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Live Training Broadcast - LGBTI Populations: Intake - Creating a Culture of Safety
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LGBTI Populations: Intake - Creating a Culture of Safety

Apr. 09, 2014 - Apr. 10, 2014--This 2-day, 6-hour live training broadcast is brought to you by the National Institute of Corrections and is intended to provide recommendations and good correctional practice examples to adult and juvenile justice agencies, to ensure a culture of respect and safety at intake for LGBTI populations and correctional staff.

9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT/ 12pm ET both days

Register Now at this Link (green button on the right)


Good correctional practice includes applying principles of risk based classification to all adult and juvenile offenders while accounting for unique characteristics and concerns of LGBTI and gender non-conforming populations. To ensure a culture of safety, it is important to identify these individuals at intake. A culture of safety includes everyone understanding and practicing respectful, appropriate and professional language.

Intake personnel function as the "gatekeepers" for correctional systems and facilities and are a critical component in the information gathering process. If information obtained at intake is inaccurate or misleading, it can have dire consequences and impact safety. Staff must have clear guidelines allowing for the consistent identification of LGBTI offenders and the collection of key information. Establishing good communication at intake is essential to obtain the necessary information for appropriate housing, medical and mental health referrals, programs, security level, and services in the community. During this broadcast we will demonstrate effective and professional communication with LGBTI offenders during intake and make recommendations to improve the intake process.


Using a variety of methods including on-air discussions and activities, demonstrations and skills practice, this interactive training broadcast is designed to:

  • Establish the relevance of initial information-gathering and how it impacts LGBTI populations from intake to successful reentry
  • Provide recommendations and good correctional practice examples to ensure a culture of respect and safety at intake for LGBTI populations and correctional staff
  • Provide practical examples and demonstrate professional communication with LGBTI populations at intake


This event is open to anyone interested in this topic but the following are highly encouraged to participate:

  • Leadership in adult and juvenile correctional agencies across disciplines and jurisdictions, including federal, state, local and tribal agencies from prisons, jails, and community corrections, including parole and probation
  • Intake and classification personnel
  • Medical and mental health service providers
  • LGBTI service and advocacy organizations
  • Police and sheriff's departments
  • PREA professionals
  • Agency legal counsel and policy developers
  • Correctional association members (ACA, AJA, APPA, etc.)
  • Crime Victim Service and Advocacy Groups
  • Reentry Coordinators and Collaboratives
  • Minority Health Initiatives and Coalitions
  • Privatized correctional facility leaders and staff

 Is Your Organization Looking for Answers to the Following Questions?

  • Is the information you are gathering at intake negatively affecting your ability to maintain safety for LGBTI individuals?
  • What strategies or practices do you use at intake to identify/classify LGBTI offenders?
  • Do you believe you are in compliance with PREA standards regarding LGBTI offenders at intake?
  • Does your organization have clear policies and procedures regarding intake of LGBTI individuals?
  • Does your intake policy and procedure address referral processes for LGBTI individuals with regards to for considerations surfaced during intake?
  • Do the agency employees who conduct initial screening and classification receive training regarding sensitivity in conducting interviews with LGBTI offenders?


Posted Wed, Mar 26 2014 4:31 PM by Leslie LeMaster
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