We provide training in leadership, management and specialized corrections topics
for state, local and federal corrections. Training covers a broad range of correctional
disciplines and topics, including leadership, jail and prison programming, offender
reentry, and mental health.
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Improve agency management, operations, and programming.
Refine the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of staff training programs.
Assist in the development of offender job training and placement efforts.
About Technical Assistance
Our technical assistance includes onsite guidance, support, consultation, or training
provided by an experienced technical resource provider or NIC staff member who serves
in an advisory capacity and works with agency staff.
Corrections-related resources including training plans,
research reports, program evaluations and more. Not all items are online. For access to the full collection
and our live onsite Information Experts, please use our Information Help Desk.
We manage and support a community for corrections professionals to share information,
ask questions, and work together online. This site has public and private forums
that facilitate discussions on correctional topics and to seek answers from fellow
members. We also maintain blogs which are used to share information about NIC activities,
announce opportunities, and solicit feedback from the field. Membership is fast,
free, and open to all.
The field of corrections faces many challenges and the National Institute of Corrections
(NIC) coordinates and provides consulting, research, funding and training in an
effort to address key issues. The results of these initiatives provide the field
with valuable information and resources when dealing with these challenges.
We are an agency within the U.S. Department
of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by a Director appointed
by the U.S. Attorney General. A 16-member Advisory Board, also appointed by the
Attorney General, was established by the enabling legislation (Public Law 93-415)
to provide policy direction to the Institute.
The Academy Division sponsors technical assistance, training, and networks around three major initiatives: Cognitive Behavioral Training, Learning and Performance, and Leadership Development.
Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT) is designed to address thinking patterns and assist people in behavior change. NIC's CBT initiative is comprised of Thinking for a Change and Core Correctional Interventions.
The Academy Leadership Development Partnership Initiative (LDPI) incorporates research, fosters innovation, and drives opportunities for professional growth by partnering with constituent agencies to plan, develop, implement, and measure agency-based leadership development programs: programs that are specific to the agency, implemented by the agency, and sustained by the agency.
The Learning and Performance Initiative represents NIC’s effort to help build staff training and development capacity in correctional agencies. Click here for resources for trainers and curriculum designers.