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2014
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On the Chopping Block 2013: State Prison Closures
The Sentencing Project (Washington, DC).
This report describes the continuing trend for states to close or consider closing prisons. Sections discuss: opportunity for closures; reforms in state sentencing practices in 2013; states closing or considering closing correctional facilities in 2013; shifting dynamics on prison closures; repurposing prisons; openings and expansion; and rethinking the use of incarceration.... Read More

6 pages
2013
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Detention Equipment Contractors Report 2013
This report contains tables regarding: contact list of detention equipment contractors (DECs) divided by revenues; top 10 values of largest contracts awarded during the past year; top 10 DECS value of backlog; top 10 DECs with the greatest number of employees; value of current jobs under contract (top 10 DECs); and the largest annual revenue (top 10 DECs). Report narrative includes: “The Need to Protect Division 11” by Don Halloran; “A Focus on DECs” by Audrey Arthur—a DEC Roundtable with Don Bo... Read More

7 pages
2013
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Halfway from Prison to the Community: From Current Practice to Best Practice
Rutgers University. Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research (New Brunswick, NJ).
“With the growing emphasis on reentry readiness, federal, state, and local correctional agencies have developed reentry strategies that rely to varying degrees on “halfway” residential facilities, called “residential reentry centers” (RRCs) … This report provides a framework and a set of guidelines for the structure, implementation, and evaluation of RRCs” (p. i). Sections of this report following an executive summary include: from current to best practice regarding halfway houses; residential r... Read More
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2013
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Promising Victim Related Practices in Probation and Parole Fact Sheet Series
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office for Victims of Crime (Washington, DC). American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) (Lexington, KY); Council of State Governments (New York, NY).
Access to eight fact sheets “on topics related to crime victims and victims’ needs throughout the community corrections process” is provided. Topics covered are: The Role of Community Corrections in Victim Services; Collaboration and Partnership for Victim Services in Community Corrections; Family Violence; Restitution and Other Legal Financial Obligations; Seeking Victim Input; Victim Information and Notification; Victim/Offender Programs; and Workplace Violence.... Read More
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2013
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Criminal Records in the Digital Age: A Review of Current Practices and Recommendations for Reform in Texas
By Gaebler, Helen. University of Texas. School of Law. William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law (Austin, TX).
“It is time to broaden the reentry discussion and take a comprehensive look at how criminal records are accessed, disseminated, and utilized in this digital age and to find ways to make the criminal justice system more effective at providing meaningful opportunities for successful and lasting reintegration into our communities” (p. 2). This report explains how access to criminal records can damage efforts for successful reentry and provides suggestions on how to solve this challenge. Eight secti... Read More
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43 pages
2013
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The Outskirts of Hope: How Ohio’s Debtors’ Prisons Are Ruining Lives and Costing Communities
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio (Cleveland, OH).
“Taking care of a fine is straightforward for some Ohioans — having been convicted of a criminal or traffic offense and sentenced to pay a fine, an affluent defendant may simply pay it and go on with his or her life. For Ohio’s poor and working poor, by contrast, an unaffordable fine is just the beginning of a protracted process that may involve contempt charges, mounting fees, arrest warrants, and even jail time. The stark reality is that, in 2013, Ohioans are being repeatedly jailed simply for... Read More
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2013
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The Outskirts of Hope: How Ohio’s Debtors’ Prisons Are Ruining Lives and Costing Communities
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio (Cleveland, OH).
“Taking care of a fine is straightforward for some Ohioans — having been convicted of a criminal or traffic offense and sentenced to pay a fine, an affluent defendant may simply pay it and go on with his or her life. For Ohio’s poor and working poor, by contrast, an unaffordable fine is just the beginning of a protracted process that may involve contempt charges, mounting fees, arrest warrants, and even jail time. The stark reality is that, in 2013, Ohioans are being repeatedly jailed simply for... Read More
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2013
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McLean County Jail Readies for NIC Assessment
By Quealy, Connor. WJBC (Bloomington, IL).
This article provides a brief look at the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) assessment of how the McLean County Jail handles mentally ill inmates. It also links to an excellent podcast with NIC Consultants Ken Ray and Mark Goldman and Sheriff Mike Emery. During this interview various topics were discussed such as: why NIC is there; what is the role of the consultants; and health care services for the mentally ill.... Read More
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2013
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McLean County Jail Readies for NIC Assessment
By Quealy, Connor. WJBC (Bloomington, IL).
This article provides a brief look at the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) assessment of how the McLean County Jail handles mentally ill inmates. It also links to an excellent podcast with NIC Consultants Ken Ray and Mark Goldman and Sheriff Mike Emery. During this interview various topics were discussed such as: why NIC is there; what is the role of the consultants; and health care services for the mentally ill.... Read More
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17 minutes
2013
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Annual Privatization Report 2013: Criminal Justice and Corrections
By Gilroy, Leonard; Kenny, Harris; Volokh, Alexander; Livingston, Andrew. Reason Foundation (Los Angeles, CA).
If you are looking for a great overview of privatization and public-private partnerships in criminal justice and corrections, then this is the place to start. “Now in its 26th year of publication, Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report is the world's longest running and most comprehensive report on privatization news, developments and trends” The Criminal Justice and Corrections section contains subsections covering: A. 2012 Corrections Privatization Overview; B. State and International... Read More
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2013
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Security Electronics Contractors Report 2013
Correctional News (San Rafael, CA) .
This report contains tables regarding: contact list of security electronics contractors (SECs) divided by revenues; top 10 SECs with the greatest number of employees; value of current jobs under contract (top 10 SECs); type of company; number of completed projects; and largest annual revenue (top 10 SECs). Articles included in this report are: “Upgrade of Security Electronic Systems” by Keith Summer; “Find the Precise Need, Then Find the Technology” by Meredith Berman; “Securing Facilities in an... Read More
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9 pages
2013
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Doing it Right: Risk Assessment in Juvenile Justice - an NJJN Webinar
By Vincent, Gina M.. National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) (Washington, DC).
“When your juvenile justice system puts youth on probation, does it assess them for risk? If so, do staff know how to use these assessments effectively? Or do the assessments just sit in a file, waiting to be dusted off? Whether your agency or jurisdiction is trying to choose the right risk assessment tool, or it already has one in place, you'll find this webinar from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) helpful.” The audience is introduced to the use of risk assessments for. The publica... Read More
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60 minutes
2013
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How to Calculate the Average Costs of Detaining a Youth
Herb Block Foundation (Washington, DC); John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL); Open Society Foundations (New York, NY); Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC); Tow Foundation (New Canaan, CT). National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) (Washington, DC).
“This toolkit demonstrates how to calculate the average costs of housing a youth in detention. There are numerous ways to calculate the cost of detention, and detention administrators across states and even within states may arrive at their costs through different methods. This toolkit will help readers understand what components are typically included in a detention cost estimate, why one would or would not choose to include these elements, and what additional costs and revenues could be incorp... Read More
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22 pages
2013
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Measuring the Prevalence of Crime with the National Crime Victimization Survey
By Lauritsen, Janet L.; Rezey, Maribeth L.. U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) (Washington, DC).
This report presents “comparisons of victimization rates and prevalence rates of nonfatal violent crime and household property crime from 1993 to 2010. The report uses prevalence rates to describe patterns of repeat victimization for violent and property crime and to identify specific population subgroups at the highest risk for repeat victimization. It compares violent victimization and prevalence rates across victim age and sex and according to victim-offender relationships.” Sections of this ... Read More

27 pages
2013
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Nationwide PLN Survey Examines Prison Phone Contracts, Kickbacks
By Dannenberg, John E..
The exceeding high rates for phone calls charged to prisoners and their families are examined. Sections comprising this report are: how phone rates are regulated; the prison phone bidding process; the history behind kickback commissions; the arbitrary nature of prison phone rates; whether all prison phone companies are the same; whether all states are the same; the case of Florida, a state in flux; what happens without kickbacks; prison phone rates on the federal level; legal challenges mostly u... Read More
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17 pages
2013
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The Shift Length Experiment: What We Know about 8-, 10-, and 12-hour Shifts in Policing
Police Foundation (Washington, DC).
While this research focused on policing, the results are applicable to correctional settings. “The Police Foundation experiment was designed to test the impacts of three shift lengths (8-, 10-, and 12-hour) on performance, health, safety, quality of life, sleep, fatigue, alertness, off-duty employment, and overtime among police … The study found some distinct advantages of 10-hour shifts and identified some disadvantages associated with 12-hour shifts that are concerning. It is important that ag... Read More
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2012
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Examining Growth in the Federal Prison Population, 1998 to 2010
By Mallik-Kane, Kamala; Parthasaranthy, Barbara; Adams, William. U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
This “analysis describes how the size and composition of the federal prison population have changed over time and apportions this population growth into shares associated with the different stages of the criminal justice process that determine who is sent to prison and the duration of their incarceration … The increase in expected time served by drug offenders was the single greatest contributor to growth in the federal prison population between 1998 and 2010” (p. 3). Sections of this report inc... Read More
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34 pages
2012
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Five Significant Changes in the Last 20 Years
By Bengis, Steven; Prescott, David S.; Tabachnick, Joan.
The “most dramatic” changes over 20 years in the understanding of youth who have sexually abused are described. What is so useful about this article is that the authors place related references within the sections they are related to. This makes it easier for the reader to look up the citations for additional information as they are reading. Changes discussed are: adolescents are not little adults; most adolescents do not re-offend sexually; assessment remains complicated—while current measures ... Read More
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4 pages
2012
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The Growth & Increasing Cost of the Federal Prison System: Drivers and Potential Solutions
By La Vigne, Nancy; Samuels, Julie. Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, DC). Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center (Washington, DC).
This publication looks at the dramatic growth in the inmate population of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and provides “options for stemming future growth that are consistent with public safety goals: (p. 1). Topics discussed include: BOP projection of continued growth; incarceration in federal prisons is expensive—on average $26,000 per year per inmate compared to probation supervision at $3400 per offender in the community; BOP growth creating increased opportunity costs—an increase of 4.2% f... Read More
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8 pages
2012
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Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Use Disorders Manuals|Series: Matrix Manuals
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD).
'The Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People With Stimulant Use Disorders (IOP) package provides a structured approach for treating adults who abuse or are dependent on stimulant drugs ' The Matrix IOP model and this treatment package based on that model grew from a need for structured, evidence-based treatment for clients who abuse or are dependent on stimulant drugs, particularly methamphetamine and cocaine. This comprehensive package provides substance abuse treatment professionals w... Read More
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2012
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Integrating Tribal Cultural Practices into Tribal Juvenile Detention Centers and Reentry Plans
U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) (Washington, DC). Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Resource Center (TJDR) (Washington, DC).
“Traditional cultural ceremonies and practices are integral parts of life for youth, families and communities across Indian Country. Cultural practices and ceremonies teach values of respect, responsibility, health and wellness. These teachings can be especially important for youth who are incarcerated, and those who are preparing to reenter their communities after serving time in a juvenile detention center. Cultural ceremonies and practices, including sweat lodges, talking circles, and storyte... Read More
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5 pages
2012
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Request for Proposal No. 2012-0313: Alabama Department of Corrections Therapeutic Education Facility
Alabama Dept. of Corrections. Office of the Commissioner (Montgomery, AL).
“In response to the current problem in Alabama prisons resulting from an ever increasing prison population, recidivism, and relapse, the ADOC announces this RFP [Request for Proposal] to all eligible and interested parties for the opportunity to submit a proposal, in accordance with the requirements herein … to establish a Therapeutic Education Facility in the State of Alabama to provide intensive, residential substance abuse and cognitive behavioral programming, as well as educational services ... Read More
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55 pages
2012
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Request for Proposal No. 2012-0313: Alabama Department of Corrections Therapeutic Education Facility
Alabama Dept. of Corrections. Office of the Commissioner (Montgomery, AL).
“In response to the current problem in Alabama prisons resulting from an ever increasing prison population, recidivism, and relapse, the ADOC announces this RFP [Request for Proposal] to all eligible and interested parties for the opportunity to submit a proposal, in accordance with the requirements herein … to establish a Therapeutic Education Facility in the State of Alabama to provide intensive, residential substance abuse and cognitive behavioral programming, as well as educational services ... Read More
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55 pages
2011
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Creating a Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice System for Women: Why and How|Draft
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (Rockville, MD). GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (Rockville, MD).
“Why do far too many women keep cycling through the criminal justice system, wrestling with persistent mental health and substance abuse issues, unable to find a footing in the community and reclaim their lives?” This publication answers this question and offers a solution—the “Sequential Intercept Model.” This strategy concentrates on five “intercept” points that women could have with the criminal justice system. At each point assistance is offered to these women that enable them to begin their... Read More
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6 pages
2011
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Request for Proposal (RFP): RFP# 11-87-008 for Prisoner Reentry Demonstration Project Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Cook County Government. Office of the Purchasing Agent (Chicago, IL).
The provision of case management services and the acquisition of the “appropriate reentry transitional and supportive services required to implement each participant’s individual reentry plan” are mandatory (p. 5). The use of cognitive-behavioral techniques is essential. All interventions must support critical thinking and effective decision-making. This RFP is divided into six parts: introduction; scope of services; instructions to proposers; evaluation and selection process; criteria; and subm... Read More
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80 pages
2011
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Request for Proposals for Sumter County Misdemeanor Probation Services
Board of Sumter County Commissioners. Financial Services Department (Wildwood, FL).
"The goal of this RFP is to provide misdemeanor probation services to our customers, Monday-Friday and some Saturdays (as needed), while maintaining or improving current quantity and quality of customer services at no cost to Sumter County." This RFP is divided into five parts: intent and general information, evaluation and award, proposals submittal, proposals documents, and scope of services.... Read More
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35 pages
2011
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Sexual Offending
This publication provides a great introduction to issues surrounding juvenile sex offenders. Topics covered include: characteristics of male and female juvenile sexual offenders; comorbidity; assessment'clinical assessment and assessment of the juvenile's home or living arrangement; treatments'recommended components, promising treatment approaches, and other treatment related information; and controversial treatments.... Read More
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2008
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Large Jail Network Meeting, March 2-4, 2008, Aurora, Colorado
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Washington, DC).
Contents of these proceedings are: introduction; key themes; session highlights; opening remarks; open forum; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) Program; contract services; media relations; workforce development; Legal Issues in Jails--2008; LJN business; final meeting agenda; participant list; and index of past LJN meeting topics.... Read More
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84 p.
2008
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Technical Resource Provider Handbook
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
A guide for correctional service providers who deliver technical assistance or training for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is provided. Sections of this handbook include: purpose; background; scope of direct technical assistance; standards of professional conduct; eligibility to serve as a technical assistance provider (TRP); TRP selection; negotiation and authorization; travel arrangements; TRP reimbursement procedures; technical assistance report; agency evaluation of technical a... Read More
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23 p.
1997
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Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, January 1997
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
This meeting focused on two issues: privatization of correctional facilities and the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996. Ten presenters provide arguments for and against privatization. Political environment, contract terms, personnel, cost of operation, monitoring, and accountability are highlighted. The Prison Litigation Reform Act is explained and commented upon by two attorneys, Lynn Lund and William Collins. Appendices include the meeting agenda and list of participants.... Read More
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52 p.
1996
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Privatization and Contracting in Corrections: Results of an NIC Survey
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
This fifty state survey explores the issues of contracting from the perspective of the department of corrections themselves. It summarizes current activity in contracting for facilities and services, both in terms of scope and related costs, and examines issues in contract management. Part 1 addresses facility privatization, and Part 2 covers contracting for correctional services. A listing of DOC contracting contacts is included as Appendix A. ... Read More
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24 p.
1993
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Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting, July 11-13, 1993, Denver, Colorado
National Institute of Corrections Jails Division (Longmont, CO).
Two main topics were the focus of this meeting: the privatization of corrections and the special needs of women offenders in jails. Presentations on privatization addressed contracting out specific services as well as the issue of full-scale management of correctional facilities. The health care needs of women in jail were addressed by two physicians who direct jail health services. Another major session was devoted to the need for special programming for women in jail.... Read More
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63 p.
1987
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Contracting for Community Corrections Services
By Jensen, Cristy; Lieber, Harley; Scherman, Richard; Thiel, Karen Smith. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Topics discussed include: needs assessment, make or buy decision process, request for proposals, contract development, and contract management and evaluation.... Read More
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47 p.
1987
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Correctional Contracting: A Guide to Successful Experiences
By Camp, Camille Graham; Camp, George M.; Osmond, Gordon. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Criminal Justice Institute (South Salem, NY).
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138 p.
1987
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How to Develop an RFP/BID Document for the Procurement of an Automated Jail Management System
By Donham, Wayne. National Institute of Corrections Jail Center (Boulder, CO). Hancock County Sheriff's Dept. (Ellsworth, ME); Maine Sheriffs' Association (Augusta, ME).
Generic specifications, to be adapted in formulating an RFP for a jail management information system, are presented in this RFP outline. Areas to consider in evaluating proposals are also discussed. Supplied title.... Read More
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