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National Institute of Corrections' Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Training Courses
Posted: 5 days ago
(2016) NIC offers the PREA courses at the NIC Learn Center here: https://nic.learn.com The Learn Center is a full LMS, Learning Management System that will allow individuals to: create an account; start, stop a course and return to where they left off; and create and print a certificate upon successful completion of a course. The purpose of offering these courses on a DVD is to accommodate an institution that does not have access to the Internet and therefore needs another method of providing the PREA courses to their staff. When possible, please use the Learn Center for a better experience. These eight courses will assist agencies and staff in meeting the requirements of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Courses contained on this data DVD are: "Audit Process and Instrument Overview" which will assist agencies in meeting the requirements of PREA Section 115.93; "Behavioral Health Care for Sexual Assault Victims in a Confinement Setting" which will assist agencies in meeting the requirements of PREA standard 115.35; "Communicating Effectively and Professionally with LGBTI Offenders" which will provide strategies for communicating respectfully with all adult offenders, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) offenders; "Coordinators' Roles and Responsibilities" which will provide agency PREA Coordinators with an overview of the basic role and responsibilities of their position; "Investigating Sexual Abuse in a Confinement Setting" which will assist agencies in meeting the requirements of PREA Section 115.34; "Medical Health Care for Sexual Assault Victims in a Confinement Setting" which will assist agencies in meeting the requirements of PREA Section 115.35; "PREA: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities" which provides guidelines and practices that will help in preventing and addressing sexual abuse in your tribal detention facility; and "Your Role Responding to Sexual Assault" which is designed to enhance correctional professionals’ skills in responding to incidents and allegations of sexual abuse.
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Reconnecting Justice: Pathways to Effective Reentry though Education and Training
Posted: 1 week ago
(2016) "Incarcerated individuals are disproportionately people of color as well as adults with low educational attainment. More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison each year and recent research shows that two-thirds of those prisoners will be rearrested within three years of release. However, research also shows that access to correctional education can significantly reduce recidivism … it’s essential to invest in robust education and training opportunities for incarcerated people and to connect them to continued education and employment opportunities once they rejoin society. Providing these opportunities is cost-effective for states and has significant community and economic benefits. For individuals and families, coupling education and employment with reduced collateral and systemic barriers leads to economic self-sufficiency and improved life outcomes. CLASP’s forum examines promising policy options as well as lessons from state and federal initiatives." In addition to the forum video, agenda, and speaker biographies, this webpage provides access to the report "From Incarceration to Reentry: A Look at Trends, Gaps, and Opportunities in Correctional Education and Training" by Wayne Taliaferro, Duy Pham, and Anna Cielinski.
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NIC Information Center Dispatch Archive
Posted: 1 week ago
(2016) This online newsletter is presented by the National Institute of Corrections Information Center. The Dispatch provides important information to the corrections field. Sections of this publication include: Spotlight—one-on-one Q&A from NIC staff; NIC Divisions—links to the Academy, Community Services, Jails, and Prisons Divisions; New in the Library—key reports and articles for correctional professionals; Feature of the Month—an extended look at an issue that impacts correctional agencies; Resources—links to further information about the Feature; About NIC--an overview of NIC by Director Jim Cosby; and Upcoming NIC Training Events.
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Agenda Jail PIO Network Meeting [Proceedings]
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) The Public Information Officer (PIO) plays 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. The Jail Public Information Officers Network Meeting provides for the free exchange of ideas and information that allows colleagues to share and learn new strategies. These proceedings highlight the events that happened during this meeting.
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Federal Interagency Reentry Council: A Record of Progress and a Roadmap for the Future
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) "With the collective commitment of leaders across the government and across the country, the Reentry Council is working to promote successful reentry and reintegration for individuals returning from prison and jail. Strengthening opportunities for second chances will not only improve outcomes for justice-involved populations, it will also reduce recidivism and victimization – creating safer communities – and save taxpayer dollars spent on the direct and collateral costs of incarceration … The Council has developed a robust set of policies, programs, and training materials to support the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals and reduce barriers for those with a criminal record … The Reentry Council’s path forward will be guided by an overarching commitment to realizing the goals described in this report – and ensuring that the tools for successful reentry reach the communities that need them most" (p. 75).
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You're An Adult Now: Youth in Adult Criminal Justice Systems
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2011) "It has been estimated that nearly 250,000 youth under age 18 end up in the adult criminal justice system every year. However, little attention has been directed to how adult corrections systems are managing the youth offenders that end up in jails, prisons and under community supervision. To address this information gap, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) convened three dozen juvenile justice and adult corrections experts on June 18th, 2010, to consider some of the known issues, impacts and opportunities that face corrections systems as they work to safely and effectively rehabilitate thousands of youth offenders in the nations' jails, prisons, probation and parole systems. This monograph presents the key findings identified during this convening of experts." Six sections comprise this publication: executive summary; what is known about the issue of juveniles in the adult corrections systems, and where there are gaps in data collection and information; what the issues, impacts and options are facing public safety systems when youth are awaiting trial on adult charges; when youth are convicted, and committed to the adult system; when youth who convicted in adult court are on probation or parole; and conclusion--corrections and the entire public safety system needs to focus on the successful strategies to curb delinquency, and positive youth development. The "Summary of Options for Federal, State, and Local Policymakers to Consider" is appended.
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The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) "With limited exceptions, there is a scarcity in the research literature directly engaging releasing authorities and the breadth of their decision-making. To a significant extent, there continues to exist a “black box” when it comes to the understanding of parole release and revocation … The survey was divided into three sections: Section A: The Structure and Administration of Parole Boards; Section B: Information Systems and Statistical Information; and Section C: Issues and Future Challenges Facing Paroling Authorities … This is the first comprehensive survey of parole boards completed in nearly 10 years. Its findings provide a rich database for better understanding the policy and practice of releasing authorities" (p. 10, 11).
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Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release [Internet Broadcast]
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) “The history of bail and the law intertwined with [this] history tell us that the three goals underlying the bail process are to maximize release while simultaneously maximizing court appearance and public safety.” -- Timothy R. Schnacke, Fundamentals of Bail Courts in the United States process millions of criminal cases annually. Each requires a judicial officer to determine the conditions of a defendant’s release pending adjudication—bail. Bail determination is one of the most important decisions in the criminal case processing, designated as a “critical stage” by the United States Supreme Court where liberty and due process interests are paramount. Justice systems that administer bail effectively have as their overarching goals assuring a defendant’s return to court and safeguarding the community. To help balance the individual’s right to reasonable bail with the public’s expectation of safety, these systems assess the likelihood of missed court appearances or new criminal activity using factors shown by research to be related to pretrial misconduct and provide supervision designed to address these risks. Moreover, these systems give judicial officers clear, legal options for appropriate pretrial release and detention decisions. As a result, unnecessary pretrial detention is minimized, public safety is enhanced and, most significantly, the pretrial release process is administered fairly. Unfortunately, most local justice systems lack truly effective bail decision making components. Most judicial officers do not receive the information needed in bail setting to make the best decisions about release and detention, nor do they have a full statutory gamut of release and detention options to address the varying levels of risk found within the defendant population. Even when options exist, most systems lack the structure to monitor released defendants, to regularly screen detained defendants for release eligibility, or to safeguard individual rights and community safety. The shortcomings of the current bail system have made bail reform part of the larger national discussion on improving America’s criminal justice systems. For most justice systems in America, achieving true bail reform will mean going beyond technical changes to a deeper and more holistic change in culture and attitudes about the concept of pretrial release; the rights of pretrial defendants; and what is truly needed to reasonably assure future court appearance and community safety. In order to achieve meaningful bail reform, all elements of an effective pretrial justice system must be defined and in place. During the broadcast presenters will: Define the framework for developing a high functioning pretrial justice system; Discuss the importance of bail history and the legal processes underlying it; Identify the essential elements of a legal and evidence based pretrial justice system; Identify the importance of the criminal justice system to support a legal and evidenced based pretrial services agency; and Discuss the differences between technical and adaptive change within organizations and the effects on implementation. This broadcast will answer the following questions: What is the roadmap to pretrial justice reform? Where do we begin? What is the history of bail reform, and why is it important to your work today? What are the essential elements of a high functioning pretrial system? What outcomes could you expect from collaboration among pretrial justice stakeholders? What changes are needed to become a high functioning pretrial justice system? Have you ever asked the question “What are the benefits of developing a pretrial agency?”
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Training from A to E: Analysis to Evaluation
Posted: 7 weeks ago
(2016) "The purpose of this paper is to provide learning performance professionals, curriculum designers, trainers, and others involved in the training profession an overview of the importance of analysis and evaluation when providing training to correctional professionals. The ADDIE model of instructional system design (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) is the foundation of this paper and will be covered briefly. Emphasis is placed on analysis and evaluation, as they are the bookends of the ADDIE model. No training is complete without proper analysis and evaluation" (p. 1). Sections cover: introduction and overview of the ADDIE model; how ADDIE applies to corrections; benefits and importance of analysis; needs analysis; whether there is a training problem with veteran staff; determining needs for new employees; ADDIE steps—design, develop, and implement; evaluation introduction; Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Evaluation; common evaluation methods; evaluating Kirkpatrick Levels 1 and 2; evaluating Levels 3 and 4; immediate, intermediate, and ultimate impact; next steps and call to action.
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The Corrections Learning Organization
Posted: 7 weeks ago
(2016) "Today, the need to understand effective leadership is greater than ever before: we are living in a smaller, more global environment that is changing at a rapid, often overwhelming, and seemingly unmanageable pace. Accepting the status quo is not an option. High-performance teams require leaders who not only understand and can readily adapt to this changing world, but who foster and inspire continuous learning and improvement among each and every member of the team. Put simply, leading an effective organization means leading a learning organization" (p. 1). This NIC White Paper explains how you can make your agency into a learning organization by utilizing the work of Peter Senge and following the example of the Blue Angels. Sections cover; what a learning organization is; what a learning organization looks like; how it all applies to corrections; the importance of line leaders and managers; the function of executive leaders; the influence of internal networkers; and the future of corrections—leadership is learning.
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In the News: Mothers in Prison
Posted: 5 days ago
This recent article, Mothers in Prison, by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times highlights the increasing incarceration of women in prison and their stories. As one woman shared, Prison got me sober, but it didn t get me anywhere. Kristof notes from his interview with her, Each time she went to prison, she would get clean, and then once out she would return to drugs. Kristof goes on to discuss discuss one potential alternative to imprisonment, a model program in Tulsa called Women in Recovery. This program has a two-generation approach that works with both the women and their children. The program offers counseling, intensive support, coaching on budgeting and conflict resolution, and help getting high school equivalency diplomas, housing and jobs. The program has shown positive results with recidivism rates at just 4.9 percent over the three years after program completion. Access the full article -----------------------------------------------------------------------
Corrections News
Female Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Female Veterans in the Criminal Justice System is one of many webinar recordings offered by the Battered Women s Justice Project. If you missed this informative webinar, view the recording here. About the webinar: As criminal diversionary programs for justice-involved veterans continue to be implemented across our country, more attention is being directed towards female veterans in the criminal justice system. Though research is limited in this area, existing studies have female veterans reporting more sexual trauma and more diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with more severe symptoms than their male counterparts. With the percentage of women who make-up the military continuing to increase and the growth in women s incarceration, focusing on issues for female veterans is critically important in the coming years. View presentation ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is av
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Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform - Register and Get Ready!
Posted: 2 weeks ago
There is still time to register for this interactive training broadcast on the effective use of restrictive housing in corrections environments. This posting contains information on the training broadcast itself, info on how to get ready for the broadcast, continuing stream tests, continuing education units, a DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment in preparation for the training broadcast, how to access the broadcast on training days, and links to Participant and Facilitator Guides! Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201611 After registration, readiness and important training broadcast information emails will come from no-reply@nicic.gov November 16 and 17, 2016 8:00am PT / 9:00am MT / 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET 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 goin
Corrections News
Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform – Still Time to Register
Posted: 3 weeks ago
There is still time to register for this interactive training broadcast on the effective use of restrictive housing in corrections environments. This posting contains information on the training broadcast itself, info on how to get ready for the broadcast, continuing stream tests, continuing education units, a DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment in preparation for the training broadcast, how to access the broadcast on training days, and links to Participant and Facilitator Guides! Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201611 November 16 and 17, 2016 8:00am PT / 9:00am MT / 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET 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
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Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform - Stream Tests Begin Tomorrow!
Posted: 3 weeks ago
There is still time to register for this interactive training broadcast on the effective use of restrictive housing in corrections environments. This posting contains information on the training broadcast itself, information on how to get ready for the broadcast, upcoming stream tests, continuing education units, and a DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment in preparation for the training broadcast. Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201611 November 16 and 17, 2016 8:00am PT / 9:00am MT / 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET 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 Conve
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Join Us for NIC's 2016 Virtual Conference and our Keynote Clark Quinn!
Posted: 4 weeks ago
The 2016 NIC Virtual Conference Site is Now Open! Join us for our interactive keynote session - Innovation by Design: Leadership for Agility Clark Quinn, Ph. D. In this era of accelerating change, organizations are increasingly finding that they need to be more adaptive. Agility stems from the ability to learn faster in the moment, not just from formal training courses. When you are problem-solving (and designing and researching along the way) you don t always know the answer when you begin - you are inherently learning as you problem-solve. Research has demonstrated that there are robust solutions for developing the ability to innovate. The answer comes from the power of people. We know that when we have the right practices and the right culture, we can get the best solutions. In this interactive keynote, we will explore what innovation is, what leads to innovation, what the barriers are to innovating, and what you need to do to get moving towards leadership agility!
Corrections News
Are You In? Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform
Posted: 4 weeks ago
There is still time to register for this interactive training broadcast on the effective use of restrictive housing in corrections environments. This posting contains information on the training broadcast itself, information on how to get ready for the broadcast, upcoming stream tests, continuing education units, and a DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment in preparation for the training broadcast. Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201611 November 16 and 17, 2016 8:00am PT / 9:00am MT / 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET 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 Conve
Corrections News
NIC’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) is in the News
Posted: 4 weeks ago
La Crosse County moves to implementation phase of evidence-based decision making initiative 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 has just completed Phase V. During Phase V, the selected sites--Indiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin created state-level processes and strategies to align state and local officials and jurisdictions with one another and with the principles of EBDM. A recent article in the La Crosse County Tribune (Wisconsin) Attorney General Brad Schimel describes the results of EBDM Phase V. Through the involvement and engagement of stakeholders from across Wisconsin s criminal justice system, Wisconsin s EBDM teams have developed a shared vision for criminal justice system reform in Wisconsin. NIC providing Wisconsin their expertise and a
Corrections News
Human Trafficking – Annual Report
Posted: 4 weeks ago
The U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking recently released the first Annual Report on human trafficking written by survivors. Although this report is not specific to justice involved women, it provides actionable recommendations to the U.S. government for its work both nationally and internationally, as it collaborates with state and local governments. An article from The Huffington Post summarizes five recommended areas from the report to enable the federal government to better support trafficking survivors. Recommendations: Ensure Law Enforcement Is Trained In Anti-Trafficking Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity Of Trafficking Victims Provide Support Services To All Types Of Trafficking Survivors Increase Funding To Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking Help Survivors Get On Track For Success In Work And Life Access the Annual Report Source: Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice. The Huffington Post. Octo
Corrections News
NIC 2016 Virtual Conference Site Now Open!
Posted: 4 weeks ago
NIC 2016 Virtual Conference Site Now Open! Imagine you are walking through the halls of a corrections conference. Think of all the expertise, insights, and skills possessed by conference attendees. At a conference I attended, I remember walking away from my group to sit with a group of strangers because I wanted to know what THEY knew! That is why we have created the NIC Virtual Conference innovation chat rooms and discussion forums - to give you an opportunity to share experiences with your colleagues around the country. You can throw out a question, offer an insight, and share your challenges and solutions. This Virtual Conference isn t just about the experts. It is about you making those valuable connections. Pass this message to your colleagues that haven t registered yet, and get acclimated to the conference features so that you can get the most out of your experience! Your registration for the NIC Virtual Conference gets you access to: A welcome video from NIC Director
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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
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: June 26, 2017
(Begins August 28, 2017) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
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
Chief Jail Inspector Network
Register Before: June 11, 2017
(Begins September 11, 2017) This four-day program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of new detention facility inspectors in their core duties of inspecting, consultation, and technical assistance.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Members
Register Before: May 31, 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
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 August 23, 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
New Jail Inspectors Training
Register Before: May 13, 2017
(Begins August 14, 2017) This four-day program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of new detention facility inspectors in their core duties of inspecting, consultation, and technical assistance. In this program participants will examine their role as a detention facility inspector, create a plan for developing positive working relationships with detention officials and other key stakeholders, examine and practice key inspection and consulting skills, plan and carry out a practice inspection and report, review trends impacting detention facilities and standards, and gather contacts, information, and resources for professional development.
Training Opportunity
Planning of New Institutions
Register Before: May 01, 2017
(Begins August 21, 2017) This 32-hour training program teaches the importance of in-depth planning before starting facility design.
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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