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Isolation and Reintegration: Punishment Circa 2014|Revised
Posted: 19 hrs ago
(2015) "This collection of materials, which was provided as a starting point for the discussion, describes current patterns of incarceration and explores interventions designed to reduce the degree to which correctional facilities maintain order through the isolation of prisoners, both through the locating of prison facilities and the placement of people within them." The text is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1. Isolation by Place and by Rule--Mapping Prison Placements, the Impact of Gender, and the Challenges of Distance: the power of placement; law and placement; locating and relocating prisons; attending to difference; and bridging distances—the cost of contact. Living Together or Apart--Isolation in Place, Oversight, and Alternatives: policies and practices for segregation placement and programs; inclusion, exclusion, and subpopulations; reassessing segregation; and legitimacy and authority in prions. And The Political Economies of Change--Setting Agendas: getting out of where we are—framing how and why we got here; reformatting prison practices—a snapshot of the current spending paradigm, the "reinvestment paradigm", and prisons as providers of social services and education's potential and political freight; and oversight outside prison.
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Insight-Out
Posted: 1 day ago
(2015) "Insight-Out organizes initiatives for prisoners and challenged youth that create the personal and systemic change to transform violence and suffering into opportunities for learning and healing." These initiatives are: GRIP (Guiding Rage into Power); Veterans Healing Veterans; Prison Mindfulness Initiative (PMI); At Risk Youth; and Prison Reform. Points of entry include: about us; programs; training/talks; Insights blog; latest news; newsletter; A Blast From The Past; audio presentations; stories from prison; and books and research.
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Corrections Key Statistics
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) "Key Statistics provides easy access to trend data from BJS's [Bureau of Justice Statistic's] data collections. Each Key Statistic includes a description, table, and graph, along with links to related information, including publications that include the statistics, data collections, and any available data analysis tools." Key Statistics are provided for the total U.S. correctional population, prisoners, jail inmates, probationers, parolees, rate of correctional supervision, incarceration rate, community supervision rate, and executions. More topics will be added in the future.
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A Women’s Typology of Pathways to Serious Crime With Custody and Treatment Implications
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) Criminal career patterns, social context and features, psychological factors, potential matches in prior pathways research, sub-types, and treatment goals are provided for the following types of women's pathways to crime: "Type 1 - Quasi-Normal non-violent women with drug/alcohol issues"; "Type 2 - Lifelong Victims, many of whom have abusive partners, drug problems and depression"; "Type 3 - Socialized Subcultural Pathways, poor and marginalized but with low victimization and few mental health problems"; "Type 4 - Aggressive Antisocial, high risk/high need and victimized, mental health issues"; [and] women offenders not classified.
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How To Explain A Parent's Arrest To A Child: Preschool—Ages 4 to 5
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) This pocket-sized card is a wonderful tool to remind law enforcement staff about the impact on a child whose parents are being arrested or incarcerated. Sections of this card explain: child's perception of arrest; how children might act and how you should respond; what to say; and when arrest is a raid or domestic violence (DV) response.
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Research Update on DWI Courts
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) This review demonstrates the effectiveness of DWI Courts on DWI recidivism and general recidivism while they provide significant cost savings to taxpayers. Sections of this document cover: conclusions of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); effects on recidivism; duration of effects; motor vehicle crashes; cost-effectiveness; and concluding remarks of tangible and intangible benefits. "That DWI Courts reduce recidivism is no longer a matter of debate or conjecture. The most conservative estimate is that DWI Courts reduce DWI recidivism and general criminal recidivism approximately 12 percent better than other sentencing options, and the best DWI Courts are as much as 60 percent better. Contrary to assumptions, DWI Courts often do not cost more to administer than traditional probation because they shorten the time period required to supervise offenders and reduce overreliance on incarceration. Taking into account the cost benefits achieved from better outcomes, DWI Courts have saved local communities nearly $1,500 per participant within two years and more than $5,000 per graduate" (p. 6).
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Intensive Vipassana Meditation Practice: An Intervention with Promise for Traumatized Prisoners
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2013) "Very few prisons have mental health treatment programs, and the few available, which range from educational to cognitive and behavioral in nature, do not have the capacity to treat chronic trauma and PTSD. The daily environment of prisons – aggressive and often violent, with any indication of vulnerability or weakness potentially life threatening – means such programs cannot fulfill the requirements of safe and effective trauma treatment, especially for processing and integrating memories … Similarly, mindfulness and meditation programs cannot provide safe and effective trauma treatment in prisons, although evidence suggests they can reduce inmates’ stress and anxiety and increase their self-regulation capacities. Here we present an approach that, although new to prison-based trauma intervention, is over 2,000 years old: an intensive, 10-day Vipassana meditation course which has been conducted inside a maximum-security prison since 2002. We briefly make the case that intensive, traditional and communal Vipassana practice makes good sense and holds great promise as a short-term prison-based trauma treatment that can provide stabilization, skills development, and safe and effective opportunities to process traumatic memories" (p. 1). Sections of this chapter include: introduction; prison culture—hyper-masculinity and violence; stages of recovery and treatment; trauma-informed correctional care; contemplative practices as trauma treatment—implications for prisoners; Buddhist psychology and Vipassana meditation; bringing Vipassana inside—the case of a maximum-security prison in Alabama; preliminary outcome research and two prisoner's reflections; conclusion and implications.
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Trauma, stress, grief, loss, and separation among older adults in prison: the protective role of coping on physical and mental wellness
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2013) "Recent evidence suggests that older adults in prison experience a high level of adverse life experiences that can be categorized as trauma, stress, grief and loss. However, there is a dearth of research that examines how older adults’ use of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual coping resources influence their physical and mental well-being" (p. 1). This study aims to address this scarcity. Sections cover: the aging prison population crisis; demographics; cost of incarceration—financial and moral; pathways to prison; explanatory perspective and theories; a review of the relevant literature; coping and wellbeing; study objectives; method; data analysis; results according to history of traumatic and stress life experiences, socio-demographic profile, and frequencies and percentages of the occurrence of traumatic experiences, age of first occurrence, and subjective response at the time and now; path analysis; discussion; policy implications; limitations of the current study; future research directions; and conclusion. It appears that "the lifetime experiences of multiple types of trauma, stress, grief, separation, and loss are common among older adults in prison and place them at risk for later-life physical and mental decline. Multidimensional coping strategies that address physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual domains are promising intervention techniques that can improve wellbeing among older adults in prison" (p. 1).
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New Directions in Corrections: Staff Wellness: NIC's Second Virtual Conference
Posted: 3 weeks ago
(2015) On June 10, 2015, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) launched a national virtual conference on staff wellness titled “New Directions in Corrections: Staff Wellness.” Session topics will include using neuroscience to reduce stress, “healing corrections,” the organizational implications of boundary violations, creating a purpose-driven corrections career, corrections personnel suicide, and staff wellness. The objective of “New Directions in Corrections: Staff Wellness” is to: Educate corrections staff on the subject of corrections fatigue and staff wellness; Present strategies and resources for countering the effects of corrections trauma and fatigue; and Equip corrections staff with strategies they can use to move toward professional fulfillment individually and within a workplace culture. Corrections work often takes a toll on staff’s well-being and functioning due to repeated exposure to multiple types of inherent occupational stressors—specifically, operational, organizational, and traumatic stressors. The cumulative effect of these co-occurring stressors upon corrections professionals and upon entire correctional workplace cultures is captured by the umbrella term and construct of “corrections fatigue.” Effects of corrections fatigue may be low staff morale, impaired job performance, individual health and functioning issues, problematic professional and personal relationships, and high staff turnover. Corrections fatigue includes a variety of facets, many interacting to affect staff negatively and envelop workplace culture in a self-reinforcing cycle that undermines health, functioning, and fulfillment. This microsite provides access to the eight presentations and links to additional resources.
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Risk and Needs Assessment in the Criminal Justice system
Posted: 3 weeks ago
(2015) "There have been legislative proposals to implement a risk and needs assessment system in federal prisons. The system would be used to place inmates in rehabilitative programs. Under the proposed system some inmates would be eligible to earn additional time credits for participating in rehabilitative programs that reduce their risk of recidivism. Such credits would allow inmates to be placed on prerelease custody earlier. The proposed system would exclude inmates convicted of certain offenses from being eligible to earn additional time credits … In general, research suggests that the most commonly used assessment instruments can, with a moderate level of accuracy, predict who is at risk for violent recidivism. It also suggests that no single instrument is superior to any other when it comes to predictive validity" (p. ii). While assessments based on the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) model have been quite useful in determining high- and low-risk offenders there is still some controversy regarding the wide-scale use of assessments in the criminal justice system. Sections of this report following a summary include: an overview of risk and needs assessment; RNR principles; critiques of risk and needs assessments—making judgment about individuals based on group tendencies, the separation of assessment of risk from assessment of needs, and the potential for discriminatory effects; and select issues for congress regarding—the use of risk and needs assessment in federal prisons, the exclusion of certain inmates from earning additional time credits, whether priority should be given to high-risk offenders, the use of assessment in sentencing, and whether the emphasis on punishment should be decreased.
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Register Now: AJFO Conference
Posted: 2 days ago
The 16th Bi-Annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Paths to Resiliency, will be held October 13-15, 2015 in Hartford Connecticut. The Conference focuses exclusively on women and girls in the criminal justice system. This year s program includes: Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President of The National Crittenton Foundation, and Co-Director, National Girls initiative presenting with girls with experience in the juvenile justice system; Meda Chesney-Lind, PhD, noted author, and nationally recognized for her work on women and crime; Stephanie Covington, PhD, an expert in gender-responsive care, discussing international innovations; Jennifer Wheatley, MA, Deputy Commissioner for Women at the Correctional Service Canada; Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of Prison Baby discussing her own story of resiliency; a reentry panel representing women from across the United States led by Bronwyn A. Hunter, PhD from University of Maryland Ba
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Gender and Justice in America: Women suffer when drug treatment focuses on men’s needs
Posted: 2 days ago
By Chelsea Davis August 19,2015 This article from VERA Institute of Justice discusses the increase in heroin use across all segments of society over the last 10 years including those with high incomes and women. It highlights the impact of the current drug policies on women of color and women with lower socioeconomic status. From the the article: Women are incarcerated more for drug use than for any other offense, and there are more women of color in prison than white women. Most treatment programs do not address the unique issues women with addictions face, so women either receive ineffective treatment or none at all. The increase in substance abuse and involvement in the criminal justice system also decreases their economic opportunity. A number of states require drug testing as a condition of receiving housing or welfare benefits, disproportionately limiting families access to social and economic support. Our nation s punitive one-size-fits-all approach to substance
Corrections News
In the News - Women Build a National Network: FreeHer
Posted: 1 week ago
The independent online news site Truthout recently published an article--titled FreeHer: Formerly Incarcerated Women Build a National Network, which describes the FreeHer conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 4-5. 2015. The conference is a brainchild of Andrea James, a founding member and executive directory for Families for Justice as Healing (FJH) . From the article: The FreeHer Conference, this year, was the kickoff for [Andrea] James Soros Justice project. The Open Society Foundation is funding James, one of only 15 to be so honored by the foundation this year, to create a national network. In an interview, James said she aims to expand awareness of how prison and jail impact women, their children and their communities: My purpose is to connect those I have met throughout the country, who are doing work to restructure the criminal justice system, and to bring on board other formerly incarcerated women - with the goal of giving everybody a bird s-eye view of
Corrections News
Register Now - Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge
Posted: 1 week ago
Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge A live-streaming internet broadcast on the newest innovations in treatment practices, protocols, and management of HCV and it s implications for criminal justice, corrections organizations and public health. Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at: http://nicic.gov/training/ib201509 September 16, 2015 - 3 hour live streaming event 9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET There is still time to register for this live streaming internet broadcast. All NIC live broadcasts are recorded, so if you are unable to view on broadcast day, please register so you can receive information on how to view the archived broadcast and/or order a DVD of the broadcast. Overview Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, with approximately three million persons living with current infection. Of the two million
Corrections News
Getting Ready! - Veterans Treatment Court Broadcast August 26, 2015!
Posted: 1 week ago
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance For Vets Who Have Lost Their Way 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 There is still time to register for this live streaming internet broadcast. All NIC live broadcasts are recorded, so if you are unable to view on broadcast day, please register so you can receive information on how to view the archived broadcast and/or order a DVD of the broadcast. See information at the end of this message on how to order or view an archived broadcast, as well as links to the Participant Guide and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This message also contains information on how to access the show on broadcast day, how to engage with the presenters with NIC s LiveChat during the live event! Check your computer/ device compatibility to view NIC live streaming broadcasts prior to broadcast day
Corrections News
Eau Claire County Nationally Recognized for Evidence Based Decision Making Initiative
Posted: 2 weeks ago
In a recent story on the local news, Eau Claire county Wisconsin was recognized for their involvement in NIC s Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) initiative . The story on WEAU praises the work done by the county as well as their collaboration with 6 other counties in Wisconsin. From the story: Tiana Glenna, criminal justice coordinator for the county says in the country, Eau Claire is nationally recognized as one of only a few select counties working on the initiative. Eau Claire is able to come up with changes and improvements they wanted to make throughout the county, ranging from arrests, all the way to sentencing. The six other counties to incorporate the EBDM initiative are Chippewa, La Crosse, Marathon, Rock, Outagamie and Waukesha. See the whole story here
Corrections News
Stream Tests - Veterans Treatment Court Broadcast - August 26, 2015
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance For Vets Who Have Lost Their Way 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 There is still time to register for this live streaming internet broadcast. All NIC live broadcasts are recorded, so if you are unable to view on broadcast day, please register so you can receive information on how to view the archived broadcast and/or order a DVD of the broadcast. See information at the end of this message on how to order or view an archived broadcast, as well as links to the Participant Guide and Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Check your computer/ device compatibility to view NIC live streaming broadcasts prior to broadcast day! Live streaming tests begin on August 18, 2015. Details follow in this message. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streamin
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Register Now! Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Sign up today to attend this free webinar, Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women, being held Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 1:00 2:30 PM ET. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections: Incarcerated women have unique, gender-specific health care needs, including full-spectrum pregnancy care, family planning, and other sexual and reproductive health issues. Many women have had limited access to care, including prenatal care, before incarceration, presenting an opportunity to provide much needed services. Addressing the reproductive health needs of incarcerated women is an important medical and public health measure, with benefits for women and for the correctional facility. This webinar will review the unique health care needs of incarcerated women and will offer research-based strategies and standa
Corrections News
Still Time to Register - Veterans Treatment Court Live Event August 26
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance For Vets Who Have Lost Their Way 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 There is still time to register for this live streaming internet broadcast. All NIC live broadcasts are recorded, so if you are unable to view on broadcast day, please register so you can receive information on how to view the archived broadcast and/or order a DVD of the broadcast. See information at the end of this message on how to order or view an archived broadcast. Check your computer/ device compatibility to view NIC live streaming broadcasts prior to broadcast day! Live streaming tests begin on August 18, 2015. Details follow in this message. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving rol
Corrections News
Save the Dates! Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation into Action
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Reserve a spot on your calendar on September 29-30, 2015 for this seminal meeting, Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation into Action, designed to expand the conversation about trauma-informed approaches and create a national action agenda for creating a trauma-informed nation. This meeting will spotlight effective implementation of trauma-informed approaches in four major areas: education, health care, the justice system, and communities and congregations. Within each of these areas, workplace and employment approaches will be addressed. Hear from outstanding speakers, including Gary Slutkin, Nancy Hardt, Father Jeff Puthoff, Tina Marie Hahn, Naina Khanna, Robin Delany-Shabazz, Barb Trader, and more. To expand the reach of this conversation, the keynote, plenary presentations, panels, and dialogue time with the presenters will be webcast to amplifier sites across the nation with interactivity between the amplifier sites and the main event in Washington, DC. A
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National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: June 06, 2016
(Begins September 19, 2016) The National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI), sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), is designed to enhance your leadership skills as you take on the challenges of your first term as sheriff. It is the only executive leadership program designed specifically for first-term sheriffs. It was first developed and delivered in the early 1970s and has changed over the years to meet the evolving needs of first-term sheriffs. The program is held in Aurora, Colorado.
Training Opportunity
Offender Employment Retention Specialist (OERS) Training
Register Before: March 18, 2016
(Begins May 02, 2016) 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
New Jail Inspectors Training
Register Before: March 01, 2016
(Begins April 18, 2016) This four-day program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of new detention facility inspectors in their core duties of inspecting, consultation, and technical assistance. In this program participants will examine their role as a detention facility inspector, create a plan for developing positive working relationships with detention officials and other key stakeholders, examine and practice key inspection and consulting skills, plan and carry out a practice inspection and report, review trends impacting detention facilities and standards, and gather contacts, information, and resources for professional development.
Training Opportunity
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: February 09, 2016
(Begins April 18, 2016) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
Training Opportunity
Planning of New Institutions
Register Before: February 01, 2016
(Begins May 02, 2016) This 32-hour training program teaches the importance of in-depth planning before starting facility design.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: January 25, 2016
(Begins April 25, 2016) Students participate in the Inmate Behavior Management course in teams of three. The jail administrator, the security staff manager, and the manager of the inmate classification system all work together to develop a plan that meets the needs of their own facility.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: January 19, 2016
(Begins April 18, 2016) The National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI), sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), is designed to enhance your leadership skills as you take on the challenges of your first term as sheriff. It is the only executive leadership program designed specifically for first-term sheriffs. It was first developed and delivered in the early 1970s and has changed over the years to meet the evolving needs of first-term sheriffs. The program is held in Aurora, Colorado.
Training Opportunity
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: January 15, 2016
(Begins March 21, 2016) This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from restrictive housing back to the community and looks at the management strategies for the long-term inmate in restrictive housing. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of high-risk offenders.
Training Opportunity
DACUM Facilitator Training
Register Before: January 08, 2016
(Begins April 11, 2016) Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. This program provides jail administrators with information and tools to fulfill that role. Jail administrators must have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas to oversee operations and manage specific functions.
Training Opportunity
Jail Administration
Register Before: December 21, 2015
(Begins March 21, 2016) Jail administrators have significant responsibility and liability in ensuring that jail operations are conducted safely, securely, legally, and humanely. This 36-hour program focuses on the basic skills and competencies jail administrators need to effectively meet this responsibility.
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