National Institute of Corrections Evidence-Base Decision Making Initiative. EBDM is a research based approach to criminal justice system decisions. Police, prosecutors and courts all rely on research-based assessments to determine the best way to handle someone accused of a crime. It is based on the principle of keeping low-risk offenders out of the system and concentrating resources on med and high risk offenders. Judges continue to have discretion in sentencing. EBDM is just another tool in their too
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Reducing Economic Disparities for Female Offenders: The Oxford House Model
Posted: 4 weeks ago
Available through the DePaul University, College of Science and Health, this study focuses on the positive relationship between living in Oxford House and an increase in employment wages for women with a criminal history. Oxford House is the largest single network of recovery houses in the United States, with more than 10,000 individuals living in approximately 1700 houses (Oxford House Inc., 2013). The houses are usually located in middle-class neighborhoods with access to jobs and transportation, allowing residents to live in healthy communities conducive to recovery. The houses are single-sex and house 6 to 12 people, and are affordable at an average rent of $100 per week. Abstract: Method: This study used a nationwide sample of 136 women living in Oxford Houses in a Moderated regression analysis with length of stay in Oxford House predicting employment wages, and moderated by criminal history. Results: Our analysis revealed there was an overall positive relationship betwee
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2016 Virtual Conference - Save the Date! November 9, 2016
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(Begins November 09, 2016) A virtual conference hosted by the National Institute of Corrections.
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Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions: Planning for Policy Improvement
Register Before: August 13, 2016
(Begins September 13, 2016) This curriculum is based on content from the Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities and will walk participants through a process for developing an implementation plan to make changes in discipline policies and practices. Immediate outcomes from participating in this workshop are anticipated to include the development of discipline policies and practices that better respond to the specific needs of women in state and local correctional facilities. Longer term outcomes may include: reduced inmate violations, positive changes in inmate behavior, safer and more productive correctional environments for staff and inmates, increased stability and successful reintegration of women from prison to the community.
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Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
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(Begins September 27, 2016) Parole board chairs, whether appointed by their governor, elected by their peers, or rotated into their role from their seat on the parole board, are in an influential position to lead efforts to improve and reform the transition and reentry system, as well as enhance their board’s capacity to use evidence-based principles in effective offender management. Being an effective chair requires clearly defined roles and strategies to ensure that informed decisions are made relative to the release and return of offenders.
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