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Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report|Fourth edition
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(2014) This comprehensive "report draws on numerous national data collections to address the specific information needs of those involved with the juvenile justice system. The report presents important and, at times, complex information using clear, nontechnical writing and easy-to-understand graphics and tables. It is designed as a series of briefing papers on specific topics, short sections designed to be read separately from other parts of the report. The material presented here represents the most reliable information available for the 2010 data year on juvenile offending and victimization and the juvenile justice system. Given the breadth of material covered in this report, a data-year cutoff had to be established. We elected 2010 as a common anchoring point because all the major data sets required for the report were current through 2010 at the time we began writing. Although some newer data are now available, the patterns displayed in this report remain accurate" (p. iii). This report contains seven chapters: population characteristics; juvenile as victims; juvenile offenders; juvenile justice system structure and process; law enforcement and juvenile crime; juvenile offenders in court; and juvenile offenders in correctional facilities.
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Justice Reinvestment in Hawaii: Analyses & Policy Options to Reduce Spending on Corrections & Reinvest in Strategies to Increase Public Safety
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(2014) "This report summarizes the CSG Justice Center’s findings and describes the data-driven policy framework that was provided to state policymakers and the legislation that was ultimately enacted to address key issues in Hawaii. The 10 distinct policy options outlined in this report are organized around the 3 priorities that emerged from the analyses" (p. 1). Sections included report are: background; summary of challenges; justice reinvestment framework; projected outcomes; key findings—crime and arrest, pretrial, sentencing, corrections, and probation and post-release supervision; Objective 1—Increase efficiency; Objective 2—Reduce Recidivism; Objective 3—Ensure Accountability; understanding risk assessment; and the projected impact of the enacted legislation.
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Innovative Practices for Victim Services: Report from the Field
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(2014) "This e-bulletin provides brief descriptions of some of the innovative practices used by VOCA victim assistance and compensation programs. It draws on the firsthand experiences of state administrators and program staff in responding to victims’ needs, addressing gaps in services, and promoting awareness of crime victims’ rights. It is designed to spark dialogue among states and localities and encourage them to replicate these innovative practices … While some of the initiatives highlighted here involve upfront expenditures and significant time to implement, others are simple, low-cost strategies that can be adapted and replicated easily." Programs covered in this e-bulletin are organized according to: needs assessment; systems advocacy and coordination; compensation; underserved populations; victims' rights and services; and technology.
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One Strike and You're Out: How We can Eliminate Barriers to Economic Security and Mobility for People with Criminal Records
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(2014) "Today, a criminal record serves as both a direct cause and consequence of poverty. It is a cause because having a criminal record can present obstacles to employment, housing, public assistance, education, family reunification, and more; convictions can result in monetary debts as well. It is a consequence due to the growing criminalization of poverty and homelessness. One recent study finds that our nation’s poverty rate would have dropped by 20 percent between 1980 and 2004 if not for mass incarceration and the subsequent criminal records that haunt people for years after they have paid their debt to society. Failure to address this link as part of a larger anti-poverty agenda risks missing a major piece of the puzzle. It is important to note that communities of color—and particularly men of color—are disproportionately affected, and high-poverty, disadvantaged communities generate a disproportionate share of Americans behind bars … Indeed, research shows that mass incarceration and its effects have been significant drivers of racial inequality in the United States, particularly during the past three to four decades. Moreover, the challenges associated with having a criminal record come at great cost to the U.S. economy. Estimates put the cost of employment losses among people with criminal records at as much as $65 billion per year in terms of gross domestic product. That’s in addition to our nation’s skyrocketing expenditures for mass incarceration, which today total more than $80 billion annually" (p. 1-2). This report explains how all levels of government (local, state, and federal), employers, and academic institutions can work to ensure that criminal records do not lead to structural racism and poverty. This report includes the following sections: introduction and summary; background; barriers to employment; barriers to housing; barriers to public assistance; barriers to education and training; barriers to economic security and financial empowerment; and conclusion.
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Evaluation of Phase II Technical Assistance for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems
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(2012) "This report describes the EBDM [Evidence-Based Decision-Making] Phase II technical assistance approach and presents findings and themes from the process evaluation and outcome assessment (conducted from October 2010 to February 2012) of the technical assistance delivered to the seven sites selected under Phase II of the EBDM initiative … The Phase II technical assistance approach sought to facilitate both the Framework’s goals of recidivism reduction and harm reduction. This involved the adoption of well-evaluated principles and practices, while also allowing for some level of adaptation of these principles and practices to other parts of the criminal justice system … Evaluation results offer ample evidence that Phase II training and technical assistance enhanced site capacity in critical areas (i.e., strengthened collaboration, increased EBDM and system knowledge, increased support for EBDM principles and practices, identified change targets, and facilitated strategic planning) essential for successful implementation. Furthermore, stakeholders generally rated the TA positively, giving it high marks on relevance, quality, responsiveness, and utility" (p. VI-VII). This report is divided into five sections: introduction; evaluation approach—design and methods; EBDM Phase II technical assistance approach; examining the broader impact of Phase II: findings from the process analysis, findings from the cross-wave, cross-site stakeholder survey, agency collaboration, stakeholder engagement and coordination among key leaders, perceived benefits of technical assistance, implementation readiness, level of involvement in EBDM, stakeholder sphere, and summary; and conclusions and implications. The related NIC Evaluation Brief "Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative" is available at http://nicic.gov/Library/029768.
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Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative
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(2014) This brief covers results from the report "Evaluation of Phase II Technical Assistance for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems" by Janeen Buck Willison, Pamela Lachman, Dwight Pope, and Ashleigh Holand (issued June 2012) available at http://nicic.gov/Library/029767. It "describes the EBDM Phase II technical assistance approach and presents findings and themes from the process evaluation and outcome assessment of the technical assistance delivered to the seven sites selected under Phase II of the EBDM initiative. In doing so, we [the authors] explore the effect of Phase II technical assistance on the sites’ readiness for implementation and examine the broader impacts of Phase II participation for these communities. The report concludes with a discussion of implications and recommendations for future technical assistance efforts, informed by the lessons learned as part of this assessment … Evaluation results offer ample evidence that Phase II training and technical assistance enhanced site capacity in critical areas (i.e., strengthened collaboration, increased EBDM and system knowledge, increased support for EBDM principles and practices, identified change targets, and facilitated strategic planning) essential for successful implementation. Furthermore, stakeholders generally rated the TA positively, giving it high marks on relevance, quality, responsiveness, and utility" (p. 2, 3).
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Environmental Scan 2014: 9th Edition
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(2014) “Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning 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 corrections practitioners also use to inform their work in jails, prisons and community corrections. Because there are many issues beyond what is addressed in this environmental scan that potentially will influence corrections, this report is intended to give a broad overview of selected current and anticipated trends and not intended to be comprehensive” (p. 3). Sections of this report are: introduction; international developments; demographic and social trends; the workforce; technology; public opinion; the economy and government spending; criminal justice trends; corrections populations and trends; and cost of incarceration and changing corrections policy.
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Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex
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(2015) This is "the first study to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth; young men who have sex with men (YMSM); and young women who have sex with women (YWSW) who get involved in the commercial sex market in order to meet basic survival needs, such as food or shelter. The report documents these youth’s experiences and characteristics to gain a better understanding of why they engage in survival sex, describes how the support networks and systems in their lives have both helped them and let them down, and makes recommendations for better meeting the needs of this vulnerable population " (website). Sections of this report include; highlights; youths' engagement in the commercial sex trade for survival; current study goals and methodology; findings regarding the characteristics of LGBTQ youth, YMSM, and YWSW engaged in survival in New York City, the pathways into the survival-sex trade for this population, the characteristics of the commercial sex market, how much the youth earn and how they spend these earnings, the physical risks to them and how they protect themselves, the ways others help the youth find customers, the number of youth involved in exploitative situations, the composition of the youths' network, and the youths' perceptions of engaging in survival sex; discussion and summary; policy and practice guidelines; and main findings.
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Improving Illinois’ Response to Sexual Offenses Committed by Youth: Recommendations for Law, Policy, and Practice
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(2014) While this report comments on issues related to youth who sexually offend in Illinois, its recommendations are applicable to any state. “The increased availability of high-quality, reliable, youth-specific research findings presents an exceptional opportunity to align law and practice with expert consensus about best practices for responding to youth sex offenses. Most importantly, research over the last few decades has conclusively established that youth are highly amenable to treatment and highly unlikely to sexually reoffend. Research also indicates that strategies used with adults—principally sex offender registries and residency/employment restrictions—are not only unnecessary as applied to youth, but also counterproductive, as they often jeopardize victim confidentiality and can interfere with youth rehabilitation to an extent that undermines the long-term safety and well-being of our communities. In recognition of this research and the vital need to identify evidence-based best practices with regard to this very serious issue, the General Assembly charged the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission with making recommendations to ensure the effective treatment and supervision of youth who are adjudicated delinquent for a sex offense” (p. 6). While some of Illinois’ practices related to sex offending by youth are based on “what works” research, some are not. Thus, the Commission has made three recommendations to align law, policy, and practice with research on effective interventions for juvenile sex offenders: Recommendation 1--Develop and implement professional best practice standards and provide current, objective, and evidence-informed training for professionals who work with youth offenders and victims of sexual abuse; Recommendation 2--Equip courts and communities to intervene effectively with individualized, community-based, family-focused services and supervision; and Recommendation 3--Remove young people from the state’s counter-productive sex offender registry and the categorical application of restrictions and collateral consequences. This website provides access to: the full report (150 pages); the report without Appendices (61 pages); the Executive Summary; the Fact Sheet; the Press Release; and audio from the March 25, 2014 Report Release Conference Call.
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What Caused the Crime Decline?
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(2015) This report "examines one of the nation’s least understood recent phenomena – the dramatic decline in crime nationwide over the past two decades – and analyzes various theories for why it occurred, by reviewing more than 40 years of data from all 50 states and the 50 largest cities. It concludes that over-harsh criminal justice policies, particularly increased incarceration, which rose even more dramatically over the same period, were not the main drivers of the crime decline. In fact, the report finds that increased incarceration has been declining in its effectiveness as a crime control tactic for more than 30 years. Its effect on crime rates since 1990 has been limited, and has been non-existent since 2000. More important were various social, economic, and environmental factors, such as growth in income and an aging population. The introduction of CompStat, a data-driven policing technique, also played a significant role in reducing crime in cities that introduced it" (website). This report is divided into two parts following an executive summary. Part I—State-Level Analysis of Crime: criminal justice policies—increased incarceration, increased police numbers, use of the death penalty, and enactment of right-to-carry gun laws; economic factors—unemployment, growth in income, inflation, and consumer confidence; and social and environmental factors—decreased alcohol consumption, aging population, decreased crack use, legalization of abortion, and decreased lead in gasoline. Part II—City-Level Analysis of Crime: policing—introduction of CompStat.
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NRRC Webinar: Keys for Building Successful Adult Mentoring Relationships
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The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) is presenting a webinar on adult mentoring relationships. Webinar Description: Reentry mentoring programs typically aim to provide a mix of formal and informal support to adults returning to their communities after incarceration. To best foster connections between participants and mentors and create a pathway to the support and services that participants need, good relationship skills are essential. This webinar will share approaches for building positive relationships between mentors and participants, including the importance of communication skills, problem-solving strategies, and conflict management tools. These competencies can also help participants improve their own family, personal, and professional relationships as they reenter the community.Presenters: K. Jason Krafsky, Managing Director, Healthy Relationships International Bento Leal, Director, Healthy Relationships Bay Area/Program Specialist Moderator: Nicole Jarrett,
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Three States Join the Efforts of the National Institute of Corrections to Improve Public Safety Outcomes
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The states of Indiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin have been selected by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to proceed with Phase V of Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) in State and Local Criminal Justice Systems. In partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy, NIC has developed training and technical assistance plans to provide focused support and the assistance needed to complete the activities of EBDM Phase V, the in-depth analysis and planning necessary for improved public safety outcomes. State teams composed of one state policy team and one criminal justice team from each of six jurisdictions will be assigned a technical assistance (TA) provider who will be onsite at least once per month through March 2016. The TA provider a content expert and coach will facilitate stakeholders through the EBDM Roadmap, a step-by-step process for applying the EBDM framework across each state and the selected local jurisdictions. The State of Indiana team is sponsored
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Upcoming Webinar: Using Trauma-Informed Approaches with Women Inmates to Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings
Posted: 2 days ago
Join this free webinar, Using Trauma-Informed Approaches with Women Inmates to Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings, being held on March 11, 2015 2:00-3:30 PM ET. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and the American Jail Association: Studies have revealed that past and current trauma is a common experience among justice-involved women. Understanding what trauma is and how it is exhibited in the behavior of women inmates is important for correctional staff who want to work more effectively (and safely) with women inmates. In addition to presenting information on trauma, this webinar provides practical information on how to communicate with women inmates in a trauma-informed manner, how to create safety and security through trauma-informed practice, and how to respond to disclosure. At the end of this workshop, participants will: Understand the effects of trauma and how they can work more effectively with women inmates. List some of the techniq
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Register Now - Orientation for New Pretrial Executives
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Apply here to attend NIC s Orientation for New Pretrial Executives training being held in Aurora, CO on August 9-14, 2015. This week-long course provides extensive training aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of pretrial executives in maintaining and capitalizing existing services. Course Description More than ever, criminal justice practitioners and decision-makers understand and appreciate the complexity and importance of the pretrial field and expect more from those who manage pretrial release and diversion programs. To meet these expectations, today s pretrial executive must be an expert in the statutory foundations of bail; best practices in risk assessment, risk management, and organizational leadership; and communicating program mission and values to criminal justice and community partners. As the premier training for pretrial leaders, NIC s Orientation for New Pretrial Executives engages participants in a comprehensive 40-hour instructor lead course of study aimed at
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National Institute of Corrections Announces Jim Cosby as New NIC Director
Posted: 6 days ago
WASHINGTON The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has announced that its Community Corrections Division chief, Jim Cosby, has been selected as the new director of NIC, effective February 22, 2015. Appointed by United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., Cosby succeeds Acting Director Robert M. Brown, Jr., who has returned to service as NIC s Senior Deputy Director. On the occasion of Jim s appointment as Director of NIC, Bureau of Prisons Director Charles E. Samuels, Jr., commented: I am looking forward to working with Jim in his new capacity. His experience and commitment to public service are commendable. I am confident he is going to do great things to assist state and local corrections agencies around the country. The National Institute of Corrections provides vital programs and services for the tens of thousands of corrections professionals around the country; I know Jim is going to continue to enhance the Institute s outstanding reputation for quality training
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Upcoming NCJA Webinar: Leveraging Health Care Reform to Enhance Successful Reentry
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From the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA): With support from various agencies NCJA is offering this free webinar. See below for information on how to register for upcoming webinar events. Webinar Title: Planning For Success: Leveraging Health Care Reform to Enhance Successful Reentry Webinar Description: With more than 11 million people cycling through US jails every year and an estimated 10-30 percent of corrections spending going to inmate health and behavioral healthcare, there is an obvious need to not only focus on reentry but also on improving the continuity of care for individuals returning to the community. Planning For Success: Leveraging Health Reform to Enhance Successful Reentry will highlight planning efforts currently underway in Louisville, Kentucky and in Maricopa County, Arizona. Speakers will address how their multi-disciplinary planning efforts have used healthcare reform to bring together justice and health agencies to begin addressing the complex
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Upcoming Webinar on Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues and Trauma in Women with Substance Use Disorders
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Join this free webinar, Women in the Mirror: Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues and Trauma in Women with Substance Use Disorders, being held on March 5, 2015 3:00-4:30 PM ET. Overview Women with substance use disorders have alarmingly high rates of co-occurring mental health issues and histories of trauma. Failure to address these issues and their interconnections can lead to significant setbacks in recovery. This session offers current information about effective interventions and strategies for supporting women with co-occurring substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Topics include: trauma, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD among women with substance use disorders. Featured Speakers Francine Feinberg, Psy.D., LCSW: Dr. Feinberg is a nationally recognized expert in treating women with substance use disorders. For almost three decades she served as Executive Director of Meta House, in Milwaukee, WI, a substance abuse and mental health t
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Register Now - Thinking for a Change: Train the Trainer
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Pass it on! Join NIC s Thinking for a Change (T4C): Train the Trainer course being held in Aurora, CO from July 7-9, 2015. Overview This training for trainers learning experience will equip participants that satisfactorily pass course requirements to use NIC s Thinking for a Change Facilitator Training curriculum in their own agencies. This course is designed to capacitate staff to train others to facilitate Thinking for a Change. Temporary access to NIC s web platform for delivery of the Facilitator Training will be granted to qualified graduates of this course to train facilitators in their agencies. Specific Course Events June 1,4,8,11,15,18,22, 25 (Internet and inter-session work) July 7,8,9 NCA Aurora (On-site classroom) Objectives This sixty-hour course, like the Facilitator Training course, is delivered in a blended format, consisting of live interactive web sessions, homework, practice sessions, and culminates in a three-day face-to-face advanced practicum at
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Mark Your Calender: AJFO Conference
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The 16th Bi-Annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) conference will be held October 13-15, 2015. The conference is entitled Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Paths to Resiliency and will be located in Hartford, Connecticut at the Marriott Downtown. For future announcements visit: www.ajfo.org www.facebook.com/AJFOConnecticut www.womensconsortium.org Download 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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TEDx Event: Does Gender Matter?
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The Washington State Department of Corrections is hosting a TEDx event at its Washington Corrections Center for Women, located in Gig Harbor, Washington. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading , usually in the form of short, powerful talks. It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages. TEDx is an independently organized event designed to help communities, organizations and individuals spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. Because ideas worth spreading are never bound by location or source, the Washington Corrections Center for Women is uniquely positioned to present a TEDx event entitled Does Gender Matter? . On March 14, 2015, the audience will hear 18 speakers, including community members, facility staff and volunteers and offenders present their ideas worth spreading, ideas that mak
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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.
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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
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
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
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: May 29, 2015
(Begins August 30, 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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Planning of New Institutions
Register Before: May 22, 2015
(Begins August 24, 2015) This 32-hour training program teaches the importance of in-depth planning before starting facility design.
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