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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: 23 hrs 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: 1 day 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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HOPE Probation: Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement [Webinar]
Posted: 1 day ago
(2016) The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) hosted a live webinar event with our federal partners and national and local experts to highlight Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a collaborative strategy among the court, probation, prosecutors, defense, law enforcement and community treatment providers to effect positive behavioral changes in probationers. HOPE was first conceived of by Judge Steven S. Alm of the O’ahu First Circuit and began as a pilot program in 2004. The HOPE strategy targets higher risk/higher needs offenders, utilizing swift, certain, consistent, and proportionate consequences for non-compliance with probation conditions while maintaining a working alliance with the offender by both the probation officer and the judge. Within the framework of the National Institute of Corrections’ eight evidence-based principles for recidivism reduction, HOPE assists offenders in the change process in a caring and supportive environment to help probationers succeed on probation and in life. While seemingly a simple theoretical model, HOPE is hard to do, and requires shared leadership within the criminal justice system. Research has shown that the HOPE strategy, when done with fidelity, can be highly successful and is inspiring like efforts in thirty-one states across the country. The CCCN believes that individual jurisdictions can adopt the swift and certain philosophy while modifying it to fit the needs and resources available in local communities. Our network is committed to identifying promising and innovative practices and promoting the use of evidence-based practices. Objectives for the Webinar: Showcase the innovative HOPE Program and how it can be replicated stateside; Discuss HOPE's innovative programmatic design, implementation and evaluation characteristics including HOPE's collaboration and systems approach (Court/Probation/Law Enforcement/Community Treatment Providers working together for a common goal), buy-in from staff/engagement/inclusion/supporting each other, matching probationers to the right services instead of one-size fits all, succession planning and sustainability build to success, and research, randomized control trials, and high level scientific design proving the effectiveness of the program; and engage the criminal justice system in a live discussion about the HOPE Program, resources for the field, how to access funding through federal resources, ideas for replication of similar approaches, and how to motivate our leaders to want to do more.
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National Institute of Corrections' Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Training Courses
Posted: 1 week 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: 2 weeks 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: 2 weeks 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: 7 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: 7 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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In the News: Mothers in Prison
Posted: 1 week 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 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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Female Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 3 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: 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 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
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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: 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
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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!
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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
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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: 5 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
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NIC 2016 Virtual Conference Site Now Open!
Posted: 5 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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