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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 the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. to finalize the draft of the Black Letter Standards for Practice to guide community supervision policy and practice

Goals

Through the activities of this solicitation, develop and deliver a final draft of the National Standards for Adult Community Supervision with an accompanying marketing and education plan.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 3, 2023.

Objectives

  1. Conduct an initial virtual meeting with the NIC project manager and the APPA project team within 30 days of award to discuss the overview of the project, including clarifying goals and objectives, discussing timelines of activities, clarifying roles, and discussing resources to be used to meet the goal of the project.
  2. Work with the NIC project manager, APPA project team, and workgroup to develop a timeline and work session schedule.
  3. Develop a process for review and approval of written standards and commentary for the APPA executive committee.
  4. Develop a process for writing and editing the final draft of the standards and accompanying commentary.
  5. Develop a marketing and education plan.

Deliverables

  1. Participate in a scheduled virtual planning meeting with the NIC project manager and APPA project team to clarify project goals, objectives, and deliverables, including discussing a timeline of activities and role clarification within 30 days of the award.
  2. Facilitate regular, agreed upon, virtual or in-person work sessions with the APPA project team and workgroup over the course of the project.
  3. Work with the APPA executive committee to develop a review and approval process.
  4. Awardee will be responsible for workgroup travel costs for in-person meetings.
  5. Develop a marketing and education plan for APPA executive committee approval.
  6. Using NIC’s Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication, submit a final draft copy of the Black Letter Standards of Practice.

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.


Following are the responses to questions received as of 11/28/2022 in response to the above solicitation:

 

Question 1: How many people are on the APPA project team (thinking meetings in person and virtual)?

Answer: Currently, there are 13 members of the APPA Standards Working Group.

 

Question 2: I would like to confirm that the research has been compiled, the first draft of the standards has been written, or is there a need for additional research to support the standards?

Answer: Additional research and other information will be required to support the development of the accompanying commentary for each of the developed black letter standards.

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The purpose of this project is to pilot the master trainer course for current public information officers (PIOs) and communication directors for federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies under NIC’s Enhanced Correctional Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Initiative.

Goal

The goal of this project is to advance public safety by shaping and enhancing correctional communications staff and practices through leadership, learning, and innovation.

Deadline

Applicants must register with Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 3, 2023

Objectives

The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include the following:

  • Pilot the master trainer course to expand the role, competencies, skills, and functions of PIOs and communication directors.
  • Pilot the curriculum.
  • Revise the curriculum upon completion of the pilot.
  • Develop a resource guide for PIOs and communication directors.

Deliverables

  • The successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities. Cooperative agreement objectives and deliverables include the following:
  • The awardee will pilot the PIO and Communication Director Master Trainer Course.
  • The training will be considered the pilot for the newly developed curriculum. The curriculum specialist and project director will be present. Final revisions to the curriculum will be made by the awardee based on feedback about the training from the curriculum specialist, project director, NIC’s program managers, instructors, and participants.
  • Prior to the pilot delivery, the awardee will be required to facilitate a two-day planning meeting with subject matter experts (SMEs) and NIC program managers to discuss and review materials as well as practice module delivery of the materials.
  • The pilot will be held at a location to be determined by NIC, and it is anticipated that the total number of participants will not exceed 16. NIC will pay for participant travel and per diem. The awardee will pay for the instructors, curriculum specialist, and project director’s fees and expenses as well as the costs for printing facilitator and participant guides. Dates will be determined in conjunction with the NIC program managers and awardee.
  • Participants will be selected from a national audience. The awardee will work with NIC program managers to determine appropriate participants.
  • Program instructors will comprised four SMEs approved by the NIC program managers. The instructors’ experience must have equitable representation for jails and prisons.
  • The awardee will revise the curriculum and all required materials upon completion of the pilot. The following items are required as part of the pilot revision but are not limited to:
  • lesson plans
  • complete instructor’s manual with all lesson plans in one cohesive document
  • participant manual that follows the lesson plans
  • presentation slides
  • teach-back guides and evaluations
  • supplemental materials (agenda, handouts, etc.)
  • The awardee will create a program information package for all curricula containing, but not limited to, the following content:
  • course overview with individual module summaries included
  • course objectives
  • training program request options (technical assistance, NCA, etc.)
  • intended audience
  • pre-work requirements
  • evaluation processes
  • program flier
  • regional training host requirements
  • The awardee will develop a resource guide for PIOs and communication directors. The guide must be professionally edited and adhere to federal guidelines regarding publications. The guide is intended to be a sustainable resource for PIOs and communication directors of jails and prisons of all sizes. Therefore, it should include key topics and descriptions of topics as well as templates and examples. At a minimum it should include, but is not limited to, the following components:
  • overview of the role, characteristics, and competencies of contemporary PIOs and communication directors
  • purpose of correctional communication, stakeholder engagement, and agency branding
  • best and promising practices regarding correctional communication, stakeholder engagement, agency branding
  • possible future trends in correctional communication, stakeholder engagement, and agency branding
  • variety of communication strategies
  • communication with agency executives (i.e., how to communicate with the 23PR02 8 C-suite)
  • common questions PIOs and communication directors ask and appropriate responses
  • templates and examples (i.e., press releases, social media postings, etc.)
  • resources for PIOs and communication directors
  • additional items identified during the research phase and/or focus group
  • Facilitate a half-day close-out meeting to discuss delivery strategies, format, and content of the curriculum; potential next steps for deployment strategies of the curriculum; and overall operation of the cooperative agreement. Minimally, this collaborative meeting must include the NIC program managers, the awardee, and the project director. This meeting may be in person or virtual.
  • Conduct a second PIO and Communication Director Master Trainer Course. The training will be held at a location to be determined by NIC. The awardee will pay for the instructors, curriculum specialist, and project director’s fees and expenses as well as the costs for printing facilitator and participant guides. Dates will be determined in conjunction with the NIC program managers and awardee.
  • Program instructors will comprise four SMEs approved by the NIC program managers and the instructors’ experience must have equitable representation for jails and prisons.

Applications must include in the Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered to meet Plain Language and Section 508 standards.

Correctional Industry programs contribute to the successful reentry of offenders by providing a structured environment for participants to learn the skills needed to obtain and retain post-release employment. Guided by evidence-based practices, Correctional Industries distinguishes itself by providing services that make an impact in reducing inmate recidivism. See how they make a significant difference in the lives of the offender population they serve and hear from national experts, correctional practitioners, and former offenders about the promising and evidenced-practices that impact recidivism.

At the conclusion of this program broadcast on October 5, 2011, participants will be able to: describe the evolution of Correctional Industries from “producing quality products” to “developing individuals who produce quality products”; explain how the incorporation of evidence-based practices helps improve program outcomes; identify how Correctional Industries provides offenders with the skills they need to successfully obtain and retain post-release employment; and identify evidence-based training opportunities that promote professional growth and development.

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This program will assist participants with succession planning, provide a framework for developing appropriate training curricula, target external resources needed for staff development, and help participants create a strategy for both personal and professional staff development. The presentation focuses on the core competencies applicable to corrections professionals working at executive, senior level, manager, and supervisory levels. The program content is appropriate for those working in jails, prisons, and community corrections agencies.

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Characteristics that result in the best performance of executive and senior level leaders are identified along with the key skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective and successful leaders which are then linked to a set of specific behaviors. Following an executive summary, this manual provides an exploration of: managerial profiles; self awareness; ethics and values; vision and mission; strategic thinking; managing the external environment; power and influence; strategic planning and performance measurement; collaboration; and team building.

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Characteristics that result in the best performance of correctional managers and supervisors are identified along with key skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective and successful leaders which are then linked to a set of specific behaviors. This manual includes an executive summary and the following chapters: managerial profiles; ethics and values; interpersonal relationships; oral and written communication; motivating others; developing direct reports; managing conflict; team building; collaboration; problem solving and decision making; strategic thinking; managing change; program planning and performance assessment; and the criminal justice system.

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