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  • Community Supervision: Using a Strength-Based, Family-Focused Approach [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held March 16, 2005]

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    Community Supervision: Using a Strength-Based, Family-Focused Approach [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held March 16, 2005]

    This program will help professionals identify the strengths and resources inherent in the family as a fundamental support system for individuals upon their release from prison or jail. It is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the family as a resource to enhance offender reentry and supervision and to increase public safety.

    Family, broadly defined, includes individuals' blood relatives and friends who play a significant role in a person's life. Family members are essential resources who may ease the transition from confinement to the community or positively enhance the community supervision process. Unfortunately, the family is too often viewed as presenting challenges rather than as a source of shared history and untapped resources.

    The goal of this broadcast is to encourage participants to think about: enhancing the reentry and supervision processes through contextual thinking about the family; tapping the strengths of families and communities as means of good government to enhance public safety; utilizing family and community resources after government intervention has ended; and addressing the challenge of negotiating multiple services that may be used by the family to enhance positive outcomes.

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  • Resource Manual for Transition to a New Jail

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    Resource Manual for Transition to a New Jail

    "[T]his resource document will assist agencies starting the process of planning for a successful transition to a new detention facility" (p. iii). Nine chapters comprise this manual: introduction; transitional management; construction; staff/human resources; document development; training and orientation; furniture, fixtures, equipment, and supplies; move logistics; and transition themes of managing change and community relations.

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  • Comprehensive Objective Prison Classification [Participant's Manual]

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    Comprehensive Objective Prison Classification [Participant's Manual]

    The development of both external and internal prison classification procedures are covered during this 36-hour program. Sections of this manual address: action planning; evaluation standards for classification; internal classification; high risk and special needs; women's classification issues; information systems; litigation issues; implementation strategies; assessment of external classification system; and supplementary reading.

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  • Correctional Religious Programs [Participant's Manual]

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    Correctional Religious Programs [Participant's Manual]

    Religious programming issues are discussed. Topics briefly covered include: what is the practice of religion in corrections today; the reality of conversion; the role of the chaplain and religious program and how it relates to the agency's mission; recruitment, training, and supervision of chaplains; legal issues and religious programming -- constitutional issues and statutory changes; the interplay of religious programming and other correctional functions programs; working with religious volunteers; innovative approaches to religious programming; and action steps.

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  • Prison Health Care: Youthful Offenders Sentenced as Adults [Lesson Plans]

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    Prison Health Care: Youthful Offenders Sentenced as Adults [Lesson Plans]

    Information and resources that address the unique challenges of providing health services to youthful offenders are provided through this 20-hour training program. This manual is divided into the following sections: adolescent development; trends and health issues; organizational/administrative issues; security and classification; the role of the medical staff; professional boundaries; mental health disorders; substance abuse; suicide prevention/intervention; sexual/physical/emotional abuse; behavior management; female health issues; action planning; and supplemental readings.

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  • Standards on Pretrial Release

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    Standards on Pretrial Release

    Effective procedures governing the release or detention of arrested individuals are presented. Thirty-four standards and related commentary are organized into the following four parts: general principles governing the pretrial process; nature of first appearance and release/decision; purposes, roles, and functions of pretrial services agencies; and management and oversight of pretrial processes following initial decision concerning release or detention.

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  • Policy and Procedures Development

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    Policy and Procedures Development

    Guidelines for the creation of mission statements, policies, and procedures are presented. The contents of this document include: critiques of individual policies for inmate rules and regulations, commissary orders, reporting of maintenance problems, and night lock-up of residents; mission statement -- definition, rationale, and development criteria; policy and procedures -- definitions and rationale; policy and procedure content elements; policy construction criteria; procedure construction criteria; policy and procedure format; sources of policy and procedure topic items; policy and procedure manual contents; and implementation of the policy and procedure manual.

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  • A Summary of Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders. The Gender-Responsive Strategies Project: Approach and Findings

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    A Summary of Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders. The Gender-Responsive Strategies Project: Approach and Findings

    Reviews information on gender-specific policies, programs, and services in corrections. Topics covered by this bulletin include: the Gender-Responsive Strategies Project -- approach and findings; defining gender responsiveness; national profile of women offenders; the foundation for the principles a new vision -- six guiding principles for a gender-responsive criminal justice system; general strategies for implementing guiding principles; gender-responsive policy elements; and conclusion -- addressing the realities of women's lives is the key to improved outcomes.

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  • Summary Report: Regional Workshops

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    Summary Report: Regional Workshops

    Feedback from four executive level regional workshops regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is reported. Extended responses from groups of executive-level administrators and policy makers representing community corrections, prisons, jails, and juvenile justice follow an executive summary. Comments are organized according to the four roundtable groups mentioned above on following themes: critical issues currently faced in the successful implementation of PREA; barriers and obstacles which may be encountered in the implementation of the elements of PREA; and the kind of support that would be helpful from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the other federal partners.

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  • The Gender-Responsive Strategies Project: Jail Applications

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    The Gender-Responsive Strategies Project: Jail Applications

    Current research about women offenders and strategies for evaluating current operating procedures related to women offenders are covered. Sections of this bulletin include: introduction; women in jail -- their numbers and characteristics; the Gender-Responsive Strategies project -- approach and findings; six gender-responsive guiding principles -- implications for jail administrators; jail classification and gender-responsive strategies for implementation in a jail setting; challenges and how to overcome them; parity and equity in programming; next steps; improving jail operations -- how jail administrators benefit from considering gender-responsive strategies; Maximizing Opportunities for Mothers to Succeed (MOMS): Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Oakland, California; and conclusion.

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  • Strategies for Building Effective Work Teams [Participant's Manual]

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    Strategies for Building Effective Work Teams [Participant's Manual]

    Strategies for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating work teams within a work unit or agencywide are covered during this 36-hour program. Sections contained in this manual are: why teams?; dimensions of teamwork; teams and the organizational meeting; stages of team development; managing team conflict; and Team Playbook -- playing for performance (a workbook for this course).

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  • Supervisory Leadership for Women in Corrections [Participant's Manual]

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    Supervisory Leadership for Women in Corrections [Participant's Manual]

    Participants will assess their personal leadership styles and set specific goals for a career development plan during this 36-hour course. Five sections comprise this manual: leadership -- self-mastery, network relationships, and positive politics; our dragons -- feedback; relationships, power, and leadership; expanding our world view -- learn, change and grow; and returning renewed and refreshed.

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  • Developing "Coaches" for New Wardens [Participant's Manual]

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    Developing "Coaches" for New Wardens [Participant's Manual]

    Training and practical experience in the techniques and skills of Co-Active coaching as the foundation of a leadership culture are provided during this 36-hour program. Topics covered include: leadership culture; coaching principles; commitment and high performance; Co-Active leadership coaching; listening levels; coaching practice; learning steps; powerful questions; complete requests get action; action and awareness create continuous learning; values; assumptions and interpretations; the "gremlin" concept; talents; a typical six-month coaching engagement; foundation checklist; career discovery questions; designing the coaching relationship questions; and acknowledgement.

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  • Effective Management of Female Inmates: Applying the Research on Gender Responsive Correctional Strategies to Local Jails

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    Effective Management of Female Inmates: Applying the Research on Gender Responsive Correctional Strategies to Local Jails

    Research, practice, and guiding principles related to gender-responsive strategies and utilized in jail settings are exchanged. The six guiding principles are: acknowledge that gender makes a difference; create an environment based on safety, respect, and dignity; develop policies, practices, and programs that are relational and promote healthy connections to children, family, significant others, and the community; address the issues of substance abuse, trauma, and mental health through comprehensive, integrated, culturally-relevant services and appropriate supervision; provide women with opportunities to improve their socioeconomic conditions; and establish a system of community supervision and reentry with comprehensive, collaborative services.

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  • NIC Fiscal Year 2006 Service Plan: Technical Assistance, Information, and Training for Adult Corrections

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    NIC Fiscal Year 2006 Service Plan: Technical Assistance, Information, and Training for Adult Corrections

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Service Plan for fiscal year 2006 describes opportunities available to those working in local, state, and federal corrections. The fiscal year extends from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. Programming, international assistance, information services, technical assistance, distance learning via satellite/Internet broadcasts, NIC Learning Center, and partnership programs are described. Application forms are included for individuals attending NIC programs, for agencies interested in hosting partnership training programs, for broadcast host site coordinators for 3-hour and 24- to 32-hour satellite/Internet distance training programs, and for persons interested in serving as a regional field coordinator (RFC).

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  • Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executive and Senior Levels

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    Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executive and Senior Levels

    Characteristics that result in the best performance of executive and senior level leaders are identified along with the key skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective and successful leaders which are then linked to a set of specific behaviors. Following an executive summary, this manual provides an exploration of: managerial profiles; self awareness; ethics and values; vision and mission; strategic thinking; managing the external environment; power and influence; strategic planning and performance measurement; collaboration; and team building.

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  • Community Corrections Workforce Project Annotated Bibliography

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    Community Corrections Workforce Project Annotated Bibliography

    This bibliography describes 71 items that address workforce development problems faced by community corrections, probation, and parole agencies. Some of the topics discussed are: the changing workforce; the changing roles of staff; caseload management demands; and recruiting, hiring, training, developing, and retaining staff.

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  • A Guide to Preparing for and Responding to Prison Emergencies: Self-Audit Checklists, National Survey Results, Resource Materials, [and] Case Studies

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    A Guide to Preparing for and Responding to Prison Emergencies: Self-Audit Checklists, National Survey Results, Resource Materials, [and] Case Studies

    Information regarding prison emergency preparedness is presented. This guide is comprised of the following sections: introduction; conducting an audit; self-audit checklists--emergency preparedness, natural disaster/HAZMAT/fire, and counterterrorism; Report on the National Survey of Emergency Readiness in Prisons; resource materials--leadership issues during crises, prevention of prison emergencies, emergency teams, and prisons and counterterrorism; and case studies.

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  • A Review of the Emotional Intelligence Literature and Implications for Corrections

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    A Review of the Emotional Intelligence Literature and Implications for Corrections

    Literature regarding emotional intelligence (E.I.) is reviewed. Sections following an executive summary are: introduction; E.I. models -- Salovey and Mayer's Ability Model, Bar-On, Goleman's Model, Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS), and the Self-Report Emotional Intelligence Test (SREIT); comparing E.I. models; emotional intelligence and related constructs; E.I. in applied settings; E.I. and the Correctional Service of Canada; controversies, limitations; and directions for future research; and conclusions. Also provided is a glossary of statistical terms.

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  • Assessment of NIC's Executive Leadership Training for Women

    Assessment of NIC's Executive Leadership Training for Women

    <p>Findings from a report which "assesses the outcome of the training [program] in terms of the leadership-related behaviors of participants" are presented (p. 4). This evaluation contains the following sections: executive summary; background; program description; research design; findings according to -- overview of participant training manual, analysis of participant program evaluations, on-site observations of researchers, focus group feedback, and survey results; and conclusions and recommendations. "Overall results clearly indicate an extremely positive endorsement of NIC's efforts" (p. 5)</p>

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  • FutureForce: Building a 21st Century Community Corrections Workforce [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held August 3, 2005]

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    FutureForce: Building a 21st Century Community Corrections Workforce [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held August 3, 2005]

    This program focuses on the changing and expanding roles of probation, parole, and community corrections officers. Probation, parole and community corrections officers have seen their roles and professional expectations change and expand over the past several years. However, their primary responsibility has remained the supervision of offenders in conjunction with effective caseload management. These changing and expanding roles and expectations, coupled with offender supervision and caseload management demands, are often overlooked when recruiting, hiring, training, developing, and retaining new and existing staff. In addition, the exodus of experienced workers to retirement and the shrinking labor pool are compromising the capability of agencies to deliver critical public safety services.

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  • Cultural Diversity: Training for Trainers

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    Cultural Diversity: Training for Trainers

    Targeted for criminal justice professionals who train, this curriculum demonstrates communication skills that strengthen positive interaction, evaluates the impact of individual cultural perspectives and personal beliefs on the effectiveness of interacting with others, and identifies positive and negative relationships that are impacted by cultural diversity in the work place. Section topics include creating a common understanding, what it means to be different in your organization, communicating across cultures, and development of cultural competency. The training package consists of a one volume, loose-leaf manual and a videotape that depicts numerous vignettes of interactions between people of different ethnic backgrounds. This thirty-six-hour course was delivered to trainers of the Missouri Department of Corrections Central Training Academy, St. Louis, Missouri, June 1-5, 1992.

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  • Emergency Preparedness Assessment Resource Supplements

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    Emergency Preparedness Assessment Resource Supplements

    Supplemental resources for the training program "Emergency Preparedness Assessment" (NIC accession no. 006995) are presented. Contents directly related to emergency plans include: Interim Commander checklist; Incident Commander checklist; Prison Operations Administrator checklist; emergency notification checklist; after action requirements checklist; "Notes on Emergency Planning" by Ken Kukrall; action planning; Emergency Plan Exercise Controller Forms for support services, negotiations team, Incident Commander, tactical team, and medical (five separate forms).

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  • Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting - July 2005

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    Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting - July 2005

    Contents of these proceedings are: meeting highlights; "Inmate Labor: Entitlements, Benefits, and Regulations" by Rod Miller; "Social Security Administration: Inmate Reporting and Incentive Payments" by Diane Nest; "Re-Entry From Jail and Federal Benefits" by Katherine Brown; "SSI and Medicare Disability Payments for Inmates" by Don Ketcham; "Third Party Reimbursement Potential" by Phil Hoelscher; "The Character Quality Program" by Cliff Uranga and Argyl Dick; "Ethics and Professionalism: The Holistic Approach" by Steve Thompson; "The Evolution of Corrections in Cuyahoga County, Ohio" by Ken Kochevar; "Employee-Restricted Duty: Policy and Practice" by Marilyn Chandler Ford; "Employee Attendance Policy: Controlling the Abuse of Sick Leave" by Marilyn Chandler Ford and Anthony Dawsey; announcements; "Staffing Analysis for Jails" by Rod Miller; "Discussion of Next LJN Meeting: Schedule and Topics" by Richard Geaither; meeting agenda; and list of meeting attendees.

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  • Project Guide: Objective Classification Analysis

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    Project Guide: Objective Classification Analysis

    The use of an objective classification system (OCS) is described. This guide explains: classification analysis in general; designing a classification system; benefits of implementing a classification system; potential drawbacks of objective classification; some additional considerations; identifying individuals with substance abuse/dependence issues; and balancing objectivity and practicality.

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  • Project Guide: Tribal Justice System Assessment

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    Project Guide: Tribal Justice System Assessment

    "[D]irection to tribal jurisdictions interested in conducting a justice system assessment for the purposes of addressing systemic issues raised in the development of detention and correctional facilities" is provided (p. 7). This guide is comprised of the following sections: introduction; what a justice assessment is; impact of the justice system assessment on detention and corrections bed space needs; approach to conducting a system assessment; steps in the assessment process; unique characteristics of Indian Country justice systems; summary; key parties in the tribal justice system; and structure of tribal justice systems.

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  • Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities

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    Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities

    Findings from a ballistic and mechanical properties test of 103 used Zylon-containing body armor are presented. This report contains the following sections: executive summary; supplemental results from Phase I testing; Phase II testing results; results of Phase I and II ballistic testing; applied research; compliance testing process review and modifications; summary; complete results of Phase I (Worst Case) P-BFS test; Phase I (Worst Case) ballistic limit and tensile strength test results; results of Phase II P-BFS testing; and individual armor models tested. The "results clearly show that used Zylon-containing body armor may not provide the intended level of ballistic resistance" (p. 3).

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  • 2003 Environmental Scan Update

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    2003 Environmental Scan Update

    Changes and forces that may affect the programming of the National Institute of Corrections are analyzed and commented on. This environmental scan is comprised of the following sections: international developments; social and demographic trends; the economy; governmental spending; public attitudes and public policy; the workforce; technology; crime and justice tends; and corrections population and trends.

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  • Performance Audit of Pennsylvania Correctional Industries of the Department of Corrections

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    Performance Audit of Pennsylvania Correctional Industries of the Department of Corrections

    <p>The effectiveness of Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI), a state-run prison business, in planning efforts and managing operations is assessed, while identifying obstacles to mission statement fulfillment and operational efficiency. This audit is comprised of the following sections: results in brief (executive summary); introduction and background; objectives and methodology; seven findings and recommendations; and observation. Appendixes include: results of surveys of potential PCI customers and existing and former PCI customers; and responses from the DOC. PCI "let sales slide, charged higher prices, and used irregular accounting to help its own Department of Corrections" (p. iv).</p>

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  • Results of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Post-Training Survey

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    Results of the Offender Workforce Development Specialist Post-Training Survey

    Results from a "post-training survey to assess the usability of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the course [Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)] content by the participant once they return to the job" are presented (p. 1). An executive summary is divided into four parts -- background, methods, summary of results, and next steps. Twenty-six survey questions and results are organized by the following sections: team collaboration and internal effects; building external support and relationships; and additional information. Participants "make significant changes in their organization and themselves . . . [while] OWDS training is assisting in professionalizing the field of offender workforce development" (p. 2).

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  • Critical Elements of Re-Entry/Continuing Care Systems [Participant's Manual]

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    Critical Elements of Re-Entry/Continuing Care Systems [Participant's Manual]

    "Using a three-phase process [during this 36-hour course] to plan, create, and evaluate reentry/continuing care systems, participant teams plan ways to help juvenile offenders from their jurisdictions successfully transition from institutional settings back into the community." Sections of this manual include: jurisdictional team action planning -- building your new reentry/continuing care reality; visualizing juvenile success in your reentry/continuing care jurisdiction; what are you currently bringing to the reentry/continuing care table?; becoming a change agent -- meeting the challenge; analyzing current practices -- discovering strengths and challenges; systems of care; and evaluation of reentry/continuing care.

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  • Supervision of Women Defendants and Offenders in the Community

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    Supervision of Women Defendants and Offenders in the Community

    The use of gender-responsive strategies with women involved in the community corrections system is explained. Sections comprising this report are: what community corrections is; what gender-responsiveness for women offenders in community corrections is; definition of gender-responsiveness for women in the criminal justice system; summary of gender-responsive research; characteristics of women offenders in the criminal justice system (e.g., types of offenses, substance abuse, health, children and marital status, education and employment, and victimization and trauma); theoretical perspectives on womens criminal behavior -- pathways theory, relational theory, trauma theory, and addiction theory; comprehensive treatment model for issues critical to women; guiding principles for implementing gender-responsive strategies for women offenders; the three Rs for case planning; essential services of comprehensive treatment programs for women offenders; challenges in implementing gender-responsive strategies; overcoming challenges; and community corrections responsibility to women offenders.

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  • Building Leadership Development Systems in Juvenile Justice Agencies [Participant's Manual]

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    Building Leadership Development Systems in Juvenile Justice Agencies [Participant's Manual]

    The development and implementation of an in-house leadership and management development system (within existing agency parameters) are discussed during this 30-hour course. Sections of this manual include: training program introduction; setting a context and identifying trends; trainer and training function self-assessment; strategies for getting management buy-in; establishing a design team and advisory board; identifying candidates for your program; competency development and assessment of managers; leadership development/training deliver options; designing and developing leadership training and development strategies; developing training budgets for leadership ddevelopment using cost benefit analysis; how to evaluate available resources; marketing the leadership development program; and additional resources.

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  • Exploring the Dynamics & Principles of Effective Leadership [Lesson Plan and Participant's Manual]; Leadership Curriculum

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    Exploring the Dynamics & Principles of Effective Leadership [Lesson Plan and Participant's Manual]; Leadership Curriculum

    A leadership curriculum package that provides "a quickie look at the work of a leader and how best to do it" is presented. Contents of this collection are: guide to assembling the lesson plan and participant handout; instructor notes; copies of overheads; program text; action plan presentation worksheet; action plan worksheet; Leadership Challenge and Evaluation; list of leadership competencies; and promotional material.

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  • Using Jail Exit Surveys to Improve Community Responses to Women Offenders

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    Using Jail Exit Surveys to Improve Community Responses to Women Offenders

    The "use of jail exit surveys as an effective data collection tool for creating [a] picture of the characteristics of women in contact with the local jail" is described (p. 1). Sections of this bulletin are: introduction; how one jurisdiction used data to inform responses to women offenders; reasons for conducting a jail exit survey; what a jail exit survey entails; tips for getting started; designing a jail exit survey; understanding jail exit survey information; comprehensive listing of major data elements to include in a jail exit survey; and lessons learned. A sample questionnaire is also included.

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  • Systemic Criminal Justice Planning: Improving Responses to Women Offenders in Hamilton County, Ohio

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    Systemic Criminal Justice Planning: Improving Responses to Women Offenders in Hamilton County, Ohio

    The use of systemic criminal justice planning by Hamilton County (OH) to improve services and programming for women offenders is reviewed. This bulletin is comprised of the following sections: introduction; the systemic planning process; members of the Intermediate Sanctions for Women Offenders Policy Team; steps in the collaborative systemic planning process (chart); how decision mapping works; sample findings and results; the Alternative Interventions for Women (AIW) Treatment Program; and lessons learned. AIW graduates have a 13% new criminal conviction rate and a 6% probation violation resulting in jail time rate.

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  • Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: Outcome and Process Measures

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    Implementing Effective Correctional Management of Offenders in the Community: Outcome and Process Measures

    Outcome and process measures used to gage the effectiveness of the Integrated Model in reducing offender recidivism are presented. Each component found within a measure has information regarding its definition, tool/data source, description, frequency, and individual who collects the data. Components are organized into the following measures: recidivism; risk; proxy risk; supervision length; dosage; revocation and violation; program effectiveness; assessment; case plan; workload; violations; organizational climate; and collaboration.

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  • The Role of Facilitators and Staff in Supporting Collaborative Teams

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    The Role of Facilitators and Staff in Supporting Collaborative Teams

    The need for facilitators and staff to support collaborative teams is explained. Topics discussed include: the importance of attending to team process functions; the skills and characteristics of effective facilitators; the role and responsibilities of staff providing support to the team; and identifying facilitation and staff support.

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  • Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting - January 2006

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    Proceedings of the Large Jail Network Meeting - January 2006

    Contents of these proceedings are: meeting highlights; Report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics by Allen Beck; Discussion: PREA in Local Jails; Statistical Analysis: Crowding, Life Safety, and Managing Staff by Patrick Jablonski and Scott Bradsteet; Succession Planning: Executives and Middle Management by Gordon Bass, Dennis Williams, and Richard Geaither; Is There a Proper Place for Tasers in the Use of Force Continuum? by John Clark, William Collins, and Don Leach; Discussion: Use of Tasers; Emergency Preparedness by Rick Ferry; Legal Issues Update by Bill Collins; Discussion: Legal Issues; Topics for Next Meeting by Marilyn Chandler Ford and Richard Geaither; meeting agenda; and list of meeting attendees.

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  • Offender Job Retention: A Report from the Offender Workforce Development Division, National Institute of Corrections

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    Offender Job Retention: A Report from the Offender Workforce Development Division, National Institute of Corrections

    Results from a survey of offender employment and retention issues that utilizes close-ended questions regarding topics such as assessment, case management, follow-up, and relapse are analyzed. This report is comprised of the following sections: introduction; theory; assessment; case management; job retention relapse model; relapse prevention plans; and the future of offender job retention efforts by practitioners.

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  • A Systemic Approach to the Americans with Disabilities Act in Corrections: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on February 15, 2006]

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    A Systemic Approach to the Americans with Disabilities Act in Corrections: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on February 15, 2006]

    This program addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA legislatively impacted the field of corrections when it was signed into law in 1990. Some correctional organizations have made significant progress to address this legislation, others have found themselves in costly litigation, and for others, ADA compliance needs to be addressed. Compliance is everyone's business. Panelists will provide a systemic view of the following: ADA awareness and ADA myths; fifteen-year history of the ADA in corrections; collaboration among administrators, health care, and custody staff; relationship between security and the ADA concept of "direct threat"; reasonable accommodations within a correctional setting; dialogue between stakeholders regarding ADA compliance in corrections; benefits of accessible design; and the future of ADA in corrections.

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  • Jail Site Evaluation and Selection

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    Jail Site Evaluation and Selection

    Guidance is provided for successfully identifying, evaluating, and selecting jail sites. This bulletin contains the following sections: case study -- why systematic jail site selection is important; the SEQRA (state environmental quality review act) model; preliminary considerations; five-step site selection process; case study -- the cost of overreacting to public concerns; case study -- an example of rural site selection; case study -- an example of jail expansion on an urban site; case study -- a good neighbor by design; case study -- creative solutions to public concerns; case study -- connecting the jail to the courthouse; and conclusion. Appendixes include a sample site selection evaluation form and a sample key data display.

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  • Releasing Inmates from Prisons: Profiles of State Practices

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    Releasing Inmates from Prisons: Profiles of State Practices

    "This report provides a profile of each state's corrections systems and the agencies and processes involved in planning for and releasing inmates from state prisons" (p. 2). Each profile includes information about the state's corrections system background, prison-based release planning, parole board planning, and inmate release process.

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  • Assessment of Sex Offenders for Sentencing, Supervision and Treatment [Videoconference held February 10, 1999]

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    Assessment of Sex Offenders for Sentencing, Supervision and Treatment [Videoconference held February 10, 1999]

    Objectives of this three-hour videoconference include:

    • Articulating the purposes for assessment and evaluation of sex offenders and the issues and challenges inherent in each;
    • Understanding the limitations of traditional risk and needs assessment tools for sex offenders;
    • Identifying and defining the available approaches and instruments used to effectively assess and evaluate sex offenders;
    • Distinguishing between effective and ineffective risk assessment tools;
    • And identifying the complementary roles of treatment providers and supervising agents in conducting and interpreting assessments and evaluations.

    Those who should participate include probation/parole line staff involved in pre-sentence investigations and supervision, first-line supervisors, managers, policymakers, community corrections administrators, parole board members, trainers, and sex offender treatment providers who work closely with community supervision agencies.

     

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  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on April 7, 1999]

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    Managing Conflict in the Workplace [Satellite/Internet Broadcast on April 7, 1999]

    Among the more difficult challenges existing within personnel management is conflict resolution. This videoconference focuses upon managing conflict in a correctional setting. The panel of experts presents information on the history of workplace conflict, how to identify potential and actual sources of conflict, strategies for agencies to manage workplace conflict and prevent or reduce litigation, methods for agencies to assess their effectiveness in managing conflict, and resources for further assistance. While conflict management is the broad theme particular attention is paid to sexual harassment. Handouts include the Code of Ethics for the ACA and AJA, and a checklist of ideas for proactive personnel management.

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  • Effective Supervision of Adult Sex Offenders in the Community [Videoconference held February 9, 2000]

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    Effective Supervision of Adult Sex Offenders in the Community [Videoconference held February 9, 2000]

    The goal of this videoconference is to enhance the ability of probation and parole agency staff (line officers, supervisors, and policymakers/administrators) to supervise sex offenders in the community more effectively. Topics addressed include:

    • Overview of sex offenders and their victims;
    • The victim-centered approach to sex offender supervision;
    • The role of collaboration in a comprehensive approach to supervision;
    • The containment approach to supervision;
    • Sex offender treatment in the context of community supervision;
    • The use of the polygraph as a supervision and treatment tool;
    • Assessment of sex offenders;
    • Presentence investigations (PSI) of sex offenders;
    • Case/planning/maintaining the case file;
    • Case work in various settings;
    • And responding to violations.
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  • Building Community Support for New Jail Construction

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    Building Community Support for New Jail Construction

    The process of building community support for a new jail is explained. Sections comprising this bulletin include: the challenge; raising the issue; increasing public awareness; going public with the problem; building a case or support; a picture is worth a thousand words; going public with the information; elements of a case for support; developing campaign strategies; potential stakeholders; case study -- when impact assessments go right and wrong; case study -- a multilevel strategy for a complex situation; case study -- a cautious approach to an unusual situation; case study -- preparing to meet the editorial board; tactics; case study -- using video to contrast the old and the new; case study -- outreach via public access television; case study -- promoting the project website; case study -- surveys as two-way information pipelines; putting it all together -- one community's experience; case study -- making the most of a community meeting; responding to public input; and conclusion.

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  • Prison Rape Elimination Act: Implications for Sheriffs: The Facts

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    Prison Rape Elimination Act: Implications for Sheriffs: The Facts

    This brochure explains the impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) on jails. Topics discussed include: what PREA is; how PREA applies to jails; the purpose of PREA; what jails need to be doing; and answers to frequently asked questions.

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  • Faith-Based Approach to Correctional Issues: Report of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board Hearings

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    Faith-Based Approach to Correctional Issues: Report of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board Hearings

    Answers to the questions of whether successful public-private faith-based partnerships exist, roadblocks to such collaborations, and what role the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) can play in fostering such partnerships between correctional and law enforcement agencies and faith-based organizations are supplied. Sections of this report include: panel recommendations (executive summary); recommendations for action; introduction; opening remarks; participant presentations (Panel 1 -- Advocates, Panel 2 -- Resources, Panel 3 -- Correctional Administrators, and Panel 4 -- NIC Staff); final comments; and participants.

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  • Juvenile Female Offenders: How Do You Meet Their Needs In Your Juvenile Justice Setting? [Participant's Manual]

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    Juvenile Female Offenders: How Do You Meet Their Needs In Your Juvenile Justice Setting? [Participant's Manual]

    Meeting the needs of juvenile female offenders is discussed during this 1.5-hour training session. Topics covered include: introduction to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) collaboration; current perspective -- research into juvenile female offender practice; current research -- a look at the work of OJJDPs Girls Study Group; NICs approach to address the issue; curriculum excerpt from NIC/OJJDPs Meeting the Needs of Juvenile Female Offenders, Section One: Defining the Context for Our Exploration of Female Responsive Services in the Juvenile Justice System; curriculum overview; and summary.

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