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Working with Victims of Crime: An Integrated Approach for Community Supervision Professionals
Posted: 19 hrs ago
(2016) This Guide provides a comprehensive overview of available information on victims’ rights and services. It is informed by the foundational work of many advocates, academics and community corrections professionals. While the Guide will outline specific tools and resources to inform your work, it is worth noting that there is no “one size fits all” approach that will work across all scenarios. There may be information in the Guide that will require you to self-reflect on your practice as it relates to the needs of victims, however, you are the best judge on how and when to use this resource. The Guide is intended to: Develop your knowledge and expertise in working with victims, advocates and related service providers within the boundaries of your role as a Probation and Parole Officer (PPO); Inform professional development and staff training; Build capacity of PPO supervisors to coach and guide decision making related to victims’ rights and needs; and Support presentations to other criminal justice system professionals about the intersection of PPO roles and victims’ rights and needs. Sections comprising this guide are: Introduction; Community Corrections and Crime Victims; Victims' Rights; Working with Victims of Crime; Building Partnerships; and Tools and Materials. A Glossary is also provided.
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Communications Toolkit: Resources for Outreach and Educating Others on Justice Involved Women and Gender Responsive Approaches
Posted: 19 hrs ago
(2016) Women involved in the criminal justice system have challenging and complex needs that are different than men’s. Generally, correctional approaches for women have largely been informed by policies and practices with men, in absence of consideration of gender differences. However, there is a growing body of research and best practices that inform practitioners on how they can better meet the risk factors and needs of women in the system, lower rates of recidivism and improve public safety. The National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) has created this toolkit to provide practitioners with information, resources and tools to help them communication effectively with others regarding how we achieve better outcomes with women at all stages of the criminal justice system. The following resources from this toolkit can be accessed at this website: Infographic– The facts and intricacies of the needs of justice involved women may seem complex. To provide better understanding in an attractive and easy to follow format, the NRCJIW has created this infographic. It serves as a primer on some of the key issues that impact women in the justice system. The infographic can be shared in presentations and on social media, helping to engage and educate external audiences. Slide Presentation – NRCJIW has developed a Microsoft PowerPoint-based slide presentation on meeting the complex needs of women in the justice system that includes recommended approaches for working with women in a way that is different from working with men. The purpose of this presentation is to increase understanding among key audiences, such as the judiciary, corrections officials, and probation and parole professionals on issues pertinent to justice involved women. It is designed to be easily customized for specific audiences, allowing for the removal or addition of slides as needed. Quick Tips – This set of tips is designed to help professionals reflect on and improve how they and their agencies respond to justice involved women. This document offers considerations for changing policies and practices to better integrate gender responsive approaches for women, with the ultimate goal of improving public safety outcomes. Resource List – This list contains the “must reads” or most seminal resources on justice involved women. For additional resources, please visit NRCJIW’s resource page. Video – NRCJIW also developed a short video to provide professionals with an easy to follow narrative portraying the specific needs of women in the justice system. This video is ideal for sharing on social media and as part of in-person presentations to outside groups.
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Review of the Literature on Jail Diversion Programs and Summary Recommendations for the Establishment of a Mental Health Court and Crisis Center within Douglas County, Kansas
Posted: 1 week ago
(0) "In the late 1990s, jail diversion programs, many especially geared toward those with mental health challenges, began to emerge around the country. New and modified diversion strategies have also been implemented in the last 15 years. These are highlighted and reviewed in the pages that follow. The Douglas County Correctional Facility shares the fate of many detention centers around the country … the literature review that follows is designed only to inform strategies that might result in more effective diversion of persons with mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders from the jail system" (p. 2). Recommendations are also given regarding the creation of a Mental Health Court and Crisis Center in Douglas County. Intercept points are community crisis centers, law enforcement, post-booking intercepts in jails and at initial hearings, and mental health courts. Reentry programs are not reviewed.
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Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument (NPR) Documents
Posted: 1 week ago
(2016) Following a review of the available research regarding pretrial risk assessment instruments being used in other jurisdictions, the Committee decided that "it would be preferable to develop a customized pretrial risk instrument that incorporated all of the positive attributes of these risk instruments but had the advantage of being tested and normed on defendants being released in Nevada" (Final Report, p. 1). This collection of documents explains how the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment (NPR) was developed. Access is provided to: Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment (NPR)--Draft; NPRA Validation Report and Final NPRA Tool [Development of the Nevada Pretrial Risk Assessment System Final Report]; and Volume One, Two, and Three containing background reports and information about other types of risk assessments used in the United States. Documents are organized into the following areas: Volume One--The Need for Reform of Pretrial Release, Validated Pretrial Risk Tools, and Pretrial Risk Tools Overviews and Validation Studies; Volume Two—Risk and Needs Tools, Pretrial Reform Collateral Issues, and Pretrial Standards and Implementation Guidelines; and Volume Three—Pretrial Standards and Implementation Guidelines (Continued).
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Crime Survivors Speak: The First-Ever National Survey of Victims' Views on Safety and Justice
Posted: 1 week ago
(0) "The National Survey of Victims' Views is the first-of-its-kind research on crime survivors' experiences with the criminal justice system and their preferences for safety and justice policy … The annual NCVS [National Crime Victimization Survey] report is invaluable for understanding many facets of victimization, including unreported crime. The April 2016 National Survey of Victims’ Views helps fill some of the gaps in knowledge that remain, in particular, victims’ views on safety and justice policy and the ways in which victims experience the criminal justice system." Sections following an executive summary (which includes key findings) are: introduction and background; who crime victims are; what the impact of crime on victims is; whether the criminal justice systems is meeting the needs of victims; what the perspectives of victims are on the criminal justice system and public safety policies; what the victims' views are on the role of prosecutors; and conclusion and recommendations.
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Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) Initiative Phase 2 Site Reports
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(2016) "TJC [Transition from Jail to Community] represents an integrated approach spanning organizational boundaries to deliver needed information, services, and case management to people released from jail. Boundary-spanning collaborative partnerships are necessary because transition from jail to the community is neither the sole responsibility of the jail nor of the community. Accordingly, effective transition strategies rely on collaboration among jail- and community-based partners and joint ownership of the problems associated with jail transition and their solutions. The TJC model includes the components necessary to carry out systems change to facilitate successful transition from jail, and it is intended be sufficiently adaptable that it can be implemented in any of the 2,860 jail jurisdictions in the United States … despite how greatly they vary in terms of size, resources, and priorities … One of NIC’s goals for Phase 2 of the TJC Initiative was to enhance the TJC model and approach to pay greater attention to pretrial practices … Findings from the Phase 2 process and systems change evaluation are provided in individual site-specific case study reports that focus on how TJC implementation unfolded in the specific context of each participating jurisdiction … While the TJC Model provides a common framework for TJC work, site priorities, preexisting collaborative relationships, capacity to carry out reentry activities (and where that capacity resides), and site starting points condition how TJC proceeds. However, common themes emerged across the Phase 2 sites, as well as insight into why greater progress was realized in some places more than others. The purpose of this brief is to summarize these themes and relevant information about the sites’ implementation experiences—what worked well, what was notable, and what was challenging (p. 3, 5-6, Phase 2 Summary). Seven reports comprise the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) Initiative Phase 2 Site Reports series: Phase 2 Summary Implementation Findings by Jesse Jannetta, Janeen Buck Willison, and Emma Kurs has these sections: glossary; site implementation themes—leadership and collaboration; targeted intervention strategies; self-evaluation and sustainability; and lessons for changing systems. Implementation Success and Challenges in Ada County, Idaho by Shebani Rao, Kevin Warwick, Gary Christensen, and Colleen Owens; Implementation Success and Challenges in Franklin County, Massachusetts by Willison, Warwick, and Rao; Implementation Success and Challenges in Fresno County, California by Jannetta, Rao, Owens, and Christensen; Implementation Success and Challenges in Hennepin County, Minnesota by Willison, Warwick, and Kurs; Implementation Success and Challenges in Howard County, Maryland by Jannetta, Kurs, and Owens; and Implementation Success and Challenges in Jacksonville, Florida by Willison, Warwick, Kurs, and Christensen. Each of the above six Site Reports contain these sections ; glossary; introduction; TJC structure, leadership, and collaboration; targeted intervention strategies; self-evaluation and sustainability; and conclusion.
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Basics and Beyond: Suicide Prevention in Jails
Posted: 1 week ago
(2012) Issues surrounding the prevention of inmate suicide in jails are addressed. This presentation will enable readers to: understand the problem of jail suicide--rates of suicide in certain groups, the decrease in jail suicide rates, what makes jails risky environments, and challenges of prevention; describe suicide risk factors, warning signs, and suicide myths that increase ones risk; and discuss intervention best practices--the qualities of a suicide prevention program (a written suicide prevention policy and a culture of prevention among others), the process of suicide prevention, the use of wise correctional techniques, emergency response, and practice, practice, practice. Lessons learned from two case studies and two legal cases are also covered.
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Nature Imagery in Prisons Project: The Impact on Staff and Inmates in Solitary Confinement [Draft]
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(0) "The use of nature imagery as a means of reducing stress and aggression has only minimally been used in prison environments, and almost always with static images such as murals. To our knowledge, the use of nature imagery has never been applied to solitary confinement cellblocks in high-security prisons. The Nature Imagery in Prisons Project was a pilot program in which nature videos were shown to adult male IMU [Intensive Management Unit] inmates at a maximum-security prison in Oregon, with the goal of reducing stress, anger, and violence among inmates and creating a safer and less stressful work environment for staff … [this] study indicated that there is evidence that nature imagery in the form of nature videos offers a relief from the harsh environment of IMU for inmates. It also indicated that corrections officers and professional staff associated with the IMU population viewed the nature imagery (Blue Room) as a tool they could implement that was cost saving, time saving and contributed to their safety. It may also be a tool that can improve communication between inmates and staff" (pages 1, 6). This paper was presented August 5, 2016 at the APA Annual Convention.
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Defining Violence: Reducing Incarceration by Rethinking America's Approach to Violence
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) This report "analyzes how behaviors are categorized under sometimes-arbitrary offense categories, explores the larger context that exists when something is classified as a violent or nonviolent offense, and shows the consequences for the justice system and the use of incarceration. This report also looks at how the debate over justice approaches to violent crime, nonviolent crime, and incarceration is playing out in legislatures and how justice reform proposals are debated " (p. 4). Access is provided to the full report, Summary, Data Summary, State Summary and Crime Victims and Justice Reform Fact Sheet.
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Analyzing Bond Supervision Survey Data: The Effects of Pretrial Detention on Self-Reported Outcomes
Posted: 3 weeks ago
(2016) This study's aim is to "shed more light on what the impact of pretrial detention may be on several non-Criminal Justice related outcomes. If we can gain a better understanding of the effects of pretrial detention, even detention for relatively short periods (e.g., less than three days), policy regarding risk-based decisions can be informed. Likewise there is benefit in further examining the “more than” vs. “less than” three days of pretrial incarceration in light of recent research that has already influenced policy in many parts of the U.S." (p. 3). It seems that pretrial detention "leads to varying levels of disruption across several indicators of functionality – specifically employment, financial situation, residential stability, and issues relating to dependent children" (p. 12).
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Have You Registered for NIC's 2016 Virtual Conference? Now is the time!
Posted: 17 hrs ago
What would you do if we told you could instruct your entire staff through a virtual conference for less than it would cost to train just one person? Would you tell all of your staff to sign themselves up right now? Now is your chance! The National Institute of Corrections Virtual Conference 2016 is a convenient way to gain insight into the latest issues facing the field of corrections. This year s theme - Leading with Innovation - will focus on innovative correctional practices and leadership strategies touching on many areas throughout the field. Attendees from previous years have commented that the virtual conference enables agencies to instruct large numbers of staff all at once. They value being able to share best practices [with others]...and be able to learn what other organizations are doing well. So, whether you join the virtual conference on November 9th as an individual or as part of a larger group from your organization/agency, you will each receive the same
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Register Now: Orientation for Probation and Parole Chief Executives
Posted: 1 day ago
National Institute of Corrections Orientation for Probation and Parole Chief Executives will take place in Aurora, Colorado on Dec. 6, 2016 Dec. 8, 2016. Course Description 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 sessions Phase 3: Assignments completed through distance learning technologies after classroom based session is complete. Audience Executives in probation and parole agencies who have full r
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In the News: California Agrees There's No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute
Posted: 3 days ago
A recent article in Today USA, California Agrees There s No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute, highlights the passage of SB 1322, otherwise known as the No Such Thing bill. This bill will make the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18. Also signed into legislation were: AB 1276, which affords minor victim-witnesses the ability to testify through closed circuit television so they do not have to face their exploiters in open court, AB 1761 which provides an affirmative defense to victims with convictions directly related to their exploitation, and AB 2948, which protects the privacy of victims of human trafficking and expedites prosecutions for buyers. Access the full article ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friend
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Communications Toolkit: Resources for Outreach and Educating Others on Justice Involved Women and Gender Responsive Approaches
Posted: 3 days ago
From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW), this toolkit provides practitioners with information, resources and tools to help them communicate effectively with others regarding how we achieve better outcomes with women at all stages of the criminal justice system. This toolkit includes: Infographic a primer on key issues that impact women in the justice system. Slide Presentation aimed at increased understanding among key audiences. Quick Tips designed to help professionals reflect on and improve their agencies response. Resource List a list of must reads or seminal resources. Video a short video for sharing on social media or during in-person presentations. Open the toolkit ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subscribe to the newsl
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Live CCCN Webinar Event: Highlighting Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Live Webinar Event: Highlighting Hawaii s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program Join the CCCN for a live webinar highlighting: Hawaii s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program Date: September 23, 2016 Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone 9:00-10:30am HST / 12-1:30pm PST / 1:00-2:30pm MST/ 2:00-3:30pm CST / 3:00-4:30pm EST Target Audience: Criminal justice professionals and organizations, community-based providers, and those interested in learning more about and / or replicating the HOPE model. Register Here: https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee08a536b5f6d0bbcb4cd435089d5c38a Description The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) will be hosting 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
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Call for NIC Peer Reviewers – Jail Staffing Analysis
Posted: 2 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (the Institute) is conducting market research and seeks three (3) contracted peer reviewers with demonstrated experience in the development and management of direct supervision jails, to conduct a review of the following draft NIC publication: Jail Staff Staffing Analysis, 3rd Edition. The Institute is also seeking reviewers with direct knowledge of the challenges faced by jail administrators operating a standards-compliant jail, developing efficient daily operations, identifying needed posts and positions, scheduling employees, calculating budget needs, and as applicable, implementing a direct supervision model. The Institute considers reviewers without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. WHAT: The Institute seeks three (3) contracted peer reviewers who will independently read, and provide written comments in response to a draft publication funded and submitted to the Institute for publication. These reviews wi
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Register - Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release There is still time to register for this 3 hour live internet broadcast on Pretrial Justice and Bail. Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201609 September 8, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET 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, J.D., L.L.M., M.C.J., 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 d
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Classification Instrument Revalidation for NIC Prisons Division
Posted: 4 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 - Revalidation of an agency s objective classification system. Work in this cooperative agreement will result in the revision, conversion and or development of instructional materials for the existing document entitled Revalidating External Prison Classification Systems . This document will be used to build competency and capacity within an agency and the overall field of corrections. Overview For the past several years, there has been increasing requests from correctional agencies for the National Institute of Corrections to render technical assistance in the area of revalidation of classification instruments. Many correctional systems have found themselves in situations of overcrowding and managing diverse populations. To add to their distress, in light of dwindling budgets, cuts have been made in areas that historically have aided agencies in the reduction of senten
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Alabama Department of Corrections Thinking for a Change Implementation Project
Posted: 4 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 with this solicitation, whose purpose is to design, develop and support evidence based implementation of NIC s Thinking for a Change cognitive behavioral program in 3 pilot institutions within the Alabama Department of Corrections. Overview As a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances effective correctional practice and public policy, NIC seeks to fulfill its mission by providing assistance to criminal justice organizations that are pursuing excellence in correctional practice. The National Institute of Corrections is providing technical assistance to the Alabama Department of Corrections to put into effect the cognitive behavioral intervention Thinking for a Change. Implementation of an evidence based practice (EBP) requires a purposeful plan that is dynamic and ongoing. NIC s Thinking for a Change cognitive behavioral program is rated as a
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Get Ready - Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release
Posted: 4 weeks ago
Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release There is still time to register for this 3 hour live internet broadcast on Pretrial Justice and Bail. Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201609 September 8, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET 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, J.D., L.L.M., M.C.J., 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 d
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
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
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
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: April 10, 2017
(Begins June 26, 2017) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
Training Opportunity
Jail Administration
Register Before: March 10, 2017
(Begins June 05, 2017) Jail administrators have significant responsibility and liability in ensuring that jail operations are conducted safely, securely, legally, and humanely. This 36-hour program focuses on the basic skills and competencies jail administrators need to effectively meet this responsibility.
Training Opportunity
Gender Matters: Effective Operations and Management of Women's Prisons
Register Before: March 01, 2017
(Begins May 01, 2017) The needs of women in a correctional setting pose unique challenges to implementing operational practices that may have been designed without their gender differences in mind. While some operations may apply broadly to the handling of all types of inmates, other operations need to be tailored to the unique medical, social, and legal needs of women inmates. Communication techniques for working with women also change. NIC’s Operational Practices in the Management of Women’s Prisons course addresses issues like these and more. Participants will complete a curriculum focused on contemporary research, which supports a management/operational style that recognizes gender differences. Module topics may include legal issues, communication, women’s pathways to prison, gender-responsive principles, and staff sexual misconduct. The course also covers how management styles for handling women in some areas may be different.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: February 12, 2017
(Begins March 24, 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
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: February 03, 2017
(Begins May 01, 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.
Training Opportunity
Large Jail Network Meeting
Register Before: December 14, 2016
(Begins March 27, 2017) The goals of the Large Jail Network are to explore issues facing jail systems from the perspectives of network members with administrative responsibility and to discuss strategies and resources for dealing successfully with these issues.
Training Opportunity
Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform
Register Before: November 16, 2016
(Begins November 16, 2016) A live-streaming internet broadcast on Restrictive Housing. (See Below for 2-Day Schedule)
Training Opportunity
2016 Virtual Conference - Save the Date! November 9, 2016
Register Before: November 09, 2016
(Begins November 09, 2016) A virtual conference hosted by the National Institute of Corrections.
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