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Training in corrections

The development and implementation of an in-house leadership and management development system (within existing agency parameters) are discussed during this 30-hour course. Sections of this manual include: training program introduction; setting a context and identifying trends; trainer and training function self-assessment; strategies for getting management buy-in; establishing a design team and advisory board; identifying candidates for your program; competency development and assessment of managers; leadership development/training deliver options; designing and developing leadership training and development strategies; developing training budgets for leadership ddevelopment using cost benefit analysis; how to evaluate available resources; marketing the leadership development program; and additional resources.

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This program explores the development of a formal new employee on-the-job (OTJ) program based on a corrections-specific FTO model. This broadcast covers:

  • Assessing the current FTO program;
  • The FTO task-specific format;
  • Developing FTO models;
  • Conducting proficiency tests;
  • And the formal FTO teaching process.
  • Several demonstrations of the FTO format and teaching process are also included. This DVD can be used in conjunction with NIC accession nos. 019008 and 020603.


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This program focuses on the history and benefits of correctional industries and ways to balance competing interests. Employment is a critical factor in successful reentry. Career assistance, life skills, and job training prior to release from jails or prisons increases the likelihood of success as individuals reenter the community. This, in conjunction with support from employers, social agencies, and faith-based community organizations, provides the foundation for individuals to remain in society and contribute to the community as productive citizens.

At the end of this broadcast, participants will understand the: benefits of correctional industries and workforce development; social and economic values of correctional industries; need to strike a balance between competing interests; relationships among workforce development, community organizations, and correctional industries; relationship between evidence-based practices and offender employment; and workforce development competencies and available training resources.

This program is Part 1 in a series on correctional industries; Part 2, Innovative Reentry Strategies: The Emerging Role of Correctional Industries (#024019), focuses on presenting new reentry strategies and highlights specific programs around the country that reflect best practices. Part 3, Correctional Industries: A Working Solution (#025293), explores how Correctional Industries make a significant difference in the lives of the offender population through testimony from national experts, correctional practitioners, and former offenders.

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This videoconference identifies the problems and greatest needs of incarcerated parents and caretakers with regard to their children. It specifically addresses:

  • Problems and issues that children of prisoners or former prisoners face that put the kids at risk;
  • Evidence-based and promising approaches to support these children and build on their strengths;
  • And the benefits of the criminal justice system becoming more family-friendly.


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Prison systems experience continued pressure to house offenders in the most appropriate setting possible. While most correctional systems have implemented objective classification systems that have become quite effective in identifying inmates for the general prison population, less attention has been given to accurately classifying inmates who pose a higher risk and may require special management within the prison setting. This satellite/Internet training program will report on a study conducted over the past 2 years to increase knowledge on classification, programming, and supervision for high-risk offenders in the prison setting. Specifically, the broadcast will address the identification and selection process for high-risk and special management inmates, standards for their conditions of confinement, staffing issues, and release and re-entry issues.

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This 3-hour NIC broadcast discusses strategies to recruit promising candidates for corrections jobs and how to retain experienced staff. Topics include: emphasizing corrections as a career rather than "just a job"; informing the public about the variety of careers available in corrections; how broad participation by agency staff helps foster successful recruitment and retention; how employers can support the connections between career, family, and community; and tools agencies are using for successful recruitment and retention.

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This program will help professionals identify the strengths and resources inherent in the family as a fundamental support system for individuals upon their release from prison or jail. It is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the family as a resource to enhance offender reentry and supervision and to increase public safety.

Family, broadly defined, includes individuals' blood relatives and friends who play a significant role in a person's life. Family members are essential resources who may ease the transition from confinement to the community or positively enhance the community supervision process. Unfortunately, the family is too often viewed as presenting challenges rather than as a source of shared history and untapped resources.

The goal of this broadcast is to encourage participants to think about: enhancing the reentry and supervision processes through contextual thinking about the family; tapping the strengths of families and communities as means of good government to enhance public safety; utilizing family and community resources after government intervention has ended; and addressing the challenge of negotiating multiple services that may be used by the family to enhance positive outcomes.

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Developed as a demonstration during the "DACUM Facilitator Training" session, April 15-16, 1997 in Longmont, CO., this profile contains in brief form the competencies expected of a training administrator.

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. This project will revise and expand original work published in 2008 to better reflect the current challenges and opportunities regarding the work of paroling authorities.

To develop a 2nd Edition of the Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices document. This “document” will take the eventual format of a desktop guide (see example here: ). This desktop guide format will increase the user's access to the information in a searchable and easily updateable product that can still be printed on demand if the user chooses.

1. Complete a review of existing document to identify areas that can be retained, areas that need updating, and new material that should be included.
2. Conduct research on currently available information and resources (including a literature review of research on paroling authorities and their impact on the criminal justice system).
3. Gather information regarding the current state of agency practices, decision making processes, and responses to unpopular or negative-outcome decisions.
4. Form a focus group of five to seven subject matter experts with the input and approval of NIC staff. This group should be practitioners, both current and former, with significant knowledge of the subject, be willing to provide input, and act as reviewers of the materials and drafts.
5. Facilitate virtual meetings to conduct focus groups and other information gathering opportunities.
6. Provide recommendations of innovative and promising practices that could be included in the guide.
7. Provide a draft of the guide with appropriate references for review and approval by NIC.
8. Provide a final version of the guide for loading onto the NIC website.

1. Meet virtually with the NIC Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) Project Lead for initial kickoff meeting to clarify goals, objectives, and deliverables, including the setting of initial deadlines and role clarification within 30 days of award.
2. Participate in virtual monthly meetings with NIC project staff.
3. Participate in virtual ad hoc meetings of the focus group along with NIC project staff.
4. Report on currently available information and resources including a literature review of research on paroling authorities and their impact on the criminal justice system with the initial draft due within 90 days of award.
5. Conduct information gathering activities such as virtual focus groups, interviews, surveys, and polls of paroling authorities including the agency executives, parole board chairs, parole board members, and other relevant individuals within 90 days of award.
6. Present, virtually or in person, preliminary draft to NIC staff within 10 months of award.
7. Provide a final version of the guide as approved by NIC staff in the proper format, and NIC branding for loading to the website.

Questions and Answers  (as of March 9, 2021)

Question 1: We understand that the ultimate goal is to format the updated document into a searchable online desktop format. Does NIC do that on your end, or is it something we could do on our end?
Answer: The solicitation language indicates that this will be done by NIC and the successful awardee is only responsible for delivering the finished product in the required format for loading to the NIC website.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2021


The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021 to support the correctional field with its critical loss of senior and experienced employees by developing a series of web based learning modules targeting senior level employees.

1. Articulate a clear understanding of the modules in the context of a correctional environment at the senior level.
2. Apply experiential and interactive activities for learning that crosses professional and correctional environments. The awardee must provide relevant engagement opportunities during the program.
3. Knowledge of and ability to effectively incorporate adult learning principles (ITIP) into the presentation, lesson plan, facilitator, and participant resources.
4. Identify a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who is well versed in web based software tools, including white boards, chat rooms, polling, animation/videos, etc. The SME will serve as technical producer for the pre-training of presenters, and technical host for the pilot training deliveries.
5. Identify a project team member who has served at a senior/executive level in a state or large urban correctional agency within the last ten years to provide content assistance based on their direct knowledge about correctional systems.
6. In consultation and approval of the NIC Program Manager, contract with three SMEs to train and teach in the pilot delivery of the modules.

Provide participants with an interactive Instructor Led Training (ILT) and web based learning experience that has practical application to their current and future professional development in the following four competency areas:
• Applying problem solving & decision making;
• Leading and managing for greater efficiency & effectiveness;
• Building coalitions; and
• Ethics.

1. Develop lesson plans, facilitator guide, and participant resources for each of the four 60 minute modules, listed below, in both ILT and Virtual Instructor Led Training formats. NIC will provide presentations on these topics as a point of reference.
a) Applying Problem Solving & Decision Making: This core qualification involves the ability to identify and analyze problems in terms of relevance and accuracy, developing alternatives, and making recommendations.
b) Leading and Managing for Greater Efficiency & Effectiveness: This core qualification involves leading people in an ever changing environment.
c) Building Coalitions: This core qualification assesses the ability to form coalitions within and outside one's division, department, or agency. It involves knowing how to build relationships at different levels in one's agency and with the community organizations to accomplish goals.
d) Ethics: This core qualification involves the ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil, and propriety from impropriety.

2. Provide an SME qualified to serve as technical producer to manage the following activities:
a) Provide white boards as needed in the lesson plan.
b) Create spreadsheet assignments to specify all presenter roles in the modules, the accompanying slides, and activities to include the approximate time each should occur.
c) Load and manage power point slides, videos, and polling throughout the training.
d) Create individual trainer folders with specific materials needed for all the presentations.
e) Host preparatory training for all presenters in the use of WebEx tools and any technology necessary to perform the requirements of the training.

3. Provide pre-program rehearsals sessions for the NIC agreed upon presenters and NIC staff assigned to the program delivery.

4. Throughout the duration of the award period, maintain regular, routine contact with NIC Program Manager.

5. The awardee must conduct an assessment/evaluation of the pilot training. The assessment/evaluation results will be used to edit the training modules as appropriate.

6. Quarterly progress reports are required. The reports should adhere to the written requirements and prescribed schedule outlined in the award documents.

7. Provide all developed materials in identified folders to NIC.

8. All presented resource materials should reinforce, remind, or introduce content. These resources are intended to be reusable and serve as a performance support tool.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 10, 2021



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