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    Thinking for a Change (T4C) certified facilitator credential now available!

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is pleased to announce the availability of the Thinking for a Change Certified Facilitator (T4C-CF) credential . In partnership with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) and the authors of the program, after much effort, NIC has worked to provide correctional professionals with a tool that measures the standard of excellence for the effective facilitation of the Thinking for a Change program with offender populations. Now, the much anticipated...
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    Change Talk: Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Jail Programs

    By Jamie Allen, Offender Services Manager, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, Louisville, Kentucky Allen writes, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) recently embarked upon a journey to change its program model to incorporate evidence-based practices and knowledge of “what works” nationally in the field of corrections. For years, our program model has included educational instruction and testing, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses, and spiritual groups...
    Posted to National Jail Exchange by Susan Powell on Fri, May 27 2011
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    Policy and Practice Briefs: Failure

    Failure haunts mental health-related aspects of corrections policy and practice, as it does other areas of criminal justice and corrections policy and practice. Yet failure is rarely featured in most conversations about criminal justice or mental health programming. Or when failure is raised, it is rarely explored. In mid-July 2010, Greg Berman of the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) wrote the following note to Douglas Berman, the unrelated editor of an influential legal blog on sentencing practices...
    Posted to Corrections & Mental Health by Tracey Vessels on Wed, Mar 2 2011
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    Welcome to Corrections & Mental Health

    by Morris L. Thigpen In recent years, an increasing number of persons with mental illness, including those who have co -occurring substance abuse disorders, have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Some estimates suggest that as many as two million men and women with mental health problems are involved with our country's community corrections, jail, and prison systems. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is highly concerned with the health and mental well-being both of...
    Posted to Corrections & Mental Health by Billy on Thu, Mar 3 2011
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    Safety of Women in Prisons and Jails

    A recently posted report, funded by the National Institute of Justice, extensively examines violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. Gendered Violence and Safety: A Contextual Approach to Improving Security in Women's Facilities reports on survey findings, as well as focus groups with both female inmates and staff, to examine "the context and correlates of both violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. The data support our original hypothesis that sexual...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Jan 22 2009
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    Education - A Key to Lowering Incarceration Rates?

    In this report from the Justice Policy Institute, researchers summarize "recent findings on what is known about educational attainment as it relates to crime trends and public safety." Studies cited include a paper published in the American Economic Review, and the Alliance for Excellent Education's 2006 report, Saving Futures, Saving Dollars : The Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. Among findings noted is that "a 5 percent increase in male high school graduation...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Sep 4 2007
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    Services Significantly Reduce Recidivism for Women Offenders

    A recent survey showing an 83 percent reduction in recidivism for impoverished female offenders who received supportive services is only one of the valuable findings in “ Employment and Female Offenders: An Update of the Empirical Research ”.  This November 2010 bulletin is the latest National Institute of Corrections issue in the “ Gender-Responsive Strategies for Women Offenders ” series.  Correctional practitioners at the administrative level will find this bulletin useful in defining...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by maureenb on Fri, Dec 3 2010
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    New to the NIC Website – Information Technology and Data Management Resources

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website, you will find collection of Popular Topics pages on Information Technology and Data Management . Specifically focused on IT in Corrections, these webpages contain links to NIC library resources, videos, and to related websites on the topic. The webpages include: Information Technology – Finding the Big Picture Data Collection and Analysis Data Storage Administrative: Operations, Skills, Security, Policy and Procedures
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Dec 18 2013
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    Build Your Agency's Senior Level Leader Cadre Through NIC's Blended Correctional Leadership Development (CLD)!

    Looking to build your cadre of Senior Level Leaders as you face succession planning challenges? The check out NIC's Blended Correctional Leadership Development (CLD) series! What is blended CLD? It's a "blend" of training and development strategies (face to face sessions, distance work via the web, e-course work, Virtual Instructor Led (VILT) sessions, one on one coaching and more!) that takes place over a year. It's targeted to develop correction's agencies senior level...
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    Factoring in Treatment Dropouts

    An important issue in research on the effectiveness of correctional treatment programs is the tricky influence of non-completers on research outcomes. The Correctional Service of Canada has just posted two studies addressing dropouts: Estimating Risk of Dropout and Expulsion from Correctional Programs, and The Heterogeneity of Treatment Non-Completers . Also newly posted are two program evaluations: An Examination of the Effectiveness of the Violence Prevention Program , and The "In Search of...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Jan 9 2007
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    Release Planning for Successful Reentry, A Guide

    New from the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center is Release Planning for Successful Reentry : A Guide for Corrections, Service Providers, and Community Groups. The guide covers release planning's role, key components of a release plan, and opportunities and challenges of release planning. Appendixes include case studies and a state-by-state "scan of practice." Also new from the Urban Institute are two Reentry Mapping Briefs, one on the future of justice mapping, and the other...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Oct 9 2008
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    Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women

    The series, Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women , is designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders, who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community. The TIPSHEETS are an important resource for staff to use as a component of their ongoing discussions with the woman during her reentry planning process, and as a reminder of discussions and plans that have been identified during her period...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Wed, Apr 27 2016
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    New to the NIC Website – Gangs

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new Topic page containing resources on Gangs and Security Threat Groups . This web page provides a wide variety of resources on prison gangs, youth gangs, gangs and reentry, and basics about slang words, clothing, tattoos and more. New publications on the topic include: Highlights of the 2010 National Youth Gang Survey Security Threat Group Prevention, Identification and Management Strategy See Topic page: Gangs and...
    Posted to NIC News & Updates by Susan Powell on Tue, Sep 18 2012
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    Violence Prediction - In the Institution, and After Release

    How well do risk assessment tools predict institutional violence or violent recidivism? Once again, Canada's Public Safety department takes a thoughtful look at an important question. In the newly posted report, Assessing the Utility of Risk Assessment Tools and Personality Measures in the Prediction of Violent Recidivism for Adult Offenders , authors Campbell, French, and Gendreau conduct a meta-analysis of studies examining the effectiveness of tools such as the LSI-R, VRAG, SIR, HCR-20,and...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 27 2007
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    A Cogent Look at Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation

    A new report from James Bonta and D.A. Andrews, Risk-Need-Responsivity Model for Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation , reviews the evolution of offender assessment instruments and rehabilitation theories. Looking at the role of the risk-need-responsivity model, the authors explain "why some interventions work and others do not."
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Oct 18 2007
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