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25 Sep 2018

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Hosts National Institute of Corrections Crisis Intervention Team Training

In a training offered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections (NIC), 26 correctional professionals from a dozen agencies completed a week-long crisis intervention team (CIT) training course to provide officers and other correctional staff with the skills necessary to successfully interact and respond to individuals in custody with mental illness.

12 Sep 2018

Program aims to help offenders think before acting on impulses

Union County probation officers learned how to help offenders avoid acting on risky impulses. NIC staff taught the officers how to help offenders by using data-driven techniques.

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.

21P8016: Transformational Leadership: How to Lead Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization (3-Part Series)

Part 3: Learning to Drive Meaningful Change

In this webinar, you will explore how you push past the paradigm that says, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” To change behavior, you must be a leader who can affect change in people’s behavior. Tools and techniques for effectively leading change will be introduced, and you will be challenged to identify one or more initiatives that you can undertake to move your organization to the next level.

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

Cooperative Agreement - Indian Country Jails-Training and Related Assistance

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This cooperative agreement will provide training and related assistance to Indian Country Jails in key areas of jail management.

Cooperative Agreement - Corrections History Preservation and Presentation

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the development of a presentation highlighting the agency’s history since its creation in 1974. The presentation will use historical artifacts, oral histories, and ephemera found through research to inform its content.

Cooperative Agreement - NIC Corrections Podcast Series

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 for the development and distribution of an educational podcast series highlighting issues and research of pertinent interest to state and local governments and their stakeholders, particularly criminal justice agencies responsible for the management and/or supervision of adult correctional populations.

NIC FY 2021 Structured Decision Making Framework Community of Practice Seminar

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. This project applies social learning theory to the development of a community of practice based on the Structured Decision Making Framework (SDMF) model. Its purpose is to improve the application of the SDMF model and bridge the gap between new and old knowledge for community participants.

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.

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