We provide training in leadership, management and specialized corrections topics
for state, local and federal corrections. Training covers a broad range of correctional
disciplines and topics, including leadership, jail and prison programming, offender
reentry, and mental health.
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Improve agency management, operations, and programming.
Refine the design, delivery, management, and evaluation of staff training programs.
Assist in the development of offender job training and placement efforts.
About Technical Assistance
Our technical assistance includes onsite guidance, support, consultation, or training
provided by an experienced technical resource provider or NIC staff member who serves
in an advisory capacity and works with agency staff.
Corrections-related resources including training plans,
research reports, program evaluations and more. Not all items are online. For access to the full collection
and our live onsite Information Experts, please use our Information Help Desk.
We manage and support a community for corrections professionals to share information,
ask questions, and work together online. This site has public and private forums
that facilitate discussions on correctional topics and to seek answers from fellow
members. We also maintain blogs which are used to share information about NIC activities,
announce opportunities, and solicit feedback from the field. Membership is fast,
free, and open to all.
The field of corrections faces many challenges and the National Institute of Corrections
(NIC) coordinates and provides consulting, research, funding and training in an
effort to address key issues. The results of these initiatives provide the field
with valuable information and resources when dealing with these challenges.
We are an agency within the U.S. Department
of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by a Director appointed
by the U.S. Attorney General. A 16-member Advisory Board, also appointed by the
Attorney General, was established by the enabling legislation (Public Law 93-415)
to provide policy direction to the Institute.
"The National Institute of Corrections is a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances effective correctional practice and public policy."
The outcomes of NIC's activities contribute significantly to the achievement of state, local, and federal correctional goals and priorities:
Effectively managed prisons, jails, and community corrections programs and facilities We will provide services in effective planning, management, and operations strategies that provide constitutional, ethical, humane, safe, and cost-effective prisons, jails, and community corrections programs and facilities.
Enhanced organizational and professional performance in corrections We will provide education and training opportunities in management, leadership, and specialized areas based on value-centered principles and best practices that will continually enhance organizational and professional performance.
Community, staff, and offender safety We will promote correctional practices and procedures that maximize the safety of the community, staff, and offenders; hold offenders accountable; and improve the likelihood of offenders choosing responsible, law-abiding behavior.
Improved correctional practices through the exploration of trends and public policy issues We will promote the exploration of critical issues and shaping public policies that improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and humane quality of practices that impact corrections.
Enhanced services through improved organizational and staff effectiveness We will provide opportunities for organizational and professional growth that enhance our services. We will implement a strategic management process that leads to improved organizational structure, management practices, and program planning that support the mission and vision, consistent with available resources.