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In line with directives from the White House, state authorities, and local officials, criminal justice agencies around the country have modified operations to comply with social distancing, travel restrictions, and mandatory health orders due to COVID-19. These policies have a significant impact on the judiciary, causing courthouse closures, the suspension of jury trials, and the halting or modification of court orders. It has required criminal justice decision makers to swiftly examine their pretrial populations and practices to comply with these modified operations.

In this webinar you will hear from decision makers who were responsible for upholding these recommendations. They will share their challenges and experiences in implementing these directives, as well as the opportunities they found for adopting long- term practice changes that focus on maximizing public safety, court appearances, and release of pretrial defendants.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Discuss the collaborative efforts among pretrial services, the courts, district attorney’s offices, and jails to manage the pretrial population during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Identify innovative approaches to support defendant court appearance and connection with pretrial service officers.
  • Highlight early challenges and opportunities.
  • Show how technology is playing a key role in the new normal.
  • Provide key resources to the field.

Moderators/Speakers:
Greg Crawford, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections
Lori Eville, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections
Spurgeon Kennedy, Vice-President, National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

Panel Members:
The Honorable Karen Thomas, Judge, 17th Judicial District of Kentucky
Tara Boh Blair, Executive Officer, Kentucky Court of Justice, Department of Pretrial Services
Kevin Burns, Captain, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico
Krista Lawrence, Division Director, 11th Judicial District and Magistrate Courts, New Mexico
Jon Tunheim, Prosecuting Attorney, Thurston County District Court, Washington
Marianne Clear, Director, Thurston County Pretrial Services, Washington

This webinar aired on September 3rd, 2020.

 

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COVID-19: How are Pretrial Service Agencies Dealing with the Coronavirus? [Webinar]

Did you know that 99% of all leadership occurs not from the TOP but from the MIDDLE of an organization? Join the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to explore the qualities of effective leaders at all levels and the essential skills necessary to flourish in one’s own management style while respecting organizational structure and mission. Through a series of interactive activities, we will explore how current and future leaders can bring relevant tools, values, and influence to and from every level of a correctional organization. 

(PH)REAL: PHilosophy, Relationship, Equipping, Attitude and Leadership

This Session took place on November 13, 2018, 2 pm EST.

A 2016 report sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education noted that incarcerated adults with access to library services other than a law library scored higher in literacy and numeracy than incarcerated adults without access on a survey conducted by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. While the study does not address why or how library services played a role in the success of incarcerated adults, it does highlight the question. In fact, the effect of library services on learning is an issue that academic libraries have attempted to address for years. In this DDLC webinar series session, representatives from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes and the Association of College Research Libraries share how their organizations have been tackling the issue.

NILOA begins by providing an introduction on current practices and future trends in assessing and documenting learning. They then uncover efforts that are unfolding to capture and document evidence of student learning outside of traditional curricular experiences. ACRL will then explain how they have been focusing on helping academic libraries and librarians demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

By the end of this session, you learn how academic libraries have approached assessment in recent years and examine how some of these efforts may be adapted for use in a correctional setting.

 

Assessing Learning in Your Library [Webinar]

Expanding on Ranganathan’s five laws, we know that libraries are for use and that every library has its community (users). In order to ensure that a library is meeting the needs of its users, the library must be able to assess its services, including its collections, and understand how those are meeting the requirements of its community. This webinar will investigate the assessment activities that a library can utilize to determine the needs of its community, as well as those assessments which can help a library assure that a service is meeting its community’s desires. Specific assessments, which can be completed in any type of environment, will be discussed and examples given.

Assessment, Your Library, and Your Collections [Webinar]

Objectives: highlight federal resources available to community corrections and criminal justice agencies; define service needs of justice-involved individuals; showcase a local example of collaboration and resources utilization—San Diego County Probation; and engage the criminal justice system in a live discussion about the resources available, how to access funding, receive technical assistance, and to motivate our leaders to want to do more.

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This webinar is part of a series created for the Family Connections Project, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) invites you to attend a 1.5-hour training on how to communicate with families and children in correctional facilities. Installment two of the series will provide relevant information and strategies for staff. This webinar will cover three major topics:

• Communication 101: Basic Types and Everyday Challenges
• Workplace Culture and Practices: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities
• Applicable Practices for Staff: Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities

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Communicating with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities: Part #2

This webinar was created for the Family Connections Project. On April 16, 2020, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) presented a 1.5-hour training webinar on strategies for staff to communicate with families and children in correctional facilities.
This webinar covered four major topics:
•    Communication 101: Basic Types and Everyday Challenges
•    Points of Contact and Communication with Families in Correctional Facilities
•    Best Practices on Communication and Active Listening
•    Tips for Staff on Interacting with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities

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Communicating with Families and Children in Correctional Facilities Webinar

The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) hosted a live webinar event with our federal partners and national and local experts to highlight Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a collaborative strategy among the court, probation, prosecutors, defense, law enforcement and community treatment providers to effect positive behavioral changes in probationers. HOPE was first conceived of by Judge Steven S. Alm of the O’ahu First Circuit and began as a pilot program in 2004. The HOPE strategy targets higher risk/higher needs offenders, utilizing swift, certain, consistent, and proportionate consequences for non-compliance with probation conditions while maintaining a working alliance with the offender by both the probation officer and the judge. Within the framework of the National Institute of Corrections’ eight evidence-based principles for recidivism reduction, HOPE assists offenders in the change process in a caring and supportive environment to help probationers succeed on probation and in life. While seemingly a simple theoretical model, HOPE is hard to do, and requires shared leadership within the criminal justice system. Research has shown that the HOPE strategy, when done with fidelity, can be highly successful and is inspiring like efforts in thirty-one states across the country. The CCCN believes that individual jurisdictions can adopt the swift and certain philosophy while modifying it to fit the needs and resources available in local communities. Our network is committed to identifying promising and innovative practices and promoting the use of evidence-based practices. Objectives for the Webinar: Showcase the innovative HOPE Program and how it can be replicated stateside; Discuss HOPE's innovative programmatic design, implementation and evaluation characteristics including HOPE's collaboration and systems approach (Court/Probation/Law Enforcement/Community Treatment Providers working together for a common goal), buy-in from staff/engagement/inclusion/supporting each other, matching probationers to the right services instead of one-size fits all, succession planning and sustainability build to success, and research, randomized control trials, and high level scientific design proving the effectiveness of the program; and engage the criminal justice system in a live discussion about the HOPE Program, resources for the field, how to access funding through federal resources, ideas for replication of similar approaches, and how to motivate our leaders to want to do more.

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Every leader must be a change agent to survive and thrive. Great leadership goes beyond transforming yourself and others; it also involves changing your organization. Driving meaningful change in your department or correctional institution does not happen overnight.

It requires a strong leader who acts as an agent of change with the desire to collaborate and the heart to identify and implement sustainable solutions for organizational improvement. 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.

Takeaways

  • Shifting from transactional to transformational leadership is the key to taking your department, institution, or agency to the next level.
  • Change agents have the ability to manage crisis and readily adapt to shifting conditions in the workplace.
  • Sustainable change involves looking at the entire system and not just the individual parts.

This webinar was originally broadcast on September 14th, 2021 10am PT / 11am MT /12pm CT / 1pm ET for one hour.

Speakers

Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon, Dean and Associate Professor, Northwest University

Dr. Janice Doucet Thompson, Founder and Managing Principal, JD Thompson & Associates, LLC, Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of California, Davis

Dr. Cawthon served the Washington State Department of Corrections for over 11 years before transitioning to higher education. Her corrections experience includes serving as a classification counselor, community corrections officer, communications consultant, and correctional unit supervisor. Rowlanda is a passionate and innovative leader who capitalized on her leadership experience in corrections and doctoral education to drive change in her workplace. In her role as dean, she is leading a Ready to Work initiative that promises to unleash the leadership potential of undergraduate and graduate students in the workplace.

Dr. Thompson has achieved results for people and organizations for more than 30 years. A highly experienced and skilled executive leadership coach, Janice leads her Sacramento-based organizational development consultancy with a focus on leadership coaching, succession planning and talent management, change management and leadership development.

Janice is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith stakeholder-centered coach, a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McClean (Affiliate of Harvard Medical School), and channel partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Rowlanda and Janice earned their doctoral degrees together, co-instructed an international consulting experience for MBA students in Prague, Czech Republic, and are equally committed to developing transformational leaders in all professional sectors.

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Learning to Drive Meaningful Change [Webinar]

So, you are a leader now? Here comes the hard part, working on you! Every leader who seeks to transform people and organizations must look inward. What sets transformational leaders apart from the rest is a desire to continuously understand and improve themselves. Your willingness to work on yourself with all your good parts and flaws will be the pivotal turning point that determines what kind of leader you will be. Correctional settings need leaders who have the capacity to drive creativity and innovate change. In this interactive webinar, we discuss how to lead from within by exploring the power of personal awareness, personal mastery, and personal integrity. These essential traits will lay the foundation for you to effectively transform yourself, creating the pathway for you to influence others and transform the correctional agency you serve.

Takeaways

  • Personal awareness is understanding yourself.
  • Personal integrity inspires you to become who others want to follow.
  • Personal mastery is the discipline of personal growth and learning.

This webinar was orginally broadcast on July 21, 2021 / 10 am PT / 11 am MT /12 pm CT / 1 pm ET for one hour.

Speakers

Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon, Dean and Associate Professor, Northwest University
Dr. Janice Doucet Thompson, Founder and Managing Principal, JD Thompson & Associates, LLC, Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of California, Davis

Dr. Cawthon served the Washington State Department of Corrections for over 11 years before transitioning to higher education. Her corrections experience includes serving as a classification counselor, community corrections officer, communications consultant, and correctional unit supervisor. Rowlanda is a passionate and innovative leader who capitalized on her leadership experience in corrections and doctoral education to drive change in her workplace. In her role as dean, she is leading a Ready to Work initiative that promises to unleash the leadership potential of undergraduate and graduate students in the workplace.

Dr. Thompson has achieved results for people and organizations for more than 30 years. A highly experienced and skilled executive leadership coach, Janice leads her Sacramento-based organizational development consultancy with a focus on leadership coaching, succession planning and talent management, change management, and leadership development.

Janice is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith stakeholder-centered coach; a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McClean (Affiliate of Harvard Medical School); and channel partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Rowlanda and Janice earned their doctoral degrees together, co-instructed an international consulting experience for MBA students in Prague, Czech Republic, and are equally committed to developing transformational leaders in all professional sectors.

Learning to Lead from the Inside Out [Webinar]

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