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National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Washington, DC)

The Framework describes key criminal justice decisions, evidence-based knowledge about effective justice practices, and practical local and state-level strategies for applying risk and harm reduction principles and techniques.

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In this workshop, you will: examine your role and purpose in conducting staffing analyses for detention facilities; learn the steps in conducting a jail staffing analysis based on the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) model; plan and conduct a mock staffing analysis; prepare and present a staffing analysis; and explore ways to optimize staff available staff resources. Six modules comprise this manual: workshop overview and agenda; clarifying roles and expectations; laying a foundation; conducting the staffing analysis—Part 1 and Part 2; and other staffing considerations.

This guide "is specifically designed to empower each Correctional Industries organization, no matter the size or structure, to design and implement its program with an emphasis on maximizing system impact. The model supports implementing effective strategies through the context of work. The results are focused on increasing an individual’s success after release. The model provides a holistic approach to evaluating where you are and how to proceed with recommendations based on promising and evidence-based practices. Implementing this model will result in long-term sustainability for the organization and reduced recidivism for the system. It will develop a culture of offender development and employability, preparing an individual for gainful attachment to the workforce."

"The guide was developed using a systems approach to achieve the following: Reduce Recidivism; Increase Public Safety; Improve Offender Success; Ensure Sustainability; [and] Enhance Operations."

Access is provided to the following sections: About This Guide--systems thinking and focus, why a correctional industries program should use this model, components at a glance, the journey begins, and a glossary of terms; Components—incorporate strategic planning, maintain financial sustainability, recruit/develop/retain staff, engage stakeholders, replicate private industry environment, implement certificate based soft skills training, provide certified technical skills training, maximize offender job opportunities, create a culture of offender employment readiness and retention, and provide post release employment services; and Resources—studies, articles and reports, and websites.

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This 36-hour training program focuses on the basic skills and competencies jail administrators in Indian Country need to effectively meet their responsibilities. Eleven modules comprise this training: program overview and clarifying the role of the Jail Administrator; building support for the jail in the justice system and community; using jail standards as a basis for policy and operations; managing risk; developing and assessing policies and procedures; determining staffing needs; promoting optimal staff performance; managing jail resources; managing inmate behavior; assessing jail operations; and action plan development, reports, closeout, and evaluation.

The success of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in meeting the needs of its constituents during 2010 is reviewed. Sections of this document include: what NIC is; what the NIC Information Center is; how NIC helps meet the challenge of newly released offenders; what NIC does in your district; how NIC addresses the needs of elected officials and corrections executives who work with inmates and offenders; how NIC is involved in evidence-based practices; and how NIC addresses other contemporary issues in corrections.

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This online newsletter is presented by the National Institute of Corrections Information Center. The Dispatch provides important information to the corrections field. Sections of this publication include: Spotlight—one-on-one Q&A from NIC staff; NIC Divisions—links to the Academy, Community Services, Jails, and Prisons Divisions; New in the Library—key reports and articles for correctional professionals; Feature of the Month—an extended look at an issue that impacts correctional agencies; Resources—links to further information about the Feature; About NIC--an overview of NIC by Director Jim Cosby; and Upcoming NIC Training Events.

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"Today, the need to understand effective leadership is greater than ever before: we are living in a smaller, more global environment that is changing at a rapid, often overwhelming, and seemingly unmanageable pace. Accepting the status quo is not an option. High-performance teams require leaders who not only understand and can readily adapt to this changing world, but who foster and inspire continuous learning and improvement among each and every member of the team. Put simply, leading an effective organization means leading a learning organization" (p. 1). This NIC White Paper explains how you can make your agency into a learning organization by utilizing the work of Peter Senge and following the example of the Blue Angels. Sections cover; what a learning organization is; what a learning organization looks like; how it all applies to corrections; the importance of line leaders and managers; the function of executive leaders; the influence of internal networkers; and the future of corrections-leadership is learning.

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Now in its 14th edition, an updated online version of the Corrections Environment Scan is presented here. Renamed the Corrections Environmental Scan in 2017, it continues to evolve into a popular tool that corrections practitioners use to inform their work in jails, prisons, and community supervision.

The report is arranged into five topics: Population Demographics, Economy, Workforce, Technology, and Statistics, with the special highlighted topic: Justice Involved Women. The Corrections Environmental Scan is intended to give a broad overview of the latest news and trends in these topics, from the corrections, domestic, and global perspectives.

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