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Environmental Scan 2016
Posted: 2 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: 3 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: 8 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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Leadership Annotated Bibliography
Posted: 9 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: 10 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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Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Re-Entry They Create
Posted: 14 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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How Many Americans Are Unnecessarily Incarcerated?
Posted: 15 weeks ago
(2016) "Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. prison population — 576,000 people — are behind bars with no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. The first-of-its-kind analysis provides a blueprint for how the country can drastically cut its prison population while still keeping crime rates near historic lows." Sections cover: the current prison population; time served in prison today; ending prison for lower-level crimes; reducing time served for other crimes; and recommendations and cost savings.
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Should Social Media Be Banned in Prison?
Posted: 16 weeks ago
(2017) Issues surrounding the use of social media in U.S. prisons are discussed, including security, rehabilitation, and whether the use of social media and the internet are protected by the First Amendment.
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Building Trust and Legitimacy Within Community Corrections
Posted: 17 weeks ago
(2016) “What the authors of this report have done is exemplify the importance of community corrections. Probation has the power to keep individuals in their community, working toward positive change and better outcomes for themselves, their families, and their communities.” - Jim Cosby, Past Director, National Institute of Corrections "This paper will discuss the need for a new model for community corrections that can improve public safety while recognizing that people on probation and parole are members of the communities in which they live and are supervised" (p. 3). Six general principles which provide the foundation for this new model of community corrections are described.
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Aiming to Reduce Time-In-Cell: Reports from Correctional Systems on the Numbers of Prisoners in Restricted Housing and on the Potential of Policy Changes to Bring About Reforms
Posted: 18 weeks ago
(2016) This report "provides the only current, comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing, in which individuals are held in their cells for 22 hours or more each day, and for 15 continuous days or more at a time. The Report also documents efforts across the country to reduce the number of people in restricted housing and to reform the conditions in which isolated prisoners are held in order to improve safety for prisoners, staff, and communities at large" (p. 1).
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Cooperative Agreement: Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections - Data Analysis
Posted: 2 days ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this project is to analyze and report on outcomes stemming from a national working group meeting for Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections. Goals, Objectives, and DeliverablesThis project meets the following NIC stated goals: Effectively Managed Prisons, Jails, and Community Corrections Programs and Facilities Enhanced Organizational and Professional Performance in Corrections Improved Correctional Practices through the Exploration of Trends and Public Policy Issues The awardee of this project will support the meeting of these goals by: Providing time-stamped transcription of the recorded responses (8-10 hours) of participants in a working group consisting of correctional library professionals. Analyzing the content of working group recordings to identify key insights and trends. Reporting on the results of the analyses in an NIC document
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Call for Workshop Proposals -- NAPSA Annual Conference
Posted: 2 weeks ago
National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA)2017 Annual Conference and Training InstituteCall for Workshop Proposals The National Association of Pretrial Services (NAPSA) is pleased to issue a call for proposals of workshops for the 45th Annual Conference and Training Institute, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 10-13, 2017. Workshop proposals are due May 31, 2017. The NAPSA Conference and Training Institute provides participants with the opportunity to review the foundations of pretrial, learn the latest research findings, hear about the implementation of evidence-based practices, and understand current opportunities available to those working in the field. The goal of each workshop should be to provide attendees with information, tools, or action items that they can take home and use in their own jurisdiction. Conference attendees include pretrial services and front-end intervention program staff, judges, prosecutors,
Corrections News
Cooperative Agreement - Advancing Research on Offender Behavioral Change: Sanctions and Incentives
Posted: 3 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 further the research to promote the use of responses to behavioral change that support offender pro-social self-change. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a research agenda to further the research around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change. Objectives: Identify current evidence-based practices and best practices with the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by the community corrections field that promote offender pro-social self-change. Further the research by developing a research agenda that will address the knowledge and Address the literature gap around the application of sanctions and incentives as an evidence-based approach to support offender behavior modification. Deliverables: In addition to
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Call for Participation: NIC Working Group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017 Over the past several decades, library services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals have increasingly been regarded as a means of increasing desirable activities from individuals under correctional supervision. Further, some research suggests that library services can play an even greater role, possibly contributing to improved job skills, study habits, and effective communication, as they transition to becoming responsible tax-paying citizens. OVERVIEW The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) would like to examine the larger role that library services can play in corrections, whether for individuals in confinement or for those fulfilling sentences in the community. You can be part of this effort by applying to participate in an NIC working group meeting on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections. This working group will look at how correctional library service is being used around the country today and how it could be improve
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Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach 17C3203
Posted: 3 weeks ago
August 22-24, 2017: The program is delivered in three sequential phases on line learning, face-to-face training and follow up coaching. Through blended learning delivery this 36-hour program leads participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to manage women offenders effectively. The plan will guide development of agency policies and procedures to ensure that responsive and effective services are provided to meet the supervision and programming needs of justice involved women. The curriculum is designed to assist agencies to implement planned change in support of their public safety missions. Application Deadline: June 16, 2017 Location: Aurora, Colorado Who Should Attend: Staff with policymaking and decision-making authority in areas such as oversight of women s corrections institutions, community corrections programs, leadership roles in critical areas such as medical/mental health, classification, risk and
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Call for NIC Technical Resource Providers - Basic Jail Academy Curriculum Subject Matter Experts
Posted: 3 weeks ago
Deadline: May 5, 2017 The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is conducting market research and seeks to immediately identify subject matter experts with demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating basic jail academy curriculum with specific content emphasis on the use of force. Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the respondent and the United States Government. Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: The contractor/TRP must have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in jail operations and training, a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in training correctional professionals, and is expected to conduct his/her assignment professionally and responsibly. HOW TO APPLY Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: Send a current resume or vitae, in Word or PDF format, to samos@bop.gov no later than May 5, 2017. Please include the following in the subject line of your
Corrections News
Cooperative Agreement: Crisis Intervention Team Training Curriculum Enhancement
Posted: 4 weeks ago
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This cooperative agreement is for the solicitation of proposals to enter into a 12-month cooperative agreement to review and revise the existing 40-hour CIT classroom-based training program designed to be delivered to 30 participants. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to revise the curriculum for the CIT Training Program which trains jail systems and state departments of corrections staff. The successful applicant must be an expert in curriculum design who will work with the subject matter experts and peer reviewers identified by the NIC Project Manager. The program s objectives should include the following: Understand the tenets of CIT training based on the Memphis Model. Review and revise the existing CIT Training curriculum. Update the statistics in the current training. Develop additional CIT training curricul
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Cooperative Agreement: Reentry Employment Series - Training and Coaching Facilitation
Posted: 6 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 involves the management. Overview: In order to assist justice involved adults with maintaining long-term attachments to the workforce, practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas. In addition, practitioners must maintain a communication style that supports exploration of the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The Reentry Employment Series provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist justice involved adults as they explore the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include facilitation of training curriculum based on
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Cooperative Agreement: Outcome and Performance Measures for Community Corrections
Posted: 6 weeks ago
Updated: 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 publication that will outline suggested outcome and performance measures and mission critical data for local and state community corrections operations. Goals and Objectives: This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a document for the community corrections field containing clearly defined and easily calculable measures that can be used to gauge progress in 1) achieving mission and strategic goals, 2) improving fidelity to program design, service delivery and outcomes, and 3) enhancing the ability to illustrate community corrections value in an evidence based criminal justice system. Objectives: 1. Identify current performance and outcome measurements, data managementstrategies and mission critical data utilized by the community corrections field forinclusi
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Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention Inventory Research Project
Posted: 6 weeks ago
Updated: 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 will involve the statistical analysis of the Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) to assign quantitative value to qualitative data specific to criminogenic risk levels. Overview: In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections entered into an 18-month cooperative agreement with Learning Designs, Inc. to develop a competency-based training curriculum to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed specific to employment retention services for justice involved adults. In addition to the curriculum, an Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) was developed to identify precursors to job loss and/or recidivism while creating a process for connecting targeted populations to specialized services that address their risk for job loss and recidivism successfully with the understanding that pr
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Upcoming training, broadcasts, and e-learning opportunities.
Training Opportunity
National Sheriffs' Institute
Register Before: July 02, 2017
(Begins September 18, 2017) 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. It is the only executive leadership program designed specifically for first-term sheriffs. It was first developed and delivered in the early 1970s and has changed over the years to meet the evolving needs of first-term sheriffs. The program is held in Aurora, Colorado.
Training Opportunity
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Register Before: July 01, 2017
(Begins September 11, 2017) This 4-day training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country. 
Training Opportunity
Conducting Security Audits
Register Before: June 30, 2017
(Begins September 11, 2017) 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.
Training Opportunity
Executive Training for New Wardens
Register Before: June 26, 2017
(Begins August 28, 2017) The position of warden is one of the most daunting, yet rewarding, opportunities a corrections professional can achieve. Yet, the internal and external expectations and accountability that accompany this position can affect a warden’s leadership ability and management of facility operations. These challenges require the development of new skills and knowledge. This 36-hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution. Some of the topics to be discussed include institutional culture, central office relationships, budget management strategies, decision making, and media relations. Woven throughout the program are continuous opportunities to share concerns and exchange and create new ideas. Eligibility Requirements: Wardens with less than 18 months' experience are encouraged to apply.
Training Opportunity
Women in the Justice System: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach
Register Before: June 16, 2017
(Begins August 22, 2017) The curriculum is research based, gender-informed (women) and designed for making systemic changes to improve management of women in the justice system. Identified outcomes for enhanced policy and practice may include working toward reductions in recidivism and intermediate outcomes as in harm reduction, improved program participation rates, the decreased use of disciplinary sanctions, successful reintegration/reentry and improvements in community stabilization.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for New Pretrial Executives
Register Before: June 15, 2017
(Begins August 07, 2017) Extensive training that enhances the effectiveness of pretrial executives in maintaining and capitalizing existing services.
Training Opportunity
Orientation for Parole Board Members
Register Before: May 31, 2017
(Begins July 25, 2017) This 40-hour program will help parole board members gain knowledge and skills in the area of informed decision making through evidence-based principles and practices for determining offender risk and motivation for change. It will also help them evaluate the efficacy of release plans. The program emphasizes the critical role of collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders to increase offender success and public safety. The program uses a peer interaction process. Mandatory course components include online sessions, face-to-face training, and independent work.
Training Opportunity
Learning and Performance Symposium
Register Before: May 31, 2017
(Begins August 08, 2017) 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! During this interactive session, we will bring together Learning and Performance professionals to address the most pressing issues facing corrections learning today including: • Ensuring learning and performance competency development • Continuing professional development of learning and performance professionals • Leveraging technology for learning in corrections • Facilitating Collaborative efforts for collective goals • Applying research to corrections learning and performance.
Training Opportunity
Inmate Behavior Management
Register Before: May 31, 2017
(Begins July 17, 2017) 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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