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Tribal Legal Code Resource: Domestic Violence Laws Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence
Posted: 18 hrs ago
(2015) "All governments should be very concerned about domestic violence against Native women. Tribal governments across the United States are creating programs to improve response to violent crime. As sovereign governments, tribes can assert jurisdiction in criminal and civil actions involving assaults against Native women … As sovereign governments, many tribes have asserted concurrent or exclusive criminal and/or civil jurisdiction in domestic violence cases. A key piece of responding to domestic violence is to draft or revise tribal domestic violence laws. This resource guide was developed to provide a starting point for drafting or revising tribal laws on domestic violence. It is written with a philosophy that tribal laws should reflect tribal values. In addition, writing a tribal law usually requires careful consideration of how state and/or federal laws might apply in the community. This resource guide includes examples from a variety of tribal codes and discussion questions that are designed to help tribal community members decide on the best laws for your community" (p. 1). Resources are organized into the following sections: general provisions; jurisdiction—criminal or civil; criminal domestic violence statutes—defining domestic violence, role of law enforcement, role of tribal prosecutors, role of courts, evidence, victims' rights in criminal proceedings, and sanctions; protective orders—developing civil protective orders, violating protective orders, and full faith and credit; family law and child custody; and education and batterer intervention.
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Women, Trauma & Incarceration: What They Say, How We Work
Posted: 4 days ago
(2015) This presentation is a very good introduction for the impact of trauma on female offenders, and the need for justice-informed practices. It may be from Canada, but it speaks to all of the issues facing female trauma and incarceration in the United States. Topics discussed include: why trauma is an important issue; defining trauma; vicarious trauma; trauma-informed practices; voices of trauma—a call for help; triggers and trauma reactions; trauma-informed versus trauma-specific; where trauma-informed practices should be used; guidelines for trauma-informed practices in women's substance use services; trauma-informed vs. not trauma-informed; pathways to trauma-informed practices; and future directions.
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Restrictive Housing FAQ
Posted: 5 days ago
(2014) "Restrictive housing, sometimes known as administrative segregation, is the practice of housing some inmates separately from the general population of a correctional institution and imposing restrictions on their movement, behavior, and privileges." This compilation of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) informs the reader about the concerns surrounding the use of restrictive housing (aka administrative housing, departmental segregation, and security housing units). Topics covered are: what restrictive housing is and how it works; why it is used; what the conditions are in restrictive housing; whether restrictive housing is different from solitary confinement; the commonality of restrictive housing use and whether its population is growing; why it is controversial; the fiscal impact of restrictive housing; and the impact of restrictive housing on mental health.
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Creating an Effective Pretrial Program: A Toolkit for Practitioners
Posted: 6 days ago
(2013) Pretrial program models "have evolved considerably in recent decades, and there is evidence to show that they can be more successful than the money bail system at ensuring public safety and court appearance. There are many evidence-based options available to communities seeking to implement or strengthen pretrial programs … Many counties are now exploring such programs, asking critical questions about whom among those awaiting trial needs to be in jail and who can be managed successfully in the community. This toolkit offers guidance to county officials on how to develop and operate these programs at the local level, building upon available literature on effective pretrial policies and practices" (p. 1). Sections of this toolkit are: introduction; an overview of pretrial; pretrial programs—risk assessment; diversion; supervision; assessing pretrial effectiveness; ongoing measurement and enhancement; and conclusion. An appendix includes the fact sheet "What does California state law say about pretrial release?"
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Constitutional Implications of Restrictive Housing
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "The prison setting imposes greater than normal restrictions on liberty, privacy, and communication. As a result, the prison comes under greater legal scrutiny regarding extent of the restrictions and deprivations of those restrictions and deprivations. Within the prison setting, the placement of inmates in restrictive housing or administrative segregation generates even greater judicial scrutiny due to the level of restriction, reasonableness of the placement and the indeterminate length of the segregation. Even with the proper policies in place, the conditions and programming in restrictive housing require careful review and attention for any correctional facility. In the past few decades, prisoners and prisoner right advocates have successfully challenged many departments on the use of restrictive housing. The following presents a brief overview of the areas in which departments have faced legal challenges" (p. 1). Constitutional challenges regarding restrictive housing in the recent past have been made based on First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment.
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A Life of Stress: The Damages
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "This webinar is designed to help participants identify the stressors in their lives (both external and internal) and understand the impacts the stress reaction has on our mind and bodies. The complex stress reaction – which was designed to provide us the energy and strength to “fight or flee” from a threatening stressor – now, in our busy and demanding world, has become a damaging process to our mind and bodies. Recognizing the toll stress takes on us becomes the incentive for change. This course will teach you how to examine the stressors in your lives, and explore the damage caused by unresolved stress. But, we won’t leave you there. The follow-up course A Life of Stress: the proper response will be held on Tuesday, August 4th @ 1pm EDT."
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Exploring the Impact of Supervision on Pretrial Outcomes
Posted: 1 week ago
(2013) "The current study seeks to investigate the effect of pretrial supervision on the likelihood of failure to appear (FTA) and new criminal activity (NCA) before case disposition. First, drawing on data from two states, this research isolates two groups of defendants: those released pending case disposition with supervision and those released without supervision. Second, this research compares the two groups across several descriptive factors regarding likelihood of FTA and NCA while in the community pending case disposition" (p. 3). Sections following an executive summary include: introduction; sample description; and findings regarding the impact of pretrial supervision on the likelihood of FTA and NCA while awaiting case disposition. When moderate- and high-risk defendants had pretrial supervision they were 33% less likely not to appear in court, while all those defendants who were supervised for 180 days or more were 36% less likely to be re-arrested for new offenses.
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Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims: A Top Ten List for Service Providers and Criminal Justice Professionals // Breaking Barriers: Top Ten List
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "Today, human trafficking is a thriving criminal industry, targeting the most at-risk individuals in our communities. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to compel others into commercial sex or to provide labor or services. Frequently targeting individuals who lack strong support networks, those who have histories of abuse, or those who are marginalized from their community, traffickers exploit the vulnerabilities in our communities most at-risk individuals … Where basic needs of LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning] youth go unmet, young people may enter high-risk, poorly regulated employment sectors or provide commercial sex acts in exchange for basic necessities … While the anti-trafficking field has excelled in providing service to marginalized and vulnerable populations, many trafficked LGBTQ youth still go underserved or unserved. This resource seeks to shine a light on the encouraging practices taking place among anti-trafficking providers in recognizing the needs of LGBTQ youth and supporting them as they do all victims and survivors" (p. 1). The top ten barriers to break are: build partnerships in your community; train staff to create a welcoming space; improve ability to identify human trafficking; revamp your intake process; revisit your practices on confidentiality; adapt your services to e inclusive; adjust your safety planning process; allow flexibility in treatment or case planning; host LGBTQ inclusive events and activities; and advocate for the rights of LGBTQ youth.
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The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "This report exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls — especially girls of color — who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls" (p. 5). This report is divided into two sections. Girls' Paths of Sexual Abuse into the Juvenile Justice System: the proportion of girls – especially girls of color – in the juvenile justice system is increasing; girls are disproportionally victims of sexual violence; girls' behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized, reinforcing the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; the juvenile justice system typically fails to address, and often exasperates, trauma that caused the girls to be there; lived experience of the pipeline—victims of sex trafficking jailed as offenders; lived experiences of the pipeline—detention of girls who are status offenders; and in focus—dual-system youth and the pipeline. Child Welfare and the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline—Identifying and Treating Trauma in the Child Welfare System: dismantling the pipeline—policy recommendations to improve the child welfare system's response to girls.
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Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling (CAIJS)
Posted: 1 week ago
(2015) "The indiscriminate shackling of youth unnecessarily humiliates, stigmatizes, and traumatizes them. The practice impedes the attorney-client relationship, chills juveniles’ constitutional right to due process, runs counter to the presumption of innocence, and draws into question the rehabilitative ideals of the juvenile court. CAIJS works with advocates, judges, members of the media, and medical professionals in states across the country to both educate stakeholders on the harms of shackling young people, and promote laws, regulations, and court orders prohibiting the shackling of young people during juvenile proceedings unless the judge makes an affirmative finding that the specific child is a danger in the courtroom or a flight risk." Information on this website includes: resources—"Model Statute / Court Rule", "Shackling Reform Statewide, Administrative Orders & Statutes" (June 2015), "Ending Universal Shackling of Children in Court—Webinar", and CAIJS Fact Sheet on Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling; affidavits regarding indiscriminate shackling of juveniles from experts in the field; policy statements and position papers from national associations; American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Resolution and Report to the House of Delegates.
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Obesity in Prison: A Gender Difference
Posted: 21 hrs ago
A 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics special report, Medical Problems of State and Federal Prisoners and Jail Inmates, highlighted an interesting statistical difference between incarcerated males and females. The report stated: While female prisoners and jail inmates were less likely than males to be overweight, they were more likely to be obese or morbidly obese. The numbers showed female prisoners (35%) were less likely than males (47%) to be overweight. However, female (43%) prisoners were more likely than males (27%) to be either obese or morbidly obese. Two studies on obesity in corrections provide additional data. The Impact of Incarceration on Obesity: Are Prisoners with Chronic Diseases Becoming Overweight and Obese during Their Confinement? 2015: This study, unlike others, was conducted institution-wide for a 7-year period and found that female offenders were more likely to gain weight and to be overweight or obese compared to male offenders, which raised a number of
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Virtual Conference: New Directions in Corrections - Staff Wellness
Posted: 5 days ago
On June 10, 2015, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) hosted a national virtual conference on staff wellness titled New Directions in Corrections: Staff Wellness. Session topics included using neuroscience to reduce stress, healing corrections, the organizational implications of boundary violations, creating a purpose-driven corrections career, corrections personnel suicide, and staff wellness. View the conference presentation recordings here. View
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Register Now: AJFO Conference
Posted: 1 week ago
The 16th Bi-Annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Paths to Resiliency, will be held October 13-15, 2015 in Hartford Connecticut. The Conference focuses exclusively on women and girls in the criminal justice system. This year s program includes: Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President of The National Crittenton Foundation, and Co-Director, National Girls initiative presenting with girls with experience in the juvenile justice system; Meda Chesney-Lind, PhD, noted author, and nationally recognized for her work on women and crime; Stephanie Covington, PhD, an expert in gender-responsive care, discussing international innovations; Jennifer Wheatley, MA, Deputy Commissioner for Women at the Correctional Service Canada; Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of Prison Baby discussing her own story of resiliency; a reentry panel representing women from across the United States led by Bronwyn A. Hunter, PhD from University of Maryland Ba
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In the News: History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System
Posted: 2 weeks ago
This recent article published in the New York Times summarizes a report on girls in the juvenile justice system with a history of sexual and physical abuse. The study, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls Story, found that sexual abuse was among the primary predictors of girls involvement with juvenile justice systems, but that the systems were ill-equipped to identify or treat the problem. From the article: As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse. The report s authors say that girls involved in criminal behavior receive far less public attention than boys because there are far fewer girls in juvenile detention centers and because crimes committed by girls do not usually involve violence. Laws in many states allow the police to arrest girls as young as 13 on prostitution charges, even when they are victims of sex trafficking. The report says the policy of incarcerating girls at young
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Join the Event – Livestream of A Forum on Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Mark your calendar on July 15, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST for a livestream of the upcoming conference, Catching up with Science: A Forum on Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System, co-hosted by the New York City Mayor s Office of Criminal Justice and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The forum will feature remarks from leaders in many fields government, academia, young adult advocacy, and social services discussing what works in meeting the needs of New York City s justice-involved young adults. About the forum: Court-involved young adults in the transition between adolescence and fully mature adulthood have been increasingly recognized as a unique population in need of special policies, programs and practices to reduce their incarceration and collateral system consequences and improve their outcomes. In Catching up with Science, national and local experts, including Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, will discuss why this is a population in need of special
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Register Now: Veterans Treatment Court Live Broadcast!
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance For Vets Who Have Lost Their Way Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Broadcast at: http://nicic.gov/training/ib2015 August 26, 2015 - 3 hour live streaming event 9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country. The three-hour broadcast titled Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way, will be aired live on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.From WWII through the continuing global war on terror, there are approximately 21.5 million veterans in the U.S. today. So many of these men, and increasingly women, return home damaged mentally and physically from their time in service. These wounds often contribute to their involvement in the criminal justice system. As a result, vete
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Register Now! Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with Criminal Justice
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Reserve a spot on your calendar on July 23, 2015 for the upcoming webinar, Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System, the fifth webinar in the Women Matter series from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). About the webinar: This webinar centers on the unique experiences, barriers to recovery and reentry into society, that women often face during and after incarceration. Experts will address the experiences, needs, and resiliency of women involved with the correctional system, along with effective interventions, programs, policies, and partnerships to help women rebuild their lives. This presentation is designed for anyone, including community and in-custody treatment and recovery service providers, who work with women who have experienced incarceration. Featured Speakers: Maureen Buell, M.S.: Ms. Buell leads the National Institute of Corrections Justice-Involved Women s Initiative, which devel
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Apply Now: NIC's 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium
Posted: 3 weeks ago
2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery 15A6001 September 2 - 4, 2015 National Corrections Academy (NCA), Aurora, Colorado The National Institute of Corrections is pleased to announce the 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery. This year s activities focus on the number one identified need of the corrections field, innovations in training and learning delivery, as determined in needs assessment processes during our 2014 Symposium. We invite you to participate in this interactive experience! What Will Occur During This Year s Symposium? Presentations by peers in the corrections field on how they are innovating in the delivery of training in their organization Breakout sessions in discipline specific groupings (community services, jails, juvenile justice, and prisons) to discuss training and learning issues specific to those settings Opportunities for sharing what innovat
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Register Now for CCCN Live National Forum Discussion via Webex
Posted: 3 weeks ago
CCCN LIVE National Forum Discussion via Webex - San Diego, CA / September 10, 2015 The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) will be hosting a live national forum discussion with our federal partners and national and local experts, to highlight the unique opportunities and resources that are now available to our criminal justice system. When we look at who is locked up in our prisons and jails or juvenile facilities around the country, the data show that there are hundreds of thousands of individuals who had a drug, mental health or associated treatment need that went unmet. Date: September 10, 2015 Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone: 10:00-11:30am PT / 11:00-12:30pm MT/AZ/ 12:00pm-1:30pm CT / 1:00pm-2:30pm ET Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register: To register for the webinar, visit https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaa4301ca764cab6dc6e4ad2d25940c3d
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Still Available! NIC’s Virtual Conference on Staff Wellness
Posted: 4 weeks ago
If you haven t visited the 2015 New Directions in Corrections Virtual Conference site to look at the recordings of sessions or to download resource information, now s the time to do so! The conference site (https://nicvirtualconference.com) is available until July 10th, so that you can continue to access recorded sessions, resources, and discussion forum logs. After July 10th, the NIC will be posting the recorded sessions on an internal server that can be found at: http://info.nicic.gov/virt/ Also, if you haven t done so, please complete the Virtual Conference survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NICVirtualConference. Your feedback is very important to us! Certificates of participation will be sent out for up to 8 hours of contact time to those who have completed the survey. The certificates will be emailed out after July 10th to the email address used to register for the conference.
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
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New Jail Inspectors Training
Register Before: March 01, 2016
(Begins April 18, 2016) This four-day program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of new detention facility inspectors in their core duties of inspecting, consultation, and technical assistance. In this program participants will examine their role as a detention facility inspector, create a plan for developing positive working relationships with detention officials and other key stakeholders, examine and practice key inspection and consulting skills, plan and carry out a practice inspection and report, review trends impacting detention facilities and standards, and gather contacts, information, and resources for professional development.
Training Opportunity
Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge
Register Before: September 16, 2015
(Begins September 16, 2015) A live-streaming internet broadcast on the newest innovations in treatment practices, protocols, and management of HCV and it’s implications for criminal justice, corrections organizations and public health.
Training Opportunity
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way
Register Before: August 26, 2015
(Begins August 26, 2015) The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be conducting a three-hour live-streaming internet broadcast on justice-involved veterans, highlighting the lifesaving role being played by veterans treatment courts across the country.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: August 24, 2015
(Begins November 02, 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.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: August 03, 2015
(Begins September 23, 2015) Parole board chairs, whether appointed by their governor, elected by their peers, or rotated into their role from their seat on the parole board, are in an influential position to lead efforts to improve and reform the transition and reentry system, as well as enhance their board’s capacity to use evidence-based principles in effective offender management. Being an effective chair requires clearly defined roles and strategies to ensure that informed decisions are made relative to the release and return of offenders.
Training Opportunity
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: August 02, 2015
(Begins November 02, 2015) This 36 hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution.
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