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Measuring for Results: Outcome and Performance Measures for Pretrial Diversion Field
Posted: 22 hrs ago
(2015) "This publication outlines suggested outcome and performance measures and critical operational data for pretrial diversion programs. Its goals are to present clearly defined and easily calculable measures that pretrial diversion programs can use to gauge progress in achieving their mission and strategic goals, improve business decisions, and illustrate pretrial diversion’s value in an evidence-based criminal justice system. The suggested measures are compatible with established national pretrial diversion standards and appropriate for any program established as a voluntary option to traditional criminal case processing and with a mission to: Reduce the likelihood of future arrests through appropriate interventions based on thorough assessments and intervention plans tailored to an individual participant’s risks and needs; and/or Conserve/redirect criminal justice resources to more serious crimes and those that warrant prosecution by providing a meaningful response to participant conduct. Each measurement description includes a definition, data needed to track the metric, and a sample calculation. Also included are appendices of recommended procedures on setting measurement targets and establishing meaningful quality assurance and quality control" (p. vi). Sections of this publication cover: the Evidence Based Decision Making Framework (EBDM); introduction; data quality; outcome measures—success rate, safety rule, and post-program success rate; performance measures—screening, placement, compliance, response, provision, and satisfaction; and critical operational data—referrals, time to diversion program placement, time in diversion, time in programming, and exits.
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Green Corrections Symposium Notes
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) "On November 21, 2014, the Green Corrections Symposium convened professionals from the corrections community, as well as partners including reentry professionals, energy specialists, and education and workforce development experts. During the Symposium, winners of the Green Corrections Challenge, a video and presentation contest to demonstrate innovative green practices in the corrections community, were announced and viewed. Experts also spoke about best practices within the green corrections framework of correctional facilities, education and training, and reentry programs. Participants then answered a series of questions about lessons learned and application of these lessons. The following document summaries the notes from these conversations" (p. 1). Sections comprising this document are: Presentation and Discussion—Embedding Green Policies and Practices in Correctional Facilities; Presentation and Discussion—Embedding Green Policies and Practices in Education and Training; and Presentation and Discussion—Embedding Green Policies and Practices in Reentry Programs and Integrating Green Corrections Programming. Discussion points for each presentation were: what the top most important lessons learned from expert comments and winning Green Corrections Challenge presentations are, how you can apply what you have learned, and the resources or information needed to apply what you have learned. The final presentation theme included a fourth discussion point—what are the top most important lessons learned today regarding the integration of the pillars of facility operations, education and training, and reentry. The winning Challenge entries shown during this symposium were: FCC Victorville BOP (CA)—Putting Our Trash on Lockdown; Franklin County Sheriff's Office (OH)—Green Taskforce; Delaware Doc, Sussex County Community Corrections Center—Striving to Make a Difference in Sunny Sussex County; Reentry Programs: Wisconsin DOC for The Growth Academy; and New Green Corrections Concepts—Indiana DOC, Branchville for the Green and Giving Back.
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Optimization of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Treatment During Incarceration: Viral Suppression at the Prison Gate
Posted: 2 days ago
(2014) This is an excellent article that explains how the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a correctional setting can positively impact the viral suppression of incarcerated individuals with HIV. "Though just one-third of HIV-infected prisoners receiving ART entered correctional facilities with viral suppression, HIV treatment was optimized during incarceration, resulting in the majority achieving viral suppression by release. Treatment for HIV within prison is facilitated by a highly structured environment and, when combined with simple well-tolerated ART regimens, can result in viral suppression during incarceration. In the absence of important and effective community-based resources, incarceration can be an opportunity of last resort to initiate continuous ART for individual health and, following the “treatment as prevention” paradigm, potentially reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission to others after release if continuity of HIV care is sustained."
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Correctional Officers and the Incarcerated Mentally Ill: Responses to Psychiatric Illness in Prison
Posted: 2 days ago
(2014) This is an excellent article explaining how the values and social structures of a U.S. prison affect a correctional officer's discretionary responses to situations involving mentally ill inmates. Sections of this article cover: prisons as local moral worlds and the construction of illness categories; correctional officers, "people work", and mentally ill inmates; the research context—Pacific Northwest Penitentiary (PNP); research methods; institutional policy and relationships between staff and inmates; the institutional illness category of the "mentally ill inmate" and knowledge about mental health; correctional officers' responses to mentally ill inmates—observation, flexibility and discretion in enforcing the rules, and trust and respect during an inmate's help-seeking request; and a discussion of this analysis. "Officers’ discretionary responses to mentally ill inmates included observations to ensure psychiatric stability and flexibility in rule enforcement and were embedded within their role to ensure staff and inmate safety. Officers identified housing, employment, and social support as important for inmates’ psychiatric stability as medications. Inmates identified officers’ observation and responsiveness to help seeking as assisting in institutional functioning. These findings demonstrate that this prison's structures and values enable officers’ discretion with mentally ill inmates, rather than solely fostering custodial responses to these inmates’ behaviors. These officers’ responses to inmates with mental illness concurrently support custodial control and the prison's order" (p. 1).
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An End to Silence: Inmate's Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Abuse|3rd Edition
Posted: 3 days ago
(2014) "Though many correctional agencies have taken steps to comply with PREA standards and create safer environments for individuals in their care, inmates in custody still face sexual abuse and harassment by staff or other inmates. Staff and inmates still report problems identifying those at risk of sexual abuse, reporting sexual abuse, and holding those responsible for sexual abuse accountable. This publication is a tool for educating inmates about legal and other mechanisms, including the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), that can provide protection and redress from sexual abuse in custodial settings" (p. 5). Sections of this handbook are: introduction; what the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is; the National PREA Standards—protections for inmates; dynamics of sexual abuse in custody—screening and victimization history, continuum of sexual activity in custodial settings, and inmate culture and code; reporting—deciding to report, how to report, and what happens after you report; sexual abuse—care and consequences; special populations—youthful inmates, and gender non-conforming inmates; inmates' rights and the law; and conclusion. The following are appended: glossary; state resources; frequently asked questions; and seeking legal assistance.
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Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime: The Over-Incarceration of Status Offenders
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) This report is the first thing you should read if you are looking for information about juvenile status offenders. It "was developed in order to produce an up-to-date understanding of the nation’s progress in reducing confinement of status offenders, utilizing newly available data on youth confined in the U.S., in combination with previously available data on juvenile court statistics" (p. 1). Sections of this report cover: key points; purpose and objectives; scope; the uniqueness of status offenses; the push to decriminalize status offenses—the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JDDP) and its early impact, and the valid court order (VCO) exception; status offenses assessment for the nation— nationwide levels and trends regarding the confinement of status offenders during 2001 through 2011; the flow of status offenders into the juvenile court pipeline; and the progress in reducing confinement of status offenders.
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Reading on the Inside: Programs Help Incarcerated Parents Connect with Their Children through Books
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) This article describes the Read to Me program. Read to Me, "is one of at least half a dozen around the country that helps incarcerated parents connect with their children at home by making a recording of themselves reading a children’s book. The parents are allowed to send the book and recording to their child, and they can often read the book during an in-person visit as well" (p. 46). This program received the coveted Marshall Cavendish Excellence in Library Programming Award. This article includes "Tips for Starting an Intergenerational Reading Program for Incarcerated Parents" and "Resources for Families Dealing with Incarceration".
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Restoring Justice: A Blueprint for Ensuring Fairness, Safety, and Supportive Treatment of LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Posted: 8 days ago
(2014) "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth continue to be significantly over-represented in the nation’s juvenile justice system, even as overall rates of youth incarceration are on the decline … This brief [explains] what works for LGBT youth by outlining the critical components of model juvenile justice policies that are already being implemented around the country and offers sample language that all jurisdictions can adopt" (p. 1-2). Sections of this publication cover: LGBT youth experience high rates of discrimination and abuse; model policies exist and are working; nondiscrimination provisions—nondiscrimination and gender presentation; screening and intake; classification and housing placement—limits on isolation and segregation of LGBT youth, placement decisions based on gender identity, and classification decisions based on individualized assessment; confidentiality; privacy and safety of transgender youth; respectful communication-- no demeaning language, and preferred name and pronoun use; access to LGBT supports; medical and mental health services and treatment-- specific medical and mental health care needs of transgender youth, counseling should not try to change LGBT identity, sex-offender treatment, and provide appropriate medical and mental health care; staff training and policy dissemination; youth education and policy dissemination; and enforcement. "These policy guidelines reflect the best practices already in place around the country. All jurisdictions should adopt similar measures to ensure that LGBT youth under the supervision of the juvenile justice system are treated fairly, are free from harm, and receive the supportive treatment and services they deserve" (p. 13).
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Federal Justice Statistics, 2011 - 2012
Posted: 8 days ago
(2015) This report describes "the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Tables and text describe arrests and investigations by law enforcement agency and growth rates by type of offense and federal judicial district. This report examines trends in drug arrests by the DEA. It also provides the number of offenders returning to federal prison within 3 years of release and includes the most recently available data on sentences imposed and their lengths by type of offense".
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Federal Justice Statistics, 2012 - Statistical Tables
Posted: 8 days ago
(2015) This report describes "the annual activity, workloads, and outcomes associated with the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment, using data from the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA), Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC), and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Tables and text describe arrests and investigations by law enforcement agency and growth rates by type of offense and federal judicial district. This report examines trends in drug arrests by the DEA. It also provides the number of offenders returning to federal prison within 3 years of release and includes the most recently available data on sentences imposed and their lengths by type of offense".
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NIC Virtual Conference: Call for Presentations
Posted: 1 day ago
The NIC Academy Division is currently accepting proposals to present workshops for the NIC Virtual Conference 2015: New Directions in Corrections. The Conference will go live June 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM MT to 2:00 PM MT. Join your colleagues as we learn together about current trends and issues in corrections, cutting-edge work in corrections, research-informed programs, and thought-provoking inspirational innovations that promote the best in corrections. The 2015 Virtual Conference will have an emphasis on the topic of Correctional Staff Wellness. However, a variety of topics are encouraged and examples include: undocumented immigrants, racial disparity in offender population and effects of privatization. Submission Deadline: February 10, 2015 Download details for submitting presentations here
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Innovation Webinars in Green Corrections
Posted: 3 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 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 bees and pro
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In the News: College Is Back In Session In Some Washington Prisons
Posted: 3 days ago
This recent article published in The Seattle Times provides an overview of the newly reinstituted support for college courses in Washington State prisons. Behind Bars, College Is Back In Session In Some Washington Prisons describes the opportunity for inmates, offers views from the professors, and discusses current research on the impact on recidivism and reducing costs of re-incarceration. From the article: Inmates who take college classes say that wrestling with big ideas stretches their intellectual muscles and relieves the monotony of prison life. The professors say they don t dumb down the coursework for their prison classes. For most inmates, that s meant having to step up their writing skills and take remedial math. Some courses are offered through the privately funded Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS). Twelve professors from UPS, the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Tacoma Community College and Harvard Extension School receive a sti
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Recently Released - Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities
Posted: 4 days ago
From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women, this 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 divided into six sections: Overview: Provides a rationale for revising discipline and sanctions in women s facilities, including the benefits and challenges of engaging in this work. Process: Describes a step-by-step process for reviewing and revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices. Includes ten components to consider when revising policies. Research Implications: Provides impli
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Upcoming CJCA Webinars: Five Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings
Posted: 9 days ago
Join this free webinar hosted by Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), a national non-profit organization formed to improve juvenile correctional services, programs and practices, in partnership with the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). These two webinars will offer practical advice on the Guidance Package released jointly by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on December 8, 2014. Webinar Title: Five Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care SettingsWebinar Descriptions: The first webinar is scheduled for 2:00 pm EST on Jan. 29, 2015 and will focus on the Departments five Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings. This webinar will be moderated by David Domenici, Executive Director of CEEAS. Register HereThe second webinar is scheduled for 2:00 pm EST on Feb. 14, 2015 and will focus on the three Dear Colleague Letters
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New!! In the NIC Library – Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations
Posted: 10 days ago
Approximately 200,000 women are in U.S. prisons and jails with a significant percentage being the sole parent or caregivers of minor, adolescent and teen-aged children. For children, having a parent in prison can affect their mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects (La Vigne, Davies, Brazzell, 2008). The challenge for these children who lose contact with their mothers and who can also be separated from siblings and placed in unsatisfactory living circumstances, whether with family, friends, or in foster care, is very real. For incarcerated women, this knowledge contributes to parental stress, one of a number of areas found in the research as a contributor to negative outcomes for women both in correctional and community-based settings. (Achieving Accurate Pictures of Risk and Identifying Gender Responsive Needs: Two New Assessments for Women Offenders, Van Voorhis, Salisbury, Wright, Bauman, 2008). Additional related research states women s economic marginalizat
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Newly Released - Behavior Management of Justice-Involved Individuals: Contemporary Research and State-of-the-Art Policy and Practice
Posted: 18 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Center for Effective Public Policy are pleased to announce the release of NIC s publication, Behavior Management of Justice-Involved Individuals: Contemporary Research and State-of-the-Art Policy and Practice, a document authored by Madeline M. Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy. This document can be accessed at http://nicic.gov/Library/029553. All justice-involved individuals who are under community supervision are expected to abide by a set of conditions. Unfortunately, a significant portion will violate one or more of their terms and conditions of supervision at some point, either by committing a new offense or by committing a technical violation an infraction related to failing to comply with the technical rules set by the releasing authority. Many of these individuals will be incarcerated as a result of a violation. Yet, incarcerating individuals for violations does not necessarily achieve the desired p
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New in the Library: A Guide to Video Visiting in Corrections
Posted: 18 days ago
Visits from family members, children and other sources of support can be a lifeline in the lives of incarcerated men and women. Yet, visiting takes on added dimensions with the challenges imposed by geographical distance between facilities and visitors, cost implications for transportation, lodging, childcare, lost wages and the roadblocks often presented from institutional security procedures. Emerging research speaks to the importance of building and maintaining healthy family and community connections for men and women, during their period of incarceration as well as for planning and implementing the reentry process. The advent of video visiting has enhanced traditional methods of building and sustaining those critical connections for incarcerated individual, it is also an industry which is expanding exponentially. Little replaces the opportunities for families to see one another in person, but in those situations where that is not possible, video visiting is a viable option.
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Register Now - NIC Live Broadcast "Offender Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement"
Posted: 21 days ago
Offender Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement February 18, 2015 - Join us for a three hour live broadcast focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. I think during reentry that a crime victim should be viewed as an opportunity, not an obligation. They can bring great input to the process. Anne Seymour, National Victims Advocate February 18, 2015 9am PT / 10am MT/AZ / 11am CT/ 12pm ET Register Now at this link http://nicic.gov/training/ib2015feb (green button on the right) Overview Join us for a live broadcast focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. During this three hour program, we will explore the current points in the criminal justice reentry continuum where victims can and should have a voice. By including victims we can obtain more balanced information about the offender and their offense history which can positively impact reen
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New in the Library – Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?
Posted: 25 days ago
From the Boston College Law School, this faculty paper by Francine T. Sherman discusses the history of juvenile justice policy for girls and considers the impact on girls of current trends toward developmentally centered and data-driven juvenile justice. As Sherman states, The majority of girls in the system are there for status and misdemeanor offenses and violations of probation. Both the behaviors that result in girls arrests and the structural mechanisms that pull them into the justice system for those behaviors relate to child development. Girls behaviors should be understood ecologically, as reactions to and in tension with the concentric circles of family, community, and society in girls lives, and it is that ecological framing that provides more nuanced and developmentally informed responses . Sections of this article include: the history of girls and juvenile justice; child development, juvenile justice policy, and girls; what It means for girls; trauma; domestic viol
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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.
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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
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: May 29, 2015
(Begins August 30, 2015) 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
Planning of New Institutions
Register Before: May 22, 2015
(Begins August 24, 2015) This 32-hour training program teaches the importance of in-depth planning before starting facility design.
Training Opportunity
Correctional Leadership Development
Register Before: May 15, 2015
(Begins July 14, 2015) Through the use of instrumentation, participant dialogue, strategic thinking, and experiential activities, participants identify their leadership strengths and create a personal leadership development plan.
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