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    The Bail Trap

    By Nick Pinto This recent article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine highlights the discussion of bail reform and the need for pretrial release programs in the criminal justice system. The article follows just a few of the arrestees that are arraigned in Brooklyn’s Criminal Courthouse everyday. From the article: On average, a couple of hundred cases pass through Brooklyn’s arraignment courtrooms every day, and the public defenders who handle the overwhelming majority of those cases...
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    New NIC Resources on Inmate Behavior Management

    Managing inmate behavior is the core function of jails. But jails often have tended to focus on the physical containment of inmates (“care, custody, and control”) rather than developing the ability to actively supervise inmates and manage their behavior. Many problems commonly associated with jails are allowed to occur because staff lack the skills for productive personal interaction, an understanding of what motivates inmate behavior, and the ability to leverage incentives and disincentives...
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    NIC Assesses Jail’s Mental Health Issues

    The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) regularly provides Technical Assistance to respond directly to the needs, problems, and individual requirements of state and local correctional agencies. This article provides a brief look at an NIC assessment of how the McLean County Jail handles mentally ill inmates. It also links to an excellent podcast with NIC Consultants Ken Ray and Mark Goldman and Sheriff Mike Emery. During this interview various topics were discussed such as: why NIC is there;...
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    Applying New Vulnerability Assessment Tools in Hennepin County

    Submitted by Captain Mike Wresh, Commander, Hennepin County Detention Division, Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2007 LJN Exchange. Summary A Correctional Vulnerability Assessment is different from security audits in several ways, because a CVA considers three dimensions of the correctional setting: physical plant, technology, and operations. In 2006, 12 county jails received a week of training that introduced a powerful new risk management tool developed by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)...
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