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Resource Package for Paroling Authorities on Offenders with Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorders
Posted: 18 hrs ago
(2014) "The package provides an introduction for parole board members to some of the most significant challenges they will face in carrying out their responsibilities with respect to these populations, along with a summary of the latest research and strategic thinking in the field. Given the prevalence of these behavioral health issues in the correctional population, one of the most important challenges for paroling authority members is to assist in prioritizing the use of scarce supervision and treatment resources to achieve the greatest impact in terms of public safety." Sections of this web-based package include: background; offenders with mental disorders—behavioral health needs, risk/needs/responsivity, risk assessment for re-offense and tendency for violence, the effectiveness of mental health treatment, and screening and assessment for mental illnesses; offenders with substance use disorders—models of addiction, the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment, substance abuse screening and assessment, evidence-based practices (EBPs) and programs for individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems, and information about assessment and treatment of behavioral health disorders in local jurisdictions; the Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework; ten practice targets; conclusion; and additional resources.
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Justifiable Homicides by Law Enforcement Officers: What is the Role of Mental Illness?
Posted: 18 hrs ago
(2014) "As a consequence of the failed mental illness treatment system, an increasing number of individuals with untreated serious mental illness are encountering law enforcement officers, sometimes with tragic results. “Justifiable homicides,” [arrest-related deaths (ARDs)] in which an individual is killed by a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, may occur when criminals are being pursued, as in a bank robbery, or when an officer is threatened with a weapon, in other situations" (p. 3). This report examines the available information about justifiable homicides and concludes with recommendations for addressing critical issues involving the transfer of responsibility for mentally ill individuals from mental health professionals to law enforcement personnel.
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Prisoners with HIV/AIDS [Parts 1 and 2]
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) This article is a great overview of the legal issues related to prisoners that test positive for the HIV virus and those with AIDS. “Prisoners with HIV/AIDS are ubiquitous in today’s lockups, detention centers, jails, and prisons. Courts have addressed a variety of issues over the years about the treatment and handling of such prisoners. This two-part article takes a brief look at five specific areas that have come up fairly frequently” (p. 301). Part 1 begins with an introduction to the issue then discusses segregation, and medical care. Part 2 covers privacy, discrimination, protection from assault, claims by other prisoners, and some concluding suggestions.
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Webinar: Isolation Practices With Vulnerable Populations: Impact and Alternatives
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) You need to view this webinar if you work with youth being held in solitary confinement, are a youth advocate, a policymaker tasked with juvenile reform, or are just interested in this issue. This presentation talks “about the psychological, physical, and developmental harm that can come to youth in confinement as a result of solitary confinement and isolation. While we know that isolation is harmful and traumatic for any youth, it can be particularly traumatic for youth with mental health issues and for those who have experienced physical, sexual, or other forms of abuse and trauma.” The learning objectives for this webinar are: learn about the latest research on the prevalence and impact of solitary confinement on vulnerable youth in custody; understand the specific developmental and psychological vulnerabilities of young people to isolation practices; discuss the effect of isolation practices on incarcerated youth and their families; and hear about the challenges that facility administrators face in restricting isolation practices, as well as opportunities for reform.
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Creating A Place Of Healing and Forgiveness: The Trauma-Informed Care Initiative at the Women’s Community Correctional Center of Hawaii
Posted: 1 day ago
(2013) "Recognizing that most inmates are trauma survivors and many common prison routines can re-traumatize women, the Women’s Community Correctional Center of Hawaii, under the leadership of Warden Mark Kawika Patterson, works to create “a place of healing and forgiveness” [pu'uhonua] through its Trauma- Informed Care Initiative (TICI) … Reducing the use of restraints and isolation has been a focus of the training and activities of TICI, since these interventions are likely to re-traumatize women who are trauma survivors and cause trauma responses in women who had not previously experienced trauma" (p. 1). Sections of this publication include: program-at-a-glance; WCCC inmate demography; what trauma is; some potential sources of trauma; trauma's effects on individuals; the consequences of historical trauma; institutional practices can re-traumatize; healing from trauma; planning and implementing the WCCC Trauma-Informed Care Initiative—needs assessment, planning, training on trauma-informed care, and strategic planning; TICI accomplishments—trauma screening and assessment, workforce development, and the use of trauma-informed practices to reduce seclusion and restraint; resources to build the pu'uhonua; keys to success—inspirational leadership, becoming a learning organization, survival participation, community involvement, and partnering with other government agencies, academia, and community-based non-profits.
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Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Enhance Safety and Security in Women’s Correctional Facilities
Posted: 2 days ago
(2014) "In the wake of significant research on trauma and the interventions required to address it, a number of correctional agencies have made efforts to increase the use of trauma-based services and curricula … This document provides a brief overview of trauma and its effects on women offenders, and specifically defines trauma-informed practices for women’s correctional facilities.3 It also provides key actions that facility administrators, managers, and staff can take to better align their operational practices with the research on trauma and to create a more trauma-informed facility culture" (p. 1-2). This publication contains these sections: introduction; what we know about the experience of trauma among women inmates; trauma's impact on brain and body; what the prevalence of trauma among females means for women's correctional institutions; what the benefits of creating a more trauma-informed institutional culture are; creating a trauma-informed culture in women's correctional facilities; opportunities for implementing trauma-informed practices in correctional settings; eight action steps for building a trauma-informed facility culture; and conclusion.
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Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 2 days ago
(2013) "As criminal justice practitioners, we need to understand that the issues facing women veterans in the justice system may be complex as a result of untreated trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse, and their unique military experiences. We must better prepare ourselves to respond. This document highlights the unique experiences and needs of women veterans who become justice-involved and offers a gender and trauma informed approach that criminal justice practitioners can use to more effectively manage this population" (p. 2). Sections of this publication include: introduction; understanding the challenges facing justice-involved women veterans; symptoms of military sexual trauma (MST); identifying and addressing the needs of these offenders; veteran screening questions to add to established criminal justice intake and assessment processes; barriers to getting women veterans the services they need; and expectations for the future related to promising national initiatives focused on justice-involved veterans.
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Maximizing Medicaid: An Innovative Approach to Finance Health Care for Criminal Justice Populations [Webinar]
Posted: 2 days ago
(2014) "This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result. The discussion focuses on the challenges related to implementation and establishment of cross-agency collaboration, and the subsequent successes and cost savings that can be achieved." The agenda of this webinar is: "Introduction" by Fred Osher; "Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System" by Gabrielle de la Gueronniere; "An Introduction to Medicaid Eligibility and the Application Process" by Terri L. Catlett, Larry Huggins, and William Appel; and "Moderated Q&A Session" moderated by Osher.
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Transforming Rehabilitation: A Summary of Evidence on Reducing Reoffending
Posted: 3 days ago
(2013) “This summary provides an overview of key evidence relating to reducing the reoffending of adult offenders … [it] outlines evidence on factors associated with reoffending as well as desistance. It also presents evidence on aspects of general offender management and supervision, and on particular interventions and approaches that can reduce reoffending” (p. 1). Sections of this report include: introduction; reoffending and desistance; working effectively with offenders; evidence on reducing reoffending for drug misuse, alcohol misuse, accommodation needs, employment needs, mental health problems, behavior programs, developing and enhancing family relationships, negative peer relationships, restorative justice conferencing, and mentoring; and conclusions. Appendixes cover: further information about links to reoffending; sources of data and research evidence on offenders and recidivism; prevalence of factors commonly associated with reoffending; and standards of evidence.
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7 Common Characteristics of Juvenile Mental Health Courts
Posted: 3 days ago
(2013) This article is for those people who are tasked with developing a mental health care court for juveniles or individuals with an interest in juvenile justice. “While the courts we [the authors] surveyed and observed vary in size — from 8 to 50 enrollees — and specifics, these seven characteristics are applicable to any jurisdiction, regardless of size and available treatment services. These seven common characteristics are not prescriptive. They do, however, identify a broad blueprint for communities to use when establishing a docket or court to address behavioral health issues of justice-involved youth” (p. 1).
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Quick Facts on Women in the Federal Offender Population
Posted: 2 days ago
Recently released, this two-page flyer from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) provides key facts pertaining to women sentenced exclusively in the federal system. Highlighted Facts include: There were 80,035 cases reported to the USSC in fiscal year 2013. Of these cases, 9,400 involved female offenders. Female offenders accounted for 13.3% of offenders in fiscal year 2013. More than one-third were Hispanic (37.5%) followed by White (34.5%), Black (21.8%), and Other Races (6.2%). Most female offenders (70.8%) had little or no prior criminal history. Access the USSC flyer 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 newsletter at http://nicic.gov/go/subscribe. For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC s Women Offenders.
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Kansas DOC Selected for Training and Delivery of Staff Wellness Program
Posted: 3 days ago
In June, NIC announced a limited number of Technical Assistance events on the subject of corrections staff wellness. These Technical Assistance events include Instructor Training for the course From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment(tm), and a web-based Staff Wellness Survey. The Kansas Department of Corrections has been selected as one recipient to receive technical assistance to collaborate in training and delivering a program that supports staff as they cope with corrections fatigue, a result of the intrinsic challenges and stress of working in corrections. Excerpt From the Kansas DOC announcement: The men and women of the Kansas Department of Corrections perform a critical public safety function and, though that work is largely outside the public s view, their work makes a measurable difference in making Kansas safer, KDOC Secretary Ray Roberts said. Now as the population continues to grow, so does the need to help staff navigate the stressors and difficulties that co
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NRRC Webinar Series: "What Works To Promote Success For Youth In the Juvenile Justice System"
Posted: 7 days ago
The National Reentry Resource Center is presenting a two-part webinar series on what works in the juvenile justice system titled What Works To Promote Success For Youth In the Juvenile Justice System . Webinar Part I Description: The first webinar in the series highlights key recommendations from the white paper, Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. Participants will learn about the four principles that must undergird any strategy to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants will also learn how to implement the principles effectively, and hear about how some state and local juvenile justice systems have operationalized the principles in practice. Date/Time: September 4, 2014 at 2:00-3:30 ETREGISTER FOR WEBINARWebinar Part II Description: The second webinar in the series summarizes the issue brief, Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data to Inform
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement: Thinking About Corrections – Content Development
Posted: 7 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the development of a series of resources dedicated to addressing the corrections-specific frequently asked questions of its many stakeholders. Sample content will include original feature writing, the creation of fact sheets, and multimedia development. These works will support the production of Thinking About Corrections, NIC s electronic magazine dedicated to educating audiences about corrections through creative storytelling. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Director s Office. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective
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Jail Library Group Works to Bring Reading to Dane County Inmates
Posted: 9 days ago
by Sean Kirkby, University of Wisconsin-Madison Communications Reading is a positive use of inmates time as well as being correlated with improved academic achievement. This article describes how a volunteer program in Dane County, Wisconsin, collects donated books and magazines and provides them to jail inmates in weekly deliveries. Volunteer librarians also locate specific books in response to inmate requests, and they conduct an annual fundraiser. The Jail Library Group is a community effort coordinated by students in the University of Wisconsin master s program in library and information science. Now in its twenty-second year, the program has been recognized by the United Way of Dane County and the Dane County Sheriff s Department. The Jail Library Group also runs Kids Connection, which records the voices of inmate parents reading books to their children. The book and the recording are sent to the inmate s child.
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New to the NIC Website: Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers Resources
Posted: 9 days ago
Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new Projects page for Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers. This webpage focuses on victim services, specific to corrections, reentry, parole, and probation, that occur after an offender has been convicted, and it will provide resources and information for those working in this important, but rarely recognized, area of corrections. Also, a new addition to the NIC library and the Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers webpage is an annotated bibliography of selected resources. Content sections of the bibliography include: Victim Offender Communication, Dialogue, Mediation, Victim Support Services, and Restorative and Community Justice. Download the Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers bibliography
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New in the Library: California’s Female Realignment Report
Posted: 16 days ago
From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Female Realignment Report: An Examination of Female Offenders Released from State Prison in the First Year of Public Safety Realignment reviews one year of releases and one full year of follow-up data to evaluate how female offenders released from prison during the first year after implementation have fared . Key findings from the report include the following: Overall, data shows that there is very little difference between female offenders and their outcomes following release after completing their state prison term pre- and post-realignment (figure A). The post-realignment arrest rate was slightly higher than pre-realignment (1.5 percent), while the post-realignment conviction rate was slightly lower (1.2 percent). Post-realignment, all of the female offenders who returned to prison did so for a new conviction rather than a parole violation. Because of realignment, only certain offenders are eligible to
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Strategic Essentials for the Advancement of Organizational Knowledge and Expertise
Posted: 17 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 13, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve several deliverables, including the production of a white paper that will review all of the current research and publications on the implications of the massive loss of individual and collective knowledge and expertise due to generational retirements. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Prisons Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://w
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Register Now - Eligibility and Enrollment: How Does This Actually Work? Webinar
Posted: 20 days ago
Introducing the second webinar in NIC s Health Reform and Public Safety series . . . Eligibility and Enrollment: How Does This Actually Work? August 27th Please note webinar start time/your time zone: 10-11:30am PT / 11 - 12:30pm MT/AZ/ 12pm - 1:30pm CT / 1pm -2:30pm ET Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register at this link https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?t=a d=714876784 As mentioned in the NIC broadcast Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes on June 18, 2014, NIC is pleased to offer the second in a series of follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings. With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is possible for millions of low-income, justice-involved individuals to obtain health care or insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health needs. This fa
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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Transition From Jails To Community Marketing DVD
Posted: 22 days ago
See Q As below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the production of a 45-60 minute high-end, broadcast quality DVD to provide information specific to the implementation on NIC s Transition From Jails To Community (TJC) Initiative. Developed for correction staff and stakeholders, this DVD will illustrate the nine modules of the on-line TJC Toolkit based on the key components of the Model, and incorporate narration, interviews, graphics, and footage from TJC learning sites. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to an edited 45-60 minute segmented broadcast-ready DVD, pre-recorded video clips to enhance the instructional value of the DVD (to include footage/testimonies from at least two TJC learning sites), produ
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