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April-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • A spotlight on National Reentry Week, April 25-29, from NIC Director Jim Cosby
  • What's new in the NIC Library
  • Reentry Initiatives from the White House and the Department of Justice
  • Reentry Programs
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
NIC Spotlight

In this issue we spotlight National Reentry Week April 25-29. NIC Director Jim Cosby shares some of his thoughts on The Reentry Challenge. He highlights the work of NIC in pioneering the use of evidence-based practices to "support smoother, more productive tranisitons from incarceration to the community."

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NIC Divisions
NIC is comprised of four divisions, and the Information Center. The divisions are based on functions within the organization and the area of corrections that they serve. They are: The divisions are divided between offices in Washington, D.C. and Aurora, Colorado.
New In The Library

Environmental Scan 2015

The report is intended to give a broad overview of current and anticipated trends that corrections practitioners can use to inform their work.

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The Reentry of Formerly Incarcerated Persons:

The proceedings from the National Reentry Symposium: Promising Practices and Future Directions in September 2015

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Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement

This broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) focuses on the unique opportunities of including victims in the reentry process.

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Reentry Initiatives

pod The Obama Adminstration is trying to pass criminal justice reform and promote programs and initiatives that help those leaving prisons. Last Fall, the President announced measures that will foster this rehabilitation and reintegration. A few of those measures are:

  • Adult Reentry Education Grants:
    This grant program will try to build evidence for effective reentry education programs.
  • Arrests Guidence for Public and other HUD-Assisted Housing:
    This guidence will clarify HUD's position and policies for access to public housing.
  • Banning the Box in Federal Employment
  • Establishing a National Clean Slate Clearinghouse

The Department of Justice is also taking steps to reduce recidivism and help the formerly incarcerated become contributing members of the community.

Reentry Programs

DirectorThere are hundreds of thousands of people released from jails and prisons each year. Their successful reentry into the community is critical to public safety. A wide range of programs are used to prepare and support this effort.

  • The National Institute of Justice created to rate the effectiveness of programs and practices to help criminal justice professionals find programs and solutions that they can use in their communities to address the needs of their population.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has a Guide to Model Programs that contains information about juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention , and reentry programs.
  • The Council of State Governments (CSG) created the Reentry Clearinghouse. The database has information on a variety of reenrty programs.
  • SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) promotes the adoption of scientifically established behavioral health interventions.

About NIC
DirectorThe National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by Jim Cosby, Director.
NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies. We also provide leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers.
Upcoming Events
Register by: 04/16/2016
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
Jun. 6, 2016 - Jun. 10, 2016--This program explores best management practices/strategies for restrictive housing units to include a look at step-down programs and their design to reintegrate offenders back into general populations versus releasing them directly to the community.
Register by: 05/2/2016
Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health Services in Jails
Jun. 13, 2016 - Jun. 15, 2016-- The purpose of this training is to help local jail practitioners and mental health service providers (1) understand key elements of effective mental health services for jail inmates, and (2) forge a productive working relationship that facilitates the provisions of services for offenders with mental illness.
Register by: 05/15/2016
Orientation for Parole Board Members
Jul. 26, 2016 - Jul. 28, 2016--This program will help parole board members gain knowledge and skills in the area of informed decision making through evidence-based principles and practices for determining offender risk and motivation for change.
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