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Document 032752
Agenda Jail PIO Network Meeting [Proceedings]
By Albert, Karen . National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Jails Division (Washington, DC).
The Public Information Officer (PIO) plays a vital role in local jails. The public’s perception/misperception of jail operations can influence public safety, funding, elections and numerous other factors. Responding to media inquiries regarding crisis situations is just one of the many roles of the PIO. Building a positive rapport with the media, taking control of your message, and conveying your mission are priority tasks for a PIO. The Jail Public Information Officers Network Meeting provides ... Read More

17 pages
Document 024357
Constituent Services Informational Handbook
Arizona Dept. of Corrections. Constituent Services Office (Phoenix, AZ).
“This handbook is provided as a general resource to the public’ (p.3). This is a good example of a guide to basic policies for families and the press. Sections include: introduction; acronyms; inmate management; programs and services (including the “Visitor Checklist”); and release and community supervision.... Read More
32 p.
Document 027680
International Association of Chiefs of Police 2013 Social Media Survey Results
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) (Alexandria, VA).
“In fall 2013, the IACP conducted its fourth annual survey about law enforcement’s use of social media. The survey addressed the current state of practice and the issues agencies are facing in regards to social media” (p. 1). The results from this survey will be very useful for other law enforcement and correctional agencies wishing to develop and implement their own approaches to the use of social media. Tables following a section providing highlights from the survey are: demographic informati... Read More
18 pages
Document 027679
EEOC’s Criminal Record Guidance One Year Later: Lessons from the Community
By Dietrich, Sharon M.. Community Legal Services, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA).
This report examines the compliance of employers with enforcement guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of criminal records in the hiring of people who have criminal records (including non-convictions). Sections of this brief include: introduction; at the grassroots level, criminal records are an intractable barrier to employment; impact of the Guidance—some changes in employer behavior, but miles to go; overcoming criminal record stigma to fac... Read More
12 pages
Document 018696
Beyond the Myths: The Jail in Your Community
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
This resource provides a foundation for the efforts of sheriffs and jail administrators to provide the public information about jails generally, their jails specifically, and the need for community interest in local jail issues. It can also be used to educate prospective jail employees about local detention.
Closed captions are only available in the DVD version.... Read More
1 DVD (23 min.)
Document 014171
An Overview of Sex Offender Community Notification Practices: Policy Implications and Promising Approaches
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Justice Programs (Washington, DC); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); State Justice Institute (Alexa. Center for Sex Offender Management (Silver Spring, MD).
Community notification laws are currently in place in 47 states. This brief offers up-to-date information to inform citizens, state and local leaders, and criminal justice professionals about these procedures and what the research suggests about their effectiveness. It addresses the benefits and limitations of these laws and examines their impact on communities, offenders, and victims.... Read More
8 p.
Document 012409
Communications in Corrections--Supplement
By Stucker, John J.; Smith, Gretchen M.; Sprecher, Rob. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
This supplement describes the communications audits, technical assistance, and small grant projects supported by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) during this communications improvement program. The report summarizes communication issues and effective strategies for improvement. Topics discussed include community relations, media relations, corrections policy, internal communications, and organizational development. Included is a summary of the steps involved in developing a strate... Read More
16 p.
Document 000875
A Communications Audit: Promoting Public Understanding of Corrections
By Stucker, John J.; Camp, George M.; Smith, Gretchen M.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
This report examines the issues surrounding the corrections community's communications needs, serving as an aid for developing strategies and methodologies to improve the quality and impact of communications activities. This monograph documents and describes the audit process undertaken in three state departments of corrections as they sought to develop more effective communications plans. States included in the project were Rhode Island, Alabama, and California. ... Read More
75 p.
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