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Protected and Served?
Posted: 22 hrs ago
(2014) "Are government institutions properly protecting and serving LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people and people living with HIV? Lambda Legal conducted a national study of the experiences individuals have with police, courts, prisons and school security." Extensive findings are reported according to the following areas: Police—"Among respondents, 73% had face-to-face contact with the police within the past five years, and many felt discriminated against when dealing with police"; Courts—"Judges and attorneys have a responsibility to make sure everyone is treated fairly and respectfully in courts. The reality for LGBT people and people living with HIV too often falls short"; Jails and Prisons—"Correctional facilities should protect prisoners and respect their rights and dignity—but LGBT people and people living with HIV are at high risk of mistreatment"; and School Security, Policing, and Discipline—"LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning] students, the actual victims of bullying and harassment, may be disproportionately targeted for severe security and disciplinary measures". There is also a function that allows you to check what laws are in specific states that apply to GLBT people and people living with HIV.
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Preventing Suicide Among Justice-Involved Youth
Posted: 22 hrs ago
(2013) "Risk of suicide among youth is a significant problem in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 10-18 … The risk of suicide is even higher among youth in the juvenile justice system. Specifically: youth in juvenile justice residential facilities have nearly three times the rate of suicide compared with their peers in the general population; suicide is the leading cause of death for youth in custody; [and] up to one third of justice-involved youth report having experienced suicidal ideation in the past year." This web guide describes four focus areas developed by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: public awareness and education; suicide research review; suicide prevention programming and training; and mental health and juvenile systems collaboration. Each section is further divided into sections about the major topic's objective, primary product, and key findings and recommendations.
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Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
Posted: 1 day ago
(2013) This website is an excellent resource for "information that is aimed at helping communities address the needs of their juvenile justice-involved youth who are experiencing behavioral health disorders. Guidance from the field is laid out in [four] phases and [ten] steps, allowing readers to access practical information, resources, and examples most appropriate to their stage of program development. Each step includes resources that are organized into three categories: key websites, examples from the field (best practices and model policies suitable for adaptation or replication), and critical resources (guides, reports on critical issues, and most recent research". The four phases and associated steps are: Phase I Laying the Groundwork—form a steering committee, conduct a needs assessment, establish a collaborative decision-making body, and set the vision; Phase II Choosing Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)—review EBPs, assess readiness, and select an appropriate EBP; Phase III Implementing Evidence-Based Practices—implement the selected EMP, and institute a quality assurance (QA) process; and Phase IV Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices—construct infrastructure for ongoing effectiveness.
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Flow Chart: Disproportionate Poverty and Homelessness
Posted: 2 days ago
(2010) "Transgender and gender non-conforming people are much more likely to be poor or homeless than the average person. This flow chart shows how various factors combine into an interlocking system that keep many trans and gender non-conforming people in situations that are vulnerable and unequal."
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Flow Chart: Disproportionate Incarceration
Posted: 2 days ago
(2010) "This diagram illustrates how overpolicing and profiling of low income people and of trans and gender non-conforming people intersect, producing a far higher risk than average of imprisonment, police harassment, and violence for low income trans people."
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Flow Chart: Disproportionate Deportation
Posted: 2 days ago
(2010) "The deportation rates of trans and gender non-conforming immigrants are disproportionately higher than those of non-trans identified immigrants. This diagram attempts to explore the various reasons why this is happening."
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Tobacco in Juvenile Justice Facilities: A Policy Overview
Posted: 3 days ago
(2012) "Many youth underestimate the addictiveness of nicotine and discount the health effects of tobacco use. Yet almost a third of all young people who become new smokers each year will ultimately die of tobacco-related disease. Juvenile offenders – youth detained or incarcerated in the juvenile justice system – suffer a disproportionately high number of mental health and substance abuse disorders, including tobacco dependency. Given the appeal and prevalence of tobacco use among these high-risk adolescents, the juvenile justice system appears to be one venue where youth could receive the tobacco prevention and cessation aid and support they need" (p. 1). Topics discussed include: the prevalent use of tobacco among youth; why high-risk adolescents are so vulnerable to nicotine addiction; the difficulty in providing tobacco cessation services to justice-involved juveniles; the types of tobacco cessation program that can be used in juvenile justice settings—non-residential or community based placement, non-secure or staff-secured residential placements, and secure placements; and possible methods for reducing the use of tobacco by high-risk youth.
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Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010
Posted: 3 days ago
(2014) This report "[e]xamines the 5-year post-release offending patterns of persons released from state prisons in 2005 by offender characteristics, prior criminal history, and commitment offense. It provides estimates on the number and types of crimes former inmates commit both prior to their imprisonment and after release. The report includes different measures of recidivism, including a new arrest, court adjudication, conviction, and incarceration for either a new sentence or a technical violation. It also documents the extent to which the released prisoners committed crimes in states other than the one that released them." Highlights include: about two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years; a sixth (16.1%) of released prisoners were responsible for almost half (48.4%) of the nearly 1.2 million arrests that occurred in the 5-year follow-up period; and about 10.9% of released prisoners were arrested in a state other than the one that released them during the 5-year follow-up period.
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Gender Identity Disorder: Health Care Services
Posted: 3 days ago
(2013) "It is the policy of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to recognize that Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a psychiatric diagnosis as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and that the Department will address offender health care needs consistent with this diagnosis" (p. 1). This policy explains how the Department will do this. Procedures cover: verifying or establishing the diagnosis; GID hormone therapy; and state-issue bras. Documents attached to this policy are: "Female to Male Hormone Therapy Consent Form"; "Male to Female Hormone Therapy Consent Form"; and "Bra Measuring Instructions and Sizing".
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Webinar: A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls
Posted: 4 days ago
(2013) "The TLC TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) System for Girls is a female responsive, research-based model that offers short-term detention and residential programs an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems. The TIER System for Girls teaches staff skills that are more effective in motivating positive behavior with girls than traditional points and level systems. This Webinar reviews the framework of the TIER System for Girls, and provides examples of processes and techniques that will establish a gender responsive, trauma-informed program culture. Learning Objectives: explore the elements of a trauma-informed, gender responsive system that promotes safe behavior in residential programs and detention facilities; learn about the importance of developing a gender responsive program culture/environment for girls; and discover how to engage girls and staff when improving elements of program culture/environment through real-life examples. This website provides access to a recording of the webinar, presentation slides, speakers' transcript, and a transcript of chat questions and answers.
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Corrections News
Register Now - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
Posted: 1 day ago
Introducing NIC s Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar Series . . . July 22, 2014 10-11:30am PT / 11 12:30pm MT/AZT/ 12pm - 1:30pm CT / 1pm -2:30pm ET Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers Register at this link https://nic.webex.com/nic/onstage/g.php?t=a d=710314197 As mentioned in the NIC broadcast Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes on June 18, 2014, NIC is pleased to offer the first of several follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings. First up - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals. With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now possible for millions of low-income justice-involved individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. This far- reaching systems change will i
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Jail Reentry Planning: A Little Collaboration and Communication Go a Long Way
Posted: 3 days ago
By Andrew Verheek, Planner, Kent County Office of Community Corrections, Grand Rapids, Michigan This article describes how several justice and community service agencies joined forces to launch a reentry system for county jail inmates in a Michigan city. Because of the complexity of planning and implementation and the challenges of meeting all stakeholder agencies needs, clear and open communication was vital to the project s success. The author gives specific examples of how the multiple partner organizations were able to collaborate on policy decisions, development of a proxy risk assessment tool, program selection, grant-seeking, and other aspects of building a reentry solution. From within the jail, the project team also recognized the value of correctional officers input on managing the reentry pods. Overall, these collaborations were so productive, they enabled the project to be expanded into developing reentry services for women as well as men. The overall project was
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Now Available – Health Reform and Public Safety Broadcast Recording
Posted: 3 days ago
Click here to watch a recorded version of NIC s broadcast on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) entitled Health Reform Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes . Included with the recording is an introduction to the broadcast from Attorney General Eric Holder on the potential impact of health care reform on both the individuals involved in the system and the system itself. This broadcast was designed to inform and increase awareness around this historic healthcare expansion opportunity by introducing audiences to additional resources created by health care reform. Key broadcast content included highlights of promising practices and showcase strategies to expand healthcare coverage to justice-involved individuals. Additionally, NIC illustrated how the ACA provides opportunities for the criminal justice system to provide continuity of care for justice-involved individuals and explain how it can provide potential cost savings and improve the health of c
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Enroll Now - NIC's Learning and Performance Symposium 2014!
Posted: 4 days ago
Learning and Performance Symposium 2014: 40 Forward - 14A6001 September 3 - 5, 2014 National Corrections Academy (NCA), Aurora, Colorado The National Institute of Corrections has been a center of corrections learning for 40 years. The Academy Division invites you to be a part of visioning the next forty years and the role of leadership, innovation and collaboration in our future success! We invite you to be a part of this inaugural gathering! During this interactive session, we will bring together Learning and Performance professionals to address the most pressing issues facing corrections learning today including: Ensuring learning and performance competency development Continuing professional development of learning and performance professionals Leveraging technology for learning in corrections Facilitating Collaborative efforts for collective goals Applying research to corrections learning and performance What Will Occur During the Symposium? We have many activ
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National Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week: July 13-19, 2014
Posted: 4 days ago
As National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week approaches this July 13-19, 2014, the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) wishes to acknowledge the dedication of all professionals in our field. CCCN is sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and is comprised of 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)--each a leading representative of the professionals who enrich our industry. CCCN provides these leading associations with a common platform from which to address like issues and support shared values. Together as the CCCN, we wish to thank those who have ch
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Cooperative Agreement - Employment Retention Specialist Training - Curriculum Revision and Certification
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 24-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the facilitation of a key informant focus group consisting of subject matter experts specific to career theory, cognitive behavioral principles, motivational interviewing and blended learning techniques and practices; the review of current research related to workforce development, employment retention, recidivism and evidence-based programing; and the identification of the various practices and policies that support successful community transition and the long-term attachment of justice involved adults to the workforce. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to a revised 40-hour blended training curriculum based on a university model to ensure continuity of knowledge between the
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Cooperative Agreement - Transition From Jails To Community Marketing DVD
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the production of a 45-60 minute high-end, broadcast quality DVD to provide information specific to the implementation on NIC s Transition From Jails To Community (TJC) Initiative. Developed for correction staff and stakeholders, this DVD will illustrate the nine modules of the on-line TJC Toolkit based on the key components of the Model, and incorporate narration, interviews, graphics, and footage from TJC learning sites. The major deliverables associated with this project include, but are not limited to an edited 45-60 minute segmented broadcast-ready DVD, pre-recorded video clips to enhance the instructional value of the DVD (to include footage/testimonies from at least two TJC learning sites), production storyboard a
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Cooperative Agreement - Veterans: Risk and Needs Assessment Tool and Protocol
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 36-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a multidisciplinary advisory committee to assist with reviewing and revising the veteran s needs screening tool and veteran s treatment court risk and needs assessment protocol, along with developing a comprehensive clinical needs screening tool containing factors which will identify combat veterans entering the criminal justice system and those clinical factors that may be most at risk. This tool will be specific to Veterans in the criminal justice system and designed to be a non-proprietary, open source document available to the field. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
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Cooperative Agreement - Curriculum Review and Revision: Inmate Behavior Management
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve review and revision of the current Inmate Behavior Management (IBM) curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model, including relevant language and concepts from NIC s Direct Supervision training curriculum, incorporation of two established NIC E-Courses ( Objective Jail Classification: Assessing Inmate Risk and Needs and Assigning Inmates to Housing ) as part of the pre-work for participants, identification of benchmarks for implementation of IBM in local jurisdictions, and development of a 4- to 5-day pilot training based on the revised curriculum. The awardee will develop an updated program description, detailed narrative lesson plans, a participant manual that follows the lesson plans, and p
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Cooperative Agreement - Strategic Communication Plan for Evidence Based Decision Making in Local and State Criminal Justice Systems
Posted: 5 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 12-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve activities and products related to the development and implementation of the Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) in Local and State Criminal Justice System Initiative s strategic communication plan. The communication plan and its products will be utilized by the EBDM project team as a tool that will provide an organized approach to the development and delivery of the core message(s) of the EBDM initiative to our varied criminal justice partners and consumers. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division. DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Monday, July 28, 2014. Download the Full Solicitation Learn more about NIC s Cooperative Agreements Ple
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Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Register Before: August 26, 2014
(Begins September 03, 2014) 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
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: July 27, 2014
(Begins September 14, 2014) 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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Correctional Industries Director's Training
Register Before: July 25, 2014
(Begins September 23, 2014) 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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Learning & Performance Symposium 2014: 40 Forward
Register Before: July 18, 2014
(Begins September 03, 2014) The National Institute of Corrections has been a center of corrections learning for 40 years. The Academy Division invites you to be a part of visioning the next forty years and the role of leadership, innovation and collaboration in our future success! During this interactive session, we will bring together Learning and Performance professionals to address the most pressing issues facing corrections learning today including: • Ensuring learning and performance competency development • Continuing professional development of learning and performance professionals • Leveraging technology for learning in corrections • Facilitating Collaborative efforts for collective goals • Applying research to corrections learning and performance
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Chief Public Information Officer Forum: The Changing Role of Communications in Corrections
Register Before: July 16, 2014
(Begins September 16, 2014) Today’s communications emphasize timeliness, relevance and an ability to circulate information to a broader variety of audiences. This training delves into the balance between managing the agency's message in television and print media as well as the intricacies of reaching the public through the expanding social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Understanding the utilization of these various tools as a part of a well-coordinated and responsive information campaign is crucial to the success of any agency and its leadership.
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Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: July 15, 2014
(Begins September 10, 2014) 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.
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