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Available to download at the NIC Information Center Library, “Special Challenges Facing Parole” is the fourth title in the NIC series, Parole Essentials: Practical Guides for Parole Leaders. 

From the Forward by Director Morris L. Thigpen:

Paroling authorities play a critical role within correctional systems across the nation, making thousands024200 of decisions about the timing of release from prison for a significant number of offenders each year. They set conditions of release and respond to violations of post release supervision for many thousands more. Recognizing this critical role, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is engaged in a major initiative to develop practical resources useful to parole board chairs, members, and their executive staff. In 2008, this initiative sponsored the development of the Comprehensive Framework for Paroling Authorities in an Era of Evidence-Based Practices by Nancy Campbell (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, 2008). This Framework provides a broad overview of how parole’s role is, and should be, changing to meet the challenges facing corrections as it looks forward to the second decade of the 21st century. Training curricula and delivery, along with technical assistance, have also been made available.


As part of this initiative, NIC has commissioned the development of a series of five papers, entitled Parole Essentials: Practical Guides for Parole Leaders. This series builds upon the Framework, providing concrete guidance toward implementing the principles it outlines. The series is envisioned as an informative set of products focused on the unique challenges facing parole leaders and designed to assist them in honing their skills further, defining roles and responsibilities, and supporting effective practice. This document, Special Challenges Facing Parole, is the fourth of the series, and is intended to provide basic contextual information that will be helpful to parole board members as they address challenging populations and transition/reentry issues.

Also in the Series:

Core Competencies: A Resource for Parole Board Chairs, Members, and Executive Staff

Evidence-Based Policy, Practice, and Decisionmaking: Implications for Paroling Authorities

Paroling Authorities’ Strategic Planning and Management for Results

The Future of Parole as a Key Partner in Assuring Public Safety




Posted Thu, Sep 15 2011 9:07 AM by Susan Powell
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