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Incorporating Racial Equality Into Criminal Justice Reform
Posted: 2 hrs ago
(2014) "There are few areas of American society where racial disparities are as profound and as troubling as in the criminal justice system. In fact, racial perceptions of crime and race influenced policy development have been intimately tied to the development of mass incarceration. Yet there is growing evidence that the high rate of minority imprisonment is excessive for public safety goals and damaging for family and community structures in high incarceration neighborhoods. This briefing paper provides an overview of racial disparities in the criminal justice system and a framework for developing and implementing remedies for these disparities." Six sections comprise this publication: incorporating racial equality as a goal in criminal justice reform; overview of racial equality in the criminal justice system; causes of racial disparity—socioeconomic inequality, handicapping of low-income people by resource allocation decisions, disparate racial impact of ostensibly race-neutral policies, and implicit racial bias among criminal justice professionals; best practices for reducing racial disparity; implementation strategies and metrics for success; and conclusion.
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What Works and What Doesn’t in Reducing Recidivism with Youthful Offenders
Posted: 2 hrs ago
(2014) This is a great introduction about how to effectively reduce youthful offender recidivism. Topics discussed include: the meaning of evidence based practice (EBP); five things EBP requires; what research tells us; principles for effective interventions—risk (who), need (what), treatment (how), and fidelity (how well); risk principle—"Risk refers to the risk of reoffending not the seriousness of the offense", target higher risk youth, provide most intensive interventions to higher risk youth, and providing intensive treatment for low risk youth will often increase their recidivism; risk and need factors; the necessity for assessments--Youthful Level of Service/Case Management Inventory, Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI), and the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS); dynamic and static factors; treatment principle—most effective are behavioral models (i.e., structured social learning, family-based intervention, and cognitive intervention); ineffective approaches with youthful offenders; fidelity principle—ensuring the program is implemented as it was designed; a new model of probation officer (PO) and offender interaction--Effective Practices in Correctional Supervision (EPICS); and some lessons learned from research.
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Offender Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement [Internet Broadcast]
Posted: 3 days ago
(2015) This three-hour national discussion and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. Current points in the criminal justice reentry continuum where victims can and should have a voice are explored. By including victims we can obtain more balanced information about the offender and their offense history which can positively impact reentry decisions. This approach can result in better outcomes for the community, offenders and victims through enhanced offender accountability, increased victim satisfaction, and community safety. During this program, presenters will: identify the value of involving victims throughout the offender reentry process, while ensuring victims’ rights are addressed; address corrections professionals concerns regarding interacting with victims and addressing issues of confidentiality; provide tips, tools and strategies for integrating victims into the reentry process; and identify resources, collaborative partnerships and funding opportunities for including victims in reentry programs.
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Practice Guide: Creating a Juvenile Justice LGBTQ Task Force
Posted: 3 days ago
(2014) "In an effort to adopt policies and/or establish community relationships so that LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning] youth and their families have access to supportive resources, some jurisdictions convened LGBTQ task forces or workgroups. The purpose of this practice guide is to provide instruction regarding how to establish a task force along with guidance on handling possible challenges to this work. This guide is directed toward the individual or group of individuals within a jurisdiction who are charged with convening and facilitating such a task force" (p. 1). Sections of this guide include: introduction; the role of the task force; intersecting identities; recruitment and retention; facilitating the task force; drafting a comprehensive policy; challenges within and outside of the task force; policy implementation; and conclusion. "Convening an LGBTQ task force in the juvenile justice system is, by no means, an easy endeavor. Collaborations are not perfect, but the ability of government systems, CBOs [community-based organizations], and community members to come together to create reform is worthwhile. The potential benefits for youth and families are numerous and oftentimes immeasurable" (p. 16).
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Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System [Webinar]
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) This webinar covers significant recommendations explained in the white paper "Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System". "Participants learn about the four principles that must undergird any strategy to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants 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." The four principles are: base supervision, service, and resource-allocation decisions on the results of validated risk and needs assessments; adopt and effectively implement programs and services demonstrated to reduce recidivism and improve other youth outcomes, and use data to evaluate system performance and direct system improvements; employ a coordinated approach across service systems to address youth’s needs; and tailor system policies, programs, and supervision to reflect the distinct developmental needs of adolescents. The final part of this presentation, "Translating Theory into Practice" shows how the Oregon Youth Authority uses its comprehensive statewide integrated Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) to enhance the agency's decisions through the use of data.
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Finding Work: A Smartphone Study of Job Searching, Social Contacts, and Wellbeing after Prison
Posted: 6 days ago
(2014) "The immediate months after prison are a critical transition period, which can determine future trajectories of successful reintegration or recidivism. Finding employment after prison is considered a key, if not the most important, condition to prevent recidivism; however, individuals face numerous obstacles to finding work. Although many of these barriers have been documented, methodological difficulties prevent a thorough understanding of how they impact the actual job searching and working experiences of individuals at reentry" (p. iii). The author explains how she used smartphones to address this gap in the knowledge. This document is comprised of six chapters: introduction; pounding the pavement—searching and working after prison; whether going it alone—social connectivity and finding work after prison; job search and emotional wellbeing at reentry; utilizing smartphones to study disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups; and conclusions. "Analyses of detailed smartphone measures reveal a reentry period characterized by very short-term, irregular, and poor-quality work … In contrast to prevailing notions in reentry scholarship, individuals are not social isolates or deeply distraught about their job searches; rather, they are highly connected to others and feel happier while searching for work. These results indicate that the low employment rates of reentering individuals are not due to person-specific deficiencies of low social connectivity and poor emotional wellbeing. Reentering individuals, however, remain deeply disadvantaged in the labor market, where they compete for work within a structure of deteriorated opportunities for low-skill, urban, and minority jobseekers more generally. Relegated to the lowest rungs of the market, reentering individuals obtain jobs that are very sporadic and precarious. These findings challenge the established idea that finding suitable employment in today’s labor market is an attainable goal for reentering individuals" (p. iii).
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Women in Detention: Putting the Bangkok Rules into Practice (E-course)
Posted: 6 days ago
(2013) This on-line training program "is self-directed and entirely self-paced, allowing you to complete it over days or even months depending on your availability. It is designed to increase your understanding of the Bangkok Rules and their implications, combining readings, multimedia, short assignments, self-assessments and case studies that allow you to apply the Rules to ‘real life’ situations." Ten modules comprise this course: human rights law and women in the criminal justice system; unnecessary imprisonment: Non-custodial measures; non-discrimination, allocation, admission and registration; hygiene and healthcare; specific health issues for women; security--searches and disciplinary measures; contact with the outside world; prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration; pregnant women and mothers with children; and meeting the needs of specific groups in detention. Each module takes about an hour to complete and "ends with a 3 question assessment so participants can assess their understanding of the issues covered. Following the 10 modules there is a final test – participants need to score a minimum of 20 out of 30 to receive a Certificate of Completion".
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A Guide to Evidence-Based Prisoner Reentry Practices
Posted: 1 week ago
(2011) "This guide is based on a review of the voluminous and robust base of literature on effective correctional practices as well as research from relevant social sciences. It is intended to inform local policy and practice and promote the maximization of resources. While aimed at corrections, it is hoped that all partners in reentry will find useful information" (p. i). Sections comprising this document are: introduction and overview; evidence-based practice (EBP) concepts; cultural considerations; collaboration and service delivery; residential stability and housing; employment readiness; social support; health and behavioral health—mental health care, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment, and interventions for sex offending; and summary and conclusions. Also included is a very good "Quick Reference Guide" to effective and unproven/ineffective interventions and programs for substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders (CODs), domestic violence, sex offending, intermediate sanctions, work and educational programs, mental illness, criminogenic need/risk, supervision, housing, trauma, and children and families.
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The State of Juvenile Justice, 2014
Posted: 1 week ago
(2014) Individuals in need of an overview of recent legal cases concerning juvenile justice will find this chapter quite useful. Nine sections cover: introduction; new reform initiatives; American Bar Association (ABA) initiatives; resistance to reform; the ABA Proposed Standards on Dual Jurisdiction and Crossover Youth; U.S. justice and education policy discouraging zero tolerance; juvenile life without parole; defense of children in the courts; sexual offending by juveniles; federal activity; and conclusion.
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Improving Offender Employment Through Employer-Focused Programming – National Institute of Corrections
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "Examining what employers need and communicating with employers differently: These are the keys to the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for improving the employment outcomes of job seekers with criminal histories. In this program, we uncover the four parts of the model and examine how savvy correctional organizations might engage with employers by following a comprehensive program of public relations, marketing, and community outreach."
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Innovation Webinars in Green Corrections: Integrating Green Corrections
Posted: a while ago
Over the next several months, you are invited to join us and learn about the latest innovations in green corrections from winners of the Green Corrections Challenge, the federal prize competition hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to crowdsource and share ideas with the field about green corrections. Through a series of Innovation Webinars, Challenge winners will demonstrate their prize-winning effective practices in the core areas of green corrections: facilities; education and training; and reentry. A final webinar will show how to integrate the three areas. Please mark your calendars for the webinar dates (completed) Thursday, February 19 at 12pm (EST): Making Education and Training Programs Green: Featuring Challenge winner Delaware Department of Corrections, Sussex Community Corrections Center. The webinar will show how their local green program teaches offenders hands-on skills like aquaculture, growing native grasses for beach restoration, and raising be
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EBDM Phase V Initiative Makes National News
Posted: 4 days ago
This recent article published in USA Today highlights Outagamie County, Wisconsin s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) Phase V selection and how EBDM differs from traditional criminal justice initiatives. The article, National justice project may turn sentencing on its head, provides views of the potential of EBDM from Outagamie County officials participating in the project. From the article: Judge John Des Jardins, Outagamie County, said he uses his wisdom and common sense when crafting sentences, but the goal of correcting behavior and improving public safety aren t always realized. We know this from seeing the same people time and time again, he said. It s deflating to see that the system isn t working. The new method allows police in the field to make quick decisions on whether someone should be arrested and jailed or given a fine. Jim Duncan, chairman of the county board s public safety committee, said the process should result in a safer community at a lesser cost t
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New in the Library: EBDM Phase II Evaluation Report
Posted: 1 week ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) recently launched Phase V of the Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems (EBDM) Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to equip criminal justice policymakers in local communities with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction reoffending. The initiative is grounded in two decades of research on the factors that contribute to criminal reoffending and the methods the justice system can employ to interrupt the cycle of reoffense. This recent addition to the NIC library focuses on an evaluation of Phase II of the EBDM initiative, which was designed to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based decision-making in local criminal justice systems across the nation by drawing on and applying the findings noted in the Framework. Partnering with a consortium of technical assistance (TA) experts led by the Center for Effective Public Policy
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Recent Podcast Highlights NIC’s Employer-Driven Employment Model and Toolkit
Posted: 1 week ago
Listen to this informative podcast, Improving Offender Employment Through Employer-Focused Programming, from the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA). Aired on March 11, 2015, this radio program focuses on the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for improving the employment outcomes of job seekers with criminal histories. In this program, we uncover the four parts of the model and examine how savvy correctional organizations might engage with employers by following a comprehensive program of public relations, marketing, and community outreach. The Employer-Driven Employment Toolkit provides examples of effective practices, strategies, tips and resources for implementing four key processes in the model: Use labor market information to identify high-growth occupations and target specific businesses. Address employer needs and expectations in marketing, placement, and job retention efforts.
Corrections News
New in the Library – Environmental Scan 2014
Posted: 1 week ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center regularly scans social, economic and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 9th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that is also used by corrections practitioners to inform their work in jails, prisons and community corrections. Sections of this report include: International Developments Demographic and Social Trends The Workforce Technology Public Opinion The Economy and Government Spending Criminal Justice Trends Corrections Populations and Trends Cost of Incarceration and Changing Corrections Policy Download the Full Report
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NIC's Evidence-Based Decision Making Site, Mesa County, Wins National ‘Innovations in Criminal Justice’ Award
Posted: 1 week ago
The Mesa County Colorado Evidence-Based Pretrial Initiative has been chosen as one of eight programs serving as a model of a more efficient and effective justice system. The recipients of the 2015 Innovations in Criminal Justice Award were selected by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation. The Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit started in 2011 in an effort to support practitioners in tackling the challenges related to shrinking budgets and rising costs and continues to feature cutting-edge criminal justice programs that can serve as models for practitioners around the country who seek to reduce crime and unnecessary incarceration. The summit will highlight the eight 2015 Innovations in Criminal Justice award winners including (alphabetically): Ashland, Oregon, Police Department s You Have Options Sexual Assault Reporting Program, Cook County (Chicago)
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Upcoming Webinar: The Role of Crime Victims and Advocates in Pretrial Justice Reform
Posted: 1 week ago
Register now to attend this free webinar, The Role of Crime Victims and Advocates in Pretrial Justice Reform, being held April 2nd from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. From the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA): As jurisdictions across the Nation seek to reform pretrial practices to improve individual and community safety, it s important to ask: Do crime victims and their advocates have roles and responsibilities in pretrial processes? There are many victims rights and services that are relevant to pretrial junctures of the criminal and juvenile justice systems. This webinar will explore crime victims concerns, rights and services throughout pretrial justice. As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to: Describe the core statutory rights of crime victims and survivors within pretrial justice. Identify important victim assistance programs that provide support and services to crime survivors in the pretrial phase of their cases. Describe important
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NCJA Announces a New Webinar Series on Sex Offender Management
Posted: 1 week ago
From the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA):NCJA is offering this free webinar. See below for information on how to register and more information on this webinar. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART), the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is hosting a new webinar series designed to provide policymakers and practitioners with trustworthy, up-to-date information they can use to identify and implement what works to combat sexual offending and prevent sexual victimization. Webinar Title: Incidence and Prevalence of Sexual Offending, and the Etiology of Adult Sexual Offending Webinar Description:The webinars are based on reviews of the scientific literature on sex offending and sex offender management and treatment topics conducted by a team of subject-matter experts and published by the SMART Office in October, 2014, as part of the SMART Office Sex Offender Manageme
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WSPIC Video: Gender Responsive Core Guidelines
Posted: 1 week ago
From the Women s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative (WSPIC), this video highlights core treatment guidelines developed by WSPIC and extracted from the larger group of Treatment Guidelines for Gender Responsive Treatment of Women with Substance Use Disorders. While all the treatment guidelines are important for an effective program, these core women s program guideline areas are features of the program that are fundamental for women s programs in particular. Core Women s Program Guidelines: Assessment and Engagement Recovery Planning Clinical Treatment Program Design Recovery Supports General Program Environmental Features Staff Competencies and Training Program Evaluation The WSPIC webpage also includes documents and tools, such as gender responsive program self-assessment and gender responsive implementation plans. The WSPIC guidelines highlighted on the video are available as a flowchart, full guidelines, core guidelines, and have been modified for programs
Corrections News
Innovation Webinars in Green Corrections: Greening Reentry Programs
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Over the next several months, you are invited to join us and learn about the latest innovations in green corrections from winners of the Green Corrections Challenge, the federal prize competition hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to crowdsource and share ideas with the field about green corrections. Through a series of Innovation Webinars, Challenge winners will demonstrate their prize-winning effective practices in the core areas of green corrections: facilities; education and training; and reentry. A final webinar will show how to integrate the three areas. Please mark your calendars for the webinar dates (completed) Thursday, February 19 at 12pm (EST): Making Education and Training Programs Green: Featuring Challenge winner Delaware Department of Corrections, Sussex Community Corrections Center. The webinar will show how their local green program teaches offenders hands-on skills like aquaculture, growing native grasses for beach restoration, and raising be
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
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
Offender Employment Retention Specialist (OERS) Training
Register Before: June 26, 2015
(Begins August 24, 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
Large Jail Network Meeting
Register Before: June 19, 2015
(Begins September 27, 2015) 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
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: June 18, 2015
(Begins September 21, 2015) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
Training Opportunity
Conducting Security Audits
Register Before: June 16, 2015
(Begins September 14, 2015) With NIC’s hands-on, onsite training, gain the experience of auditing out-of-state institutions of various security levels and missions. This 36-hour training program supplements classroom instruction in auditing protocol with tours of assigned facilities and real-world assignments that put newly trained participants in charge of the auditing process.
Training Opportunity
Women Offenders: Developing an Agencywide Approach
Register Before: June 13, 2015
(Begins August 11, 2015) This revised blended learning program, with combined independent and on-site activities will total approximately 40 hours over the course of a year. Incorporated into the course requirements are Blended-learning activities to include a webinar, an organizational readiness survey, independent reading and personalized coaching throughout the year to assist agencies in directing their planned change. On-site activities include a 2.5 day, in-class training at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, Colorado.
Training Opportunity
Executive Excellence Program
Register Before: June 01, 2015
(Begins August 23, 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 New Parole Board Members
Register Before: June 01, 2015
(Begins July 28, 2015) This training program helps participants build competencies and skills in performing the tasks that matter most.
Training Opportunity
Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: June 01, 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
Orientation for New Probation and Parole Chief Executives
Register Before: May 31, 2015
(Begins August 17, 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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