U.S. Department of Justice

Prison Security

Training Programs

  • Starts Sep. 14, 2015
    Conducting Security Audits
  • Starts Sep. 21, 2015
    Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
  • Starts Mar. 21, 2016
    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.

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    Available Training Opportunities

    • Starts Sep. 14, 2015 - 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 Sep. 21, 2015 - 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. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from restrictive housing back to the community and looks at the management strategies for the long-term inmate in restrictive housing. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of high-risk offenders.
    • Starts Mar. 21, 2016 - 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. The program explores fundamental issues in programs that attempt to reintegrate offenders back into general populations which precludes releasing them directly from restrictive housing back to the community and looks at the management strategies for the long-term inmate in restrictive housing. The program also addresses legal issues surrounding restrictive housing, gang management, prison culture and climate, and classification of high-risk offenders.
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