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Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting Aurora, Colorado, September 28-30, 2014
Posted: 7 hrs ago
(2014) Sections of these proceedings are: about this meeting; "Legal Issues in Today's Jails: Avoiding Civil Liability" by Carrie Hill; "Domestic Threats to Jail Security:" "Part 1. Countering Prisoner Radicalization in the Federal Bureau of Prisons" by Jeff Woodworth; "Part 2. Sovereign Citizens" by Steve Cope; "Prison Rape Elimination Act – Lessons Learned from Early Audits:" "Part 1. PREA: The Riverside Regional Jail Authority Experience" by Jeffery Newton; "Part 2. Surviving the PREA Audit" by Marilyn Chandler Ford; "Health Care Reform + Inmate Medical Care = Reduced Costs?" "Part 1. Affordable Care Act: Continuity of Care" by Richelle Arhalt; "Part 2. Affordable Care Act: Innovative Approaches" by Raul Benasco; "Part 3. Curbing the Rising Cost of Healthcare" by Mark Bolton; "Mental Health Models that Work:" "Part 1. Restoration of Competency Program" by Gregory Garland; "Part 2. Mental Health Treatment" by Christopher Kneisley; "Part 3. Mental Health Management Unit" by Jared Schecter; "Part 4. Mental Health Treatment and Community Re-Entry" by Don Pinkard; "Jail Leader Longevity in Office: Achieving and Sustaining Success in Jail Leadership" by Patrick Tighe; Open Forum; professional association updates; and future meeting topics. An appendix provides "Index of Past LJN Meeting Topics".
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Inmate Education Videos in Spanish and with Subtitles
Posted: 7 hrs ago
(2014) "Through a BJA PREA Demonstration Grant, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections was able to have the videos translated into Spanish and have and English and Spanish video with subtitles. This was an amazing task that will benefit many agencies and inmates nationally and we are pleased to be able to make these available on our website."
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Probation and Parole in the United States, 2013
Posted: 8 hrs ago
(2013) This bulletin presents "data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2013. The report presents trends over time for the overall community supervision population and describes changes in the probation and parole populations. It provides statistics on the entries and exits from probation and parole and the mean time served. It also presents outcomes of supervision, including the rate at which offenders completed their term of supervision or were returned to incarceration. Appendix tables include jurisdiction-level information on the population counts and number of entries and exits for probation and parole, jurisdiction-level information on the types of entries and exits for parole, and national-level data on the distribution of offenders on probation or parole by sex, race or Hispanic origin, most serious offense type, and status of supervision." Some highlights include: the number of adults under community supervision (both in parole and probation) declined; about 1 in 51 adults in the United States was under community supervision; and the adult probation population decreased, while the adult parole population increased.
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Pretrial Justice: The Colorado Story
Posted: 1 day ago
(2014) "Over the last few years, Colorado has been working on statewide pretrial justice reform and seen incredible advancements in legislation, policy, and practice. This video chronicles their journey so far in working to establish safe, fair, and effective pretrial justice in the state."
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A Toolkit for Applying the Cultural Enhancement Model To Evidence-Based Practice
Posted: 1 day ago
(2013) "At a national level, minority clients are less likely to access mental and behavioral health services and drop out of treatment more frequently than nonminority counterparts. While this phenomenon is driven by social and economic factors, it is reasonable to assume it also may be due to a lack of adequate training in culturally congruent therapeutic approaches. The Cultural Enhancement Model presented in this paper addresses engagement factors at the community and individual-level in order to overcome barriers to EBP [evidence-based practice] dissemination and program retention." Sections of this toolkit include: introduction—EBP implementation challenges, cultural competence, cultural adaptation framework, and engagement; the Cultural Enhancement Model (CEM)—Family Integrated Transitions (FIT), and five phases in applying the CEM (identify community advisory team, information-gathering, development, implementation, and evaluation); and summary. Appendixes provide an example of a work plan, sample survey, enhancement proposal example, and FIT Latino Enhancement Materials—common conversational Spanish phrases, "Barriers to Discussing Emotions with Latino Clients", "Conversational Spanish as an Engagement Tool", "Key DBT [Dialectical Behavioral Therapy] Terms and Definitions: English to Spanish Translation", "Working with an Interpreter", "DBT Concepts with Latino Clients: Discussing Emotions", " DBT Concepts with Latino Clients: Distress Tolerance", DBT Concepts with Latino Clients: Wise Mind", and "Como se Siente Usted? (How Do You Feel?).
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Breaking Into Prison: Art Education in Action
Posted: 2 days ago
(2013) This paper will be of interest to those who are beginning to investigate the benefits of institutional art programming. "This capstone study examines information about the use of art education in Florida prisons. The project’s objectives raise important questions about the role and status of art education in Florida prisons. Additionally, incorporated in the findings is a discussion concerning the need for establishing long-term, publicly funded art education in today’s corrections environment … Conclusions drawn from the research suggest that art programs for incarcerated individuals can help them develop better mental outlooks. Expressive therapy and art education reduces violence within the prison system as well as decreases parolees’ recidivism. This project is a call for art educators to break into prison, taking their creative inspiration and expressive therapy strategies to incarcerated men and women. Without such efforts, few art programs will ever be offered in state prisons" (p. 8-9). Sections of this paper include: purpose of the study; prison education overview; art education in prisons; cost benefits; art educators working with prisoners; personal experience; what makes for a strong prison art education program; hindrances to establishing ongoing programming; lingering questions; and summary. A list of websites about current art programs and prison art and education is also included.
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Resources on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act [ACA] on the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 2 days ago
(2014) If you are looking for information on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact your agency, you need to visit this website. "On March 23, 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since that time there has been great speculation on how implementation would impact not only the many uninsured; but how access to health care services might impact our criminal justice system. With an estimated 14 percent of men and 31 percent of women in jail and state prison suffering from chronic and persistent mental illness and an even higher percentage with a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, the need for increased treatment services is well established. Despite this, individual offenders and criminal justice systems have lacked the resources to access intensive in/outpatient treatment, treatment alternatives to incarceration or the medically tailored reentry services needed to improve personal and public safety outcomes. While the ACA promises to provide millions of indigent and working poor with access to medical and behavioral health services, there is still great uncertainty around how justice populations will be able to take advantage of this expanded coverage. With ACA implementation unfolding differently in every state, understanding how this new law may impact state and local justice populations is complicated. In addition, with every state standing up health insurance exchanges and more than half expanding Medicaid eligibility (as of October 2013) there is the added complexity of each system’s eligibility and coverage options. Information provided [at this website] is intended to help keep justice system stakeholders informed on how ACA implementation may impact justice systems and client populations." Resources are organized into four areas: general sources; criminal justice sources; webinars and presentations; and state by state information on ACA implementation.
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A Portrait of Boundary Violations: Former Female Employees of Corrections Who Have Established a Relationship With an Inmate
Posted: 3 days ago
(2013) "The correctional profession struggles to prevent boundary violating behavior by correctional employees with inmates. Examples of boundary violations that have occurred in correctional institutions include aiding an inmate in an escape, providing weapons to inmates, and engaging in sexual contact with an inmate. Any type of boundary violating behavior between an inmate and an employee has the potential of threatening the stability of the institution as well as creating a public safety risk. This study examined the process that permits a female correctional employee to develop a relationship with a male inmate" (p. iv). Five chapters comprise this dissertation: introduction and purpose of this study; literature review covering the environment inside a correctional facility, organizational components, organizational response, boundary violations in mental health treatment settings and in correctional facilities, consequence of boundary violations, strategies to address boundary violations, values and characteristics of employees, women in corrections, love and attraction in the workplace, and women in love with inmates; methodology—origins and purposes, perspective taking, voice, context, relationship, emergent themes, and shaping the story and composing the narrative; the portraits—portraits of four former female correctional officers, emerging themes, and review of research questions; and discussion and conclusions—Boundary Violation Model, and implications for correctional leaders.
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Qualitative Analysis of Transgender Inmates' Correspondence: Implications for Departments of Correction
Posted: 3 days ago
(2014) "Claims of inadequate health care and safety afforded to transgender inmates have become the subject of litigation. This article reviews 129 unsolicited letters from transgender inmates writing … to identify their concerns. Among the letters reviewed were reports from 10 inmates who had filed lawsuits naming departments of correction (DOCs) as defendants, claiming inadequate access to transgender health care. Five of these lawsuits have gone to trial. In all of those cases, the defendant settled the matter or was found liable as of the time of this report. Claims of inadequate care for transgendered patients that have sufficient merit to be fully litigated in U.S. courts appear likely to produce verdicts in favor of plaintiff inmates. The information gleaned from reviewing letters from transgendered inmates may alert staffs of DOCs to concerns worth addressing proactively to avoid the costs associated with transgender-related lawsuits" (Author Abstract p. 334).
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CJ-TRAK Knowledge Translation Tool Suite
Posted: 4 days ago
(2014) "Moving knowledge about evidence-based practices (EBPs) from research into practice in the justice and treatment systems is essential for improving both offender (client-level) and system-level outcomes. The Criminal Justice Targeted Research and Application of Knowledge (CJ-TRAK) website is home to several decision-support tools designed to facilitate knowledge translation in the justice/treatment system for justice-involved populations." The RNR Simulation Tool can be used to figure out what programing is needed by your agency to effectively reduce recidivism. This tool is composed of three portals: Assess an Individual; The RNR Program Tool for Adults; and Assess Jurisdiction's Capacity. SOARING2 is an e-learning program that provides corrections professionals with knowledge and skills they need to use EBP effectively in managing offenders. The training system is comprised of five modules: Risk-Need-Responsivity; Motivation and Engagement; Case Planning; Problem Solving; and Desistance. The final instrument is the Evidence Mapping (EMTAP) Tool. The EMTAP synthesizes meta-analyses and systematic reviews on what works in correctional health services. It "allows users to examine the outcomes, settings, populations studied, and methods at a glance" that match their selected offender area.
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Important corrections news and announcements.
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New E-Course: Communicating Effectively and Professionally with LGBTI Offenders
Posted: 2 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections is now offering a one hour e-course focused on strategies for communicating respectfully with all offenders, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) offenders. Communicating Effectively and Professionally with LGBTI Offenders is available through the NIC Learning Center and is appropriate for corrections professionals working with adults in jails, prisons, and community correction. Enroll Here ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Additional resources from NIC on LGBTI Offenders
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Problem Solving Clinic on the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment
Posted: 10 days ago
If you missed the live Webinar, you can still listen to the recorded version of “Problem Solving Clinic on the Women s Risk Needs Assessment”. This webinar was aired on August 20, 2014 and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections . A select list of invitees participating in this webinar: Articulated the benefits and challenges of using the WRNA. Learned about solutions to similar challenges. Acquired information about best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments alone or in conjunction with other risk assessment tools. Were made aware of resources available from NRCJIW, National Institute of Corrections, and the University of Cincinnati. You can access the PowerPoint slides and the audio recording of the webinar at: http://cjinvolvedwomen.org/webinar-problem-solving-clinic-on-the-womens-risk-needs-assessment This announcement is available at NIC
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Join the Webinar: The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision
Posted: 16 days ago
This free webinar, The Evidence Behind Swift and Certain Sanctions in Community Supervision, is sponsored by the National Criminal Justice Association (NJCA) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and will focus on the “robust body of evidence supporting the fact that swift and certain sanctions can improve accountability, substance abuse abstinence and lower revocations.” The model of Swift and Certain Sanctions and both local and statewide model implementations will be highlighted. Presenters: Angela Hawken, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Judge Steven Alm, First Circuit Judge, Hawaii State Judiciary Bernie Warner, Secretary, Washington State Department of Corrections Date/Time: Monday, November 10th 3-4:30 PM ET Register here ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For additional resources from NIC on Sanctions and
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New in the Library: Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
Posted: 17 days ago
Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, describes the “concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed.” Highlighted from the paper: Individuals with experiences of trauma are found in multiple service sectors, not just in behavioral health. Studies of people in the juvenile and criminal justice system reveal high rates of mental and substance use disorders and personal histories of trauma. There is an increasing focus on the impact of trauma and how service systems may help to resolve or exacerbate trauma-related issues. These systems are beginning to revisit how they conduct their business under the framework of a trauma-informed approach. A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the s
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PRC Announcements Fall 2014
Posted: 23 days ago
The National PREA Resource Center (PRC), operated by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced these items and events for fall 2014. Check the the PRC website for the most up-to-date information. All are free to attend. From the PRC Website: New Curriculum Available PRC has added a new curriculum to the Curricula page on the PRC website. The curriculum developed by Just Detention International is titled PREA and Victim Services: A Trauma-Informed Approach. Note that curricula use, either in part or whole, does not guarantee that a facility meets standards. Rather, auditors take curricula use into consideration as part of their overall determination of compliance. These curricula are available here. Upcoming Webinar/Presentations Webinar: Demystifying the Jail Audit Prep and Process Thursday, October 16, 2014 (2:00 3:30 p.m. EDT) Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
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Enroll Now: NIC Self-Paced Learning Plans
Posted: 23 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections strives to increase the development of corrections professionals through online learning. As part of this effort, students can enroll in Self-Paced Learning Plans, a group of e-courses on a similar subject that you complete at your pace. All corrections professionals are eligible to enroll in the plans, and certificates of completion are available for each plan you complete. You can print your own certificate, or if you prefer the NIC Learning Center will automatically email a certificate of completion and permanently archive the record in each user account. Ten plans are grouped into three categories: CORRECTIONS LEARNING PLANS Communication Skills with Offenders. Learn communication skills for use with offenders. You will also learn business communication skills that can be applied to interactions with offenders. You must complete three corrections-based courses and two optional courses to earn a completion. Correctional Indust
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New in the Library: Women’s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them
Posted: 24 days ago
Presented at the UNAFEI (United Nations Asia and Far East Institute) International Senior Seminar in February 2013, Women s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them: Evidence-Based Interventions in the United States and Canada by Patricia Van Voorhis, describes assessments of female offenders used by correctional agencies and the programs and resources provided by these agencies to meet female offenders needs. Highlighted from the paper: Between 1977 and 2004, the female incarceration rate grew by a staggering 757%. This was twice as high as the growth in the male incarceration rate over the same period (Frost,Greene Pranis, 2006). Female community correctional populations also surged, 30% between 1995 and 2010 in comparison to men where the comparative increase was 8.4% (Glaze Bonczar, 2011). Prior to the interest in gender-responsive approaches, a good deal of correctional research and innovation had already taken place in the United States, Nort
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Mental Health Webinar Series: An Innovative Approach to Addressing Mental Health Situations
Posted: 31 days ago
In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Criminal Justice Association, and the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Justice Clearinghouse is sponsoring a no-cost webinar to all public safety stakeholders on effective strategies to investigate, respond to, and approach individuals with mental health issues. All are free to attend. From the event announcement: Webinar DescriptionToday s public safety practitioners are becoming increasingly aware that they need to use a special operational approach when encountering an individual with known mental health issues. Public safety officials are constantly seeking new, innovative ways to improve their interaction to ensure everyone remains safe and secure. This webinar will examine an effective, comprehensive strategy that the State of Arizona and local Arizona law enforcement agencies have been taking to address and respond to mental health issues from both a funding and operational perspective.This non-comm
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Join the 2014 Vision Summit: Looking Toward the Future of Re-entry
Posted: 32 days ago
On November 5-7, the Travis County Sheriff s Office (TCSO) will host the 2nd Annual Vision Summit: Looking Toward the Future of Re-entry in Austin Texas. The mission of the Vision Summit is to awaken and ignite communities to attain a unified vision and thriving re-entry process that enables the incarcerated to amend their place in the world, by showcasing effective programs, listening to each other and networking to make future possibilities a reality today. Keynote Speakers Pastor Derrick D. Johnson, Joshua Harvest Church Warden Robert L. Green, Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Detention Services Division Register here For additional resources from NIC on Reentry
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The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated
Posted: 32 days ago
The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI) began as the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners in the 1990s and merged with the Family and Corrections Network (FCN) in 2006, creating the oldest and largest organization in the United States focused on children and families of the incarcerated and programs that serve them. In 2013, NRCCFI became part of the Rutgers University - Camden campus. According to NRCCFI, on any given day there are an estimated 2.7 million children in America with at least one parent in prison or jail. The mission of NRCCFI is to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families by: Disseminating accurate and relevant information and research Guiding the development of family strengthening policy and practice Training, preparing, and inspiring those working in the field and Including the families in defining the issues and designing solutions One of t
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
Training Opportunity
Jail Resource Management
Register Before: August 01, 2015
(Begins September 15, 2015) Many jails operate with severely limited resources. In such a fiscal environment, the jail officials must be especially skilled in managing scarce resources.
Training Opportunity
Correctional Industries Director's Training
Register Before: July 24, 2015
(Begins September 22, 2015) Correctional Industries Director's Training. Correctional Industry Directors are called upon to provide dynamic and effective leadership which is a critical component in the success of any organization. Expanding leadership knowledge and enhancing leadership skills is the foundation for this training as it helps lay the groundwork for the complex work that must be done in this ever changing and challenging industry.
Training Opportunity
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
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.
Training Opportunity
Executive Excellence Program
Register Before: March 31, 2015
(Begins May 31, 2015) This 10-month executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Training Opportunity
Offender Employment Retention Specialist (OERS) Training
Register Before: March 06, 2015
(Begins May 04, 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
Executive Manager Program in Correctional Health Care
Register Before: March 01, 2015
(Begins May 04, 2015) The goal of this new training is to develop a better-prepared correctional senior-level workforce that is knowledgeable in health care administration. Training topics include: Government regulatory standards; Constitutional requirements and ethics; Strategic planning; Quality improvement; Workforce development; Finances; Contracts; Administration of health care; Mental health, Dental health, Custody needs to know; Keystone/Capstone case.
Training Opportunity
Large Jail Administration
Register Before: February 27, 2015
(Begins May 31, 2015) Managing the operations of a large jail requires a unique set of tools and vision for daily operations that smaller jails cannot emulate. Recognizing the difference, NIC offers Large Jail Administration to address the specific needs of large jails. This 40-hour course focuses on assisting newly appointed jail administrators responsible for the oversight of a jail or jail system with 1,000 or more inmates.
Training Opportunity
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: February 01, 2015
(Begins March 23, 2015) This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of Restrictive Housing populations within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate violent offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from maximum confinement back to the community. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of restrictive housing offenders.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: January 09, 2015
(Begins April 12, 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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