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This DVD contains NIC videos, DOJ proposed standards, an NIC e-course and dozens of documents to help you learn about the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

The disc includes:
The following videos:

  • Facing Prison Rape: How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Affects You (2004)
  • Responding to Prisoner Rape: Assessing Your Agency's Response to Prison Sexual Assault--in English and Spanish (2005)
  • Keeping Our Kids Safe: PREA and Juvenile Justice (2006)

And dozens of documents, including:

  • Breaking the Code of Silence: Correctional Officers' Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct (2007)
  • PREA Implications for Sheriffs: The Facts (2006)
  • Managing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Inmates: Is Your Jail Ready? (2007)
  • National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report
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Do you want to see what some of the latest data and promising practices are revealing about staff wellness for corrections officers and staff?  Would you like to learn how to apply a holistic approach to your workplace along the continuum of preventive to reactive responses?  Correctional staff face significant stress and challenges in maintaining wellness and resiliency in the workplace.  There is emerging evidence that effective strategies and programs exist; however, they often occur in a piecemeal or sporadic fashion.  This webinar provides academic insight into the current research on officer wellness and references emerging areas of innovative practices.  It includes practitioner expertise on valuable resources and support for correctional officers and staff.  The webinar moves from preventive to reactive strategies and builds on new approaches to increase resiliency.  Participants will learn what research and practice tell us about the short and long-term effects that working in corrections can have and how to promote staff wellness and manage trauma in response to what they experience.

Learning Objectives: 

During this one-hour interactive webinar, participants will

  1. Develop an understanding of the current research on correctional staff wellness and resiliency,
  2. Learn how to apply a holistic approach to their workplace, and
  3. Gain knowledge on promising real-world practices that can assist and promote both wellness and resiliency.


Dr. Hayden Smith is an Associate Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina.  His principal focus of study is the intersection of the criminal justice and public health systems.  Core areas include self-injurious and suicidal behaviors in incarcerated populations, physical and mental health needs in correctional settings, jail diversion, reentry initiatives, and correctional staff well-being and safety.  Dr. Smith has expertise in program evaluation and policy analysis and has worked with numerous correctional and health systems.

Ms. Karin Ho is the Director for Victim Services with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.  She has more than 30 years of victim advocacy experience and over 25 years in corrections.  Recognizing how correctional staff were affected by traumatic events, she implemented the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Peer Team and Post Critical Incident Seminars for employees with ongoing trauma-related issues.  As part of the CISM Team, Karin is the handler for a specially trained trauma dog who responds to correctional staff throughout the state.

The presenters have engaged in several academic-practitioner partnerships that address correctional officer and staff well-being.

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This three-hour interactive videoconference addresses both adult and juvenile psychopaths who are incarcerated or under community supervision. It covers the following topics: identification, diagnosis, and classification of psychopathic offenders and detainees; assessing their risk for violence (prediction studies); special considerations with psychopathic sex offenders; costs associated with managing these offenders and detainees; the implications for treatment, management, and release; Hendricks v. Kansas, a landmark case concerning commitment beyond completion of sentence; and strategies to address institutional and community safety.

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This training session covers strategies and techniques for effectively interacting with the press. Participants will be able to:

  • Control an interview;
  • Conduct a successful news conference;
  • Write a news release that gets attention;
  • Present one's case to the public;
  • Execute crisis communication plans during an emergency;
  • Identify and use interviewing skills;
  • Utilize strategies for communicating effectively;
  • And identify strategies for working with current and emerging media.
  • Other topics include: ambush interview; telephone interview; one-on-one interview; social media, citizen journalism and you; talk show; and town hall.
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This Overview Workshop covers PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) in juvenile justice settings. Participants will be able to: recognize signs and symptoms of potential sexual abuse and assault in juveniles under their care; articulate the "dos" and "don'ts" related to working with juvenile victims of sexual abuse and assault; and analyze a scenario and decide upon an effective and appropriate course of action related to recognizing and addressing sexual abuse, assault, prevention, and intervention in their work setting.

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As jurisdictions across the nation attempt to do more with less, the effects of pharmacy management today will have long lasting and costly effects on the broader health care outcomes of tomorrow, in particular, the effectiveness of treatments for inmates with chronic illnesses, infectious diseases and comorbidities. This program will provide clarity around pharmacy management, why it is important to all jurisdictions, and methods for improving existing operations. This 3-hour program broadcast on April 6, 2011 addresses the costs and issues surrounding correctional pharmacy management. After watching this program, participants will: develop new insights regarding current practices for prescribing medications in correctional facilities and the need to manage that process; gain a deeper understanding of the principles, practices, and guidelines of a well-designed formulary management system; acquire a new appreciation for the current evidence and data used to guide formulary decisions; understand best practices related to the delivery of pharmaceuticals and biological medicines; have the skills to improve the coordination of care for offenders between correctional and non-correctional systems; and be able to explore the trends and foreseeable challenges to correctional pharmaceutical management in the future. The broadcast will also help viewers find answers to the following questions: What is a formulary and why is this concept important to my agency? What are the benefits of an effective correctional pharmacy management system? How does a pharmacy management system reduce costs and liability while enhancing healthcare services? What does the evidence tell us? Is there value in collaborating for the purchase of pharmaceuticals and biologicals? How does pharmacy management affect offender reentry?

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Across the United States, chaplains and religious directors are overwhelmed with ensuring equitable consideration for all religious requests. They face the conflict of "myth versus reality" regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.

This two-day live broadcast May. 28, 2014 - May. 29, 2014 (3-hours each day) addresses the conflict of “myth versus reality” regarding the role of the chaplain/religious director in corrections, the priority of religious practice balanced with security concerns, inconsistencies in accommodation, bias in space considerations, increased need for special diets, and the effects of agency and facility budgets.

Using a variety of methods, including on-air discussions and individual and group activities, the interactive broadcast will help participants: review the historical, Constitutional and legal foundations of offenders’ religious rights; determine strategies for responding to requests for religious accommodations, balanced with safety and security considerations; examine practical approaches for applying RLUIPA to satisfying offenders' religious requests; and explore the changing role and responsibilities of religious staff, volunteers, and other facility staff in a post-RLUIPA (Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act) world.

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The Responding to Sexual Abuse of Inmates in Custody: Addressing the Needs of Men, Women, and Gender Nonconforming Populations curriculum covers the national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and implications for preventing and addressing sexual abuse of of men, women, and gender nonconforming inmates.

Following are the goals of the training:

  • Review the applicable PREA standards for responding to sexual abuse in custody and their gender impact.
  • Review the dynamics of custodial sexual abuse for men, women, and gender nonconforming populations. Identify the components of human sexuality and institutional culture and their impact on sexual abuse of inmates.
  • Discuss immediate and long-term medical and mental health care needs of inmate victims of sexual abuse.
  • Identify legal, investigative, and other implications of responding to custodial sexual abuse.
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An introduction to restorative justice concepts, principles, and values is provided during this 32-hour distance learning program. Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the traumatic impact of crime on victims, communities, and offenders and ways to be responsive to crime victims' needs and interests
  • Explain and evaluate the configuration, methods, and potential uses of various restorative practices
  • Identify several practical strategies for developing active partnerships within the community
  • Manage personal, interpersonal, and organizational change, and prepare strategies to address responses to change efforts
  • Develop the first stages of an action plan

Order this 2 DVD set of videos and download the Curriculum Guide using the links on the right.


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The use of Restrictive Housing poses some of the most challenging questions facing corrections professionals: How should correctional agencies manage their most violent and disruptive inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized ones? And what is the safest and most humane way to do so?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) define “restrictive housing” as a form of housing that involves three basic elements: removal from the general inmate population, whether voluntary or involuntary; placement in a locked room or cell, whether alone or with another inmate; and inability to leave the room or cell for the vast majority of the day, typically 22 hours or more. Restrictive housing takes many forms, and an inmate’s experience can vary considerably depending on certain external factors, such as length of stay, conditions of confinement, and degree of social isolation, as well as factors specific to each inmate, such as age and psychological resiliency.

This training broadcast will: examine restrictive housing practices in your agency and compare and contrast those with the DOJ Guiding Principles; explore the Guiding Principles and implications for restrictive housing practice and conditions of confinement; use interactive activities and action planning to determine strategies for your agency to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing in your agency; and share promising practices and recommendations for the implementation of the Guiding Principles. This broadcast will answer the following questions: How should prisons and other correctional facilities manage their most violent and dangerous inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized inmates? What is the safest and most humane way to do so? Why did the Department of Justice create a set of Guiding Principles on the effective use of Restrictive Housing? How can we use the DOJ Guiding Principles to self-evaluate our current agency practice?

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