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    Evidence-Based Decision Making – An Example

    In June 2008, NIC partnered with the Center for Effective Public Policy to build a system wide framework (arrest through final disposition and discharge) that when implemented will result in more collaborative, evidence-based decision making and practices in local criminal justice systems. This project is now in Phase III implementation and the Framework ( A Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems ) is beginning to produce results. An example, from one of seven...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 13 2011
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    New in the Library – Essential Skills for New Supervisors

    Now available in the NIC Library, “ Essential Skills for New Supervisors ” focuses on developing new skills and competencies while making the transition from line staff to supervisor. Contents include: A 3-hour training program, broadcast September 15, 2010, shows how to use the newly developed DVD series curriculum from the National Institute of Corrections, titled “Self-Directed Essential Skills for New Supervisors”. This is a training program designed to be taken by one...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Dec 21 2011
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    EBDM Teams Move to Phase III

    Beginning February 21, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be hosting the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Phase III Kick-off workshop in Aurora, CO. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the groundwork for the seven Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice System sites to facilitate successful implementation of their change strategies during Phase III of the Initiative. Plenary presentations will cover topics such as: expectations...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Jan 25 2012
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    New in the Library - APEX: Building the Model and Beginning the Journey

    Building the Model and Beginning the Journey is the first book in the APEX series for Achieving Performance Excellence, providing an overview of the APEX Journey—a roadmap for correctional agencies to use as they begin an organizational change initiative. Each of the eight domains in the APEX Public Safety Model is described. The Leadership domain focuses on how leaders can responsibly guide their organization and staff while maintaining public safety. The Organizational Culture domain looks...
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    New in the Library – T4C Research

    This brief list of resources, Thinking for a Change and Cognitive-Behavioral Programs , contains research supporting Thinking for a Change as well as some CBT programs for offenders generally. The Thinking for a Change: An Integrated Approach to Changing Offender Behavior (T4C) curriculum, developed by Barry Glick, Jack Bush, and Juliana Taymans in cooperation with NIC, “uses a combination of approaches to increase offenders’ awareness of themselves and others. It integrates cognitive...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Mon, Feb 6 2012
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    Updated and Improved – Corrections Statistics by State!

    Looking for the latest statistics for your state’s crime or incarceration rate? See the NIC’s Corrections Statistics by State . In addition to an interactive map to select the state of your choice, you can view the state statistics in a table format and easily compare your state with others. Jails, prisons, and community corrections data are included for each state. State statistics are provided for: Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate Incarceration Rate Number of Probationers Number...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Feb 9 2012
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    New to the NIC Website – LGBTI Resources

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new Topic page containing resources and materials on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Offenders . This web page has been developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to correctional agencies regarding the safe and respectful management of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) offenders. Relying on a best practices approach, this information will enable corrections...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Mon, Feb 13 2012
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    Colorado Chief Justice Bender Welcomes EBDM Kickoff Meeting Participants

    Starting off a three-day event, the Honorable Michael L. Bender, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, welcomed participants to the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Phase III Kickoff Meeting. He discussed the importance of using evidence-based practices, particularly evidence-based sentencing, to “solve problems” in the criminal justice system . For Colorado, Justice Bender cited examples of EBPs included in statutes on sentencing and pre-sentence...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Feb 22 2012
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    Are you ready? Prison and Jail Emergencies

    Earlier this week a tragic fire occurred in a prison in central Honduras, killing more than 300 inmates. Over half of the facility was impacted by the fire and although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, the Comayagua prison administrators were immediately suspended. These type of tragedies can be planned for and hopefully avoided in most cases. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) provides resources on preparing and responding to prison or jail emergencies. The publications are...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Fri, Feb 17 2012
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    New in the Library – National Institute of Corrections Report to the Nation FY 2011

    Each year the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) releases a new Report to the Nation . This year the report focuses on four key areas: Reaching Out, Supporting Corrections in the Field, Training Corrections Leaders for the Future, and Information Resources for the Field. Highlights from Morris Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections: One of our greatest achievements continues to be our ability to provide quality services to the field with a relatively small federal budget and staff...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Feb 22 2012
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    New in the Library – Motivational Interviewing in Corrections

    Motivational Interviewing in Corrections is the first in a set of two resource manuals for supporting the initial implementation of motivational interviewing in correctional settings. The book begins with a brief history of motivational interviewing (MI) and then explores how MI fits in corrections. Also covered are fundamental issues related to the implementation of MI such as: • How MI is learned • How supervisors and coaches can support MI skills in staff • How to work differently...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Mar 8 2012
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    NIC Director Morris Thigpen Announces Retirement

    During National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board meeting on April 2, 2012, Director Morris L. Thigpen, Sr. announced his intention to retire at the end of this calendar year. He announced the decision 9 months in advance of his retirement date to provide a sufficient period, if the Attorney General approves, for the advisory board to conduct a national search for his replacement. Director Thigpen will continue to provide the leadership and guidance that the field has come to expect since he...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Anonymous on Mon, Apr 9 2012
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    New to the NIC Website – LGBTI Medical & Mental Health Resources

    In addition to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Offenders topic page, the National Institute of Corrections website now contains a topic page devoted to the medical and mental health needs of LGBTI offenders. This web page has been developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to correctional agencies regarding the management of medical and mental health needs, issues, and risk factors for the LGBTI offender population. Highlighted on the web page is the recently...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Thu, Apr 12 2012
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    Corrections and Mental Health Update

    New articles have been posted to NIC's Corrections and Mental Health Update , a blog covering mental health practices. The new articles cluster around two themes: Involuntary Medication, and Ethical and Legal Issues Concerning the Mentally Ill in Corrections. The main feature, “ Psychiatric Medication Adherence Among People Who Are Incarcerated: What Do We Know ?” is based on research by and interviews with Dr. Deborah Shelton at the West Virginia University School of Nursing, Morgantown...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Tracey Vessels on Thu, Apr 12 2012
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    New in the Library – Developing Motivational Interviewing Skills

    Exercises for Developing MI Skills in Corrections is the second in a set of two resource manuals for supporting the initial implementation of motivational interviewing in correctional settings. This publication presents “scenarios that agents commonly encounter in their efforts to monitor and reinforce court/parole/institutional conditions and address clients’ central eight criminogenic needs”. The manual also considers the learning tasks of MI in relation to the eight principles...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, May 1 2012
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