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The success of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in meeting the needs of its constituents during 2010 is reviewed. Sections of this document include: what NIC is; what the NIC Information Center is; how NIC helps meet the challenge of newly released offenders; what NIC does in your district; how NIC addresses the needs of elected officials and corrections executives who work with inmates and offenders; how NIC is involved in evidence-based practices; and how NIC addresses other contemporary issues in corrections.

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“It is with great pleasure that I present to you the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Report to the Nation for fiscal year 2011. This last year has been very important for us because it has included a number of accomplishments that have enabled us to continue to assist the field of corrections effectively … One of our greatest achievements continues to be our ability to provide quality services to the field with a relatively small federal budget and staff … There are many items that I am pleased to highlight in this report, including the relocation of the Robert J. Kutak library and National Corrections Academy to a new, renovated facility in Aurora, Colorado; the improvements NIC has made to enhance its communications; and the continued technical assistance that NIC provides to federal, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions as part of its core services. In the pages of this report, you will find information about these accomplishments while also learning more about our plans for the future.” These remarks were made by Morris L. Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Topics reported upon include NIC’s reaching out to the field of corrections, supporting corrections in the field, training of corrections leaders for the future, continuing to supply the field with information resources, and the provision of technical assistance.

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“This document is the 2013 edition of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Report to the Nation. With many new programs and agency initiatives unlike any we have experienced in the recent past, this fiscal year (FY) 2012 report is one I am very pleased to present. Despite our small budget and size, we continue to operate with agility, responding to the needs of local areas around the country to safeguard communities while providing training and professional development opportunities to correctional professionals throughout the country. Our staff meet with officials to assist them with some of the toughest problems facing our nation’s criminal justice system. This document is evidence of our dedicated work. We accomplished a great deal in FY 2012. We successfully hosted two widely attended public hearings. The first was held on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, against the backdrop of realignment and corrections reform occurring throughout the state. Invited guests shared testimony on the current status of corrections while providing hopeful remarks, suggesting that recent changes in sentencing, reentry programming, and others are signals of reform. The second hearing, held in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Justice, captured concerns among practitioners about the ever-rising cost of corrections in America, its cause, and what we can begin to do about it. Also in FY 2012, NIC hosted two very important national symposia—one for states involved in the Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative and another for pretrial agencies. These symposia and a national summit for states involved in the Transition from Jail to Community Initiative were landmark events. They were the first of their kind for NIC.” These remarks were made by Morris L. Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Topics reported upon include NIC’s reaching out to the field of corrections, supporting corrections in the field, training of corrections leaders for the future, continuing to supply the field with information resources, and the provision of technical assistance.

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“We’re in the people business. As much as we like to talk about numbers—rates of recidivism, caseloads, population growth, etc.—the real story behind the work we do is the lives we save, the people we help, and the communities we keep safe. That’s the nature of corrections. In this year’s annual report to the nation from the Nation Institute of Corrections (NIC), we hope that the stories of the lives we’ve touched and the jurisdictions we’ve helped come through. More than just the numbers, it’s the training, information, and technical assistance that we’ve provided throughout the fiscal year that truly matters, because it is those stories and those successes that best illustrate what we do … Make no mistake, however, that while we’re sharing with you our proudest moments, we’ve weathered the same effects of the stormy economy that each of you have. We have been challenged by travel restrictions, training cancellations, and delays and denials of requests for technical assistance due to economic forces. In our Jails Division alone, 11 training events were canceled. But in this adversity, we continue to make a difference and serve the field of corrections. We have enjoyed being of service to the country this fiscal year, and we look forward to being part of more of the positive, inspiring stories in corrections that are still to come." These remarks were made by Robert M. Brown, Jr., Acting Director, National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Chapters of this report focus on: NIC's mission and strategic outcomes; operations; mission-focused training; outreach; evidence-based practices; information services; and technical assistance.

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This report presents the activity of the National Institute of Corrections over Fiscal Year 2017. The National Institute of Corrections is a federal agency, but its work extends far beyond Washington. We go deep into communities, partnering with stakeholders hand in hand. We serve the country through comprehensive corrections-specific training, individualized technical assistance, and access to the largest library for corrections resources in the world. These tools, coupled with our experienced and dedicated staff, can help jurisdictions plan for the building of new correctional facilities, implement systemwide programs, or even foster the development of a new generation of competent leaders in the field.

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This report presents the activity of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) over Fiscal Year 2018. This year NIC launched several new programs including "Safety Matters: Managing Relationships in Women's Facilities", "Training A (Analysis) to E (Evaluation)", and "The Learning Professional". We facilitated numerous trainings, and provided technical assistance around the country. The reports presents to you another year of corrections innovation, scholarship, and leadership on behalf of the National Institute of Corrections.

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A collection of infographics present the activity of National Institute of Corrections (NIC) over Fiscal Year 2014. NIC has served the public for over 40 years, and is determined to be the nation's most trusted resource for corrections personnel. Three positive comments about NIC service show how NIC has done this. Highlights are provided for NIC's Prisons Division, Jails Division, Community Services Division, and Academy. Let the National Institute of Corrections help you to succeed through technical assistance and other ways.

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