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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Overview Workshop covers PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) in juvenile justice settings. Participants will be able to: recognize signs and symptoms of potential sexual abuse and assault in juveniles under their care; articulate the "dos" and "don'ts" related to working with juvenile victims of sexual abuse and assault; and analyze a scenario and decide upon an effective and appropriate course of action related to recognizing and addressing sexual abuse, assault, prevention, and intervention in their work setting.
A policy review guide designed to assist in drafting PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) policies for review by the National Institute of Corrections is provided. Sections of this document are: purpose; questions to consider -- policy organization, definitions, zero tolerance, staff/offender duty to report, prevention, and investigations (e.g., general, selection and training of investigators, protocols, and aftermath); and list of resources.
Responses to thirteen questions regarding curriculum related to staff sexual misconduct with youth and youth on youth sexual assault are provided. "The objectives of the focus groups included: (1) to gather data that will inform NIC [National Institute of Corrections] in how to best develop a juvenile oriented curriculum on staff sexual misconduct; (2) to gather data that will guide NIC in identifying the major staff sexual misconduct related issues in juvenile corrections, including what stakeholders should be consulted, and what strategies should be utilized in naming the issues and building knowledge about the PREA [Prison Rape Elimination Act]; and (3) to gather information related to various aspects of youth on youth sexual assault" (p.2).
This 3-hour program, originally broadcast on May 3, 2006, will help agencies build a proactive communication strategy for working in partnership with the media and the public. An agency's communication plan is as essential to its operations as its emergency preparation. Too often, an agency's first contact with the media is reactionary and after the fact. When the media contacts an agency concerning various situations and circumstances, individuals and agencies often find themselves on the defensive facing a barrage of questions and inquiries. The objectives of this broadcast are to help participants: Understand the role of the media and the "public's right to know." Develop strategies and techniques to work effectively and succinctly with the media. Develop a comprehensive communication plan. Build a working relationship with the media, legislature, and local public interest organizations.
This "guide spells out a practical team-based approach to envisioning the kind of criminal justice system a community wants, assessing the current system, and planning and implementing strategies for 'getting it right'" (p.ix). Five sections comprise this manual: an overview of a comprehensive planning process; establishing the policy team and the process; keeping the focus on outcomes; building an understanding of your system; and moving from understanding to change.
Results are presented from an investigation into the manner in which prison inmates are transferred between correctional authorities and the reasons for these transfers. Report sections include: about this study; key study findings; interstate compacts addressing inmate transfers; authority for interstate transfer of prison inmates; administration of inmate transfers; incidence of interstate inmate transfer; why prison inmates are transferred; agencies' satisfaction with processes for interstate transfer of inmates; and conclusions.
Findings from focus group interviews of correctional personnel are reported. Observations are presented according to the following topics: staff perspectives on sexual violence policy; changing attitudes; inmate culture; causes and conditions of sexual violence; indicators of assault; characteristics of potential inmate victims and predators; places of sexual assault; staff responding to sexual assault; staff and inmate training; women's facilities; jails; investigations; prosecution; community awareness; and staff recommendations. An executive summary precedes these comments.
Proceedings from hearings regarding mentally ill offenders are provided. Contents of this publication include: executive summary; outline of proceedings; opening remarks and introduction; hearing panel -- setting the context -- the increasing number of people with mental illness under corrections supervision -- origins of the problem and key strategies for addressing it; hearing panel -- case studies of state and local mental health and corrections collaboration; summary of day's proceedings; Day Two remarks; hearing panel -- the role of family members, advocates, and consumers in corrections and mental health collaboration; open forum -- reflections and analysis; and summary and conclusions.
Leadership basics for mid-level managers are covered. Participants will be able to: define leadership; compare and contrast leadership and management; identify challenges faced by mid-level managers; describe the primary roles of a leader; define the four levels of leadership; identify myths and realities of leadership; identify effective leadership characteristics and principles; and determine their specific style of leadership. Presentation overheads, instructor notes, participant guide, and Personal Leadership Assessment instrument are included.
<p>The development and implementation of the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Women's Justice Services (DWJS) is discussed. This bulletin is comprised of these sections: introduction; background; the decisionmaking process; decision point mapping example -- custody/release; creating the DWJS; gender-responsive innovations; meeting the healthcare needs of women offenders in Cook County; and challenges and accomplishments.</p>
Contents of these proceedings are: meeting highlights; "Open Forum: Hot Topics for Discussion"; "Understanding Culture: The Root of It All" by Carol Flaherty-Zonis; "NIC Information Center Briefing" by Sandy Schilling and Josh Stengel; "Analyzing Our culture to Improve Our Jail" by Mark Foxall; "Changing the Jail's Organizational Culture" by Robert Green; "Planning for Catastrophes and Other Emergencies" by Jeffrey Schwartz; "Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Jails" by Larry Solomon; "Criminal Registration Unit" by Dave Parrish and Jim Compton; "Emergency Assistance Agreements Among Jails: Supplies, Money, and Staff" by Jeffrey Schwartz; "Topics for the Next Large Jail Network Meeting" by Marilyn Chandler Ford, Tom Merkel, and Richard Geaither; meeting agenda; and list of attendees.
Incidents of sexual abuse of juveniles in custody are reported at a rate 10 times higher than the rate in adult corrections. This 3-hour program, originally broadcast June 28, 2006, addresses this serious issue and introduces administrators, managers, advocates, and practitioners working with juvenile offenders to the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. At the end of this broadcast, participants will have a strong grasp of: requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 that aim to prevent, address, and provide sanctions for the abuse of children and youth under the custodial care of juvenile and other authorities; legal and other implications when the sexual abuse of children and youth in custody are not addressed appropriately; best practices to begin developing policies, procedures, and practices to prevent and address the sexual abuse of children and youth in custody; and key points in the Act applicable to facilities used for the custody and care of youth and an action plan for implementing the PREA in these settings.
Complex issues surrounding staff sexual misconduct are addressed during this 36-hour training program. Modules comprising this curriculum are: defining staff sexual misconduct with offenders; state laws; staff sexual misconduct -- the nature of one's role and power; policy; action planning; agency culture; management and operational practices; training; investigating allegations of staff sexual misconduct with offenders; human resources; legal considerations; developing a community and media response; and prevention. Also provided is a training agenda and tips for teaching.
Training programs, satellite/Internet broadcasts, and e-learning are described. Information regarding training programs, information services, technical assistance, the NIC On-Line, and application procedures is also provided, along with application forms.
The gender-responsive Women Offender Case Management Model (WOCMM) is described. This document covers: the history of the project; philosophy and core practices; process incorporating four core elements (e.g., engage and assess, enhance motivation, implement the case plan, and review progress); preparing for implementation; and evaluation.
An overview of the work done by collaborative partnerships to design and validate gender-responsive risk and needs assessments for female offenders is provided. This article discusses issues surrounding female offender classification and the current National Institute of Corrections (NIC) study regarding gender-responsive approaches to risk and needs assessment.
This guide "explores current and future workforce challenges facing community corrections" (p. xiii). Chapters contained in this guide are: rationale -- why now?; organizational culture -- moving from a "workplace" to a place where people want to work; recruitment -- looking in the right places for the right people; retention -- keeping the right people in the right places; and strategies for success -- getting started.
The National Institute of Corrections created a first of its kind interactive webinar series with members of the Pretrial Executives, Urban Chiefs, and Probation and Parole Executives networks. The series focuses on whole system leadership; implementation science; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the criminal justice system.
The NIC Community Services team and three nationally recognized presenters will take participants on a virtual and interactive journey that will encourage each participant and their organization to engage and learn.
This is a multi-part series that features 6 sessions. We strongly encourage everyone to plan to watch and use each of the sessions if this series is being used as a guide for your own organization.
What is covered in the series?
Learn more about implementation science principles
Learn about ways to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in your agency
Share experiences from other agencies with respect to each topic area
Develop a baseline measure of your implementation capacity and a framework for fostering whole system collaborative leadership
Why Implementation Science explains the reasons and research behind why we need implementation science. It will also give an overview of what implementation science is using the three-box model of implementation.
To enhance your experience, please review these reading materials:
This video explores the concept of Equity and its intent to achieve equal or same outcomes and the need to be treated fairly and equally in order to achieve fair, just, impartial, and unbiased outcomes.
Here we will examine the second and third of the three layers of the leadership drivers:
working within a team;
working within the system.
We will explore how implementation science can help you help your staff to get to competency in their practice with staff selection, staff training, and most importantly staff coaching. Selection, training, and coaching are three of the eight drivers of implementation.
We will also explore how leaders need to work at the agency level to ensure agency competency – a much overlooked factor in effective implementation. At this stage you will have covered the basics of what are called the Active Implementation Frameworks.
To enhance your experience, please review these reading materials:
The first video, Understanding Racial and Ethnic Disparities, defines racial and ethnic disparities (RED) and the disproportionate number of people of color who come into contact with the justice system.
This video will take a deeper dive into the use of Dialogue to enable higher levels of effective collaboration across your agency. We will look at how the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) has implemented Dialogue with all of VDOC’s almost 12,000 staff. As a result, levels of staff wellbeing and collaboration have steadily increased. VDOC staff are co-creating a “healing environment” for its staff and the men and women it supervises in prison and on probation. We will examine the core practices of dialogue and how they make a difference.
To enhance your experience, please review these reading materials: