U.S. Department of Justice

Prison Security

Training Programs

  • Starts Jun. 12, 2017
    Conducting Security Audits
  • Starts May. 22, 2017
    Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
  • Starts Mar. 27, 2017
    Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
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    Prison security is crucial to maintaining staff and inmate safety in a correctional setting. Security in prisons includes, but is not limited to, managing restrictive housing populations, classification and assessment, managing special populations, and security audits.

    Security Audit Training

    The Prisons Division of NIC is seeking candidates for the Security Audit Program. In order to be considered for participation, each agency must submit a 3-member team. Team members should be in a supervisory role within the agency and in a position to affect change within the organization.

    The work of the security audit may best be described as a risk assessment, the function of which is to determine the likelihood of a significant security problem or vulnerability to injury, escape, disruption or destruction of property due to inadequate policy, procedure, physical plant, and/or performance. Risk assessment, hence security audit, is the process of determining the risk remaining after all the normal management safeguards have been applied, including clarity of policy, procedure, post orders, training, physical plant accommodation, and daily supervisory activities. NIC will assemble a team of no less than 18 members to audit 3 facilities within an agency. The audit will take approximately 4 days to complete. Interested candidates should nicic.learn.com and register to be considered for participation in this training program.

    Recommended Reading

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    Document 024517
    Crisis Intervention Teams: An Effective Response to Mental Illness in Corrections [Satellite/Internet Broadcast]
    National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
    Our nation’s jails, prisons, and community corrections agencies are confronted daily with substantial numbers of persons with mental illness in custody and under supervision. Mental illness in corrections demands an urgency of response, services, and care. Correctional staff have attempted to manage individuals suffering mental illness with varying degrees of success. In searching for meaningful methods of response, some agencies, in partnership with stakeholder communities, have implemented Cri... Read More
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    Document 024797
    Crisis Intervention Teams: A Frontline Response to Mental Illness in Corrections [Lesson Plans and Participant's Manual]
    National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    The tools, strategies, and techniques that will allow corrections staff, mental health service providers, and advocates to work together to develop and implement a crisis intervention team (CIT) are presented. CITs help reduce crisis situations, improve safety, and promote better outcomes for persons with mental illness. Participants will learn: about the core elements of a locally developed and owned CIT for managing mental illness in prisons, jails, and community corrections; how to develop c... Read More
    approximately 300 pages

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    Date Title Type
    Document 031410
    Drones and Corrections
    corrections.com (San Francisco, CA).
    This website is a great resource for recent news about the use of drones to get contraband into prisons and jails by dropping it into exercise yards and other exterior areas. Proposed and current legislation regarding drones is covered, as is use of drones by correctional agencies.... Read More

    Document 029790
    Personal Safety inside Prison
    By ToersBijns, Carl. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
    This article should be necessary reading for all correctional staff and administration. "We are constantly reminded that our prisoners can and do have history of violent behaviors and must never forgo or forget they may turn violent on a moment’s notice due to well planned, spontaneous actions or provoked situations. Critical incidents can turn into lethal situations in seconds and security is necessary to deter such ideas or occurrences daily. The issue of personal safety can be covered by usin... Read More
    3 pages
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    Equipment and Technology Research on Body-Worn Cameras and Law Enforcement
    National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC).
    "To date, little research is available to help law enforcement executives decide whether and how to implement the use of body-worn cameras in their departments." This website provides access to information that will help in making these decisions. Topics discussed on this website are organized according to: research on body-worn cameras and law enforcement; ongoing NIJ-funded research on body-worn cameras; Primer on Body-Worn Cameras for Law Enforcement; market survey of body-worn cameras for cr... Read More

    Document 029899
    Nation's Highest Court Weighs Correctional Security and Religious Freedom
    By Schultz, Eric.
    "On Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, the second day of the Supreme Court’s 2014 term, the justices heard oral arguments in the case of Holt v. Hobbs, with important implications for corrections. At question in the case was whether or not the Arkansas Department of Correction’s (ADC) no-beard policy violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and whether the half-inch beard requested by inmate Gregory Houston Holt sufficiently satisfies the department’s security goals" (p. 64... Read More

    5 pages
    Document 029936
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    Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Law Enforcement Legal Center (Chicago, IL).
    This two-part series discussing issues and developments in the use of information technologies by inmates and offenders in the community. Part 1 looks at: the problems in general; access to computers; information from the internet; and the Trust Fund Limited Inmate Computer System (TRULINCS) used by federal prisons. Part 2 looks at supervised Internet access; cell phones and the Internet; parolees and the Internet; sex offenders and the Internet; and some suggestions for allowing limited electro... Read More

    19 pages
    Document 029928
    Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop
    By Silberglitt, Richard; Chow, Brian G.; Hollywood, John S.; Woods, Dulani; Zaydman, Mikhail; Jackson, Brian A.. National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC). Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative (Gaithersburg, MD); RAND Corp. Safety and Justice Program (Santa Monica, CA); Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) (Washington, DC); RTI International (Research Triangle Park, NC); University of Denver (Denver, CO).
    "This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios—cur... Read More

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    Document 029961
    Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Washington, DC).
    "This toolkit is a comprehensive clearinghouse for criminal justice practitioners interested in planning and implementing a body-worn camera program in an effort to strengthen community trust and confidence in the justice system and improve officer and community safety." Each entry point begins with a description of that section and a video from the series "Subject Matter Experts Share". Points of entry to this website are: getting started—"Toolkit Welcome Message" from Denise O'Donnell , implem... Read More

    Document 029715
    Police Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs)
    By AELE Legal Staff, compilers. Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE). Evidence Preservation Information Center (EPIC) (Chicago, IL).
    If you want a great source for information body-worn cameras (BWC's), then this is the place. Links are organized according to: model and specimen policies; reports and studies; legislation and interpretations; general litigation; privacy issues; Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and litigation; training documents; scholarly articles; disciplinary actions; eavesdropping laws; and selected links.... Read More

    Document 029935
    Body-Worn Video Cameras for Law Enforcement Assessment Report
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (Washington, DC). Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWARSYSCEN). Advanced Technology and Assessments Branch (North Charleston, SC); U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) (Washington, DC).
    Correctional agencies will find this information very valuable. "The purpose of this assessment was to obtain information on body-worn video cameras that will be useful in making operational and procurement decisions. The activities associated with this assessment were based on recommendations from a focus group of emergency responders with experience using body-worn video cameras" (p. vi). Evaluation criteria consisted of affordability, capability, deployability, maintainability, and usability.... Read More

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    Holidays Are Dangerous Times Within Correctional Facilities
    By Sturgeon, William. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
    This is essential reading for anyone working within a correctional setting. "In today’s world, criminal justice personnel not only have the “Dangers and Challenges” that are normally associated with the “Holidays”, they now have to factor in the possibility of terrorist activities directed at them and their facilities" (p. 1). Sections offer clear explanations for the following crucial preparations: correctional law enforcement and court facilities should be extra vigilant at the perimeters of t... Read More

    3 pages
    Document 029528
    Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras: Assessing the Evidence
    By White, Michael D.. Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center (Washington, DC). Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) (Washington, DC); Booz Allen Hamilton (Greenwood Village, CO); Institute for Intergovernmental Research and Center for Naval Analyses.
    "Although advocates and critics have made numerous claims regarding body-worn cameras, there have been few balanced discussions of the benefits and problems associated with the technology and even fewer discussions of the empirical evidence supporting or refuting those claims. This publication provides a review of the available evidence on officer body-worn cameras. The goal is to provide a comprehensive resource that will help law enforcement agencies to understand the factors they should consi... Read More
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    Body-Worn Cameras for Criminal Justice: Market Survey, Version 1.0
    National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (Washington, DC). ManTech Advanced Systems International (Fairmont, WV); National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) (Gaithersburg, MD).
    "The use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by criminal justice practitioners (e.g., patrol, corrections, SWAT and other tactical responders) offers potential advantages in keep¬ing officers safe, enabling situational awareness, improving community relations and accountability, and providing evidence for trial. These products are also sometimes called officer-worn or wearable cameras. In the last couple of years, there has been a dramatic increase in the criminal justice use, public and media attention... Read More
    34 pages

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    Available Training Opportunities

    • Starts Jun. 12, 2017 - Conducting Security Audits
      With NIC’s hands-on, onsite training, gain the experience of auditing out-of-state institutions of various security levels and missions. This 36-hour training program supplements classroom instruction in auditing protocol with tours of assigned facilities and real-world assignments that put newly trained participants in charge of the auditing process.
    • Starts May. 22, 2017 - Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
      This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. 
    • Starts Mar. 27, 2017 - Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
      This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country.