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Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys
Posted: 2 days 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 (T4C)
Posted: 1 week 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: 2 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: 2 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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Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting Aurora, Colorado, March 21-22, 2016
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) Sections of these proceeding include: Program Session –"Shaping the Message to Legislator/Decision-Makers"--"Part 1. 'Welcome to Texas State Government'" by Dennis D. Wilson, and "Part 2. Shaping Your Message to Legislators, Lawmakers, and Decision Makers" by Elias Diggins; Program Session— "Adult Local Detention Facility (ALDF) Restrictive Housing Standards Review" facilitated by Robert Brooks, Mark Foxall, and Diggins; Program Session—"Correctional Officer Wellness" by Ainisha Persaud; Program Session—"The Role of the Jail Public Information Officer (PIO)" by Panda Atkins; Open Forum; NIC news; professional association updates; Large Jail Network (LJN) business; and index of past LJN meeting topics.
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Prison Inmates' Prerelease Application for Medicaid: Take-up Rates in Oregon
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2014) "People leaving prison often return to the community lacking health insurance and thus access to appropriate health care. Many have mental illness, substance abuse, and other health issues that need treatment and compound reintegration challenges. Left untreated, they are at risk of falling into a cycle of relapse, reoffending, and reincarceration. Providing Medicaid coverage upon release has the potential to improve continuity of care that may interrupt this cycle. This report examines whether efforts to enroll people in Medicaid prior to their release from prison are successful in generating health insurance coverage after release. Urban Institute (Urban) researchers analyzed data from Oregon’s pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid program to determine the extent to which released prisoners successfully gained coverage" (p. 1). The results from this study my help your state in ensuring continuity of care for newly released offenders.
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By the Numbers: Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States
Posted: 4 weeks ago
(2016) "Parole decision-making functions as a crucial mechanism channeling people in and out of prison. This report combines multiple data sources and, for the first time, provides an overview of the movements between prison and parole for each state, focusing on the decision points of parole release and parole revocation. This information allows for a comprehensive picture of each state, both as a snapshot and longitudinally. For each state, information is presented on prison and parole rates over time, the percentage of prison admissions that are due to people on conditional release, the percentage of hearings by the parole board that result in parole being granted, the rate of re-incarceration for parolees, and the percentage of parolees who exit parole due to an incarceration versus a successful completion of supervision" (website).
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Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) "This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in half a dozen jurisdictions where Veterans Treatment Courts have been operating with marked success. Neither graphs nor charts nor a plethora of statistics are employed to illustrate the protocols and practices of these therapeutic courts. Instead, proponents and practitioners intimately involved in the founding and operation of these courts relate how they are “the right thing to do” for combat veterans who commit certain crimes that are associated with the lingering legacy of their wartime experiences. They describe, in often exquisite detail, what their roles are and how they have come to embrace the concept that these courts, which use a carrot-and-stick approach to rehabilitate rather than overtly punish veteran defendants, represent what one of the individuals responsible for the introduction of the first of these diversionary courts has called “the most profound change in the attitude of our criminal justice system towards veterans in the history of this country” (p. iii). This publication is comprised of fifteen chapters: so, you're (thinking of) starting a veterans treatment court; nobody returns from a combat zone unaffected, unscathed, unchanged; PTSD by any other name … can still wreck lives; a brief history of veterans treatment courts; Judge Robert Russell—"godfather" of the veterans treatment court movement; Buffalo Veterans Court—they're number one; the "top ten" components of a veterans treatment court; the mentor program—helping vets through the labyrinth; in the beginning—first set up your game plan; role of the players; Judge Marc Carter—what justice is; elements of the process; Michelle Slaterry—maven for research; success stories—in their own words; and questions and answers.
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Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses at the Pretrial Stage: Essential Elements
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2015) "This report introduces essential elements for responding to people with mental illnesses at the pretrial stage, including decisions about pretrial release and diversion. These elements encourage data collection not only to help individual communities, but also for future researchers who are dedicated to these important questions."
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First-Episode Incarceration: Creating a Recovery-Informed Framework for Integrated Mental Health and Criminal Justice Responses
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) "This report, modeled on promising approaches in the mental health field to people experiencing a first episode of psychosis, outlines a new integrated framework that encourages the mental health and criminal justice fields to collaborate on developing programs based on early intervention, an understanding of the social determinants that underlie ill health and criminal justice involvement, and recovery-oriented treatment."
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Important corrections news and announcements.
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Cooperative Agreement - Safeguarding Children of Incarcerated Parents: Developing and Implementing Family Strengthening Policies at Correctional Institutions at the Local and State Level
Posted: 1 day ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is soliciting applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Overview A growing body of research indicates that strong family connections during incarceration is associated with better reentry outcomes, including reduced recidivism. Research also indicates that positive communication between incarcerated parents and their children can be important for their child s well-being. Maintaining family relationships during incarceration is challenging; including changes in family structure, long distances between the prison facility and family, and limited resources to maintain communication. However there are policies that correctional facilities can implement to help overcome these challenges, while still maintaining a safe and secure environment. The goal of this cooperative agreement is for
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Gender Responsive Interventions in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice: A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding Research
Posted: 3 days ago
This monograph, authored by Patricia Van Voorhis, underscores the need for policymakers and practitioners to understand the fundamentals of research in order to guide their work with justice involved women. This means being informed about existing research (i.e., findings from both gender neutral and gender responsive research) and understanding how studies are conducted (e.g., sample sizes, outcome measures). It also means being astute designers of studies they wish to conduct within their own agencies and ensuring through the collection and evaluation of their own data that policies, programs, and practices (i.e., the use of assessments) are being implemented with fidelity and achieving their intended outcomes. The monograph is organized into four sections: Qualitative population profiles: Early studies that provided information about the characteristics and needs of female offenders. Risk assessment or prediction studies: Studies involving the construction of risk/needs
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement – Networking and Professional Development of State and Large Urban System Correctional Directors
Posted: 1 week 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. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables Through this solicitation, NIC will enter into a cooperative agreement with an entity or entities who seek to improve the effectiveness of Directors of Corrections through a number of professional, collaborative learning experiences. The goals of these professional development training programs are to develop and enhance competency based leadership skills for state and large urban system Directors of Corrections, focusing on collaborative and sustainable approaches to organizational management. The successful applicant(s) must: (1) articulate a clear understan
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Register and Prepare for Corrections Stress Broadcast June 22!
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Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys There is still time to register for this live internet broadcast on the impact of operational stress and traumatic experiences on corrections professionals. This message contains information on preparing for and viewing the broadcast, links to the Participant Guide, and other important information. Register Online for this Live Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201606 June 22, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. - John Wooden, Former Head Coach, UCLA Bruins 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? This three-hour
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Corrections Stress Broadcast Viewing Tests Continue Today!
Posted: 1 week ago
Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys There is still time to register for this live internet broadcast on the impact of operational stress and traumatic experiences on corrections professionals. Register Online for this Live Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201606 June 22, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. - John Wooden, Former Head Coach, UCLA Bruins 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? This three-hour broadcast will be live on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. During this live event we will: Acknowledge the
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Stream Tests Begin: Corrections Stress Live Internet Broadcast
Posted: 1 week ago
Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys There is still time to register for this live internet broadcast on the impact of operational stress and traumatic experiences on corrections professionals. Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201606 June 22, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. - John Wooden, Former Head Coach, UCLA Bruins 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? This three-hour broadcast will be live on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET. During this live event we will: Acknow
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Webinar: Trauma-Informed Court Approaches for Mental Health Court Curriculum Trainers
Posted: 3 weeks ago
If you missed this informative webinar, view the recording and slide presentation here. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) and The Council of State Governments: This webinar for mental health court curriculum state trainers discusses strategies to utilize trauma-informed court approaches in mental health courts. Alyssa Benedict, a trainer for the NRCJIW, discusses the essential role of trauma-informed care within a mental health court, and Judge Marcia Hirsch from the Queens County Supreme Court Criminal Term in the 11th Judicial District of New York talks about managing a trauma-informed court room. View presentation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subscribe to the newsletter at http://nicic.gov/go/subscribe. For additional resources
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NIC’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) is in the News
Posted: 4 weeks ago
Moran announces increased funding for pretrial services NIC s initiative EBDM is a strategic method of applying research-supported principles to justice system decisions. EBDM s goal is to build a framework across criminal justice agencies to protect public safety and to improve outcomes for the justice-involved. The initiative is now in Phase V. In this phase the selected sites--Indiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin--are creating state-level processes and strategies to align state and local officials and jurisdictions with one another and with the principles of EBDM. The impact of the EBDM program can be seen in jurisdictions across Virginia, where the governor s office will be adding $2 million in increased funding for community corrections and pretrial services. Brian Moran, state secretary for public health and homeland security stated, The increased funding is expected to help communities around the state explore alternatives to incarceration and implement risk assessments for r
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Register Now - Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Behind Bars
Posted: 5 weeks 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
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From Incarcerated Mother to Community Role Model: Unique Parenting Program in Bexar County Credited with Inmate's Turnaround
Posted: 5 weeks ago
Michele Brown had a 30-year history of cocaine addiction and spent many years in and out of the criminal justice system for crimes associated with her habit. After completing a prison sentence, Brown completed something else: her bachelor s and master s degrees from Texas A M University. This Corrections Today article describes Brown s journey and the Bexar County Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) parenting program that helped make it successful. Highlights from the article: Bexar County was the first in the nation to implement MATCH, a parent-child contact visitation program for incarcerated mothers, more than 30 years ago. The objective of the MATCH program is to expose incarcerated mothers to as much life-changing information as possible. Through structured educational classes, parent-child contact visits and an e-book program, officials seek to transform the lives of incarcerated mothers so they can become role models their children can emulate. MATCH made headlines in Ma
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2016 Virtual Conference - Save the Date! November 9, 2016
Register Before: November 09, 2016
(Begins November 09, 2016) A virtual conference hosted by the National Institute of Corrections.
Training Opportunity
Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: July 25, 2016
(Begins September 19, 2016) 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.
Training Opportunity
Large Jail Network Meeting
Register Before: July 08, 2016
(Begins September 07, 2016) 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
Correctional Industry Directors
Register Before: July 02, 2016
(Begins September 26, 2016) 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
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: July 01, 2016
(Begins September 12, 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. 
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: July 01, 2016
(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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Conducting Security Audits
Register Before: June 30, 2016
(Begins September 12, 2016) 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.
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