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NIC Legal Policies and Disclaimers

Legal Policies and Disclaimers

Thank you for visiting the National Institute of Corrections website. Provided below are the legal policies and disclaimers for users of this site. These policies and disclaimers apply only to the National Institute of Corrections site. Therefore, once you link to another site, you are subject to the policies of the new site.

Links to Other Websites

The information posted on the National Institute of Corrections website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The National Institute of Corrections provides these links and pointers solely for your information and convenience. When you select a link to an outside website, you are subject to the privacy, copyright, security, and information quality policies of that website. The National Institute of Corrections:

  1. DOES NOT control or guarantee the accuracy, legality, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website;
  2. DOES NOT endorse linked websites, the views they express, or the products/services they offer;
  3. CANNOT authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites;
  4. IS NOT responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites;
  5. DOES NOT guarantee that outside websites comply with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Links to other government and non-government sites will typically appear with the “external link” icon to indicate that you are leaving the National Institute of Corrections website when you click the link. 

If you find a link that does not work please contact the National Institute of Corrections Webmaster.

Linking to the NIC Website

Links to the National Institute of Corrections website are permitted. The use of National Institute of Corrections seal and logo, however, is protected and requires advance written authorization as described below. The fact that a website links to the National Institute of Corrections site does not indicate that the NIC has any responsibility for the content of that site, nor does it constitute an endorsement of that site by the NIC.

Copyright Status and Citation

Unless otherwise indicated, information on National Institute of Corrections websites is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the National Institute of Corrections as source of the information is appreciated, as appropriate. The use of any National Institute of Corrections seals and logos, however, is protected and requires advance authorization, as described below.

If a source other than the National Institute of Corrections or other federal government agency is indicated on a photo, graphic, or other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source. Please note that some photos, graphics and other materials used on this website are copyrighted. For information on materials generated by external entities with National Institute of Corrections funding, please refer to individual component policies. This copyright notice only pertains to the National Institute of Corrections website.

Use of National Institute of Corrections Seals, Logos, Other Official Insignia, Names and Initials

National Institute of Corrections seals, logos and other official insignia may not be used or reproduced without written permission. Requests for permission to use or reproduce any Agency seal or other official insignia shall be referred to the Division Chiefs or Directors of NIC. Permission to use or reproduce seals, logos or other official insignia of NIC is granted on a case-by-case basis and involves the consideration of many relevant factors, including: the cost or benefit to the Agency or the government of granting the request; the unintended appearance of endorsement or authentication by the Agency; the potential for misuse; the effect on Agency security; the reputability of the use; and the extent of control by the Agency over the ultimate use and distribution of any product(s) or publication(s) bearing official insignia of the Agency.

Information Quality Guidelines

The National Institute of Corrections has issued guidelines to help ensure the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of the information it disseminates to the public, including the information provided on this website. The NIC’s information quality practices and procedures can be found on DOJ's Information Quality page. The Department’s information quality guidelines include procedures for requesting corrections of disseminated information. NIC will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.

Disclaimer of Liability and Endorsement

While the National Institute of Corrections strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, the Agency makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its links to other Internet resources.

The information appearing on this website is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. We urge you to consult with your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing on this site or any site to which it may be linked.

At times the National Institute of Corrections is required, because of a legal requirement such as the Freedom of Information Act or a court order, to post documents generated by third parties that may contain offensive, defamatory, or misleading or otherwise inappropriate content. The Agency disclaims responsibility for the content of these documents.

Reference in this site to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the National Institute of Corrections.