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Cooperative Agreement - Conducting Prison Security Audits

1 Dec 2018
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year  2019 for the coordination, facilitation and management of three security audit partnership programs with measured remediation support. The project will be for a 12-month period and will be carried out in conjunction with the NIC Prisons Division.


The goals of these security audit programs furthers NIC’s mission by building and/or expanding capacity within state correctional agencies to conduct an effective assessment of the safety and security of their prison facilities, and to develop interventions and strategies for remediation.

1. Deliver a five-day, onsite training program to three state correctional agencies using the NIC curriculum, NIC Guide, and Model Instrument;
2. Provide a safe and confidential training environment where correctional professionals may candidly discuss challenges and experiences around security audits involving their organization;
3. Provide an opportunity for participants to share information, engage in networking and mentoring relationships, and thoughtfully review the safety and security issues commonly known to impact the field of corrections;
4. Provide the state correctional agency with a detailed report of the observations, findings, and recommendations of their current safety and security status, based on the results of the predetermined evidence-based instrument; and
5. Provide up to 8 hours of post-audit coaching support to assist in developing and/or implementing action plans.


The program will be in partnership with three state correctional agencies and involve up to 24 participants from various jurisdictions. The five days of training will prepare participants to conduct competent, policy-based audits. All participants will be provided one day of classroom orientation training, followed by actual audit work experience inside of an institution. Each program with be facilitated by a minimum of three trainers that are approved by the NIC Project Manager.

More details on the deliverables and other requirements can be found in the full solicitation.
Deadline. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 11, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

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