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Prisons Resources

At the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), we understand the unique challenges that professionals in the prison industry face. That's why we've created a dedicated resource hub to support those who work in prisons.

We know that working in a prison can be a complex and challenging experience, which is why we've compiled a wide range of resources to help you address the issues you may face. From managing inmate behavior to developing effective rehabilitation programs, this page has everything you need to stay informed and up-to-date.

In addition to our extensive resources, we also offer a range of training opportunities designed specifically for prison professionals. Our training programs are developed in partnership with leading experts in the field and are designed to help you stay ahead of the curve in the constantly evolving corrections landscape.

At NIC, we're committed to providing prison professionals with the support and resources they need to succeed. We encourage you to explore the resources below, take advantage of the training available, and let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you excel in your role. We're always here to support you!

How can Technical Assistance help my Prison?

At the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), we offer technical assistance to prisons and correctional organizations to help them address complex issues and achieve their goals. Our corrections program specialists can provide customized support to address your organization's specific needs, whether it's developing effective staff training programs, improving inmate outcomes, implementing evidence-based practices or something else.

Our technical assistance services are tailored to your unique circumstances, and our team will work collaboratively with you to help you achieve your desired outcomes. With NIC's technical assistance, you'll have the support you need to overcome challenges and build a stronger, more effective organization.

What is an example of Technical Assistance for a prison?

In 2015, NIC partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) who faced challenges with reducing the use of segregation and addressing the needs of inmates with serious mental illness. NIC provided technical assistance by conducting a comprehensive review of the department's policies and practices, facilitating a staff training program on effective communication with inmates, and providing ongoing support for the development and implementation of new programs. As a result of the technical assistance provided by NIC, the MADOC was able to reduce the use of segregation and improve outcomes for inmates with mental illness.

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Online LMS Training and eCourses

Through this course, you will be able to explain the knowledge, components, and considerations that an investigator must use to perform a successful sexual abuse or sexual harassment investigation consistent with PREA standards.

The Basic e-course is intended for line staff and non-security staff. This course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the line-level response to emergencies in an institutional setting. The Intermediate course is for first-line supervisors and the Advanced course is for second-line supervisors and administrators.

This e-course provides an overview of infectious disease outbreaks in correctional and detention facilities and describes the critical role correctional nurses and others play in an outbreak investigation.

This course will provide you with information that will contribute to you being a successful Deputy Warden. The course discusses key leadership characteristics and skills to portray, and how to use a priority matrix to help you with achieving work-life balance.

This e-course introduces the basic principles of IPC in a corrections or detention setting. It discusses the requirements and challenges of effective IPC in this unique environment and presents evidence-based best practices of IPC.
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