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May-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • A spotlight on Stephen Amos, Chief of the Jails Division
  • What's new in the NIC Library
  • NIC training broadcast: No News is NOT Good News: The Role of PIOs in Jails
  • Feature on NIC's Jail Division
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
Next Month: Restrictive Housing
NIC Spotlight

In this issue we spotlight Stephen Amos, the new Chief of the Jails Division. Chief Amos was interviewed in April by two NIC Information Center staff. Chief Amos shared his vision for the Jails Division. He would like NIC to expand its impact on the field by offering more e-courses for jails, offering training at state corrections conferences, and by creating twelve Centers of Excellence around the country.

Read the Entire Interview Here

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
Corrections Statistics by State updated for 2016

This unique compilation of data provides a visual representation of key statistics for each state.

Jails in America: A Report on Podular Direct Supervision

This video is an excellent introduction to the use of podular direct supervision.

Toolkit for Developing Family-Focused Jail Programs

This toolkit is intended for jurisdictions that are interested in developing family-focused jail programs.

No News Is NOT Good News: The Role of PIOs in Jails

pod On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, The National Institute of Corrections had a live-streaming three-hour internet broadcast on the evolving role of POIs in jails. The event explored:

  • Importance of a proactive community-minded approach to communicating your mission, vision and values
  • Characteristics of effective PIOs in contemporary media markets
  • Strategies for being the active voice of your jail and telling your story by engaging the media
  • Approaches for engaging the community with your jail's mission, and
  • Opportunities for promoting a healthy work/life balance for PIOs

Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valley is NIC's next broadcast. The three hour broadcast event streams live June 22, 2016. It will focus on the impact of operational stress and traumatic experiences on corrections professionals.

This Month's Feature: NIC's Jail Division

Director The NIC Jails Division's services include training, networks, technical assistance, and information resources, such as documents and DVDs. These services are conducted under five initiatives:

  • Jail Administration
    We provide training on key elements in jail administration, jail resource management, and building a productive relationship between jail officials and their funding authority.
  • Inmate Behavior Management
    We provide training, technical assistance, and information resources on the design and operation of direct supervision jails and on key elements in managing inmate behavior in all types of jails.
  • New Jail Planning
    We provide training, technical assistance, and information resources on all phases of new-jail planning.
  • Jail Standards and Inspection
    We provide training for jail inspectors, a peer-training network for chief jail inspectors, information resources on standards and inspection, and related technical assistance.
  • Crisis Intervention Teams
    We provide training to help local jurisdictions learn the core elements of CITs and assess agency readiness to start a CIT.

About NIC
Director The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by Director, Jim Cosby.
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: 06/01/2016
Planning of New Institutions
Aug. 22, 2016 - Aug. 25, 2016--This 32-hour training program teaches the importance of in-depth planning before starting facility design.
Register by: 06/15/2016
Jail Public Information Officers’ Network Overview
Aug. 17, 2016 - Aug. 18, 2016--Public Information Officers (PIO) play a vital role in local jails. The public’s perception/misperception of jail operations can influence public safety, funding, elections and numerous other factors.
Register by: 06/24/2016
Orientation for New Pretrial Executives
Aug. 08, 2016 - Aug. 11, 2016--Extensive training that enhances the effectiveness of pretrial executives in maintaining and capitalizing existing services.
Administrative Offices
320 First St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20534
Training Center
11900 E Cornell Ave, Unit C
Aurora, CO 80014
800.995.6420 (Fax #)
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