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    Cooperative Agreement - Networking and Professional Development of State and Large Urban System Healthcare Administrators

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to support the development, enhancement and sustainability of nationwide correctional leadership. The successful awardee will have the executive level background to understand the sensitivity and political nature of the target audience. Goals and Objectives The goals of these professional development training programs are to develop and enhance competency...
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    Cooperative Agreement: Transition From Jails to Community – Technical Assistance

    Updated: See Questions and Answers below The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Work under this cooperative agreement involves the management and/or facilitation of technical assistance specific to the Transition From Jails to Community reentry model. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables Tasks under this cooperative agreement will include; review of the TJC toolkit and historical documents, utilization of the TJC readiness protocol...
  • 2166

    Cooperative Agreement: Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis

    Updated: See Questions and Answers below The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to develop a model approach to arrest data analysis for the purposes of informing and monitoring data driven practices. Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables The goal of this competitive solicitation is to fund the development of a model approach to assessing data accessibility, accuracy, and consistency for purposes...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Jul 26 2017
  • 6422

    New to the NIC Website: Technology in Corrections

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website is our new web page focusing on Technology in Corrections. In many ways technology has been a help and a hindrance for the corrections field. People working in the field struggle to decide how to handle these technologies...if at all. Technology consistently changes faster than corrections and/or society can keep up with it. Implementing a technology, or plans to battle it (take cell phones for instance), can be a long and difficult...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Mar 22 2017
  • 2769

    In the News: Women Shortchanged by Justice Reforms

    This article summarizes a recent report from the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on gender and criminal justice reform. The report, Women In Justice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail , argues that “reforms must be gender-responsive, faithful to the principles of parsimony and proportionality, and engage social services to better serve individuals with criminal justice involvement.” Highlights from the report: The number of women in the American justice...
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    Trauma Program Named as Semifinalist for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards

    Last week, it was announced that the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has recognized the Women’s Re-entry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative from Chester County, Pennsylvania as a semifinalist for this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards. County Commissioner Michelle Kichline described the WRAP program as “transforming a male-centric justice system to one of connections and interventions that respect the life experiences women bring to the...
  • 1774

    In the News: Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women

    This recent article describes the Pets Helping People nonprofit, which provides non-violent female offenders job training in dog grooming, boarding and other pet care services. Christy VanCleave, who knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society, co-founded Pets Helping People in 2009. Since 2009, over 200 women have graduated from her job training program, with an average recidivism rate of under four percent. In addition to teaching job...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Feb 1 2017
  • 1772

    Farewell Message from NIC Director Jim Cosby

    MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR January 17, 2017 Dear Colleagues, As my term serving as Director of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) comes to an end, I wanted to send this message to the thousands of correctional and criminal justice practitioners across America. During my tenure, our focus at NIC has been to provide leadership, training, and technical assistance to the field of corrections, covering a wide array of topics. For example: NIC has contributed to driving down unnecessary incarceration...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Jan 18 2017
  • 1715

    In the News: New Center Allows Overnight Visits for Female Inmates, Their Children

    Posted in the Memphis Flyer, this article describes a new program for overnight visitation at the West Tennessee Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center. The program is designed to maintain positive ties between female inmates and their families during incarceration. The facility provides a common room, kitchenette, living area, and bedrooms for the inmate and child. Access the full article -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Jan 17 2017
  • 1691

    Thinking for a Change in Seneca County Jail

    In October of last year, Seneca County started their first T4C group. The staff at the facility see the same people over and over again. Seneca county officials implemented the program to address this issue. They believe it will improve public safety and reentry outcomes. During intake, new inmates are given a test to determine their risk of reoffending. Those who rate medium to high-risk are eligible for the voluntary program. T4C is a 25 lesson intensive program that addresses criminal thinking...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Thu, Jan 5 2017
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  • 2066

    Improving Understanding of and Responsiveness to Gang-Involved Girls

    This National Gang Center Newsletter focuses on gang-involved girls, female delinquency and human trafficking. The main article about understanding and responding to gang-involved girls summarizes key findings from a National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) study. The NCCD study involved interviews with gang-involved girls and key stakeholders and provided several recommendations for service providers and others who want to help gang-involved girls. Recommendations from the study findings...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 27 2016
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    WCCW Sends Quilts, Infant Clothes to Incarcerated Mothers in Thailand

    This article from the Washington State DOC Newsroom conveys the impact a small group of inmates are having on incarcerated women in Thailand. The Sisters of Charity, a group of approximately 15 inmates from the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, make items for social welfare organizations and recently sent handmade quilts and decorated onesies to mothers inside Thailand prisons. "When they (Thailand inmates) find out the gifts are made by women at WCCW, their eyes...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 20 2016
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    Women in prison: Histories of Trauma and Abuse Highlight the Need for Specialised Care

    Published in Conversation US, an independent source of news, this recent article discusses the history and impact of trauma on female prisoners and the importance of trauma-informed care. Highlights from the article: Australia’s female prison population has skyrocketed over the last decade, and up to 90% of female prisoners have experienced abuse before they get to jail. Experiences can range from childhood abuse to sexual assault and intimate partner violence during adulthood. As a result...
  • 2066

    Women in Jail – California

    This recent article from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) focuses on the increasing percentage of women in California jails and their offenses. Highlights from the article: In California, the women’s jail population has risen 6-fold—from 1,725 in 1970 to 12,054 in 2014—twice as much as the male jail population over the same period. Women are more likely than men to be booked into jail for misdemeanors (54% of women to 48% of men). They are also more likely than men...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Dec 15 2016
  • 1958

    In the News: Mothers in Prison

    This recent article, Mothers in Prison , by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times highlights the increasing incarceration of women in prison and their stories. As one woman shared, “Prison got me sober, but it didn’t get me anywhere.” Kristof notes from his interview with her, “Each time she went to prison, she would get clean, and then once out she would return to drugs.” Kristof goes on to discuss discuss one potential alternative to imprisonment, a model program...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Nov 29 2016
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