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Cooperative Agreement- Building the Capacity to Support Legal and Evidence-Based Pretrial Decisions at the State and Local Level

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2022 to provide training for pretrial decision-makers throughout the United States. This training should align with the following NIC publications: A Framework for Pretrial Justice, Fundamentals of Bail, Money as a Criminal Justice Stakeholder, and Measuring What Matters.

Cooperative Agreement-Correctional Industries Leadership Training–Curriculum Conversion

The National Institute of Corrections is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2022. The purpose of this project is to explore the emerging issues and trends specific to Correctional Industries programming. The information will be used for revising the current 40-hour blended Correctional Industries Leadership Training curriculum into a virtual instruction-lead (VILT) format.

NIC @ NAPSA: NIC Information Center Services

Attend NIC's networking session and learn more about how NIC and the Information Center can help you with training, research, and more!

NIC @ NAPSA: Pretrial Training Resources - Networking Session

Attend NIC's networking session to learn more about NIC Pretrial Trainings.

NIC @ NAPSA: Measuring What Matters Follow Up Discussion

Networking sessions are open-conversation opportunities for NAPSA Conference participants to engage with NIC staff, ask experts. 

Participants who attended "Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, 2nd Edition" workshop are invited to join the networking session for a group Q&A.

NIC @ NAPSA: CJCC Networking Session

Networking sessions are open-conversation opportunities for NAPSA Conference participants to engage with NIC staff, ask experts. 

 

NIC Workshop @ NAPSA: Introducing Measuring What Matters, 2nd Edition (Sponsored by NIC)

Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, Second Edition, is the latest publication from the National Institute of Corrections outlining critical success criteria for the pretrial services field. Like its previous edition, Measuring What Matters, Second Edition, helps agencies gather consistent and meaningful data to track the performance of pretrial programs based on the mission and needs of your local criminal justice system.

The second edition emphasizes measures that “work” in the real world and introduces a new definition of what it means to be successful in pretrial services. Each measure ties to the three principles of bail—maximizing release, ensuring court appearance, and maintaining public safety—and features commentary discussing how the measure has changed over time based on changes in the pretrial field. Today’s pretrial service agencies use outcome and performance metrics as an integral part of their pretrial practice and training. With the development of professional standards for the pretrial services field comes the need to have measures that will help you meet the challenge.

NIC Workshop @ NAPSA: Establishing or Strengthening a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (Sponsored by NIC)

This workshop will be useful to anyone who wishes to establish or strengthen a criminal justice coordinating council (CJCC) and learn how a CJCC can accomplish criminal justice system improvements. NIC Staff will conduct a "live demonstration" of the CJCC micro site housed on the NIC website and provide an overview of the site content that includes guidance on how CJCCs can be initiated and sustained within local governments.

Additionally, NIC will provide an overview of the technical assistance approach that they offer to localities looking to develop or strengthen justice system collaboration and planning activities that can lead to improved decision making and better system outcomes.

Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field, Second Edition

Why is it important to measure pretrial justice outcomes? Because measurement reduces uncertainty about the success of the programs and operations for which you are responsible. By measuring the outcomes and performance goals that matter to you most, you can cultivate improvement in these areas and demonstrate the need for continued support or advocate for sunsetting programs. In an upcoming webinar on September 21, 2021, the National Institute of Corrections will highlight outcome and performance measures specific to the pretrial field. These measures are featured in the newly released publication Measuring What Matters: Outcome and Performance Measures for the Pretrial Services Field: Second Edition. Join the session to learn about these measures and how to apply them in your own agency.

Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails: Building Partnerships & Innovative Practices

The National Institute of Corrections in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar entitled “Building Partnerships & Innovative Practices” as part of an ongoing webinar series from the Family Connections Project. The presenters of the webinar will discuss their unique partnerships centered on keeping children connected to their incarcerated parents. The webinar stems from the Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails document. Information about the upcoming webinar is detailed below.

21P8015: Transformational Leadership: How to Lead Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization (3-Part Series)

Part 2: Learning to Value Your Employees

Takeaways:

  • Leaders are deeply respected and serve as powerful role models with high moral and ethical integrity. 
  • Leaders are mentors, coaches, or guides who listen and address each employee’s concerns and needs as best as possible.
  • Leaders inspire and motivate employees to perform beyond expectations.
  • Leaders support a growth mindset and stimulate employees’ creativity and innovation.

21C6001: The Foundation and Practical Application of Risk, Need, and Responsivity in the Age of COVID-19 and Justice Reform

During this 90-minute interactive webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how common fallacies and misunderstandings about RNR principles have contributed to unnecessary reliance on incarceration and links to racial and ethnic disparities
  • Learn how proper use of RNR can reduce disparities, enhance criminal justice outcomes, and contribute to effective and equitable justice reform
  • Experience a practical application of the principles in a case study of reintegrating individuals within Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Learn strategies to create and maintain collaborative relationships to achieve your jurisdiction’s reentry goals

Register for the Webinar

Solving the Dilemma of Self-Injurious Behavior in the Incarcerated Population | 21P8010

This interactive one-hour webinar delivers a practical, professional framework that can help staff protect themselves while also providing superior institutional responses to the self-injurious behavior found among the men and women in their custody. We will emphasize the nuances of self-injury in the correctional setting and the need for partnerships between multi-disciplinary teams to maximize outcomes.

That’s DOPE – Making Every Voice Count! [21P8013]

We know how you say it matters, and now, in today’s multicultural world, why we said it is equally important.

Direct Supervision: A Supervisor's Guide to Success

True direct supervision requires a shift in the role of the supervisor from the typical role that occurs in a traditional--or containment-minded--jail. Making and maintaining this shift can often be difficult or ambiguous for supervisors endeavoring to be successful. The good news is it doesn’t need to be! There is a recipe for success. This workshop focuses on the vital role of supervisors in direct supervision jails; identifies key components of the supervisor’s role; facilitates discussion on strategies supervisors can employ to be successful; and provides an overview of the administration’s role and the housing officer’s role to assist supervisors in fulfilling their role.

NIC @ AJA | NIC’s Evolution of Direct Supervision and Inmate Behavior Management

“If it’s not broke, why fix it?” Many of us may have this thought as it relates to Direct Supervision (DS) and Inmate Behavior Management (IBM). While the core tenants of each of these management strategies is solid, operationalizing them can be disjointed... especially if your jail has different physical plant designs and an organizational culture that does not currently support effective inmate management. This workshop introduces you to a unified operational philosophy: Strategic Inmate Management (SIM), which builds on the fundamental work of DS and IBM. SIM considers the impact of your organizational culture to promote a comprehensive approach to managing inmate behavior and to foster an organizational culture conducive to accomplishing organizational goals.

NIC @ AJA | Town Hall: Making Direct Supervision Work: Operationalizing Through Successes and Challenges

Adopting the direct supervision philosophy is more than a change in architecture. Implementation includes a series of changes in facility operations, organizational culture, and the roles of housing unit officers, supervisors, and administrators. This process can be intimidating and implementation can be difficult to maintain. This workshop is conducted in a town hall format to allow the audience to easily interact with the speakers and discuss the successes or challenges of implementing and continuing direct supervision.

21P8012: A Leader’s Role in Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Culture

The landscape of the work environment has been irreversibly changed.  Stepping into a leadership role continues to be a great privilege, but today it also comes with the even greater responsibility of creating a workplace culture that values all individuals.  We designed this presentation to help you build on the fundamentals that will allow you to L.E.A.D. the charge in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I).

21P8011: Building Inclusion Across Multi-disciplinary Teams

In this webinar, we’ll explore the benefits of building inclusion across multi-disciplinary teams in corrections to increase cultural awareness, operational effectiveness, and program efficacy.

APPA: Justice Involved Veterans: Front End Criminal Justice Collaboration in Hamilton County, Ohio

Justice Involved Veterans: Front End Criminal Justice Collaboration in Hamilton County, Ohio; partnering with Sgt Dave Corlett, Cincinnati Police Department, along with Hamilton County Jail and Veterans Treatment Court. Hosted by Greg Crawford on Thursday, February 25th 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

APPA: Responses to Staff Wellness and Trauma in an era of Urgency

Responses to Staff Wellness and Trauma in an era of Urgency is a session of the APPA Winter conference 2021, hosted by Lorie Brisbin and Maureen Buell on  February 23, from 4:40pm – 5:45pm.

APPA: The Foundation and Practical Application of Risk, Need, and Responsivity in the Age of COVID-19 and Urgent Justice Reform

The Foundation and Practical Application of Risk, Need, and Responsivity in the Age of COVID-19 and Urgent Justice Reform is a session in the APPA Winter conference 2021 by Greg Crawford, held on Thursday, February 25th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

APPA: Lessons Learned from the Post-Conviction Victims’ Rights Project: Recommendations for the Future

Lessons Learned from the Post-Conviction Victims’ Rights Project: Recommendations for the Future hosted by Lorie Brisbin on February 24, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm

APPA: Facilitating Behavior Change with Persons Under Community Supervision

Facilitating Behavior Change with Persons Under Community Supervision is a session in the APPA Winter Conference 2021, hosted by Katie Green and experts on February 25th  from11:15-12:30 p.m.

APPA: Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative: APPA Winter 2021

This is a veterans treatment court session at the APPA Winter Conference 2021, hosted by Greg Crawford on February 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

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