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June-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • An interview with Director Jim Cosby
  • NIC Divisions
  • What's new in the NIC Library
  • Department of Justice's Guiding Principles on Restrictive Housing
  • Resources on Restrictive Housing
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
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NIC Spotlight

In this issue we talk with, Jim Cosby, the Director of the National Institute of Corrections about Restrictive Housing. Director Cosby was part of the Presidential panel that reviewed the use of restrictive housing in the United States. We ask him about the Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing the panel issued and the new Guiding Principles it contains for correctional systems on restrictive housing.

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
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way

This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in half a dozen jurisdictions where Veterans Treatment Courts have been operating with marked success.

Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems

EBDM is a strategic and deliberate method of applying empirical knowledge and research-supported principles to justice system decisions made at the case, agency, and system level..

No News Is NOT Good News: The Role of PIOs in Jails [Internet Broadcast]

This National Institute of Corrections broadcast explores the evolving role of PIOs in jails

This Month's Feature:
Guiding Principles on Restrictive Housing in the United States

pod In July of 2015, President Obama asked the Attorney General to review the use of restrictive housing in American prisons. The review led to the U.S. Department of Justice's Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing. The Report included a set of Guiding Principles for the use of restrictive housing at the federal, state, and local level. The Guiding Principles are intended to be best practices for correctional facilities in the United States. In January, the President announced that he was adopting the recommendations in the Report. Click here read the final report

    Some of the more than 50 Guiding Principles:
  • Inmates should be housed in the least restrictive setting necessary to ensure their own safety, as well as the safety of staff, other inmates, and the public.
  • Correctional systems should always be able to clearly articulate the specific reason(s) for an inmate’s placement and retention in restrictive housing.
  • Restrictive housing should always serve a specific penological purpose.
  • Absent a compelling reason, prison inmates should not be released directly from restrictive housing to the community.
  • An inmate should not be placed in restrictive housing pending investigation of a disciplinary offense unless the inmate’s presence in general population would pose a danger to the inmate, staff, other inmates, or the public.
  • To incentivize conduct that furthers institutional safety and security, inmates who demonstrate good behavior during disciplinary segregation should be given consideration for early release from segregation, where appropriate.
  • Generally, inmates who require protective custody should not be placed in restrictive housing.
  • Generally, inmates with serious mental illness (SMI) should not be placed in restrictive housing.

Restrictive Housing Resources

Director The following are a list of resources that have been hand-picked by our library team around this topic. If you would like some additional research assistance on this topic, please contact our help desk. They have access to specialized databases and thousands of resources you won't find online

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: 06/22/2016
Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys
Jun. 22, 2016 A live-streaming internet broadcast on the impact of operational stress and traumatic experiences on corrections professionals.
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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
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Learning and Performance Symposium
Aug. 29, 2016 - Sep. 02, 2016 During this interactive session, NIC's Academy Division will bring together Learning and Performance professionals to address the most pressing issues facing corrections learning today.
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