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Sam Survives [Graphic Novel]
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) This publication is an excellent graphic novel for male youthful inmates, those under 18 years of age, which provides them vital information about possible exposure to sexual abuse in adult correctional settings. "The novel raises several important issues including: (1) the code of silence among inmates and correctional staff in a facility; (2) beliefs about protective pairing; (3) the experience of gender non-conforming inmates; and (4) and female staff as perpetrators of sexual abuse". It is a prime educational tool developed with the Inmate Education Standard, § 115.33 of the National PREA Standards released on May 17, 2012. A separate set of discussion questions are also available.
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Ending Silence: Demanding Safety from Sexual Assault Graphic Novel Series
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) This is an excellent "series of graphic novels for adult inmates in custodial settings. These graphic novels are intended to educate inmates about how to identify and address incidents of sexual assault. The plot lines in these graphic novels dramatize situations we know occur in custodial settings. The use of graphic novels in community education projects is well established. Through presenting information through an illustrative medium, these novels aim to disseminate information about the sexual abuse reporting process to inmates at all literacy levels. These novels were developed with Inmate Education standard 115.33 of the Prison Rape Elimination Act National Standards in mind. These graphic novels are a first step in reaching out to inmates in order to help them identify, address, and respond to incidents of sexual abuse by staff or other inmates". The three books in the series are: "I Reported It" which focuses on gender non-conforming inmates; "Don't Touch Me" for male inmates; and "The Barter" for female inmates.
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LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted: 5 days ago
(2014) This is an excellent report about an issue that is little known—the involvement of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth of color in the juvenile justice system. Topics discussed include: LGBTQ youth of color and the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP); school push-out—the marginalization in school and/or forcing out of school of these youth before they graduate; LGBTQ youth of color report increased surveillance and policing; these youth report incidents of harsh school discipline and biased application of policies; these youth report being blamed for their own victimization; and the immense challenges LGBTQ youth of color have to contend with.
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Gender Nonconforming Youth: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Posted: 5 days ago
(2014) This report provides an excellent explanation of why some gender nonconforming youth end up involved with the juvenile justice system. "Gender nonconformity, or GNC, is a term used to describe a person’s identity or expression of gender. A GNC person may express their gender through the clothes they wear, the activities they engage in, the pronouns they use, and/or their mannerisms. This expression may embrace masculinity, femininity, neither, or both. GNC is also an umbrella term used to describe various gender identities such as genderqueer, gender fluid, boi, gender neutral, and/or transgender. In general, GNC youth do not conform to stereotypical expectations of what it means to be and to look like a male or a female" (p. 1). The term school push-out refers to students being marginalized in school and/or forced out of school before they graduate. Sections of this report cover: gender nonconforming youth and school climate; GNC youth and the school-to-prison pipeline (STPP); GNC youth report incidents of harsh school discipline and biased application of policies; they report being blamed for their own victimization; and the multiple challenges that GNC youth have to deal with.
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Cross Gender Supervision and Legal Liability [Webinar]
Posted: 5 days ago
(2014) "This webinar focuses on the legal liability of agencies and staff when engaging in cross gender supervision and searches of people in custody." Topics discussed include: important factors for cross gender searches and supervision; the legal framework—Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and DOJ guidance, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, Prison Litigation Reform Act, Violence Against Women Act amendments, PREA exhaustion of administration remedies, Federal Torts Claims Act, U.S. Constitution claims, state claims, and international legal claims; forms of liability—municipal, official, individual, personal and qualified immunity; case law digest—issues raised by inmates, residents, or detainees—First Amendment, Fourth Amendment , Fourth regarding privacy, visual body cavity searches, pat downs (searches), and the Eighth Amendment; the impact of cross gender supervision and searches on youthful inmates; case law regarding employment—Title VII; women in corrections; men in corrections; gender non-conforming staff in corrections; and conclusions regarding the current state of the law.
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Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Probation Revocation: Summary Findings and Implications from a Multisite Study
Posted: 6 days ago
(2014) "Racial and ethnic disparity is pervasive in the American criminal justice system. This is particularly stark for blacks, who despite constituting just 13 percent of the US population, account for 30 percent of adult probationers, 37 percent of jail inmates, 38 percent of prisoners, and 40 percent of parolees. Such disparities have broad consequences, from impacts on the health and functioning of minority communities to perceptions of the legitimacy of the criminal justice system. There are more probationers than parolees, prisoners, and jail inmates combined. Probation practice and outcomes thus affect the lives of more adults than any other criminal justice sanction. Further, probation supervision represents an important fork in the road for justice-involved individuals, with failure on probation setting a path for more severe sanctioning, particularly incarceration. Disparities in probation revocations could then contribute to disparities in incarceration. Yet, few studies examine racial and ethnic disparities at this decision point. This brief discusses Urban’s study examining the degree of disparity in probation revocation outcomes and the drivers of that disparity" (p. 1). Sections include: key findings—revocation rates for Black probationers are the greatest with risk assessment scores and criminal history being major factors in revocation; findings regarding probation stakeholder perceptions of bias in the criminal justice system, higher revocation rates for Black probationers, disparity observed when controlling for nonracial and non-ethical characteristics, and contributors to disparity; discussion and policy implications; and ten policy recommendations such as committing to monitor disparity, investing in cultural competency training (CCT), utilizing alternatives to revocation, and reexamining risk assessments and their impact on decisionmaking.
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Facts and Fictions about Islam in Prison: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post-9/11 America
Posted: 6 days ago
(2013) This report explains how violence due to prison radicalization by Muslims is a rare event. "This report assesses the radicalization of Muslim prisoners in post-9/11 America. In the last decade, Muslim prisoners have been scrutinized for ties to terrorist and other extremist organizations, not to mention characterized as both a “threat” and a “danger” to national security, due to the influence of foreign jihadist movements. However, closer scrutiny shows that these fears have failed to materialize—indeed, despite the existence of an estimated 350,000 Muslim prisoners, there is little evidence of widespread radicalization or successful foreign recruitment, and only one documented case of prison-based terrorist activity. Nonetheless, some prison systems have implemented an aggressive posture toward these inmates and have made suppressive tactics their bedrock policy. This approach unfortunately overlooks Islam’s long history of positive influence on prisoners, including supporting inmate rehabilitation for decades " (p. 5). Sections of this report following an executive summary include: introduction to the politics of Islam and radicalization in American prisons—social fears vs. social science; how Islam operates in American prisons—effects of Islamic values and beliefs on inmate behavior, and the role of social networks; investigating extremist views and violence among Muslim inmates—failure to define terms and the problem, whether prisons are factories for extremists, and understanding the challenges of extremist ideology; and conclusion—false alarms, toward best practices, fostering an Islamic marketplace, and stabilizing prisoner re-entry.
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Statewide Ban the Box: Reducing Unfair Barriers to Employment of People with Criminal Records
Posted: 6 days ago
(2013) This is a great update on what is happening in the United States regarding Ban the Box initiatives. Correctional reformers, offender advocates, and probation officers should be aware of this movement. “Nationwide, over 50 cities and counties—including New York City—have now taken the critical step of removing unfair barriers to employment in their hiring policies. Widely known as “ban the box,” these initiatives typically remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process … In an era of extreme mass incarceration, ban-the-box campaigns provide a platform to educate the public about the stigma of a criminal record and the real consequences to our society of depriving millions of Americans with past convictions of economic stability” (p. 2). Sections of this brief cover: the ten states that have embraced statewide ban the box; current state policies; legislation introduced in 2013; and related fair hiring standards—laws prohibiting discrimination based on a criminal record.
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Jail Time and Violent Juvenile Offenders
Posted: 6 days ago
(2014) If you are interested in the sentencing of juveniles to life imprisonment you should listen to this excellent radio program. "Fighting for life without parole for young offenders. Tough states do not want to back down – or re-open old cases … For years, courts tried such minors as adults. Many were given tough life sentences. Then the U.S. Supreme Court said no. Said children – even underage killers – deserve a chance at redemption. No mandatory life sentences without parole. Now states are wrestling with that ruling. Some complying. Some pushing back. This hour On Point: juvenile offenders, life sentences, and the law."
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Mortality In Local Jails And State Prisons, 2000–2012 - Statistical Tables
Posted: 7 days ago
(2014) These tables present "national and state-level data on the number of inmate deaths that occurred in local jails and state prisons, the distribution of deaths across jails, and the aggregate count of deaths in federal prisons. The report presents annual counts and 13-year trends between 2000 and 2012 in deaths in custody. It provides mortality rates per 100,000 inmates in custody in jail or prison; details cause of death, including deaths attributed to illness, homicide, suicide, intoxication, and accidental injury; describes decedents' characteristics, including age, sex, race or Hispanic origin, legal status, and time served; and specifies the state where the deaths occurred." The mortality rate for inmates’ deaths increased slightly (2%) with suicide and heart disease being the leading causes of death in jails and cancer and heart disease in prisons.
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Problem Solving Clinic on the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment
Posted: 6 hrs ago
If you missed the live Webinar, you can still listen to the recorded version of “Problem Solving Clinic on the Women s Risk Needs Assessment”. This webinar was aired on August 20, 2014 and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections . A select list of invitees participated in this webinar focusing on: Articulated the benefits and challenges of using the WRNA. Learned about solutions to similar challenges. Acquired information about best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments alone or in conjunction with other risk assessment tools. Were made aware of resources available from NRCJIW, National Institute of Corrections, and the University of Cincinnati. You can access the PowerPoint slides and the audio recording of the webinar at: http://cjinvolvedwomen.org/webinar-problem-solving-clinic-on-the-womens-risk-needs-assessment This announcement is availa
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Join the Webinar: The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision
Posted: 6 days ago
This free webinar, The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision, is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NJCA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and will focus on the “robust body of evidence supporting the fact that swift and certain sanctions can improve accountability, substance abuse abstinence and lower revocations.” The model of Swift and Certain Sanctions and both local and statewide model implementations will be highlighted. Presenters: Angela Hawken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Judge Steven Alm, First Circuit Judge, Hawaii State Judiciary Bernie Warner, Secretary, Washington State Department of Corrections Date/Time: Monday, November 10th 3-4:30 PM ET Register here ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For additional resources from NIC on Sanctions and
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New in the Library: Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Posted: 7 days ago
Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, describes the “concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed.” Highlighted from the paper: Individuals with experiences of trauma are found in multiple service sectors, not just in behavioral health. Studies of people in the juvenile and criminal justice system reveal high rates of mental and substance use disorders and personal histories of trauma. There is an increasing focus on the impact of trauma and how service systems may help to resolve or exacerbate trauma-related issues. These systems are beginning to revisit how they conduct their business under the framework of a trauma-informed approach. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the s
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PRC Announcements Fall 2014
Posted: 12 days ago
The National PREA Resource Center (PRC), operated by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced these items and events for fall 2014. Check the the PRC website for the most up-to-date information. All are free to attend. From the PRC Website: New Curriculum Available PRC has added a new curriculum to the Curricula page on the PRC website. The curriculum developed by Just Detention International is titled PREA and Victim Services: A Trauma-Informed Approach. Note that curricula use, either in part or whole, does not guarantee that a facility meets standards. Rather, auditors take curricula use into consideration as part of their overall determination of compliance. These curricula are available here. Upcoming Webinar/Presentations Webinar: Demystifying the Jail Audit Prep and Process Thursday, October 16, 2014 (2:00 3:30 p.m. EDT) Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
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Enroll Now: NIC Self-Paced Learning Plans
Posted: 13 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections strives to increase the development of corrections professionals through online learning. As part of this effort, students can enroll in Self-Paced Learning Plans, a group of e-courses on a similar subject that you complete at your pace. All corrections professionals are eligible to enroll in the plans, and certificates of completion are available for each plan you complete. You can print your own certificate, or if you prefer the NIC Learning Center will automatically email a certificate of completion and permanently archive the record in each user account. Ten plans are grouped into three categories: CORRECTIONS LEARNING PLANS Communication Skills with Offenders. Learn communication skills for use with offenders. You will also learn business communication skills that can be applied to interactions with offenders. You must complete three corrections-based courses and two optional courses to earn a completion. Correctional Indust
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New in the Library: Women’s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them
Posted: 14 days ago
Presented at the UNAFEI (United Nations Asia and Far East Institute) International Senior Seminar in February 2013, Women s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them: Evidence-Based Interventions in the United States and Canada by Patricia Van Voorhis, describes assessments of female offenders used by correctional agencies and the programs and resources provided by these agencies to meet female offenders needs. Highlighted from the paper: Between 1977 and 2004, the female incarceration rate grew by a staggering 757%. This was twice as high as the growth in the male incarceration rate over the same period (Frost,Greene Pranis, 2006). Female community correctional populations also surged, 30% between 1995 and 2010 in comparison to men where the comparative increase was 8.4% (Glaze Bonczar, 2011). Prior to the interest in gender-responsive approaches, a good deal of correctional research and innovation had already taken place in the United States, Nort
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Mental Health Webinar Series: An Innovative Approach to Addressing Mental Health Situations
Posted: 20 days ago
In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Criminal Justice Association, and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Justice Clearinghouse is sponsoring a no-cost webinar to all public safety stakeholders on effective strategies to investigate, respond to, and approach individuals with mental health issues. All are free to attend. From the event announcement: Webinar DescriptionToday s public safety practitioners are becoming increasingly aware that they need to use a special operational approach when encountering an individual with known mental health issues. Public safety officials are constantly seeking new, innovative ways to improve their interaction to ensure everyone remains safe and secure. This webinar will examine an effective, comprehensive strategy that the State of Arizona and local Arizona law enforcement agencies have been taking to address and respond to mental health issues from both a funding and operational perspective.This non-comm
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Join the 2014 Vision Summit: Looking Toward the Future of Re-entry
Posted: 22 days ago
On November 5-7, the Travis County Sheriff s Office (TCSO) will host the 2nd Annual Vision Summit: Looking Toward the Future of Re-entry in Austin Texas. The mission of the Vision Summit is to awaken and ignite communities to attain a unified vision and thriving re-entry process that enables the incarcerated to amend their place in the world, by showcasing effective programs, listening to each other and networking to make future possibilities a reality today. Keynote Speakers Pastor Derrick D. Johnson, Joshua Harvest Church Warden Robert L. Green, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Detention Services Division Register here For additional resources from NIC on Reentry
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The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
Posted: 22 days ago
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI) began as the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners in the 1990s and merged with the Family and Corrections Network (FCN) in 2006, creating the oldest and largest organization in the United States focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them. In 2013, NRCCFI became part of the Rutgers University - Camden campus. According to NRCCFI, on any given day there are an estimated 2.7 million children in America with at least one parent in prison or jail. The mission of NRCCFI is to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families by: Disseminating accurate and relevant information and research Guiding the development of family strengthening policy and practice Training, preparing, and inspiring those working in the field and Including the families in defining the issues and designing solutions One of t
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Domestic violence is in today's headlines.....but it has been an NIC Hot Topic for more than a year.
Posted: 27 days ago
The prevention of domestic violence is not an emerging issue. In July 2013, a Hot Topic comprised of nearly 50 studies on the prevention of domestic violence was added to the NIC website to respond to numerous inquiries by criminal justice professionals. The topic is one of over ninety in the NIC Knowledgebase Hot Topics collection. Recommended/Best Practices Programs for Prevention of Domestic Violence examines community supervision approaches for domestic violence cases, crisis intervention/trauma response to the victims, screening and risk assessment tools, batterer treatment programs, domestic violence courts, advocacy groups, stalking offenders, and, if intervention programs are effective. Batterer intervention programs have been proliferating in the United States for the past two decades. These programs give batterers an alternative to jail. They usually involve several months of attendance at group therapy sessions that attempt to stop the violence and change th
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Executive Excellence Program
Register Before: March 31, 2015
(Begins May 31, 2015) This 10-month executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Training Opportunity
Offender Employment Retention Specialist (OERS) Training
Register Before: March 06, 2015
(Begins May 04, 2015) The OERS training combines motivational interviewing techniques with cognitive behavioral principles to teach practitioners how to increase the offenders’ motivation for change while addressing the thoughts and feelings that negatively impact employment retention and successful reentry.
Training Opportunity
Executive Manager Program in Correctional Health Care
Register Before: March 01, 2015
(Begins May 04, 2015) The goal of this new training is to develop a better-prepared correctional senior-level workforce that is knowledgeable in health care administration. Training topics include: Government regulatory standards; Constitutional requirements and ethics; Strategic planning; Quality improvement; Workforce development; Finances; Contracts; Administration of health care; Mental health, Dental health, Custody needs to know; Keystone/Capstone case.
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Large Jail Administration
Register Before: February 27, 2015
(Begins May 31, 2015) Managing the operations of a large jail requires a unique set of tools and vision for daily operations that smaller jails cannot emulate. Recognizing the difference, NIC offers Large Jail Administration to address the specific needs of large jails. This 40-hour course focuses on assisting newly appointed jail administrators responsible for the oversight of a jail or jail system with 1,000 or more inmates.
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Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: February 01, 2015
(Begins March 23, 2015) This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of Restrictive Housing populations within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate violent offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from maximum confinement back to the community. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of restrictive housing offenders.
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National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: January 09, 2015
(Begins April 12, 2015) 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.
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Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: January 02, 2015
(Begins April 06, 2015) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
Training Opportunity
Executive Excellence Program
Register Before: December 31, 2014
(Begins March 15, 2015) This 10-month executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Probation and Parole Executives
Register Before: December 19, 2014
(Begins February 09, 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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Jail Administration
Register Before: December 19, 2014
(Begins March 23, 2015) 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.
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