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Justice for Vets
Posted: 14 mins ago
(2014) This website explains the important role veterans treatment courts play in the lives of justice-involved veterans. Resources include: Resources for Court Professionals; Dispatches from the Front Line; Veteran Mentors; Mentor Court Program; Veterans Treatment Court Planning Initiative; Legislation-- pertaining to justice-involved veterans and Veterans Treatment Courts; and Studies and Statistics.
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Coming Home: Justice for Our Veterans
Posted: 16 mins ago
(2012) This program shows how one community addressed the needs of its justice-involved veterans. “Two and a half million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; many of them, more than once. The VA tells us about 20 percent come home with post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD. So, that comes to about 500,000. For some, returning is harder than they imagined. The suicide rate for the Army is up 15 percent over last year. For the Marines its up 28 percent. A few of our troops return to become something they never thought they could be: criminals, for the first time in their lives. Around Houston, in Harris County, Texas, 400 veterans are locked up every month. We met a judge there who saw them coming before the bench, fresh out of the warzone and he thought a lot of them were worth saving.”
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A Re-Entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated in Virginia: Re-entry Manual
Posted: 1 day ago
(2012) While designed specifically for veterans returning to the community after incarceration, this manual is a good example for other states developing or revising their own veteran re-entry manuals. Sections cover: VA benefits during incarceration; getting started—Virginia Community Re-entry Initiative, Virginia department of Veterans Services, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, healthcare, employment, financial assistance, legal assistance, women veterans, and additional services; resources available for emergency assistance, healthcare, Virginia services for veterans, housing (shelter and food), re-entry services, and additional information; a checklist of things to do by the justice-involved veteran; and addresses for Community Services Boards (CSBs) by Health Planning Region (HPR).
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APEX Change Team Training: Facilitators Manual [and] Participant Manual [Lesson Plans and Participant Manual]
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and People in Charge LLC are pleased to present the Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX) Change Team Training Curriculum – part of the APEX Initiative. The APEX initiative incorporates culture, leadership, performance measurement, results, and a change management strategy to help corrections agencies use their resources wisely to improve their organizational performance … The APEX Change Team Training will provide correctional agencies with capacity-building training in the APEX systems approach to organizational performance improvement. This training is designed to create teams of internal change agents in all sectors of corrections. It will enable participants to build their skills and take the APEX components out to their agencies and successfully implement the APEX processes: assisting their agencies as they go through the culture and change management processes, developing integrated and holistic implementation plans to meet any identified gaps, developing comprehensive communications plans, and working toward sustaining the change efforts. Modules include: • Welcome and Program Overview; • APEX Public Safety Model; • Change management and organizing people; • Agency assessment: laying the groundwork for change; • Define the goal; • Build the implementation plan; • Communications planning; • Implement and sustain changes; • Workshop close. Includes copies of the PowerPoint presentation slides.
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Victim-Centered Victim Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence: 20 Essential Principles for Corrections-Based Victim Services
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) If you are looking for an explanation of what victim-centered victim offender dialogue (VOD) is, then this is the document for you. It does a great job in explaining the process and standards involved in effective VOD.
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York County Adult Probation Veterans Treatment Court
Posted: 2 days ago
(2013) This is a great website offering a lot of documents that may be helpful in setting up your own Veteran Treatment Court. “The Veterans Treatment Court [of York County] seeks to divert eligible veteran-defendants with substance dependency and/or mental illness that are charged with a criminal offense to a specialized criminal court docket. Veterans are identified through screening and assessments. The veterans voluntarily participate in a judicially supervised treatment plan that a team of court staff, veteran health care professionals, veteran peer mentors, AOD health care professionals and mental health professionals develop with the veteran.” Access is provided to: Veterans Court Manual; Application for Treatment Courts; Veterans Court Conditions; Veterans Court Referral Form; Veterans Court Participation Manual; Release of Information Form; Instruction for Applying; Mentoring Program Overview; Volunteer Mentor Application; Mentor Volunteer Description; Proposed Questions to Ask Veteran Court Applicants; and Mentor Program Policy/Procedures.
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Relationship Processes and Resilience in Children with Incarcerated Parents
Posted: 2 days ago
(2012) “Children with incarcerated parents are at risk for a variety of problematic outcomes, yet research has rarely examined protective factors or resilience processes that might mitigate such risk in this population. In this volume, we present findings from five new studies that focus on child- or family-level resilience processes in children with parents currently or recently incarcerated in jail or prison” (p. 1). Seven chapters follow an abstract: “Chapter I: Introduction and Conceptual Framework” by Julie Poehlmann and J. Mark Eddy; “Chapter II: Empathy as a Protective Factor for Children of Incarcerated Parents”by7 Danielle H. Dallaire and Janice L. Zeman; “Chapter III: Teasing, Bullying, and Emotion Regulation in Children of Incarcerated Mothers” by Barbara J. Meyers, Virginia H. Mackintosh, Maria I. Kuznetsova, Geri M.Lotze, Al M. Best, and Neeraja Ravindran; “Chapter IV: Attachment Representations of Imprisoned Mothers as Related to Child Contact and the Caregiving Alliance” by Ann Booker Loper and Caitlin M. Novero; “Chapter V: Triadic Interactions in Mother-Grandmother Coparenting Systems Following Maternal Release from Jail” by James P. McHale, Selin Salman, Anne Strozier, and Dawn Cecil; “Chapter VI: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parent Management Training Program for Incarcerated Parents: Proximal Impacts” by J. Mark Eddy, Charles R. Martinez, Jr., and Bert Burraston; and “Chapter VII: Scientific and Practical Implications” by Julie Poehlmann.
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Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Child’s Constitutional Right to the Family Relationship
Posted: 2 days ago
(2011) “The central goal of this Article is to reframe the problem of third party harm to children from current sentencing law and prison visitation policy through the lens of children’s rights, rather than the traditional frame of prisoners’ rights. Drawing on international law and practice, this Article puts forward a theory for the relevance of children to the sentencing process and development of visitation policy. It suggests that this relevance has a sound, if underdeveloped, legal basis grounded in children’s First Amendment freedom of association and their due process liberty interests” (p. 79). This publication is divided into four parts: introduction; the population impacted by parental incarceration and the issues at stake; the rights of the child and lessons from international law—the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (the Charter); European law; and other international law; sentencing and visiting and the role of the child—sentencing procedures fail to recognize children’s rights, and visitation policies and children with incarcerated parents; and the Constitutional rights of children with incarcerated parents in the United States—First Amendment, due process, engaging counter-arguments, and prudential consideration; and conclusion.
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Stress and Turnover in Parole and Probation-APPA
Posted: 3 days ago
(2014) Adam Matz and Kristen Lewis were interviewed about stress and turnover in the probation and parole agencies. The show reviewed two articles written by Matz and Lewis.
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Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers
Posted: 3 days ago
(2013) "The Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) has compiled this directory to assist Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and service providers in locating relevant training and technical assistance (TTA) resources. The directory focuses on TTA resources targeted for practitioners actively working in the anti-human trafficking field. The TTA providers included in the directory have the ability to assist practitioners across the nation; they have been vetted by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Planning Committee. The information comes directly from TTA providers in response to a widely distributed request for anti-human trafficking TTA resources. The directory begins with an index of TTA resources organized by the primary method of delivering the TTA: distance learning, in-person scheduled training, and training and technical assistance by request. Following the index are expanded descriptions of the resources, with links to the TTA providers’ Web sites."
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Corrections News
Cooperative Agreement: Thinking About Corrections – Content Development
Posted: 23 hrs ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the development of a series of resources dedicated to addressing the corrections-specific frequently asked questions of its many stakeholders. Sample content will include original feature writing, the creation of fact sheets, and multimedia development. These works will support the production of Thinking About Corrections, NIC s electronic magazine dedicated to educating audiences about corrections through creative storytelling. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Director s Office. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective July 1, 2013 the
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Cooperative Agreement - NIC Service Delivery Impact Initiative
Posted: 23 hrs ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a process that will guide the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to demonstrate the program effectiveness and impact of NIC service delivery methods on the field of corrections. NIC service delivery methods include responsive technical assistance, cooperative agreements (including pilot programs or demonstration projects), partnership training programs with individual agencies, multi-agency training programs, and collaboration and resource sharing forums and focus groups. Ultimately, this initiative will enhance NIC s ability to contribute to the knowledge about what works in corrections and evidence-based practices. This project will be a collaborative venture with the National Institute of Corrections.
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Strategic Essentials for the Advancement of Organizational Knowledge and Expertise
Posted: 1 day ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 13, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve several deliverables, including the production of a white paper that will review all of the current research and publications on the implications of the massive loss of individual and collective knowledge and expertise due to generational retirements. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Prisons Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://w
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Computerizing Your Statistics for Better Jail Management
Posted: 1 day ago
By Jeff Goetz, CJM, Administrative Commander, Boulder County Sheriff s Office, Boulder, Colorado Easy access to information on jail operations can make or break a manager s ability to direct the jail and to communicate key indicators both inside and outside the facility. Boulder County s solution has been to build an intranet-based report, using Microsoft Excel, which compiles data from all functions and programs in the jail. This article describes how Boulder County set up its report workbook in Excel, including a front-page COMSTAT -style dashboard for managers that displays high-level data. The system includes automated reports from the Jail Management System (JMS) and information from other sources. A point person was assigned to develop the overall system. Other staff members who are responsible for various areas of jail operation manage their own data on the appropriate worksheets. Staff members access to read or edit information is individually defined. With this too
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Veterans: Risk and Needs Assessment Tool and Protocol
Posted: 1 day ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 36-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a multidisciplinary advisory committee to assist with reviewing and revising the veteran s needs screening tool and veteran s treatment court risk and needs assessment protocol, along with developing a comprehensive clinical needs screening tool containing factors which will identify combat veterans entering the criminal justice system and those clinical factors that may be most at risk. This tool will be specific to Veterans in the criminal justice system and designed to be a non-proprietary, open source document available to the field. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesd
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Curriculum Review and Revision: Inmate Behavior Management
Posted: 2 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve review and revision of the current Inmate Behavior Management (IBM) curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model, including relevant language and concepts from NIC s Direct Supervision training curriculum, incorporation of two established NIC E-Courses ( Objective Jail Classification: Assessing Inmate Risk and Needs and Assigning Inmates to Housing ) as part of the pre-work for participants, identification of benchmarks for implementation of IBM in local jurisdictions, and development of a 4- to 5-day pilot training based on the revised curriculum. The awardee will develop an updated program description, detailed narrative lesson plans, a participant manual that follows the l
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Cooperative Agreement - Production of Eighteen Live Internet Broadcasts (54 Hours) Over a Three Year Period
Posted: 3 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement with NIC for up to three years, pending funding availability each year, beginning September 1, 2014, and continuing through fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Through this cooperative agreement, funds will be made available for the production of a minimum of six live Internet broadcasts each year of the agreement. NIC will accept proposals for the creative use of 18 broadcast hours each year, using either NIC s traditional 3-hour long-form talk show broadcast format or other suggested formats for this work. All of the proposed Internet programs are 3-hour and/or 2-day, 6-hour (3 hours each day) interactive training broadcasts, featuring on and off-air activities broadcast nationwide. This agreement also includes the production of pre-recorded video clips and screen captures that will enhance the instructional value of the broadcast or otherw
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Webinar - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
Posted: 6 days ago
Introducing NIC s Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar Series . . . Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals July 22, 2014 Please note webinar start times/your time zone: 10-11:30am PT / 11 - 12:30pm MT/AZT/ 12pm - 1:30pm CT / 1pm -2:30pm ET Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register at this link https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?t=a d=710314197 As mentioned in the NIC broadcast Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes on June 18, 2014, NIC is pleased to offer the first of several follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings. First up - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals. With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now possible for millions of low-income justice-involved i
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Employment Retention Specialist Training - Curriculum Revision and Certification
Posted: 7 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 24-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the facilitation of a key informant focus group consisting of subject matter experts specific to career theory, cognitive behavioral principles, motivational interviewing and blended learning techniques and practices; the review of current research related to workforce development, employment retention, recidivism and evidence-based programing; and the identification of the various practices and policies that support successful community transition and the long-term attachment of justice involved adults to the workforce. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to a revised 40-hour blended training curriculum based on a university model to ensure continuity of kno
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Transition From Jails To Community Marketing DVD
Posted: 8 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the production of a 45-60 minute high-end, broadcast quality DVD to provide information specific to the implementation on NIC s Transition From Jails To Community (TJC) Initiative. Developed for correction staff and stakeholders, this DVD will illustrate the nine modules of the on-line TJC Toolkit based on the key components of the Model, and incorporate narration, interviews, graphics, and footage from TJC learning sites. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to an edited 45-60 minute segmented broadcast-ready DVD, pre-recorded video clips to enhance the instructional value of the DVD (to include footage/testimonies from at least two TJC learning sites), produ
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Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: August 26, 2014
(Begins September 03, 2014) 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.
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National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: July 27, 2014
(Begins September 14, 2014) 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.
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Correctional Industries Director's Training
Register Before: July 25, 2014
(Begins September 23, 2014) 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.
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