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Colorado Division of Youth Corrections Sample Forms
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) Access is provided to an alphabetized collection of sample forms related to juvenile corrections. These forms range from "Allegation of Abuse Worksheet" to "Critical Incident Report", "MAYSI- and SIRS-R Decision Tree and Quick Reference Sheet", "Parole Supervision Grid", "Religious Diet", "Transgender & Intersex Search Procedure Training", "What You Should Know about Sexual Abuse Brochure".
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Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) "A growing body of research demonstrates that for many juvenile offenders, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities fail to produce better outcomes than alternative sanctions. In certain instances, they can be counterproductive. Seeking to reduce recidivism and achieve better returns on their juvenile justice spending, several states have recently enacted laws that limit which youth can be committed to these facilities and moderates the length of time they can spend there. These changes prioritize the use of costly facilities and intensive programming for serious offenders who present a higher risk of reoffending, while supporting effective community-based programs for others" (p. 1). Sections of this brief include: overview; out-out-home placements do not improve outcomes for most youth; evidence does not support longer lengths of stay; high cost to taxpayers, poor return on investment; voters prioritize rehabilitation and recidivism reduction; and research put into action by states—limiting out-of-home placements, and moderating length of stay.
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The Road from Crime
Posted: 4 days ago
(2015) While this program takes place in Scotland, it has valuable insights that can be used in your agency. "The exit at the prison gate often appears to be a revolving door with nearly 60% of released prisoners re-offending within two years of their release. Prisons and probation departments have, almost literally, tried everything in efforts to rehabilitate offenders over the past century, but the results have been uniformly bleak leading many to conclude that “nothing works.” In the past ten years, however, a group of criminologists have hit upon what should have been an obvious source of inspiration for prisoner rehabilitation: the other 40 per cent!" Allan Weaver, an ex-offender and current probation officer, discovers how other ex-prisoners break out of revolving cycle of criminal activity and recidivism. Weaver also looks how ways of changing criminal behavior can be incorporated into criminal justice interventions.
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Aryan Prison Gangs and Law Enforcement
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(2013) "This Southern Poverty Law Center video was created to help law enforcement agencies better prepare for encounters with Aryan prison gang members behind prison walls and on the streets … The video, which features correctional and law enforcement officers from California, Ohio and Texas, examines some of the most dangerous white supremacist prison gangs in America, including the Aryan Brotherhood, whose members or associates are believed to have killed at least four police officers and five correctional officers since 1983. It also examines the structure of these gangs, their criminal enterprises and the signs, such as distinctive tattoos, that officers can use to identify members’ affiliations."
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Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop
Posted: 5 days ago
(2015) "This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios—current position, current roles of technology, emerging uses of technology, and future scenarios; technology needs—ranking, topic areas of ranked technology needs, and technology categorization of ranked technology needs; and conclusions—information sharing as a driver toward desirable futures, education and development as a driver, technology research and development as a driver, and conclusions from the workshop. "The output of this workshop described in the report included ten future scenarios and 30 technology needs. The technology needs fell into three general categories — technology-related knowledge and practice, information sharing and use, and technological research and development — and were placed into three priority tiers."
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Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
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(2015) "This toolkit is a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety." Each entry point begins with a description of that section and a video from the series "Subject Matter Experts Share". Points of entry to this website are: getting started—"Toolkit Welcome Message" from Denise O'Donnell , implementation, the "Law Enforcement Implementation Checklist", "Why Trust This Toolkit", FAQs (frequently asked questions), primer, market survey, and reports; research—"NIC Overview on BWCs" by Nancy Rodriguez, FAQs, reports, testimony, and studies; policy—"Prosecution Perspective on BWCS" by Damon Mosler, FAQs, guides, guidelines, and policies; technology—"BWC Technology Review" by Maggie Goodrich, FAQs, primer, market survey, reports, webinar, and best practices; privacy—"Privacy Perspective on BWC's" by Jay Stanley, FAQs, reports, guidelines, best practices, and webinars; training—"BWC Training Recommendations" from Hampshire Constabulary, UK, FAQs, primer, policies, guidelines, and webinar; and community stakeholders—"Defense Attorney Perspective on BWCs" by Seth Morris, FAQs, reports, model policy, and guidelines.
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Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report
Posted: 5 days ago
(2015) Correctional agencies will find this information very valuable. "The purpose of this assessment was to obtain information on body-worn video cameras that will be useful in making operational and procurement decisions. The activities associated with this assessment were based on recommendations from a focus group of emergency responders with experience using body-worn video cameras" (p. vi). Evaluation criteria consisted of affordability, capability, deployability, maintainability, and usability. Seven products are assessed: Safety Vision LLC Prima Facie Body Camera; TASER International Inc. AXON Flex; Pinnacle Response Ltd. PR5; Black Mamba Protection LLC BMPpro+; VIEVU LLC LE3; Digital Ally Inc. FirstVu HD; and Wolfcom Enterprises Wolfcom 3rd Eye Police Body Camera. Product advantages and disadvantages are noted in a table.
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Improving Correctional Officer Wellness Through a Multifaceted Approach
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(2015) "Seven staff fatalities including three suicides in just three years (2010-2012). For professionals who operate correction facilities, stress can be a significant issue with fatal consequences. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) had 45 staff fatalities over the past 30 years. Twenty-four percent of these deaths were suicide. MSO believes the other deaths are tied to stress and wellness related health issues such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. MSO Sheriff Peter Koutoujian assumed the leadership role at this time and focused on improving correctional officer (CO) wellness and safety … MSO approached the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center for assistance understanding the contributors to CO work-related stressors. MSO’s goal was to identify and alleviate the causes of workplace stress to improve CO wellness and safety and reduce CO suicide through implementation of evidence-based programs and promising practices" (p. 1). This document describes the Center's analysis and recommendations. Sections of this case study include: overview; data-driven programs and practices recommended to address the issue; the Diagnostic Center; the diagnostic process; six factors contributing to the issue; descriptions and details of the recommended evidence-based programs and practices; Diagnostic Center's recommendations; impact and outcome; community's response; and insight gained.
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Meeting the Needs of Women in California's County Justice Systems: A Toolkit for Policymakers and Practitioners
Posted: 6 days ago
(2015) "Because fewer women are convicted of crimes and incarcerated compared to men, they can be overlooked for what may be ideal approaches to reduce crime and recidivism … The toolkit provides suggestions for innovative and focused interventions targeting the special risks and needs of women in the justice system. It provides an overview of risk and needs assessments, case management approaches, principles, strategies and programs that take into account the needs of women (gender-responsive). There are recommendations for creating community-based options for women and 10 key steps for working toward sustainable reductions in the number of women in county jails and the creation of gender-responsive community justice systems" (p. 1). Sections included in this report are: introduction; historical criminal justice and public health reforms bring new opportunities, funding crucial components; principles and six strategies for effective planning, policies, and practices; best practices and programs for eight topical areas; key steps to a gender-responsive community justice system; and conclusion.
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#DeafInPrison Campaign Fact Sheet
Posted: 6 days ago
(2014) This educational fact sheet is a resource from Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD). HEARD aims to raise awareness about the abuse of and discrimination against deaf prisoners in the United States. Answers are provided for: American Sign language (ASL) v. English; the number of deaf inmates; deaf prisoner rights; laws that apply to deaf inmates; what "prison in prison" means; policies regarding deaf prisoners; why deaf prisoners are placed in solitary confinement and what happens there; accommodations prisons are providing for deaf inmates; how deaf prisoners manage life in prison (without accommodations); abuse of deaf inmates; how phone calls are made by deaf prisoners; some immediate steps that should be taken by departments of corrections; what happens when deaf prisoners are released from incarceration; and what can those concerned with the treatment of deaf inmates can do.
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Important corrections news and announcements.
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Still Available! NIC’s Virtual Conference on Staff Wellness
Posted: 6 days ago
If you haven t visited the 2015 New Directions in Corrections Virtual Conference site to look at the recordings of sessions or to download resource information, now s the time to do so! The conference site (https://nicvirtualconference.com) is available until July 10th, so that you can continue to access recorded sessions, resources, and discussion forum logs. After July 10th, the NIC will be posting the recorded sessions on an internal server that can be found at: http://info.nicic.gov/virt/ Also, if you haven t done so, please complete the Virtual Conference survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NICVirtualConference. Your feedback is very important to us! Certificates of participation will be sent out for up to 8 hours of contact time to those who have completed the survey. The certificates will be emailed out after July 10th to the email address used to register for the conference.
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Children Of Incarcerated Parents Attend First Summer Camp
Posted: 6 days ago
This recent news release by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) provides a view into the activities at their first summer camp for children of incarcerated parents. The DOC, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, hosted the Kids United By Incarceration, KUBI, camp from June 17 19 to provide a fun experience the kids might not otherwise have the opportunity enjoy . From the article: Twenty-two children arrived at a remote wooded camp this week with a secret they re often afraid to tell others. A casual visitor wouldn t notice. The children were laughing and smiling as they kayaked, swam and did normal kid stuff at Camp Lyle Mcleod, located by an isolated lake near Belfair State Park. A lot these kids will not say their parents are in prison because they re afraid of what other kids will think of them, said Bea Giron, a specialist with DOC s family services unit. Here, these kids are openly speaking of it. Giron came up with the idea
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Free Webinars: Two-Part Series On A Life of Stress
Posted: 1 week ago
The Justice Clearinghouse is presenting these upcoming free webinars on the topics of Crisis Intervention, Stress Management, and Trauma. Webinar Description: Part I - A Life of Stress: The Damages Part II - A Life of Stress: The Proper ResponseThese webinars are designed to help participants learn some skills and tools for dealing with stress in their lives. In A Life of Stress: The Damages, participants will gain an understanding of the toll stress can take on our minds and bodies. With that understanding, participants will recognize how they can strategically combat the impacts of stress by implementing some basic coping tools while in the midst of stress in A Life of Stress: The Proper Response. Each participant will learn to develop the necessary skills and apply proper life changes to create resiliency to stress. About the Presenter:Pam McMillan is the person most National Park units call when they are dealing with a large crisis or traumatic event. She is the National Pa
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Santa Maria Hostel Offers Path to Recovery for Houston Women
Posted: 1 week ago
This recent article from the Council of State Governments highlights the Santa Maria s Path to Recovery Program, which received a 2013 Second Chance Act mentoring grant, and has been serving women in the Houston area since 2011. More than 370 women and their children are Path to Recovery alums, having moved through programs such as BAMBI, which is the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, or Women Helping Ourselves (WHO), which serves pregnant female offenders in Harris County Community Supervision Correction Department. From the article: Working closely with the Harris County Sheriff s office, the STAR Drug Court, and other local programs, agencies, and criminal justice professionals, Santa Maria places eligible women in one of its specialized residential facilities for a period of up to a year, often with their young children, and provides programming that includes educational and vocational services, life skills training, transitional housing, and more. Upon leaving Santa Mar
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Upcoming Webinar: Gender-Informed Strategies in Pretrial
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Register now to attend this free webinar, Implementing Gender-Informed Strategies at the Pretrial Stage: Research to Practice, being held June 25 from 1:00 2:30 PM ET. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections: Research has identified women s pathways into the criminal justice system that highlight specific risk and need factors that, if undetected, may put women at higher risk of pretrial misconduct. Professionals that serve pretrial populations are uniquely positioned at the front-end of the criminal justice system to identify and address these issues early on in a woman s involvement in the criminal justice system. Identifying and addressing their needs at the pretrial stage can have an impact on outcomes such as failure to appear and new criminal activity. This webinar will present key research f
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Promising and Innovative Practices for Children of Incarcerated Parents: Arrest through Pre-Adjudication
Posted: 2 weeks ago
On June 3rd, the Urban Institute in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections hosted a live webinar Promising and Innovative Practices for Children of Incarcerated Parents: Arrest through Pre-Adjudication. We are happy to share with you the webinar recordings available on the event webpage along with the event agenda, speaker biographies, and speaker presentations. You may direct any questions to events@urban.org and please forward the event information to others who may be interested. Urban has also released four products aimed at guiding criminal justice organizations and stakeholders in developing and implementing promising practices for children of justice-involved parents. The products include three toolkits on parental arrest policies, family-focused jail programs, and family impact statements, as well as a framework document that synthesizes what we have learned about promising practices and provides information about the context surrounding children and thei
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2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium: Apply Now!
Posted: 2 weeks ago
2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery 15A6001 September 2 - 4, 2015 National Corrections Academy (NCA), Aurora, Colorado The National Institute of Corrections is pleased to announce the 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery. This year s activities focus on the number one identified need of the corrections field, innovations in training and learning delivery, as determined in needs assessment processes during our 2014 Symposium. We invite you to participate in this interactive experience! What Will Occur During This Year s Symposium? Presentations by peers in the corrections field on how they are innovating in the delivery of training in their organization Breakout sessions in discipline specific groupings (community services, jails, juvenile justice, and prisons) to discuss training and learning issues specific to those settings Opportunities for sharing what innovat
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Recently Released: Meeting the Needs of Women in California’s County Justice Systems
Posted: 3 weeks ago
This toolkit authored by Barbara E. Bloom, Ph.D. describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women . Meeting the Needs of Women in California s County Justice Systems: A Toolkit for Policymakers and Practitioners provides suggestions for innovative and focused interventions, an overview of risk and needs assessments, recommendations for creating community-based options for women, and key steps for working toward sustainable reductions in the number of women in county jails. Goals of the toolkit: Ensure that local justice systems are more gender-responsive and that women and their specific needs are not overlooked as decision-makers implement new policies and practices in a changing criminal justice landscape; Enable county justice systems to take full advantage of significant new state and federal funding streams available to implement rehabilitative alternatives to jail incarceration; Help safely reduce counties reliance on incarc
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Request for Proposals for the 17th Biannual AJFO Workshop Conference 2017
Posted: 3 weeks ago
The National Workshops on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders have been held every two years since the 1980s. A committee from the Association of Programs for Female Offenders (APFO) will make the site selection and announce the decision during the 16th Biannual Workshops in October 2015 in Hartford, Connecticut, based on information provided by potential hosts in the following format: Sponsorship A major state agency or consortium of agencies or groups can sponsor a conference. A letter of support from the chief executive officer or Secretary of Corrections of the agency or group primarily responsible for the conference should be attached to the application to sponsor the conference. The Association of Programs for Female Offenders will be the primary co-sponsor of the event. The host agency or organization is encouraged to have as many co-sponsors as possible to provide broad based support and a full range of approaches to programming for female offenders. These can include
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Podcast Highlights NIC’s Virtual Conference on Staff Wellness
Posted: 4 weeks ago
Listen to this recent podcast, Correctional Staff Wellness-Virtual NIC Conference on June 10, from the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Aired on June 3, 2015, this radio show focuses on the need for corrections staff to receive adequate training, resources, and administrative support to balance life and the extreme demands of this often overlooked occupation. It also invites listeners to join the 2015 NIC national virtual conference in corrections on June 10, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm EST. The conference theme is New Directions in Corrections: Staff Wellness. Guests of the show include Maureen Buell, Correctional Program Specialist at the National Institute of Corrections, and Roy McGrath of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Register here for the virtual conference Find more resources on correctional staff wellness at: Health and Wellness for Corrections Professionals
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
Training Opportunity
Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge
Register Before: September 16, 2015
(Begins September 16, 2015) A live-streaming internet broadcast on the newest innovations in treatment practices, protocols, and management of HCV and it’s implications for criminal justice, corrections organizations and public health.
Training Opportunity
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
Register Before: August 26, 2015
(Begins August 26, 2015) The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a three-hour live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: August 03, 2015
(Begins September 23, 2015) Parole board chairs, whether appointed by their governor, elected by their peers, or rotated into their role from their seat on the parole board, are in an influential position to lead efforts to improve and reform the transition and reentry system, as well as enhance their board’s capacity to use evidence-based principles in effective offender management. Being an effective chair requires clearly defined roles and strategies to ensure that informed decisions are made relative to the release and return of offenders.
Training Opportunity
Correctional Industries Director's Training
Register Before: July 24, 2015
(Begins September 22, 2015) Correctional Industries Director's Training. Correctional Industry Directors are called upon to provide dynamic and effective leadership which is a critical component in the success of any organization. Expanding leadership knowledge and enhancing leadership skills is the foundation for this training as it helps lay the groundwork for the complex work that must be done in this ever changing and challenging industry.
Training Opportunity
Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: July 17, 2015
(Begins September 09, 2015) Please note that by applying for this meeting, you acknowledge that (1) you meet the eligibility requirements for the meeting, and (2) that your supervisor supports your application for, and attendance at, this meeting, if selected.
Training Opportunity
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: July 15, 2015
(Begins September 21, 2015) This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from restrictive housing back to the community and looks at the management strategies for the long-term inmate in restrictive housing. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of high-risk offenders.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Probation and Parole Chief Executives
Register Before: July 10, 2015
(Begins September 14, 2015) 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.
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