Training in corrections
This two-hour program discusses strategies for developing an effective pretrial process (e.g., arrest, interview, risk assessment and recommendation, first appearance, post release supervision, and collaboration between shareholders—agencies, organizations, and the community). This presentation is designed to examine the impact of the pretrial decision to release or detain on jail crowding and public safety; promote fair and just pretrial decision making; and demonstrate best practices consistent with the pretrial release standards of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.
“The National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards were released in 2012 to provide comprehensive guidance on the prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse and violence within confinement settings across the country. Although the National PREA Standards do not specifically extend to tribal detention facilities, all confinement facilities, regardless of their obligations under PREA, are being held to a higher legal standard for the prevention of and response to sexual abuse and could potentially face increased civil penalties if they fail to do so. Further, enhancing the safety and security of facilities and inmates is a core mission for all corrections professionals, which includes protection against and prevention of sexual abuse. “Therefore, the National PREA Resource Center, in partnership with the American Probation and Parole Association, has produced the Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: The Impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act training curriculum to improve the capacity of tribal detention officers to adequately prevent and respond to incidents of sexual abuse within detention facilities in Indian Country. “The curriculum is designed specifically for tribal detention staff and affiliated organizations that interact with tribal detention facilities. Curriculum Modules and Training Materials: Instructors Manual; Presentation: Impact of PREA; [and Participant Guide. “The curriculum contains five modules and is intended to be delivered over the course of seven hours, not including breaks and lunch. The five modules are: Defining the Issue and Understanding PREA; Dynamics of Sexual Abuse, Violence, and Misconduct; Investigations and Legal Concerns; Review of PREA Standards; [and] Putting Into Practice What We Know.”
Incidents of sexual abuse of juveniles in custody are reported at a rate 10 times higher than the rate in adult corrections. This 3-hour program, originally broadcast June 28, 2006, addresses this serious issue and introduces administrators, managers, advocates, and practitioners working with juvenile offenders to the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003. At the end of this broadcast, participants will have a strong grasp of: requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 that aim to prevent, address, and provide sanctions for the abuse of children and youth under the custodial care of juvenile and other authorities; legal and other implications when the sexual abuse of children and youth in custody are not addressed appropriately; best practices to begin developing policies, procedures, and practices to prevent and address the sexual abuse of children and youth in custody; and key points in the Act applicable to facilities used for the custody and care of youth and an action plan for implementing the PREA in these settings.
Welcome to the National Institute of Corrections’ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Audit Process and Instrument Overview Course. The purpose of this course is to assist agencies in meeting the requirements of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Section 115.93 “Audits of standards”. At the end of this course, you will be able to: explain the audit process; describe the components of the Audit Instrument; describe the duties and responsibilities of an auditor in the audit process; describe the duties and responsibilities of a PREA Coordinator/Compliance Manager in the audit process; and explain the activities associated with a corrective action period.
Welcome to the National Institute of Corrections’ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Behavioral Health Care for Sexual Assault Victims in a Confinement Setting Course. The main purpose of this course is to assist agencies in meeting the requirements of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standard 115.35 “Specialized Training: Medical and Mental Health Care”. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to explain the knowledge, components, and considerations that you must use to be effective in your role as a behavioral health care practitioner, consistent with PREA standards.
Welcome to the National Institute of Corrections’ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinators’ Roles and Responsibilities Course. The main purpose of this course is to provide agency PREA Coordinators with an overview of the basic role and responsibilities of their position. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to: describe the general duties and responsibilities of an agency- wide PREA Coordinator; explain the policies, procedures, and practices needed to achieve PREA compliance; create an action plan for your agency that includes steps needed to achieve PREA compliance; and serve as the point-of-contact for information concerning PREA standards and the agency’s efforts toward PREA compliance.
Welcome to the National Institute of Corrections’ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Investigating Sexual Abuse in a Confinement Setting Course. The main purpose of this course is to assist agencies in meeting the requirements of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Section 115.34 “Specialized Training for Investigators”. At the end of this course, you will be able to explain the knowledge, components, and considerations that an investigator must use to perform a successful sexual abuse or sexual harassment investigation consistent with PREA standards.
Welcome to the National Institute of Corrections’ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Medical Health Care for Sexual Assault Victims in a Confinement Setting Course. The purpose of this course is to assist agencies in meeting the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Section 115.35 “Specialized training: Medical and mental health care”. At the end of this course, you will be able to explain the PREA standards that relate to the provision of medical care for victims of sexual abuse. You will also be able to describe your role and responsibilities in providing this care.
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
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.
During this one-hour interactive webinar, participants will
- Develop an understanding of the current research on correctional staff wellness and resiliency,
- Learn how to apply a holistic approach to their workplace, and
- 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.