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    Motivational Interviewing: Join the Conversation

    It’s all about opening communication. It’s all about opening a pathway for the potential for change. It’s all about trying an alternative interaction style with offenders in the appropriate situation. Motivational Interviewing Basics Motivational Interviewing (MI) emerged out of the health/mental health services and substance abuse treatment milieu of the 1980’s. In those areas, it is an evidence-based practice used to address, and hopefully overcome, ambivalence toward personal...
  • 6917

    More Mentally Ill Persons are in Jails and Prisons than Hospitals: A Survey of the States

    by E. Fuller Torrey, Aaron D. Kennard, Don Enslinger, Richard Lamb, and James Pavle ABSTRACT: This report argues that "America's jails and prisons have become our new mental hospitals." Data gathered through the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are used to note the following points: Serious mentally ill persons are three times more likely to be found in jails or prisons than in mental hospitals; the percentage of serious...
  • 6642

    Introducing Corrections & Mental Health

    By Russ Immarigeon Introduction The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) welcomes you to Corrections & Mental Health , a new electronic resource covering correctional mental health practices. Corrections and mental health issues have long been intertwined. But only in recent decades have they come to the forefront of our attention, and, as recent reports note, they often come to us as a crisis. In Psychiatric Services , the monthly journal of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Marvin...
    Posted to Corrections & Mental Health by Tracey Vessels on Wed, Apr 6 2011
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  • 6436

    Inmate Behavior Management Reduces Misconducts and Grievances

    What is Inmate Behavior Management ? Simply put, it is when corrections officers don’t just observe inmates’ behavior, they manage it through the use of rewards, punishments, and sometimes compassion. Early results from an inmate behavior management program in Northampton County’s female unit show that they went from six misconducts in three month to just one. In Texas, a male block has seen about a 46% drop in misconducts and about a 28% drop in grievances. Could inmate behavior...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Billy on Fri, Jun 25 2010
  • 6423

    Are You A Leader Or A Lone Nut?

    Link to Video “What are the skills and attributes of an effective correctional leader and how can they be developed?” To answer this question, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Academy Division developed the Core Competencies Project. This project called on the expertise of a number of respected professionals in the leadership field to identify the qualities needed by effective leaders across a wide range of correctional agencies/organizations. After defining four levels...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Billy on Thu, Apr 22 2010
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  • 6305

    New to the NIC Website – Employment Retention Initiative

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new Projects page on NIC’s Employment Retention initiative. This webpage contains links to NIC library resources, trainings, videos, and to related websites on the subject of employment retention. Also, a new addition to the NIC library and linked to the Employment Retention webpage is a recording of the satellite broadcast: Offender Employment Retention: Worth the Work . This broadcast originally aired on November...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Nov 30 2011
  • 6121

    Six States Selected for NIC's 'Transition from Prison to Community' Initiative

    The National Institute of Corrections has selected Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming to participate in the next phase of the Transition from Prison to Community (TPC) Initiative. The TPC Model is a comprehensive systems approach to successfully return inmates to communities. NIC's project partners (The Center for Effective Public Policy and the Urban Institute) will provide technical assistance to these states during the next three years as they implement the TPC model...
  • 6091

    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
  • 6046

    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
  • 5999

    What Works in Assessing Sex Offender Recidivism Risk

    How does professional clinical judgment stack up against actuarial measures in assessing which sexual offenders will offend again? Canada's Public Safety department takes on this question in a new meta-analysis of evaluations. Results can be read in the report, The Accuracy of Recidivism Risk Assessments for Sexual Offenders: A Meta-Analysis .
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Feb 26 2007
  • 5973

    The "Most Punitive States for Women"

    Drawing data from a variety of sources, primarily Federally produced, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency has created a composite review of The Nation's Most Punitive States for Women . The factsheet provides state-by-state figures for women held in state prison or local jails, women on probation and parole, juvenile girls in custody, and an aggregate of total control.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 27 2007
  • 5965

    Newly Released - Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Center for Effective Public Policy are pleased to announce the release of NIC’s publication, Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences , a document authored by Madeline M. Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy and the Honorable Richard J. Sankovitz, Milwaukee County Circuit Court. This document can be accessed at . This publication augments the growing body of evidence...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Feb 26 2014
  • 5890

    Developing a Security Audit System: You Get What You Inspect

    The problem is that you are in your facility every day. Things you see on a daily basis look normal to you. The key to enhancing institutional security is to develop a system of internal security auditing that allows you to see the operations and facility through new eyes. The NIC Prisons Division’s “Conducting Security Audits” training program, one of several security-related resources offered, can do that for you. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) can help! NIC’s...
  • 5852

    Jail Reentry - Transition "Toolkit" Now Online

    The National Institute of Corrections and project partner the Urban Institute launched the Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) initiative in 2007. TJC efforts prepare and support jail inmates for a successful return to their communities. The TJC Implementation Toolkit is now online. This web-based learning resource guides local criminal justice agencies and community-based organizations through implementation of the TJC model, in whole or in part. Users of the toolkit can navigate through the...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Anonymous on Fri, May 7 2010
  • 5718

    Evidence-Based Ways to Avoid Prison Construction - What Works to Save Money?

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy, which last January gave us an extraordinary review of what works in adult correctional programs , now tackles the question of evidence-based options to reduce future need for prison beds in a new report, Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Future Prison Construction, Criminal Justice Costs, and Crime Rates .
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Nov 6 2006
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