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Environmental Scan 2016
Posted: 19 weeks ago
(2017) “Beginning in the late 1990’s, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Information Center began scanning social, economic, and corrections issues to inform the development of programs and services offered by NIC. This report, now in its 11th edition, has continued to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners also use to inform their work in jails, prisons, and community corrections. Because there are many issues beyond what is addressed in this environmental scan that will potentially influence corrections, this report is intended to give a broad overview of selected current and anticipated trends and not intended to be comprehensive. "The method for selecting articles, reports, and other materials was based on a scan of popular magazines, newspapers, and websites as well as corrections-specific publications. As part of the ongoing work of the Information Center in supporting the work of corrections practitioners, staff regularly monitors reports and publications from state, national, and independent sources. The report is arranged starting with global and broader influences on corrections and moves to specific corrections issues. Each section of the report gives an overview of the topic followed by corrections-specific trends and developments in this area” (p. 3). Sections of this report are: introduction; international developments; demographic and social trends; the workforce; technology; public opinion; the economy and government spending; criminal justice trends; corrections populations and trends; and mental health care in corrections.
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Myths & Facts - Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
Posted: 20 weeks ago
(2017) The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE). This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to help dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system. A description and relevant research to dispel each myth is provided. Our network believes that risk and need assessments currently provide the most accurate, objective prediction of the risk to recidivate. While risk and need assessments do not predict with perfect accuracy, they guide practitioners in the field towards the most accurate and equitable decisions available for safely managing justice-involved individuals.
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A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency
Posted: 24 weeks ago
(2017) This document highlights the commitment of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to define and support evidence-based practices that improve decision-making at the pretrial stage of our criminal justice system, enhancing the safety of America’s communities and fostering the fair administration of pretrial release and detention. With the release of A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency, NIC and its Pretrial Executive Network helps inform the discussion on bail reform and pretrial justice by presenting and defining the fundamentals of an effective pretrial system and the essential elements of a high functioning pretrial services agency. This publication presents and describes these essential elements—as well as the components of an evidence-based framework for improving pretrial outcomes nationwide. Bail determination is one of the most important decisions in criminal justice. Courts that make evidence-based decisions set the following as goals: (1) Protecting community safety; (2) Ensuring a defendant’s return to court; (3) Basing release and detention decisions on an individual defendant’s risk and the community’s norms for liberty; [and] (4) Providing judicial officers with clear, legal options for appropriate pretrial release and detention decisions. A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial System and Agency should serve as a guide for jurisdictions interested in improving their current pretrial systems. By presenting a framework of evidence-based and best practices, NIC supports the equally important concepts of pretrial justice and enhanced public safety in all of America’s courts.
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Evidence-Based Practices in the Criminal Justice System: An Annotated Bibliography
Posted: 25 weeks ago
(2017) “What Is the Evidence? Evidence-based policy and practice is focused on reducing offender risk, which in turn reduces new crime and improves public safety. Of the many available approaches to community supervision, a few core principles stand out as proven risk reduction strategies. Though not all of the principles are supported by the same weight of evidence, each has been proven to influence positive behavior change. To organize the research, these core principles have been compiled… into the 8 Principles of evidence-based practice in corrections … This bibliography is not a complete list of “EBP” citations, but a mere selection based on questions we receive at the Information Center." They are organized according to: Introduction; In the Beginning; Implementation; Policy and Procedures; Principles 1 and 3--Assess Risk and Needs and Target Interventions--Risk, Need, Responsivity (RNR), and Dosage; Principle 2--Enhance Motivation to Change; Principle 4--Skill Training with Directed Practice (CBT); Principle 5--Increase Positive Reinforcement (See Incentives and Sanctions/Contingency Management); Principle 6--Engage Ongoing Community Support; Principles 7 and 8--Measure Relevant Processes and Practices and Measurement Feedback; Blueprints Programs; Caseload Size; Evaluated Programs, including Core Correctional Practices (CCP); Incentives and Sanctions/Contingency Management; Juveniles; Pretrial Services; Prisons; Sex Offenders; Specialized Assessment; Problem-Solving Courts; Supervision by Risk Level; Women Offenders; Training Materials/Presentations; Websites; and Agency Reports.
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Leadership Annotated Bibliography
Posted: 25 weeks ago
(2017) This annotated bibliography provides current and useful information about leadership to corrections professionals. There are many different theories about leadership. A leader needs to be aware of them because different styles of leadership may be needed for differing situations. In the end, results of good leadership will include high morale, employee retention, and sustainable success over the long run. This bibliography touches on a few of the main theories, and looks at the impact of leadership on various groups and succession planning. Topics covered are: general; various leadership types—adaptive leadership, authentic leadership, change leadership, emotional intelligence, ethical leadership, leader-member exchange (LMX), servant leadership, and virtuous leadership; leading generations; women and leadership; leadership and diversity; leadership development; leadership in corrections; and succession planning.
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Incarceration Rates and Traits of Sexual Minorities in the United States: National Inmate Survey, 2011–2012
Posted: 26 weeks ago
(2017) This report examines the "characteristics of sexual minority US inmates … Sexual minorities (those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual or report a same-sex sexual experience before arrival at the facility) were disproportionately incarcerated: 9.3% of men in prison, 6.2% of men in jail, 42.1% of women in prison, and 35.7% of women in jail were sexual minorities. The incarceration rate of self-identified lesbian, gay, or bisexual persons was 1882 per 100 000, more than 3 times that of the US adult population. Compared with straight inmates, sexual minorities were more likely to have been sexually victimized as children, to have been sexually victimized while incarcerated, to have experienced solitary confinement and other sanctions, and to report current psychological distress …There is disproportionate incarceration, mistreatment, harsh punishment, and sexual victimization of sexual minority inmates, which calls for special public policy and health intervention" (p. 234). American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP) v. 107 n. 2, p. 234-240.
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Trauma Annotated Bibliography
Posted: 29 weeks ago
(2017) "This bibliography attempts to offer a compilation of information on trauma-informed care by reviewing general information about trauma as well as focusing on the criminal justice system and corrections (women, adults, and younger people), peer support, and screening/assessment for trauma. In addition, definitions of many of these tools are provided." (p. 2). Resources are organized into the following areas: trauma-informed care in general; trauma-informed care in the criminal justice system and in corrections; corrections staff; justice-involved women; justice-involved veterans; justice-involved youth; screenings and assessments; and tool definitions.
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Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers: Selected Resources Annotated Bibliography
Posted: 30 weeks ago
(2017) Victims have statutory rights that begin the moment a crime is committed against them. Ideally, victims would be fully informed of their rights at every step in the process: at the time the crime is reported, during the justice process, while the offender is incarcerated, and when the offender reenters the community. Different criminal justice stakeholders are responsible for victim services at different stages of this process. National Institute of Corrections’ project, “Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers” will focus on victim services, such as corrections, reentry, parole, and probation, that occur after an offender has been convicted, and it will provide resources and information for those working in this important, but rarely recognized, area of corrections. This annotated bibliography was developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to professionals working in and with the criminal justice system regarding services that are provided to victims of crime. Sections include: general resources; confidentiality; evidence based practice (EBP); juveniles; notification; parole and parole boards; policies and legal issues; restitution; safety planning; social media; statistics and data; victim impact; victim offender communication, dialogue, and mediation; victim rights; victim support and services; and related websites.
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Improving Public Safety Through Effective Community Reintegration Practices
Posted: 30 weeks ago
(2017) NIC and CCCN are creating a DVD based training program designed to highlight effective community reintegration practices that will promote behavior change and recidivism reduction, enhance public safety, and save taxpayer dollars. [[Description]] The United States criminal justice system manages a staggering 7 million adults and three quarter of a million juveniles - the majority of which will be returning to our communities. Justice professionals need to take a system-wide, evidence-based approach and work collaboratively if we want to improve public safety and increase the likelihood of success for those reintegrating back into our communities. The collateral consequences for someone involved in the justice system can be severe. For adults, these can include having a harder time finding a job, difficulty finding safe and sustainable housing, and interruptions in family dynamics and relationships. Juveniles can experience difficulties getting back on track with school and maintaining positive peer relationships. And while some of these consequences are unique to adult or juvenile populations, one consequence stands out as damaging for both: the difficulty of successfully reintegrating and connecting back to the community. The goals of this DVD training are to: [list] [*Illustrate practical application of Risk Need Responsivity principles in order to target the highest risk offenders and match the right services to the right people at the right time [*Identify effective community reintegration practices including local and statewide examples that are demonstrating marked success [*Develop a stakeholder analysis that includes potential community services collaborators and a plan for effective communication and information sharing [*Create an organizational action plan for implementation [/list] [[Who Should Watch the Training DVD?]] [list] [*Correctional Leaders and Administrators [*Wardens, Jail Administrators [*Pretrial / Probation / Parole / Specialty Courts [*Judges, Legislators and other decision makers [*Agency Policy Makers [*Prosecutors [*Defense Attorneys [*Corrections and Detention Staff [*Institutional Program Staff [*Parole Board Members [*Reintegration and / or Release Coordinators [*Community Supervision Staff [*Case Managers [*Victim Advocates and Victim Services Agencies [*Local and State Criminal Justice Stakeholders [*Community Based Treatment Providers [*Veterans Administration [*Academia, Researchers and Criminal Justice Policy Makers [/list] [[Who Do I Contact for More Information?]] [[For Training Program Specific Information]] Greg Crawford, NIC Correctional Program Specialist gcrawford@bop.gov [[What is the Community Corrections Collaborative Network?]] The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) is a network comprised of the leading associations representing 90,000-plus probation, parole, pretrial, and treatment professionals around the country, including the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA), the International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA), and the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE). (More information on the CCCN is available at: https://community.nicic.gov/wikis/cccn/community-corrections-collaborative-network.aspx)
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Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Re-Entry They Create
Posted: 30 weeks ago
(2017) The "authors discuss the long-term and unintended consequences of criminal justice financial obligations (CJFOs): fines, forfeiture of property, court fees, supervision fees, and restitution." [They] "describe trends in the assessment of CJFOs, discuss the historical context within which these trends have unfolded, and reflect on their unintended (but perhaps easily foreseen) consequences. We then treat restitution separately, given the distinct function (in theory at least) that restitution serves. We also raise serious concerns about how restitution tends to be implemented and who benefits from this particular obligation. We end by considering alternative models for the effective and fair deployment of fines, fees and restitution in the criminal justice context" (p. 2).
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Cooperative Agreement - Networking and Professional Development of State and Large Urban System Healthcare Administrators
Posted: 6 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to support the development, enhancement and sustainability of nationwide correctional leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience. Goals and ObjectivesThe goals of these professional development training programs are to develop and enhance competency based leadership skills as well as enhance healthcare knowledge for state and large urban system Healthcare Administrators of Corrections, focusing on collaborative and sustainable approaches to organizational management. The successful applicant(s) must: (1) articulate a clear understanding of the unique training needs of Correctional Healthcare Administrators, (2) have effectively incorporated adult learning principles into training modules, (3) have coordinated and facilitated tra
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Cooperative Agreement: Transition From Jails to Community – Technical Assistance
Posted: 7 weeks ago
Updated: See Questions and Answers below The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Work under this cooperative agreement involves the management and/or facilitation of technical assistance specific to the Transition From Jails to Community reentry model. Goals, Objectives, and DeliverablesTasks under this cooperative agreement will include; review of the TJC toolkit and historical documents, utilization of the TJC readiness protocol and evaluation instrument to evaluate organizational progress, delivery of targeted technical assistance to a minimum of eight (8) jurisdictions, development/facilitation of a training/coaching protocol for technical assistant providers, and development and facilitation of a ninety (90) minute workshop regarding the implementation and sustainability of the TJC process for a national audience. In addition, the contractor will work with designated NIC staff to ensure compliance with
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Cooperative Agreement: Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis
Posted: 7 weeks ago
Updated: See Questions and Answers below The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to develop a model approach to arrest data analysis for the purposes of informing and monitoring data driven practices. Goals, Objectives, and DeliverablesThe goal of this competitive solicitation is to fund the development of a model approach to assessing data accessibility, accuracy, and consistency for purposes of developing and/or improving data driven practices. Objectives: Identify and understand the LaCrosse, Co. WI current arrest processes and the collection and automation of data for criminal justice reporting purposes. Develop a model approach for arrest data collection, analysis and reporting improvements. DeliverablesIn addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The
Corrections News
New to the NIC Website: Technology in Corrections
Posted: 25 weeks 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: 26 weeks 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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Trauma Program Named as Semifinalist for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards
Posted: 28 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
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In the News: Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women
Posted: 32 weeks ago
This recent article describes the Pets Helping People nonprofit, which provides non-violent female offenders job training in dog grooming, boarding and other pet care services. Christy VanCleave, who knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society, co-founded Pets Helping People in 2009. Since 2009, over 200 women have graduated from her job training program, with an average recidivism rate of under four percent. In addition to teaching job skills, PHP provides education in life skills, including finding healthy relationships, conflict resolution, maintaining a job, and building character qualities such as responsibility, compassion, and problem solving. Access the full article ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subsc
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Farewell Message from NIC Director Jim Cosby
Posted: 34 weeks ago
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR January 17, 2017 Dear Colleagues, As my term serving as Director of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) comes to an end, I wanted to send this message to the thousands of correctional and criminal justice practitioners across America. During my tenure, our focus at NIC has been to provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to the field of corrections, covering a wide array of topics. For example: NIC has contributed to driving down unnecessary incarceration while maintaining public safety in our country. Efforts to enhance correctional and criminal justice practice are effective and are making a difference in the lives of correctional and criminal justice staff as well as justice involved individuals every day. Our staff wellness efforts have drawn necessary attention to the everyday stressors in this profession and provided guidance for improving overall health of correctional staff. We have provided the opportunity to touc
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In the News: New Center Allows Overnight Visits for Female Inmates, Their Children
Posted: 35 weeks ago
Posted in the Memphis Flyer, this article describes a new program for overnight visitation at the West Tennessee Women s Therapeutic Residential Center. The program is designed to maintain positive ties between female inmates and their families during incarceration. The facility provides a common room, kitchenette, living area, and bedrooms for the inmate and child. Access the full article ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is available at NIC s Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subscribe to the newsletter at http://nicic.gov/go/subscribe. For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC s Women Offenders.
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Thinking for a Change in Seneca County Jail
Posted: 36 weeks ago
In October of last year, Seneca County started their first T4C group. The staff at the facility see the same people over and over again. Seneca county officials implemented the program to address this issue. They believe it will improve public safety and reentry outcomes. During intake, new inmates are given a test to determine their risk of reoffending. Those who rate medium to high-risk are eligible for the voluntary program. T4C is a 25 lesson intensive program that addresses criminal thinking. It incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem solving skills. T4C is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Read more about what Seneca County is doing: here Find more information about Thinking for a Change 4.0: here
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Learning and Performance Symposium
Register Before: June 07, 2018
(Begins August 07, 2018) The National Institute of Corrections has been a center of corrections learning for 40 years. The Academy Division invites you to be a part of visioning the next forty years and the role of leadership, innovation and collaboration in our future success!
Training Opportunity
Direct Supervision T4T
Register Before: June 01, 2018
(Begins July 30, 2018) This training consists of two recently developed programs by the National Institute of Corrections’ Jails Division: • Making Direct Supervision Work: The Role of the Housing-Unit Officer • Making Direct Supervision Work: The Role of the First-Line Supervisor
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Chairs
Register Before: May 31, 2018
(Begins September 25, 2018) Parole board chairs, whether appointed by their governor, elected by their peers, or rotated into their role from their seat on the parole board, are in an influential position to lead efforts to improve and reform the transition and reentry system, as well as enhance their board’s capacity to use evidence-based principles in effective offender management. Being an effective chair requires clearly defined roles and strategies to ensure that informed decisions are made relative to the release and return of offenders.
Training Opportunity
Jail PIO Network Meeting
Register Before: May 22, 2018
(Begins August 15, 2018) The Jail Public Information Officers Network Meeting provides for the free exchange of ideas and information that allows colleagues to share and learn new strategies.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: May 15, 2018
(Begins July 09, 2018) The most fundamental goal of every jail is to maintain a safe and secure environment for inmates, staff, and visitors. Effectively managing inmate behavior is critical to this goal. NIC’s IBM program is based on the previous work in two major areas: podular direct supervision and inmate classification.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: March 10, 2018
(Begins June 11, 2018) The most fundamental goal of every jail is to maintain a safe and secure environment for inmates, staff, and visitors. Effectively managing inmate behavior is critical to this goal. NIC’s IBM program is based on the previous work in two major areas: podular direct supervision and inmate classification.
Training Opportunity
Gender Matters: Effective Operations and Management of Women's Prisons
Register Before: February 01, 2018
(Begins May 07, 2018) The needs of women in a correctional setting pose unique challenges to implementing operational practices that may have been designed without their gender differences in mind. While some operations may apply broadly to the handling of all types of inmates, other operations need to be tailored to the unique medical, social, and legal needs of women inmates. Communication techniques for working with women also change. NIC’s Effective Operations and Management of Women’s Prisons course addresses issues like these and more.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: January 31, 2018
(Begins April 09, 2018) The National Sheriffs' Institute (NSI), sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), is designed to enhance your leadership skills as you take on the challenges of your first term as sheriff.
Training Opportunity
Executive Excellence Program, Phase 1
Register Before: January 26, 2018
(Begins March 11, 2018) This executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: January 25, 2018
(Begins April 02, 2018) The most fundamental goal of every jail is to maintain a safe and secure environment for inmates, staff, and visitors. Effectively managing inmate behavior is critical to this goal. NIC’s IBM program is based on the previous work in two major areas: podular direct supervision and inmate classification.
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