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February 2012 - NIC News & Updates

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    New in the Library – National Institute of Corrections Report to the Nation FY 2011

    Each year the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) releases a new Report to the Nation . This year the report focuses on four key areas: Reaching Out, Supporting Corrections in the Field, Training Corrections Leaders for the Future, and Information Resources for the Field. Highlights from Morris Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections: One of our greatest achievements continues to be our ability to provide quality services to the field with a relatively small federal budget and staff...
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    Colorado Chief Justice Bender Welcomes EBDM Kickoff Meeting Participants

    Starting off a three-day event, the Honorable Michael L. Bender, Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, welcomed participants to the Evidence Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Phase III Kickoff Meeting. He discussed the importance of using evidence-based practices, particularly evidence-based sentencing, to “solve problems” in the criminal justice system . For Colorado, Justice Bender cited examples of EBPs included in statutes on sentencing and pre-sentence...
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    Are you ready? Prison and Jail Emergencies

    Earlier this week a tragic fire occurred in a prison in central Honduras, killing more than 300 inmates. Over half of the facility was impacted by the fire and although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, the Comayagua prison administrators were immediately suspended. These type of tragedies can be planned for and hopefully avoided in most cases. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) provides resources on preparing and responding to prison or jail emergencies. The publications are...
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    New to the NIC Website – LGBTI Resources

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new Topic page containing resources and materials on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Offenders . This web page has been developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to correctional agencies regarding the safe and respectful management of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) offenders. Relying on a best practices approach, this information will enable corrections...
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    Updated and Improved – Corrections Statistics by State!

    Looking for the latest statistics for your state’s crime or incarceration rate? See the NIC’s Corrections Statistics by State . In addition to an interactive map to select the state of your choice, you can view the state statistics in a table format and easily compare your state with others. Jails, prisons, and community corrections data are included for each state. State statistics are provided for: Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate Incarceration Rate Number of Probationers Number...
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    New in the Library – T4C Research

    This brief list of resources, Thinking for a Change and Cognitive-Behavioral Programs , contains research supporting Thinking for a Change as well as some CBT programs for offenders generally. The Thinking for a Change: An Integrated Approach to Changing Offender Behavior (T4C) curriculum, developed by Barry Glick, Jack Bush, and Juliana Taymans in cooperation with NIC, “uses a combination of approaches to increase offenders’ awareness of themselves and others. It integrates cognitive...
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