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Myths & Facts - Why Incarceration Is Not the Best Way to Keep Communities Safe
Posted: 3 days ago
(2016) The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE). This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to show the effectiveness of community corrections. This is not to suggest that prison does not play an important role in the continuum of criminal justice, but that incarceration is not always the best way to keep communities safe, or to break the cycle of criminal behavior, reduce recidivism or to save tax payer dollars. Our network believes that each of the points in the continuum play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and that we must better understand through evidence-based research and science when to use incarceration and when community corrections might be more effective.
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Aligning Leadership and Management Practices with EBP
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2015) "When we think of EBP (evidence-based practices), we often think of how probation officers are applying evidence based principles into their daily supervision practices. Much of the literature out there on EBP focuses on program outcomes and supervision. There is sparse literature when it comes to EBP and leadership and management practices. The following focuses on aligning management practices with EBP" (p. 78).
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Ban the Box, Criminal Records, and Statistical Discrimination: A Field Experiment
Posted: 2 weeks ago
(2016) '“Ban-the-Box” (BTB) policies restrict employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories on job applications and are often presented as a means of reducing unemployment among black men, who disproportionately have criminal records. However, withholding information about criminal records could risk encouraging statistical discrimination: employers may make assumptions about criminality based on the applicant’s race … [This study's] results confirm that criminal records are a major barrier to employment, but they also support the concern that BTB policies encourage statistical discrimination on the basis of race" (p. x).
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Technical Resource Provider Handbook
Posted: 3 weeks ago
(2008) "The Technical Resource Provider Handbook was prepared for the correctional service provider who delivers technical assistance or training at the request of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). This handbook explains NIC policies and guidelines that affect the work of technical resource providers (TRPs) in the field. The handbook cannot address all of the issues related to NIC’s technical assistance and training program. Therefore, TRPs should contact the NIC staff member responsible for their assignment if they require more details about the technical assistance/training process and their role in it" (p. 1). Contents: Purpose of This Handbook; Background; Scope of Direct Technical Assistance; Standards of Professional Conduct; Eligibility To Serve as a TRP; TRP Selection; Negotiation and Authorization; Travel Arrangements; TRP Reimbursement Procedures; Technical Assistance Report; Agency Evaluation of Technical Assistance; Surveys; Media Relations; TRP Responsibility and Liability; TRP Adherence to NIC Policies and Procedures; Appendix A: How Agencies Request Direct Technical Assistance and How NIC Responds; Appendix B: National Institute of Corrections Travel and Per Diem Claim Form; Appendix C: National Institute of Corrections Voucher, Parts I and II; and Appendix D: Disclaimer.
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Protecting Written Family Communication in Jails: A 50-State Survey
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) This report "reviews which agencies in each state provide rules, guidelines, or best practices to local jails and uncovers what, if anything, these entities say about mail that people in jail may send or receive. As expected, we find a strong correlation between the states that have strong language protecting letter writing and the states in which no jails are experimenting with banning letters" (p. 1).
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Fidelity to the intensive supervision probation with services model: An examination of Adult Redeploy Illinois programs
Posted: 5 weeks ago
(2016) "Growing public support for prison reform has brought attention to community-based supervision alternatives, including intensive supervision probation for offenders who are at significant risk of being incarcerated. Researchers examined four intensive supervision probation with services programs supported by Adult Redeploy Illinois for fidelity to the evidence-based service model" (authors abstract).
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Review Panel on Prison Rape Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons, Jails, and Juvenile Correctional Facilities, April 2016
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(0) "This Report presents the findings of the Review Panel on Prison Rape (Panel), along with its recommendations, that are the result of its 2014 hearings in Washington, District of Columbia, based on two national surveys of correctional facilities by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011-12 (May 2013) and Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2012 (June 2013) … Consistent with the Panel’s prior reports, the Panel identified institutional practices that either prevent the sexual victimization of inmates and juveniles or place them at risk. To assist the reader in quickly comparing the factors associated with high- and low-incidence prisons, jails, and juvenile correctional facilities, the Panel prepared three tables that summarize this information" (p. v-vi).
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An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) In 2014, a network of membership associations that represent community corrections practitioners—the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)—surveyed their memberships to gauge opinions about the state of the field. The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN’s goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about where the field needs to go and what community corrections will need to get there, and allow those engaged in the national criminal justice reform debate to hear directly from those working with most people under correctional control. This survey is the first to ask those employed in community corrections their opinions about the field’s priorities. As such, the survey focuses on issues that relate to the direction community corrections is taking, the influence policymakers and the public have in determining that direction, and the resources needed to address new and anticipated priorities. The survey also provided CCCN an opportunity to determine if it is working on policy and issue areas that association memberships consider priorities Results show that the field embraces key elements of the new approach CCCN says the field needs to take: Key benchmarks include increasing reliance on evidence-based practices, research and data driven approaches. The survey results show strong support for a field that prioritizes innovation, systems change, collaboration and training.
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NACo County Explorer: Mapping County Data
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) Hundreds of data indicators can be mapped. These are organized according the topical areas of county administration, county employment, county finance, country structure, demographics, economy, education, energy and environment, federal funding, geography, health and hospitals, housing and community development, justice and public safety, public amenities, public lands, social services, transportation, utility, and water, sewerage, and solid waste management. You can search by city-zip code, county, or state.
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Jail Incarceration Trends
Posted: 6 weeks ago
(2016) "In 2014, the nationwide jail incarceration rate of 326 per 100,000 county residents exceeded the highest county rates registered in the 1970s, which rarely exceeded 300 per 100,000. Scroll the time slider or click the "Select data"; button to navigate the data"; Interactive charts for U.S. counties or states show the size of jails today; disparate impacts on race; disparate impacts on gender; decades of jail growth; and jail and prison population. There is also a link to the full report from which these charts are taken"; In Our Own Backyard: Confronting Growth and Disparities in American Jails" (December 2015) by Ram Subramanian, Christian Henrichson, and Jacob Kang-Brown.
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Still Time - Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release Live Broadcast
Posted: 21 hrs ago
Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release There is still time to register for this 3 hour live internet broadcast on Pretrial Justice and Bail. Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201609 September 8, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET The history of bail and the law intertwined with [this] history tell us that the three goals underlying the bail process are to maximize release while simultaneously maximizing court appearance and public safety. -- Timothy R. Schnacke, J.D., L.L.M., M.C.J., Fundamentals of Bail Courts in the United States process millions of criminal cases annually. Each requires a judicial officer to determine the conditions of a defendant s release pending adjudication-bail. Bail determination is one of the most important decisions in the criminal case processing, designated as a critical stage by the United States Supreme Court where liberty and d
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Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release Live Broadcast
Posted: 4 days ago
Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/ib201609 September 8, 2016 at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET A three hour live-streaming internet broadcast on Pretrial Justice and Bail. The history of bail and the law intertwined with [this] history tell us that the three goals underlying the bail process are to maximize release while simultaneously maximizing court appearance and public safety. -- Timothy R. Schnacke, J.D., L.L.M., M.C.J., Fundamentals of Bail Courts in the United States process millions of criminal cases annually. Each requires a judicial officer to determine the conditions of a defendant s release pending adjudication-bail. Bail determination is one of the most important decisions in the criminal case processing, designated as a critical stage by the United States Supreme Court where liberty and due process interests are p
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Are You In? Registration is Now Open for November 9, 2016 NIC Virtual Conference
Posted: 4 days ago
What would you do if we told you could instruct your entire staff through a virtual conference for less than it would cost to train just one person? Would you tell all of your staff to sign themselves up right now? Now is your chance! The National Institute of Corrections Virtual Conference 2016 is a convenient way to gain insight into the latest issues facing the field of corrections. This year s theme - Leading with Innovation - will focus on innovative correctional practices and leadership strategies touching on many areas throughout the field. Attendees from previous years have commented that the virtual conference enables agencies to instruct large numbers of staff all at once. They value being able to share best practices [with others]...and be able to learn what other organizations are doing well. So, whether you join the virtual conference on November 9th as an individual or as part of a larger group from your organization/agency, you will each receive the same va
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Webinar: Highlighting Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program
Posted: 5 days ago
Join the CCCN for a live webinar highlighting: Hawaii s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program Date: September 23, 2016 Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone 9:00-10:30am HST / 12-1:30pm PST / 1:00-2:30pm MST/ 2:00-3:30pm CST / 3:00-4:30pm EST Target Audience: Criminal justice professionals and organizations, community-based providers, and those interested in learning more about and / or replicating the HOPE model. Register Here: https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee08a536b5f6d0bbcb4cd435089d5c38a Description The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) will be hosting a live webinar event with our federal partners and national and local experts to highlight Hawaii s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a collaborative strategy among the court, probation, prosecutors, defense, law enforcement and community treatment providers to effect positive behavioral changes in probationers. HOPE was first conceived of b
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Cooperative Agreement – Corrections Stress: Developing a Needs Assessment for National Distribution
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. This solicitation is to develop a survey process for national distribution to corrections agencies and organizations across the corrections continuum. Results of the survey will identify and prioritize needs that will ultimately inform the development of products by NIC to address corrections stress (compassion fatigue, indirect and direct trauma) experienced by staff in institutions and community based settings. Objectives The overall objective of this solicitation is to take the results from the nationally distributed survey, the main deliverable of this solicitation, to ultimately guide NIC s work in the development of initiatives regarding corrections stress over the next 3-5 years. The resulting initiatives ideally can then be adopted across the corrections continuum to assist jurisdictions in identifying and addressing the elements that contribute to corrections
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Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform
Posted: 6 days ago
Recently released from the Vera Institute of Justice: The number of women in jail most of them mothers is growing faster than any other group behind bars, but has largely been overlooked from reform efforts, a new report released from the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation s Safety and Justice Challenge reveals. The number of women in jail in the U.S. has grown 14-fold since 1970 and continues to rise, even as the number of men in jail has begun to decline. Amid increasing national attention to the overuse of local jails as a driver of mass incarceration, this report takes stock of what we do know about women in jail in order to begin to reframe the conversation to include them. It found that the experiences women have in jail can exacerbate the problems that contributed to their incarceration in the first place trauma, mental illness, single-parenthood, and poverty and that more research is needed in order to understand what interventi
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Upcoming Event: The Prevalence of Trauma in Families and Community
Posted: 6 days ago
A Virtual Conference Thursday, August 25, 2016 10:00 AM 12:30 PM CDT Register for the conference This FREE virtual webinar begins with an opening plenary presentation entitled, Understanding that Trauma is the Expectation, Rather Than the Exception in Families and Communities. Following the plenary presentation, each participant will select the virtual workshop session they would like to attend as outlined below. Prevalence of Trauma in Women and Children, Karen Goodman, LMSW, MHP, Clinic Manager, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Trauma Informed Treatment for Men with Substance Use Disorders, Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC Lecturer, University of Chicago The Prevalence of Trauma in Veterans, Pamela Woll, MA, CADP Consultant, Great Lakes ATTC and Human Priorities Continuing Education Units This virtual conference is approved for 2.5 NAADAC CEUs for $10.00. Instructions on how to request and purchase your certificate will be provided during the introduction. Great
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Cooperative Agreement - Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency Wide Approach
Posted: 1 week ago
See Questions and Answers below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. This solicitation is to make 1) revisions to the existing curriculum to enhance applicability to jail systems housing justice involved women and 2) to deliver 2-3 training events as described in the body of this solicitation. Overview: The curriculum Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency Wide Approach was originally developed in 2002, but has been revised to continue to reflect the emerging research and objectives noted below. Objectives of the blended learning training curriculum Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency Wide Approach Practices Understand and incorporate gender-responsive principles into policies and practice. Create a planning framework for implementing gender-informed policies and practices that promote safety, stabilization and self-sufficiency, and then operationalize the knowledge. Implement
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New from NIC: No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System
Posted: 1 week ago
In collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) NIC released a new report on the growing number of girls under 18 in the adult system. From the introduction: The bulletin focuses on the population of girls under the age of 18 who are confined to adult facilities in the United States. It provides a summary of current research, incorporates the voices of practitioners, and offers recommendations for improving conditions and outcomes for girls who are sentenced to adult facilities. Data examined for this bulletin include results of a national survey of correctional administrators conducted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) in 2014. The NIC/NCCD survey was designed to collect information from members of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) about issues and challenges that adult facilities face in serving youth under age 18, with a particular focus on girls. ASCA is
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Registration is Now Open for November 9, 2016 NIC Virtual Conference!
Posted: 2 weeks ago
What would you do if we told you could instruct your entire staff through a virtual conference for less than it would cost to train just one person? Would you tell all of your staff to sign themselves up right now? Now is your chance! The National Institute of Corrections Virtual Conference 2016 is a convenient way to gain insight into the latest issues facing the field of corrections. This year s theme - Leading with Innovation - will focus on innovative correctional practices and leadership strategies touching on many areas throughout the field. Attendees from previous years have commented that the virtual conference enables agencies to instruct large numbers of staff all at once. They value being able to share best practices [with others]...and be able to learn what other organizations are doing well. So, whether you join the virtual conference on November 9th as an individual or as part of a larger group from your organization/agency, you will each receive the same
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