Gangs (Security Threat Groups)
Gangs are an ongoing national problem that requires effective management by the public safety community. The research discussed covers various topics related to gangs, including slang used by prison gangs and intervention for gang-affiliated inmates.
Leadership Development In Corrections
NIC believes in developing effective correctional leaders through competency-based training aligned with agency needs. It offers Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century, which links skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective leaders to specific behaviors.
Correctional administrators need to understand the different paths and levels of risk of women offenders to improve outcomes for them. Technical assistance is available to local jurisdictions to examine and improve their responses to this population.
This collection of resources is intended to provide a broad overview of current research and trends in the management and treatment of sex offenders.
People with Mental Health Conditions in Corrections
This page provides links and resources to innovative ideas and best practices for managing and rehabilitating people with mental illnesses in corrections.
NIC offers training, technical assistance, and information on jail administration to help jail administrators effectively manage operations. Technical assistance is available to individual jails nationwide and state agencies that work to improve jail administration quality.
PREA / Offender Sexual Abuse
PREA was enacted to address the issue of sexual abuse of people in custody. Its provisions include zero-tolerance standards, standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment, collection and dissemination of information, and award of grant funds.
LGBTI Persons in Custody and Under Supervision
This webpage provides information on the safe and respectful management of LGBTQI persons in custody, using best practices and considering legal perspectives. Agencies can apply for limited technical assistance to improve their response to managing LGBTQI persons.
Evidence-Based Decision Making
EBDM is a strategic and deliberate method of applying empirical knowledge and research-supported principles to justice system decisions made at the case, agency, and system level. Public safety outcomes will be improved when stakeholders engage in partnerships, use research, and create better outcomes.
Children of Incarcerated Parents
Children with incarcerated parents can experience trauma and long-lasting negative effects, such as behavior problems, poor academic outcomes, and severed relationships with their parents. This page provides resources for facilities who want to provide accommodations and resources to families in their care.
Strategic Inmate Management (SIM)
Strategic Inmate Management (SIM) is a unified operational philosophy aimed at promoting safe and secure environments in jails and prisons. SIM integrates the principles and strategies of Direct Supervision and the elements of Inmate Behavior Management.
Learning and Performance
NIC provides resources and services for trainers in the correctional system through the Learning and Performance Initiative to help build staff training and development capacity in corrections agencies, with guides and resources available to training directors, coordinators, and others responsible for training.
New Jail Planning
NIC provides training and technical assistance to local jurisdictions facing challenges when deciding to build a new jail, including planning, construction, and operation of the facility. Services address factors to consider, owner involvement, and designing, constructing, and occupying the new facility.
This webpage provides information to correctional agencies regarding safe and respectful management of restrictive housing populations. The use of restrictive housing has varied over time due to factors such as prison overcrowding and an increase in violent and disruptive inmates.
This page addresses the unique needs of justice-involved veterans, who suffer from physical and "invisible" wounds of war. NIC first developed "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way," and established the Justice Involved Veterans Network to improve outcomes for veterans.
Jail Standards and Inspections
NIC provides technical assistance to jail standards and inspection agencies in developing and revising jail standards, related inspection systems, and training to jails. They also help jail-related organizations in developing a jail standards and inspection system.
Wellness for Corrections and Supervision Professionals
This page highlights the need for maintaining safety and security while providing opportunities for staff to not become overwhelmed by both institutional and community settings. "Wellness" emphasizes the importance of taking personal well-being seriously and provides a list of topics and resources to help professionals in the corrections field find balance and stay motivated to perform at their best.
The Green Corrections Initiative promotes environmentally sustainable practices and green-collar job readiness training programs in correctional facilities. The initiative provides technical assistance to develop strategic plans for implementing GC programs and creates a community to promote green practices throughout the country.
Criminal Justice Coordinating Committees
Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils allow elected and appointed executive-level policymakers to meet collaboratively to address issues facing the justice system. This page describes CJCCs, provides specific guidance for their development and operation, and offers tips on how to sustain them.
Correctional Policy and Procedure
Well-written policies and procedures inform and govern staff behavior, set clear expectations, and support professional behavior. Policies need to have defensible rationale, such as "legitimate correctional outcomes," prevailing standards, or specific case law, and must be officially approved and issued.
Redemption & Certificates of Rehabilitation
This page includes information and best practices on Redemption & Certificates of Rehabilitation including: Alternative Strategies for Reintegration, Criminal History Records & Employment, In the News, Legislation, Research, Restoration of Voting, Housing, & Pell Grants.
Suicide in Corrections
The resources on this page will help give an overview of the problems surrounding correctional suicides and the ways one can implement strategies to turn around the alarming upward trajectory of suicide rates.
The need for effective and efficient correctional healthcare services has risen with increasing incarceration rates, including mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and elderly care. The this page has resources on correctional healthcare best practices.
Gender-Responsive Policy & Practice Assessment (GRPPA)
The GRPPA is a process designed to guide assessment of gender-responsiveness in policies and programs for women in correctional facilities. It includes two sections, and the assessment process requires collaboration among corrections professionals.
Indian Country Jails
Indian Country relies on corrections as a cornerstone of its justice system, including tribal courts, probation, and law enforcement. Jails play a crucial role in public safety and reducing recidivism, and both tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are responsible for jail administration.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility
Employers must create a work environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to attract the best employees. The DEIA supports individual and organizational growth by providing resources to examine bias, lead diverse teams, support inclusive teams, and create DEIA programs.
Inmate Suicide Prevention
This course will provide you with an overview of the problem of inmate suicide and the ways you can help prevent inmate suicides in correctional facilities.
Assigning Inmates to Housing
The purpose of this course is to provide jail administrators and jail personnel with sufficient knowledge to develop housing plans that help manage inmate behavior.
Objective Jail Classification: Assessing Inmate Risk and Needs
In this course, you will learn about objective classification, one of the most important management tools available to jail administrators.
Principles of Infection Control and Prevention
This e-course introduces the basic principles of IPC in a corrections or detention setting. It discusses the requirements and challenges of effective IPC in this unique environment and presents evidence-based best practices of IPC.
Jail Data Analysis
While this course focuses on data analysis in jails, it gives a basic overview of statistics for any corrections professional. During this course, you will gain general familiarization with types of statistics and how to use them. In addition, you will learn how to explore data analysis by working through a case study.
Jail Data Collection
This course will show how you can improve data collection and analysis at your correctional institution.
Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of Jail Administrators
This course will provide new jail administrators, sheriffs, and prospective jail administrators an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a jail administrator.
Role of the Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator
This e-course serves as an orientation to the role and responsibilities of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Coordinator.