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    NIC’s Justice Involved Women’s Initiative

    National Reentry Week April 24-30, 2016 NIC’s work over the years with justice involved women incorporates evidence based, gender informed research that continues to emerge in several critical areas. The emergence of evidence based practices was a turning point in correctional work, but the addition of gender-informed research and knowledge from that body of work directs us to sharpen our practices with women. Two earlier and significant initiatives built the foundation for NIC’s gender...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Apr 26 2016
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    The Reentry Challenge

    by Jim Cosby, Director, National Institute of Corrections National Reentry Week is April 24-30, 2016 “America is the land of second chances,” George W. Bush once said. The difference between making that statement and ensuring that people have the opportunity for second chances is what reentry is all about. It is no secret that the United States has the largest prison population and the second highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. An important effort in reducing that population...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Fri, Apr 22 2016
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    Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

    The United States Labor Department is offering $1.9M in grant funding to expand apprenticeships and support for women i n nontraditional occupations. Those occupations include manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create regional, multi-state Technical Assistance Resource Centers. The centers will support efforts to increase the number of women entering into nontraditional...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Apr 19 2016
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    The Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women Launch National Council

    This Friday, April 22, at the National Press Club the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls will launch a new organization. This Council is the first-ever national organization created and led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls. From the press release: “The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls supports the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls who are contributing to...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Apr 19 2016
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    Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) Goes International

    The needs of justice involved women are very different than that of their male counterparts, yet most of the policies, assessments, and programs of the criminal justice system were developed with men in mind. To address this issue the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati developed the Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) in 2008. It is a gender-responsive actuarial risk assessment tool, designed to account for women’s risk factors, or criminogenic needs, associated...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Apr 19 2016
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    What should a women’s prison look like?

    “Historically prison buildings have largely been designed for the majority male prisoner population. However, the growing understanding that women who offend are different from men − from their typical backgrounds and the nature of their offences, to their experience of abuse and their care-taking responsibilities is also leading architects and planners to consider how prison facilities might also be designed in a gender-sensitive manner.” This blog posting from Penal Reform International...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Apr 12 2016
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    Spotlight on Napa County: Harkness Fellow sees evidence-based practice in action

    In 2005, the State of California was facing significant overcrowding in its prisons, and the Napa County jail was at capacity. Napa County decided not to build a new jail but rather implement an evidence based criminal justice system looking at best practices to reduce the population and assist in offender rehabilitation. The Probation Department started using an assessment tool to identify risk and needs of offenders (LS/CMI). Caseloads were reduced and services were increased including the opening...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Mon, Apr 11 2016
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    Crime Victims Rights Week begins 4/10/16

    Every year in April, the Office for Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) , which will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. This year’s...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Apr 7 2016
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    NIC Guides Connecticut Sentencing Commission On Bail Reform

    As part of National Institute of Corrections' technical assistance program,Tim Schnake recently presented to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on the fundamentals of bail and bail reform. This presentation focused on the key practices outlined in the NIC publication, Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform . Included in the presentation is an address by Governor Malloy of Connecticut outlining his desire for pretrial reform...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Mon, Apr 4 2016
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    New Clearinghouse for Young Adult Justice Research

    The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has developed a new web site that will serve as a clearinghouse for Young Adult Justice (YAJ) news, research, and information to: SHARE innovative approaches and information about challenges that justice-involved young adults present; HIGHLIGHT significant opportunities that exist for reform; and CONNECT people with research, policy, and programs across the US and abroad. Feature Post: Changing the Life Trajectory...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Mar 31 2016
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    New in the Library – Proceedings from NIC’s Learning and Performance Symposium: Innovations in Training and Learning Delivery

    Now available, the National Institute of Corrections 2015 Learning and Performance Symposium Proceedings . This Proceedings document sequentially highlights all the key content and activities of the two-and-a-half day 2015 NIC Learning and Performance Symposium attended by 138 corrections professionals from all disciplines including prisons, jails, community corrections and juvenile justice. Content in this document follows the 2.5 day agenda sequentially, including: Key content from all symposium...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Mar 30 2016
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    New Approach to the Mentally Ill from Douglas County, Kansas Jail

    There has been a shift to “deinstitutionalize” mentally ill persons in the United States. This policy change has led to a d ramatic drop in the number of those housed in state psychiatric hospitals and a larger number living in the local community. As a result, mentally ill persons are coming into contact with local jails more frequently. In a special report, Mental Health Problems Of Prison And Jail Inmates , from 2006 The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 479,000 mentally...
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    The Double Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Are Incarcerated

    From End Domestic Abuse WI , this Coalition Chronicles newsletter issue focuses on women who are “doubly imprisoned: first, by trauma from the violence they have suffered, and second, by the iron bars and razor wire fences that surround them daily.” This issue contains excerpts from articles on research and best practices in the field, stories from survivors of abuse and imprisonment, and resources for reentry. Articles in the issue include: Women’s Experiences of Abuse as Risk...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Mar 29 2016
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    A Review of Research on the Likelihood of Children with Incarcerated Parents Becoming Justice-Involved

    Researchers, James M. Conway, Ph.D. and Edward T. Jones, from Central Connecticut State University in collaboration with The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated and Children with Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Initiative released a report in 2015 that exa mines the research on the impact on children of having an incarcerated parent. Conway and Jones wanted to evaluate the claims that CIP are “six times more likely” than other children to become justice-involved...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Mar 22 2016
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    Let Girls Be Girls

    This research report from the Urban Institute, Let Girls Be Girls , describes “how coercive sexual environments affect girls who live in disadvantaged communities and what we can do about it.” As noted in the report, there is a link between girls’ experiences with sexual and physical abuse in coersive sexual environments and their involvement in the criminal justice system, especially girls of color. Highlights from the report include: Some communities develop a pervasive Coercive...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Mar 15 2016
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