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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
  • 5212

    National Study of Jail Suicide: 20 Years Later

    Lindsay M. Hayes is the author of National Study of Jail Suicides: 20 Years Later , available for download from the NIC website. Summary Introducing a shorter summary of the study's findings, Hayes writes: Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death in jails across the country and the rate of suicide in county jails is estimated to be several times greater than that of the general population. In September, 2006, the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) entered into a cooperative...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Tue, Mar 22 2011
  • 5201

    Manage Aging and Geriatric Offenders—What You Need to Know!

    This was a 3-hour interactive broadcast on options and strategies for containing your current costs for managing aging prisoners. We provided information about programs and approaches that increase security and safety for this vulnerable population. Whether you are beginning to plan or are already working with fully stand-alone units, the information in this session will spark new ideas and show you how facilities across the nation are addressing this growing issue. Order the DVD here.
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Billy on Wed, Mar 10 2010
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  • 5190

    Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women – Webinar Recording

    If you missed the live Webinar, don’t miss these four informative presentations on women and trauma. “ Addressing the Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health Challenges, and Substance Use ” is the second webinar in the series, The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Government’s Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women, hosted by The Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee . Webinar presentations include: Women and Violence Study: Trauma Services in Public...
  • 5115

    Returning Home: How Can Reentry Be Improved?

    The Urban Institute has been examining reintegration issues in a series of in depth reports, Returning Home : Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. A new release, One Year Out : Experiences of Prisoners Returning to Cleveland, details the challenges offenders face in real life and identifies factors associated with reintegration success and failure.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Apr 26 2007
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  • 5074

    New in the Library: Women’s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them

    Presented at the UNAFEI (United Nations Asia and Far East Institute) International Senior Seminar in February 2013, Women’s Risk Factors and New Treatments/Interventions for Addressing Them: Evidence-Based Interventions in the United States and Canada by Patricia Van Voorhis, describes assessments of female offenders used by correctional agencies and the programs and resources provided by these agencies to meet female offenders' needs. Highlighted from the paper: Between 1977 and 2004,...
  • 5061

    Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives

    A new report, issued by Justice Strategies and commissioned by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, will be presented today at a hearing before the Colorado legislative Judiciary Committees. While addressed to the Colorado audience, Reducing Recidivism: A Review of Effective State Initiatives discusses efforts and evaluative research in several states, with particular emphasis on Maryland's Proactive Community Supervision program.
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, Apr 27 2009
  • 5037

    What Works/Does Not Work in Reentry

    As Federal, state, and local governments look toward reentry programming as a means to improve outcomes for prisoners returning to the community, researchers are beginning to produce results regarding the effectiveness of these efforts. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has just posted an extensive review of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Community Orientation and Reintegration (COR) program, research done by Linda G. Smith and Denise R. Suttle of the International...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, May 28 2008
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  • 5001

    'Culture' is Not Just Something Found in Yogurt

    In the dynamic profession of corrections, organizations must adapt to many different challenges. This necessitates defining, planning, and strategically managing an agency's mission and goals. This can not be accomplished effectively without a thorough examination and understanding of the elements that make up its organizational culture. "Organizational culture is defined as the values, assumptions, and beliefs that people in an organization hold that 'drive the way they think and behave...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Jun 7 2007
  • 4999

    Managing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Inmates: Is Your Jail Ready?

    Submitted by Donald L. Leach, II, Ph.D., Senior Administrative Officer, Lexington/Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington, Kentucky, for the 2007 LJN Exchange . What unique challenges do lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) inmates pose for jail operations? What do jail leaders and staff need to know in order to appropriately manage these people with safety and respect? Accurate language and terminology, physical and gender identity factors, and an understanding of medical...
  • 4953

    National Directory of Programs for Women Offenders Now Online

    The National Institute of Corrections, in partnership with the Women's Prison Association , has developed an online directory of programs for women offenders. This nationwide resource provides profiles of programs and services for women at all stages of criminal justice involvement, both in correctional facilities and in the community. Link here to view the National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement . Click on the "Contact" tab on any page of the Directory...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Anonymous on Thu, Aug 6 2009
  • 4872

    ACA’s Core Jail Standards Focus on the Basics

    By Rod Miller, CRS, Inc. and Connie Clem Looking for more information or accreditation on ACA’s Core Jail Standards? Miller’s article covers several key questions around the development and validation of the Core Jail Standards. • What are the Core Jail Standards? • Why do we need jail standards? • Why do we need the new Core Jail Standards? • Who developed the Core Jail Standards? • What makes a standard “core”? The article also includes: comparisons...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Tue, Dec 27 2011
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  • 4841

    Do You Have the 'Right Stuff' to Lead and Manage Your Agency?

    The skills and abilities correctional leaders must possess to direct and manage the operations of their agencies/organizations are especially relevant now given the changing nature of technologies, workforce demographics, the legislative environment, and public opinion. In recognition of the need for executives and supervisors to have a clear and purposeful understanding of the tasks, responsibilities and collaborative nature of their positions, the National Institute of Corrections Academy and Special...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, Feb 23 2007
  • 4837

    What Works With Juvenile Offenders? Plus, A Major Report on Sex Offenders

    The Washington State Institute for Public Policy has done it again, this time with a newly-posted report documenting six juvenile programs identified as evidence-based. Evidence-Based Juvenile Offender Programs: Program Description, Quality Assurance, and Cost includes brief program descriptions, cost per participant, plus citations to the research leading to the evidence-based designation. Separately, a hat tip to Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy , who further credits the Sex Crimes blog...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Sep 13 2007
  • 4795

    Ada County’s Sheriff’s Office Employee Satisfaction Survey: Incorporating Employee Feedback in Decision-Making

    Summary: Being fully aware that employees are reluctant to provide honest feedback to the agency, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office implemented an Employee Satisfaction Survey in 2004. The initial survey was given to employees in written form, with the result that fewer than half of the agency employees participated. Recognizing the importance of gathering input from all employees – not just the naturally vocal ones – the Ada County Sheriff’s Office developed a method of gathering...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Mon, Apr 25 2011
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