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April 2016 - NIC News & Updates

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    National Reentry Week and Victims

    The impact of reentry on the victim services system is an untapped area of need in corrections and community supervision. In the past two years, NIC has presented workshops on Reentry - the Value of Victim Involvement at several national conferences. NIC also produced an internet broadcast on this topic which was very well received. The broadcast focused on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry prodess. By including victims, we can obtain more balanced...
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    Roadmap for Reentry from the U.S. Department of Justice

    National Reentry Week April 24-30, 2016 National Reentry Week Fact Sheet In 2011 the Department of Justice (DOJ) established the Federal Interagency Reentry Council . The Reentry Council, a Cabinet-level group that includes 20 federal departments and agencies, is committed to coordinating reentry efforts and policies. In a continued effort to support that work, this week Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the Roadmap to Reentry . The Roadmap outlines the five principles that the Federal...
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    Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women

    The series, Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women , is designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders, who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community. The TIPSHEETS are an important resource for staff to use as a component of their ongoing discussions with the woman during her reentry planning process, and as a reminder of discussions and plans that have been identified during her period...
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    Reentry E-Learning Courses – Workforce Development for Justice-Involved Individuals

    Available on the NIC Learning Center , the Community Services Division has developed a series of seven e-courses that address competencies required to provide effective workforce development services for justice-involved individuals. The series, entitled Workforce Development for Justice-Involved Individuals , includes the following courses: Career Development Theory and Its Application presents foundational and theoretical perspectives of career development. The course focuses on four types of theories...
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    NIC’s Justice Involved Women’s Initiative

    National Reentry Week April 24-30, 2016 NIC’s work over the years with justice involved women incorporates evidence based, gender informed research that continues to emerge in several critical areas. The emergence of evidence based practices was a turning point in correctional work, but the addition of gender-informed research and knowledge from that body of work directs us to sharpen our practices with women. Two earlier and significant initiatives built the foundation for NIC’s gender...
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    The Reentry Challenge

    by Jim Cosby, Director, National Institute of Corrections National Reentry Week is April 24-30, 2016 “America is the land of second chances,” George W. Bush once said. The difference between making that statement and ensuring that people have the opportunity for second chances is what reentry is all about. It is no secret that the United States has the largest prison population and the second highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. An important effort in reducing that population...
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    Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

    The United States Labor Department is offering $1.9M in grant funding to expand apprenticeships and support for women i n nontraditional occupations. Those occupations include manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create regional, multi-state Technical Assistance Resource Centers. The centers will support efforts to increase the number of women entering into nontraditional...
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    The Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women Launch National Council

    This Friday, April 22, at the National Press Club the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls will launch a new organization. This Council is the first-ever national organization created and led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls. From the press release: “The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls supports the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls who are contributing to...
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    Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) Goes International

    The needs of justice involved women are very different than that of their male counterparts, yet most of the policies, assessments, and programs of the criminal justice system were developed with men in mind. To address this issue the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati developed the Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) in 2008. It is a gender-responsive actuarial risk assessment tool, designed to account for women’s risk factors, or criminogenic needs, associated...
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    What should a women’s prison look like?

    “Historically prison buildings have largely been designed for the majority male prisoner population. However, the growing understanding that women who offend are different from men − from their typical backgrounds and the nature of their offences, to their experience of abuse and their care-taking responsibilities is also leading architects and planners to consider how prison facilities might also be designed in a gender-sensitive manner.” This blog posting from Penal Reform International...
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    Spotlight on Napa County: Harkness Fellow sees evidence-based practice in action

    In 2005, the State of California was facing significant overcrowding in its prisons, and the Napa County jail was at capacity. Napa County decided not to build a new jail but rather implement an evidence based criminal justice system looking at best practices to reduce the population and assist in offender rehabilitation. The Probation Department started using an assessment tool to identify risk and needs of offenders (LS/CMI). Caseloads were reduced and services were increased including the opening...
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    Crime Victims Rights Week begins 4/10/16

    Every year in April, the Office for Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) , which will be observed April 10–16, 2016. This year's theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.—underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery. This year’s...
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    NIC Guides Connecticut Sentencing Commission On Bail Reform

    As part of National Institute of Corrections' technical assistance program,Tim Schnake recently presented to the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on the fundamentals of bail and bail reform. This presentation focused on the key practices outlined in the NIC publication, Fundamentals of Bail: A Resource Guide for Pretrial Practitioners and a Framework for American Pretrial Reform . Included in the presentation is an address by Governor Malloy of Connecticut outlining his desire for pretrial reform...
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