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    Serving Time Cafe In Utah provides Inmate Job Training

    The Serving Time Cafe is operated by Utah Correctional Industries and is located next to the Utah State Prison. The cafe opened on December 7, 2009. The employees are a combination of inmate employees and staff. Many of the female inmates who work in the cafe have earned vocational certificates in culinary arts through Davis Applied Technology College. They are involved in most facets of running the restaurant. Inmates create the menu, order supplies, wash dishes, cook, and serve the food. Working...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Jan 5 2016
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    In the News: Women in Oklahoma Prisons

    This series of articles by Joy Hampton, published in The Norman Transcript, focuses on women in Oklahoma’s prisons, their offenses and their families. Recent articles: Mean laws or mean women? Examining how the state deals with women’s criminal offenses. Bassett tales of redemption . How women are giving back to society with the Friends for Folks dog training program. Somebody's daughter: Every woman serving time is someone's child . About women in prison and their families. Children...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 29 2015
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    Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison

    Hallam Centre for Community Justice and Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families released a report last month, funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, which examines the services available to mothers and babies in the prison system in England. While the report focuses on the correctional system in Great Britain, it does have relevance for prisons in the United States that either already have Mother and Baby Units or are considering adding them. In the British system women who are pregnant...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Dec 22 2015
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    In the News: New Executive Director Named by APPA

    In a recent announcement by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) , Veronica Ballard Cunningham, a 35-year veteran of pretrial, probation and parole systems in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois, has been appointed as the new Executive Director for APPA. She officially takes the helm on January 4, 2016. Ms. Cunningham has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University. She is currently the Director for New Orleans Pretrial Services, a demonstration project through...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Dec 16 2015
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    Recently Released: Fact Sheet on Incarcerated Women and Girls

    From The Sentencing Project this December 2015 fact sheet, Incarcerated Women and Girls , provides “data on the increase in the number of women and girls in the justice system over time and highlights important differences between men and women in prison as well as boys and girls in the juvenile justice system.” Highlights from the report: Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. Though...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 15 2015
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    New to the NIC Website: Sex Offender Resources

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new page for Sex Offenders resources. This collection of resources is intended to provide a broad overview of current research and trends in the management and treatment of sex offenders. The page highlights resources on sex offenders specific to corrections, reentry, juveniles, and females. It includes links to webinars on managing sex offenders, the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Wed, Dec 9 2015
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    In the News: States Grapple with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

    A recent article from The PEW Charitable Trusts, States Grapple with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System , discusses how juvenile girls often have more complex needs than boys and the challenge that brings to states and localities. Highlights from the article include: Male juvenile offenders still greatly outnumber females. But while the arrest rate for juveniles has declined over the past two decades, it has not fallen as sharply for girls as it has for boys. And minority girls are twice as likely...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 8 2015
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    In the News: We should stop putting women in jail. For anything.

    A recent Washington Post article, We should stop putting women in jail. For anything. , leads with the “radical idea” to stop incarcerating women and close down women’s prisons and refers to a movement in Britain to do just that. The alternative to jailing women could model Britain’s approach where advocates “propose community sentences for nonviolent offenders and housing violent offenders in small custodial centers near their families.” Example programs in the...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 1 2015
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    States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context

    Mass incarceration in the United States is a hot topic in the news. The United States incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents. That number is higher than any other country in the world. Most of those incarcerated are men, but hidden in the incarceration numbers are the number of women held in correctional facilities. The Prison Policy Initiative released a new report that compares the incarceration rate of women in individual U.S. states to other countries. This report, States of Women's...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Elizabeth on Tue, Nov 24 2015
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    New in the Library – Safeguarding the Rights of Girls in the Criminal Justice System

    From the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Safeguarding the Rights of Girls in the Criminal Justice System , provides an international view on how “girls who fall victim to violence often find themselves criminalized, which can lead, in turn, to further violence against them in the criminal justice system.” Sections of the report include: Factors contributing to the vulnerability of girls in the criminal justice system; Gender...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Nov 10 2015
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    JRSA Webinar - Key Topics in Pretrial Justice

    The Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA) is presenting this upcoming free webinar on key topics in pretrial justice. The JRSA is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers. Webinar Description: This 90-minute interactive webinar will provide relevant information on the most important topics in pretrial justice today. Recent developments in risk assessment and risk management, money bail, states' law changes and litigation...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by S. Cairns on Wed, Nov 4 2015
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    New in the Library - Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women

    From the National Institute of Justice, Victim and Victimization Research Division, the Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2014 , is updated annually to give researchers and support providers easier access to recent evidence-based findings. The Compendium includes an abstract of each grant research study with details on how to find further publications. Sections of the Compendium include topics such as: Justice & Related Systems - Victim Services; Definition & Measurement...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Nov 3 2015
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    Message from NIC’s Director on the Affordable Care Act

    Studies show that persons with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders are over-represented in jails and prisons around the country. Additionally, research reveals that there are hundreds of thousands of justice –involved individuals who have a drug, mental health, or associated treatment need that went unmet. The Affordable Care Act is a potential game-changer for the criminal justice populations as it provides opportunities for many justice-involved individuals to gain access to healthcare...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Fri, Oct 30 2015
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    In the News: Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait

    A recent Washington Post opinion written by Kimberle Crenshaw, Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait , discusses the continued importance of intersectionality, particularly for women and girls of color. The term, Intersectionality , was coined by Crenshaw to illustrate “how black women were often marginalized by both feminist and anti-racist movements because their concerns did not fit comfortably within either group.” In her 2012 article, From Private Violence to Mass Incarceration...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Oct 27 2015
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    NIC Broadcast Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge Now Available!

    Greetings! Hepatitis C in Corrections: Innovations in Treatment and Management of a Public Health Challenge is now avaiable for viewing on the NIC website at this link http://nicic.gov/library/030028 You can also order a DVD from the NIC Information Center by using the HelpDesk feature located on that page or by calling 1-800-877-1461.
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Leslie LeMaster on Mon, Oct 26 2015
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