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Prisons Division

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The Prisons Division facilitates specialized training related to prison operations, conducts operational networks, coordinates technical assistance, as well as programs regarding leadership and management.

The Division also sponsors publications and materials on recent trends, the latest research and topics of interest to correctional practitioners, as well as participates in an interdisciplinary effort to assist jurisdictions in developing a more efficient, cost-effective, and coordinated system of correctional operations.

No-cost technical assistance related to prison operations is available in areas such as policy development, safety and security, emergency preparedness, staffing, and special management inmates. The Division also conducts conference workshops with emphasis on the following: Leadership and Management; Prison Management and Operations; Institutional Culture; Workforce; and Classification.

Executive Training for New Wardens - April 2016

Executive Training for New Wardens graduation

Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
Document 020293
A Guide to Preparing for and Responding to Prison Emergencies: Self-Audit Checklists, National Survey Results, Resource Materials, [and] Case Studies
By Schwartz, Jeffrey A.; Barry, Cynthia. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). LETRA, Inc. (Campbell, CA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Information regarding prison emergency preparedness is presented. This guide is comprised of the following sections: introduction; conducting an audit; self-audit checklists--emergency preparedness, natural disaster/HAZMAT/fire, and counterterrorism; Report on the National Survey of Emergency Readiness in Prisons; resource materials--leadership issues during crises, prevention of prison emergencies, emergency teams, and prisons and counterterrorism; and case studies.... Read More
323 p.
Document 024363
Effectively Managing Aging and Geriatric Offenders [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held March 11, 2010]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Aurora, CO).
This 3-hour program will interest anyone dealing with geriatric offenders. Issues covered during this presentation include:
  • Who geriatric offenders are
  • Awareness of their needs
  • Staff training
  • And special considerations for this population.
Participants will be able to: develop criteria to identify geriatric offenders; describe challenges and options for training staff and improving day to day operations to better manage this population; identify strategies, includi... Read More
2 video DVDs (146 min.)
Document 025292
Performance Based Measurement System: What Really Counts in Corrections!
  • [Satellite/Internet Broadcast held September 14, 2011]
  • National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This program provides information about the nationwide automated Performance-Based Measures System (PBMS). PBMS is an accurate, consistent way to capture, record, report and share data between correctional agencies. It was created by the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA). Participants will be able to:
    • Describe the scope and development of PBMS regarding how specific needs gave rise to PBMS solutions;
    • Describe the key components of PBMS;
    • Examine the benefits of ... Read More
    1 video DVD (130 minutes)
    Document 022667
    Prison Staffing Analysis: A Training Manual with Staffing Considerations for Special Populations
    By Camp, Camille Graham; Hardyman, Patricia L.; May, Robert; Camp, Camp, George E.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
    This manual provides guidance that “will enable an agency staffing administrator to set up an agency staffing analysis unit and produce a staffing analysis report for an entire agency” (p.xi). Chapters contained in this publication are: introduction -- correctional staffing issues; securing staff deployment policy; two models for managing the security staffing function; agency staffing unit; basic tasks of a staffing analysis; orchestrating the staffing analysis; agency and facility characterist... Read More
    232 p.