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    Window on Correctional Practice: Institutional Fire Drills

    I have been in many jails and prisons. Thankfully, I’ve never been in a facility during or immediately after a fire, even a small one. But I’ve seen videos, news reports, and analyses of facility fires with fatalities. When you review all these resources, there is one significant conclusion: bad things happened because “things” (buildings and physical systems) and people don’t function as they expected. The goal of a fire safety plan, which includes realistic fire evacuation...
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    Saving Money on Regional Inmate Transportation: The “Northwest Shuttle” Story

    By Lee Eby, Administrative Lieutenant, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, Oregon City, Oregon The Northwest Shuttle system is a cooperative effort across the states in the American northwest to move prisoners expeditiously and economically from one jurisdiction to another. By sharing resources between sheriff’s offices and state corrections agencies, participating agencies save tax dollars that would otherwise be used to conduct costly extraditions. The shuttle links agencies...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Thu, Jul 25 2013
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    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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    Putting the Pieces Together with Evidence-Based Practices

    The new title Putting the Pieces Together: Practical Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices is now available at the NIC Information Center Library . From the Forward by Director Morris L. Thigpen: Now that the term “evidence-based practice” (EBP) has become part of the professional dialogue about corrections across the country, it seems that many jurisdictions have gone beyond merely disseminating knowledge about EBP to actually applying evidence-based principles in the...
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    Motivational Interviewing e-course

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is pleased to announce a brand new e-course, now available at NIC's Learning Center . "Motivational Interviewing (MI): Overview" provides an overview of MI as it may be applied in a correctional setting. By using specific techniques and applying MI, corrections professionals can help increase offenders' motivation to make changes in their lives that will reduce their likelihood of re-offending. This course is a self-study orientation course...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by michaelguevara on Thu, Nov 15 2012
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    Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Instruments and Research on Batterer Intervention Programs

    The National Institute of Corrections has released two (2) reports that provide an overview of domestic violence risk assessment instruments and a guide to understanding research findings on batterer intervention programs. Among the issues examined in the overview are generalized third generation assessment tools vs. offense-specific instruments, how to select an assessment instrument, and the most commonly used assessment instruments in the U.S.. The second report looks at research examining the...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, Dec 19 2008
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    Keeping Your Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Going Strong

    by Michael R. Jones, Senior Project Associate, Pretrial Justice Institute, Washington, D.C. What makes some local criminal justice coordinating committees (CJCCs) so effective? Mike Jones discusses three key components that underpin teams that work especially well in developing effective solutions that make a big difference. He also highlights the formation of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Network, a BJA-supported community formed to share knowledge and ideas. CJCCs can be a very effective...
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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 - Addressing Sexual Violence Against Youth in Custody

    Now available in the NIC Library, “ Addressing Sexual Violence Against Youth in Custody: Youth Workers’ Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Violence in Juvenile Justice Settings ” is a first step in reaching out to staff in juvenile justice settings to help them identify, address, and appropriately respond to incidents of sexual abuse by staff or between youth. Chapters include: The Landscape of Juvenile Justice Agencies. Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody. Youth in Custody...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Mar 6 2013
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    Johnson County Sheriff – The Social Media Experiment

    By Tom Erickson, Master Deputy, Public Information Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Olathe, Kansas The Johnson County, KS Sheriff’s Office has fully embraced the use of on-line social media as a way to inform the public and to educate them about the jail and other sheriff’s office operations. In addition to their own experience, this article written by a master deputy in the public information office also discusses why jails should expand their communications into the online...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Tue, Oct 9 2012
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    Maureen Buell on “Working with Women Offenders in the Community”

    A newly published book, Working with Women Offenders in the Community, by Rosemary Sheehan, Gill McIvor, and Chris Trotter , features a chapter co-authored by Maureen Buell, NIC Correctional Program Specialist. Contributions to this book challenge policy-makers and corrections systems to concentrate more on community provision for women offenders and resist popular calls for more punitive responses to all offenders, women included. See especially chapter 3 “Policy Developments in the USA”...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by S. Cairns on Thu, May 12 2011
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    What Contributes to Recidivism?

    The Urban Institute has released a double whammy examining factors contributing to recidivism. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Massachusetts Recidivism Study contains three interrelated study components addressed in two new reports. Massachusetts Recidivism Study: A Closer Look at Releases and Returns to Prison analyzes DOC administrative data and recidivism on a variety of statistical and demographic fronts. Its companion report, Reincarcerated: The...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, May 1 2008
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    Award-Winning Report on Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates

    A hot correctional topic was one of the ten winners of the National Conference of State Legislatures' 2006 Notable Document Awards. From Pennsylvania, the Report of the Advisory Committee on Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates extensively examines such areas as health care, hospice, mental health, and geriatric and life-sentenced inmates.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Oct 16 2006
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    PEW State-by-State Study Reveals 40% Recidivism Rate

    A recently released report from The PEW Center on the States entitled, State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons , cites the ongoing issue of high recidivism rates despite the funding of over $50 billion per year on corrections. A key component of this study is a comprehensive survey of recidivism on an individual state level, revealing wide differences in recidivism rates. From the executive summary: 43.3 percent of those sent home from prison in 2004 were reincarcerated...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Susan Powell on Mon, Apr 18 2011
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    New to the NIC Website – Affordable Care Act and Corrections

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website is our new web page focusing on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implications and opportunities it provides for Corrections. Topic areas covered on this page include: Enrollment, Funding and Budgets, Mental Health and Policies. Example resources from the ACA page : Implications of the Affordable Care Act on People Involved with the Criminal Justice System - The Council of State Governments County Jails and the Affordable Care Act...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Mar 18 2014
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