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Green Corrections

Information about NIC efforts in the Greening of Corrections.

Heat in US Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change

This paper provides an overview of the correctional sector and its specific vulnerabilities to heat, explores relevant legal issues, and offers recommendations for adaptation to address unique challenges that climate change poses for corrections.

Green Corrections Symposium Notes

This document looks at innovative green practices in the corrections field shared at the 2014 Green Corrections Symposium.

A New Life Behind Bars: A Prison Retrofit

This innovatively designed report examines how a prison could become more sustainable and save costs.

Oregon Sustainability 2013

This publication illustrates how the Oregon DOC is working on increasing its sustainable operations. 

The Green Corrections Challenge-National Institute of Corrections [Podcast]

This program "addressed Green Corrections and the Green Corrections Challenge; an effort to document what agencies are doing to support environmental improvements within correctional facilities".

Stories of Change Among Justice-Involved American Indian Youth: From the Cross-Site Evaluation of OJJDP’s Tribal Green Reentry Program

This report presents perspectives on personal change among justice-involved AI youth who participated in “Green Reentry" programs in three tribes.

Sustainability in Prisons

A look at the past, present, and future of the Sustainability in Prisons Project in Washington state commemorating the 5th anniversary of the project's inception.

The Green Corrections Project: Action Plans and Lessons Learned

This report is a great description of the three-phase Green Corrections project, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC).

“Your Source for News and Information on Environmentally Responsible Products and Services in the Corrections Industry.”


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