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Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Re-Entry They Create
Posted: 1 week ago
(2017) The "authors discuss the long-term and unintended consequences of criminal justice financial obligations (CJFOs): fines, forfeiture of property, court fees, supervision fees, and restitution." [They] "describe trends in the assessment of CJFOs, discuss the historical context within which these trends have unfolded, and reflect on their unintended (but perhaps easily foreseen) consequences. We then treat restitution separately, given the distinct function (in theory at least) that restitution serves. We also raise serious concerns about how restitution tends to be implemented and who benefits from this particular obligation. We end by considering alternative models for the effective and fair deployment of fines, fees and restitution in the criminal justice context" (p. 2).
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How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) "Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population — 576,000 people — are behind bars with no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The first-of-its-kind analysis provides a blueprint for how the country can drastically cut its prison population while still keeping crime rates near historic lows." Sections cover: the current prison population; time served in prison today; ending prison for lower-level crimes; reducing time served for other crimes; and recommendations and cost savings.
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Should Social Media Be Banned in Prison?
Posted: 3 weeks ago
(2017) Issues surrounding the use of social media in U.S. prisons are discussed, including security, rehabilitation, and whether the use of social media and the internet are protected by the First Amendment.
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Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections
Posted: 4 weeks ago
(2016) “What the authors of this report have done is exemplify the importance of community corrections. Probation has the power to keep individuals in their community, working toward positive change and better outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.” - Jim Cosby, Past Director, National Institute of Corrections "This paper will discuss the need for a new model for community corrections that can improve public safety while recognizing that people on probation and parole are members of the communities in which they live and are supervised" (p. 3). Six general principles which provide the foundation for this new model of community corrections are described.
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Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell: Reports from Correctional Systems on the Numbers of Prisoners in Restricted Housing and on the Potential of Policy Changes to Bring About Reforms
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) This report "provides the only current, comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing, in which individuals are held in their cells for 22 hours or more each day, and for 15 continuous days or more at a time. The Report also documents efforts across the country to reduce the number of people in restricted housing and to reform the conditions in which isolated prisoners are held in order to improve safety for prisoners, staff, and communities at large" (p. 1).
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Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform [Internet Broadcast]
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) “Do we really think it makes sense to lock so many people alone in tiny cells for 23 hours a day for months, sometime for years at a time? That is not going to make us safer. It’s not going to make us stronger. If those individuals are ultimately released, how are they ever going to adapt? It’s not smart.” – President Barack Obama, NAACP National Convention speech, July 14, 2015. The use of Restrictive Housing poses some of the most challenging questions facing corrections professionals: How should correctional agencies manage their most violent and disruptive inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized ones? And what is the safest and most humane way to do so? The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) define “restrictive housing” as a form of housing that involves three basic elements: removal from the general inmate population, whether voluntary or involuntary; placement in a locked room or cell, whether alone or with another inmate; and inability to leave the room or cell for the vast majority of the day, typically 22 hours or more. Restrictive housing takes many forms, and an inmate’s experience can vary considerably depending on certain external factors, such as length of stay, conditions of confinement, and degree of social isolation, as well as factors specific to each inmate, such as age and psychological resiliency. This training broadcast will: examine restrictive housing practices in your agency and compare and contrast those with the DOJ Guiding Principles; explore the Guiding Principles and implications for restrictive housing practice and conditions of confinement; use interactive activities and action planning to determine strategies for your agency to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing in your agency; and share promising practices and recommendations for the implementation of the Guiding Principles. This broadcast will answer the following questions: How should prisons and other correctional facilities manage their most violent and dangerous inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized inmates? What is the safest and most humane way to do so? Why did the Department of Justice create a set of Guiding Principles on the effective use of Restrictive Housing? How can we use the DOJ Guiding Principles to self-evaluate our current agency practice?
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More Than Emptying Beds: A Systems Approach to Segregation Reform
Posted: 10 weeks ago
(2016) "Segregation has been and will continue to be a tool that is necessary to manage legitimate safety concerns. Reforms in the use of this practice will only be successful if the safety of inmates and staff is maintained or improved in the process. To impact the health and well-being of people under correctional control, reducing the use of segregation on its own by only “emptying beds” is of limited value. To make an impactful change, a systems approach to this complex issue is essential. This policy brief shares lessons from the systems approach to reform undertaken by the Washington Department of Corrections (WADOC) that began more than a decade ago and continues to the present day" (p. 3-4).
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HOPE II: A Followup Evaluation of Hawai'i’s HOPE Probation
Posted: 10 weeks ago
(2016) "Hawai'i’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Hawai'i’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement probation relies on a regimen of regular, random drug testing tied to swift and certain, but modest, sanctions to motivate probationer compliance. In two 2007 studies in Hawai'i, a comparison-group quasi-experiment and a randomized controlled trial, HOPE was demonstrated to improve compliance with terms of probation at 12-month followup, with large reductions in drug use, recidivism, and overall incarceration for offenders assigned to the program … This study extends the original HOPE evaluations to an almost ten-year followup, addressing whether the improvements in criminal-justice outcomes observed during the active HOPE intervention persist after the term of probation. The study also documents changes in HOPE practices and ongoing implementation fidelity to the model … HOPE probationers performed better than those supervised under routine supervision. They were less likely to be revoked and returned to prison" (p. 2-3).
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Live Webinar Event for the Release of NIC Publication "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way [Webinar]
Posted: 11 weeks ago
(2016) Sentencing alternatives for veterans? There are dozens of specialized courts across the country that employ therapeutic programs to help keep veterans out of jail. "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way" is a new publication that tells the story of these veterans and the judges, veterans advocates, and treatment professionals who are fighting to ensure a second chance for vets who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system. The publication was produced in partnership by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), a division of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Veterans Health Council of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). The report is based on a series of interviews and personal observations of the judges, veterans, and veterans advocates who have been intimately involved in the founding and operation of veterans treatment courts. In this book, they relay how veterans treatment courts are "the right thing to do" for justice-involved veterans who commit certain crimes associated with the lingering legacy of their wartime experiences. Court staff and graduates of veterans treatment court programs 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 veteran in Buffalo, New York, a key player in the creation of the first of these courts in the nation, has called "the most profound change in the attitude of our criminal justice system towards veterans in the history of this country." Objectives of this webinar are: Introduce NIC's new publication "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way" by Bernard Edelman, Deputy Director for Policy and Government Affairs, VVA, and consultant Dr. Tom Berger, Executive Director of VVA's Veterans Health Council; Describe the inception of veteran's treatment courts and their focus; Highlight successes and challenges of veteran's treatment courts; and Hear a veteran's personal story of the impact of veteran's treatment court on their life.
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Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Behind Bars [Webinar]
Posted: 11 weeks ago
(2016) 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 inmates with dementia. We will also take an in-depth look at the Gold Coat program based at the California Men's Colony State Prison in San Luis Obispo. This model consists of healthy inmates specially trained to care for those with dementia and other cognitive impairments, who are designated by the gold smocks they wear. The experiences of former Gold Coats will reveal a working rehabilitative program, a true model of reform that can provide skills for meaningful employment while caring for those who cannot help themselves. Every facility is different with unique needs. During the webinar, we will provide a foundation for developing a self-contained model to meet the needs of cognitively impaired inmates while healthy inmates gain valuable, marketable skills. Utilizing images, narratives and interactive exercises, panelists will explore the challenges of aging in prison with a focus on dementia care. Focus areas include: What Happens to the Brain When Dementia / Alzheimer's Strikes; 10 Warning Signs; Effective Communication Strategies; Activities of Daily Living (ADLs); Alternative Environmental Programming; and Building a Successful Dementia Program. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to: Paraphrase their own working knowledge of dementia, in particular Alzheimer's Disease; Describe how symptoms and behaviors can be misconstrued as maladaptive behavior; Identify environmental risk factors that can contribute to costly accidents and injury for inmates with dementia; and Give examples of tools to develop a method to reduce risk factors, promote effective programming and provide cost effective care.
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Important corrections news and announcements.
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Cooperative Agreement: Jail Administration Training and Technical Assistance
Posted: 1 week ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to administer program delivery of the curricula associated with the Jail Administration program and the delivery of technical assistance associated with jail administrative issues. The awardee will work closely with NIC staff on all aspects of the project. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, 1) in-depth knowledge of the purpose, functions, and operational complexities of local jails, 2) expertise on the key elements in jail administration, 3) experience in developing curriculum, based on adult learning principles, and 4) extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to administration and operations. Overview: Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. The goal of the Jail Administration program is to provide jail administrators with i
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Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape – Register Now!
Posted: 1 week ago
Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/nicwbt98 March 29, 2017 9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET Do you and your agency have questions about the management of transgender persons in custody? In response to this emerging correctional issue, the National Institute of Corrections is conducting a live internet broadcast designed to: provide information to agency legal counsel and corrections professionals regarding transgender persons in custody and their presumptive legal rights; demystify the issues surrounding policy and procedures decisions affecting this population; and identify emerging challenges and opportunities to provide strategies for ensuring equity while maintaining safety and security. During this live event, we will: Address agencies questions regarding issues, barriers, challenges and practices that affect transgender persons in cu
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Call for Technical Resource Providers - Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Posted: 1 week ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is conducting market research and seeks individuals with demonstrated experience in successful planning, implementing, training and evaluating of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for justice-involved populations in community, jails, and prison settings. The MAT technical assistance effort will support work being done by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which is working to identify and cultivate Centers of Innovation (COIs) as laboratories for promising practices. This work includes developing and disseminating a self-guided assessment tool for the field; providing specialized technical assistance and training; and coordinating with NIC and professional associations and networks to promote MAT, consistent with the needs of the field. Deadline: February 28, 2017 Technical Assistance Details and Application
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Join the Webinar: NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Solicitation
Posted: 1 week ago
This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one of two research categories: narcotics, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution; or drug intelligence and community surveillance. NIJ has identified two drug priorities: heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs); and novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs). Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00 pm EST Webinar Registration: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5ce1742686e9f8529ac2cd443646c54e Solicitation: https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12043.pdf
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Cooperative Agreement: Post-conviction Victim Service Legal Issues
Posted: 1 week ago
See Questions and Answers below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for a project to examine gaps and opportunities related to collaboration between entities that provide victim services in a post-conviction setting. This work is targeted at legal professionals and related stakeholders and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole to ensure that victim and survivors are afforded their legal rights. The resultant white paper will provide NIC with information that addresses system-based approaches that create and foster collaboration. Overview In August of 2015, NIC convened a meeting of national experts in victim services as part of an on-going state demonstration project. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss what a comprehensive continuum of victim services might look like and what issues and gaps would need to be addressed to create an integrated service system
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NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN)
Posted: 1 week ago
NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN) Want to get in on the ground floor on creating an NIC Network? Do you want to meet and share problems and solutions with other training administrators? Want to collaborate with NIC on bringing the latest learning and performance research and application to the field? May 16-17, 2017 NIC Academy Division, Learning and Performance Initiative will be launching the Training Administrators Network (TAN). We are very excited to bring back this network. Tasks on the agenda will include a new name, a new charter, and new members. The Network will be by invitation only so we need your help: 1. Identify any new State Prison Training Directors and/or new contact info. (We have a list but may be outdated.) 2. Identify Training Director/Administrator for TAN membership from jails and community (parole, probation, community corrections). Criteria for membership in Training Administrators Network: A. Primary area of responsib
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In the News: Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women
Posted: 3 weeks ago
This recent article describes the Pets Helping People nonprofit, which provides non-violent female offenders job training in dog grooming, boarding and other pet care services. Christy VanCleave, who knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society, co-founded Pets Helping People in 2009. Since 2009, over 200 women have graduated from her job training program, with an average recidivism rate of under four percent. In addition to teaching job skills, PHP provides education in life skills, including finding healthy relationships, conflict resolution, maintaining a job, and building character qualities such as responsibility, compassion, and problem solving. Access the full article ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subsc
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NIC Training: Orientation for Probation and Parole Chief Executives
Posted: 4 weeks ago
NIC continues to recognize the value of orientation for new probation and parole executives. This 40 hour blended learning course focuses on presenting core competencies and their related skills and behaviors to assist new chief executives with both the immediate knowledge and the long-term skills needed in the areas of leadership, personnel, strategic planning, staff safety, collaboration, fiscal resources, and other organizational development issues. The blended training program consists of 3 phases:Phase 1: Assignments completed online prior to attending the classroom based sessions.Phase 2: Classroom - based sessionsPhase 3: Assignments completed through distance learning technologies after classroom based session is complete. Apply by: March 31, 2017 Dates for the face-to face training: June 6, 2017- June 8, 2017 For more Information and to Apply
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Register Now: Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach
Posted: 4 weeks ago
In April, NIC is offering a research based, gender-informed (women) training designed for making systemic changes to improve management of justice involved women. The program is delivered in three sequential phases on line learning, face-to-face training and follow up coaching. Through blended learning delivery this 36-hour program leads participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to manage women offenders effectively. The plan will guide development of agency policies and procedures to ensure that responsive and effective services are provided to meet the supervision and programming needs of justice involved women. The curriculum is designed to assist agencies to implement planned change. Apply by: Feb. 21, 2017 Dates for the face-to face training: Apr. 18, 2017- Apr. 20, 2017 For more Information and to Apply -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Corrections News
Farewell Message from NIC Director Jim Cosby
Posted: 5 weeks ago
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR January 17, 2017 Dear Colleagues, As my term serving as Director of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) comes to an end, I wanted to send this message to the thousands of correctional and criminal justice practitioners across America. During my tenure, our focus at NIC has been to provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to the field of corrections, covering a wide array of topics. For example: NIC has contributed to driving down unnecessary incarceration while maintaining public safety in our country. Efforts to enhance correctional and criminal justice practice are effective and are making a difference in the lives of correctional and criminal justice staff as well as justice involved individuals every day. Our staff wellness efforts have drawn necessary attention to the everyday stressors in this profession and provided guidance for improving overall health of correctional staff. We have provided the opportunity to touc
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: July 02, 2017
(Begins September 18, 2017) 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
Orientation for New Pretrial Executives
Register Before: June 15, 2017
(Begins August 07, 2017) Extensive training that enhances the effectiveness of pretrial executives in maintaining and capitalizing existing services.
Training Opportunity
Direct Supervision T4T
Register Before: May 19, 2017
(Begins July 31, 2017) This training consists of two recently developed programs by the National Institute of Corrections’ Jails Division: • Making Direct Supervision Work: The Role of the Housing-Unit Officer • Making Direct Supervision Work: The Role of the First-Line Supervisor The programs are designed for agencies planning to move from a traditional jail into a new direct supervision jail. However, they also can be used to train new and veteran staff in direct supervision jails currently operating under the direct supervision philosophy.
Training Opportunity
Jail Public Information Officers’ Network Overview
Register Before: May 15, 2017
(Begins June 07, 2017) Public Information Officers (PIO) play a vital role in local jails. The public’s perception/misperception of jail operations can influence public safety, funding, elections and numerous other factors. Responding to media inquiries regarding crisis situations is just one of the many roles of the PIO. Building a positive rapport with the media, taking control of your message, and conveying your mission are priority tasks for a PIO.
Training Opportunity
Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions: Planning for Policy Improvement
Register Before: May 01, 2017
(Begins July 11, 2017) 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.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Members
Register Before: April 28, 2017
(Begins May 31, 2017) This 40-hour program will help parole board members gain knowledge and skills in the area of informed decision making through evidence-based principles and practices for determining offender risk and motivation for change. It will also help them evaluate the efficacy of release plans. The program emphasizes the critical role of collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders to increase offender success and public safety. The program uses a peer interaction process. Mandatory course components include online sessions, face-to-face training, and independent work.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Members
Register Before: April 28, 2017
(Begins July 25, 2017) This 40-hour program will help parole board members gain knowledge and skills in the area of informed decision making through evidence-based principles and practices for determining offender risk and motivation for change. It will also help them evaluate the efficacy of release plans. The program emphasizes the critical role of collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders to increase offender success and public safety. The program uses a peer interaction process. Mandatory course components include online sessions, face-to-face training, and independent work.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: April 28, 2017
(Begins September 19, 2017) 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.
Training Opportunity
Chief Jail Inspector Network
Register Before: April 24, 2017
(Begins July 18, 2017) This two-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.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: April 21, 2017
(Begins July 17, 2017) 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.
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