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New to the NIC Website: Technology in Corrections
Posted: 2 days ago
Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website is our new web page focusing on Technology in Corrections. In many ways technology has been a help and a hindrance for the corrections field. People working in the field struggle to decide how to handle these technologies...if at all. Technology consistently changes faster than corrections and/or society can keep up with it. Implementing a technology, or plans to battle it (take cell phones for instance), can be a long and difficult process, and before new technology can be implemented, things may have changed. This package page contains information about: computers the internet, apps, body cameras, bio-metrics facial recognition, cell phones, drones, electronic monitoring GPS, and x-rays scanners, in order to provide information on the biggest trends in technology for the corrections field. Example resources from the Technology in Corrections page: Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 20
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In the News: Women Shortchanged by Justice Reforms
Posted: 3 days ago
This article summarizes a recent report from the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on gender and criminal justice reform. The report, Women In Justice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail, argues that reforms must be gender-responsive, faithful to the principles of parsimony and proportionality, and engage social services to better serve individuals with criminal justice involvement. Highlights from the report: The number of women in the American justice system has grown exponentially, by more than 700%, from 1980 to 2014. Women of color in particular are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated. The New York City data (from Rikers Island) shows that women are charged with less serious crimes, are less likely to be charged with violent crimes, and are less likely to return to jail within one year. Recommended guiding principles of reform: Interventions to address the needs of justice-involved women in New York City must be gender-respons
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Register Now: Best Practices in Communicating with Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Posted: 1 week ago
Attend this free webinar on Mar 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST. About the webinar: Speaker: Asia Graves, a survivor of human trafficking and an anti-trafficking advocate, has dedicated her life to helping others understand the magnitude and implications of trafficking in the United States. From the ages 16 to 18, Asia was sold in cities all along the East Coast, including Boston, Atlanta, Miami and New York. After she escaped, Asia worked with the FBI to help indict members of the sex-trafficking ring who had held her captive. She worked as the Maryland Outreach Services Coordinator and Survivor Advocate at FAIR Girls, a non-profit devoted to preventing the exploitation of girls worldwide through empowerment and education. Asia testified before a U.S. Senate Committee on human trafficking and worked for the Department of Justice as a consultant and trainer in the Office for Victims of Crime. Today, Asia works for an anti-human trafficking organization and continues to advocat
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Mental Health First Aid Courses
Posted: 1 week ago
Apply for NIC s Mental Health First Aid courses coming in May and June. Mental Health First Aid - 17P1019 (https://nicic.gov/training/17p1019)Apply by: April 3, 2017 Starts: May 23, 2017 Mental Health First Aid 17P1020 (https://nicic.gov/training/17p1020)Apply by: May 8, 2017 Starts: June 20, 2017 Description: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, one day course that teaches individuals how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps individuals identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Topics covered include Depression and Mood disorders; Anxiety disorders; Trauma; Psychosis; and Substance Use Disorders. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Eligibility: Mental Health First Aid - Adult is intended for all people and orga
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Updated Information! Join NIC's Training Administrators Network (TAN)!
Posted: 3 weeks ago
NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN) Want to get in on the ground floor on creating an NIC Network? Do you want to meet and share problems and solutions with other training administrators? Want to collaborate with NIC on bringing the latest learning and performance research and application to the field? May 16-17, 2017 NIC Academy Division, Learning and Performance Initiative will be launching the Training Administrators Network (TAN). We are very excited to bring back this network. Tasks on the agenda will include a new name, a new charter, and new members. The Network will be by invitation only so we need your help: 1. Identify any new State Prison Training Directors and/or new contact info. (We have a list but may be outdated.) 2. Identify Training Director/Administrator for TAN membership from juvenile justice, jails and community (parole, probation, community corrections). Criteria for membership in Training Administrators Network: A. Primary
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Trauma Program Named as Semifinalist for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Last week, it was announced that the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has recognized the Women s Re-entry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative from Chester County, Pennsylvania as a semifinalist for this year s Innovations in American Government Awards. County Commissioner Michelle Kichline described the WRAP program as transforming a male-centric justice system to one of connections and interventions that respect the life experiences women bring to the system. WRAP s holistic and gender-specific approach is not only innovative, but it is highly successful. We re pleased that an organization as esteemed as Harvard University s Ash Center has recognized this innovation too. From The Times Herald news: The WRAP program is a trauma-informed approach to dealing with women who find themselves in the criminal justice system. The program began in 2014 with 50 women, working with one probation officer trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-inform
Corrections News
Cooperative Agreement: Jail Administration Training and Technical Assistance
Posted: 5 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to administer program delivery of the curricula associated with the Jail Administration program and the delivery of technical assistance associated with jail administrative issues. The awardee will work closely with NIC staff on all aspects of the project. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, 1) in-depth knowledge of the purpose, functions, and operational complexities of local jails, 2) expertise on the key elements in jail administration, 3) experience in developing curriculum, based on adult learning principles, and 4) extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to administration and operations. Overview: Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. The goal of the Jail Administration program is to provide jail administrators with i
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Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape – Register Now!
Posted: 5 weeks ago
Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/nicwbt98 March 29, 2017 9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET Do you and your agency have questions about the management of transgender persons in custody? In response to this emerging correctional issue, the National Institute of Corrections is conducting a live internet broadcast designed to: provide information to agency legal counsel and corrections professionals regarding transgender persons in custody and their presumptive legal rights; demystify the issues surrounding policy and procedures decisions affecting this population; and identify emerging challenges and opportunities to provide strategies for ensuring equity while maintaining safety and security. During this live event, we will: Address agencies questions regarding issues, barriers, challenges and practices that affect transgender persons in cu
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Call for Technical Resource Providers - Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Posted: 5 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is conducting market research and seeks individuals with demonstrated experience in successful planning, implementing, training and evaluating of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for justice-involved populations in community, jails, and prison settings. The MAT technical assistance effort will support work being done by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which is working to identify and cultivate Centers of Innovation (COIs) as laboratories for promising practices. This work includes developing and disseminating a self-guided assessment tool for the field; providing specialized technical assistance and training; and coordinating with NIC and professional associations and networks to promote MAT, consistent with the needs of the field. Deadline: February 28, 2017 Technical Assistance Details and Application
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Join the Webinar: NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Solicitation
Posted: 5 weeks ago
This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one of two research categories: narcotics, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution; or drug intelligence and community surveillance. NIJ has identified two drug priorities: heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs); and novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs). Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00 pm EST Webinar Registration: https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5ce1742686e9f8529ac2cd443646c54e Solicitation: https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12043.pdf
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