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December 2015 - NIC News & Updates

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    In the News: Women in Oklahoma Prisons

    This series of articles by Joy Hampton, published in The Norman Transcript, focuses on women in Oklahoma’s prisons, their offenses and their families. Recent articles: Mean laws or mean women? Examining how the state deals with women’s criminal offenses. Bassett tales of redemption . How women are giving back to society with the Friends for Folks dog training program. Somebody's daughter: Every woman serving time is someone's child . About women in prison and their families. Children...
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    Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison

    Hallam Centre for Community Justice and Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families released a report last month, funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust, which examines the services available to mothers and babies in the prison system in England. While the report focuses on the correctional system in Great Britain, it does have relevance for prisons in the United States that either already have Mother and Baby Units or are considering adding them. In the British system women who are pregnant...
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    In the News: New Executive Director Named by APPA

    In a recent announcement by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) , Veronica Ballard Cunningham, a 35-year veteran of pretrial, probation and parole systems in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois, has been appointed as the new Executive Director for APPA. She officially takes the helm on January 4, 2016. Ms. Cunningham has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University. She is currently the Director for New Orleans Pretrial Services, a demonstration project through...
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    Recently Released: Fact Sheet on Incarcerated Women and Girls

    From The Sentencing Project this December 2015 fact sheet, Incarcerated Women and Girls , provides “data on the increase in the number of women and girls in the justice system over time and highlights important differences between men and women in prison as well as boys and girls in the juvenile justice system.” Highlights from the report: Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. Though...
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    New to the NIC Website: Sex Offender Resources

    Recently added to the National Institute of Corrections website, you will find a new page for Sex Offenders resources. This collection of resources is intended to provide a broad overview of current research and trends in the management and treatment of sex offenders. The page highlights resources on sex offenders specific to corrections, reentry, juveniles, and females. It includes links to webinars on managing sex offenders, the Sex Offender Management Assessment and Planning Initiative (SOMAPI...
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    In the News: States Grapple with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

    A recent article from The PEW Charitable Trusts, States Grapple with Girls in the Juvenile Justice System , discusses how juvenile girls often have more complex needs than boys and the challenge that brings to states and localities. Highlights from the article include: Male juvenile offenders still greatly outnumber females. But while the arrest rate for juveniles has declined over the past two decades, it has not fallen as sharply for girls as it has for boys. And minority girls are twice as likely...
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    In the News: We should stop putting women in jail. For anything.

    A recent Washington Post article, We should stop putting women in jail. For anything. , leads with the “radical idea” to stop incarcerating women and close down women’s prisons and refers to a movement in Britain to do just that. The alternative to jailing women could model Britain’s approach where advocates “propose community sentences for nonviolent offenders and housing violent offenders in small custodial centers near their families.” Example programs in the...
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