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August-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • NIC Spotlight: No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System
  • NIC Divisions: Academy, Community, Jails, Prisons
  • What's New in the NIC Library
  • This Month's Feature: NIC at ACA's 146th Congress of Correction!
  • Resources on Hot Topics in Prisons
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
  • About NIC
Next Month: Victims of Crime
NIC Spotlight

No Place for Youth: Girls in the Adult Justice System
In collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), NIC released a new report on the growing number of girls under the age of 18 in the adult justice system. It provides a summary of current research, incorporates the voices of practitioners, and offers recommendations for improving conditions and outcomes for girls who are sentenced to adult facilities. Results from the national survey conducted in 2014 by NIC and NCCD are shared throughout the report and summarized in the appendix.

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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
Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys

Staff is the life blood of any agency and its most valuable resource. Their wellness is paramount to organizational health and mission effectiveness. This recent training broadcast focused on the effects and consequences of corrections stress on staff and the organization.

Restrictive Housing: An Annotated Bibliography 2016

Restrictive housing is the practice of housing some inmates separately from the general population of a correctional institution and imposing restrictions on their movement, behavior, and privileges. This bibliography provides resources about the use of restrictive housing.

A Survey of the CCC Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There

The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN’s goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about the direction the field should take.

This Month's Feature: NIC at ACA's 146th Congress of Correction!


Every year corrections professionals gather at the ACA conference to network, attend workshops, and explore current innovations in prison and jail operations. The ACA conference provides the opportunity for corrections professionals to listen to each other and to help each other navigate a course of professional collaboration and service to all stakeholders in the criminal justice field and community, as well as discuss possible solutions to emerging issues.

As demonstrated by the interactions at the exhibit booth, it is clear that conference attendees are grateful for NIC’s positive impact on the field, as well as its specific services and products, such as training for Wardens in Facilities for Women, Security Auditors, Managing Restrictive Housing Populations, and Direct Supervision in Jails. They have high expectations for continued guidance and professional support from NIC in the future. There were also stories of challenges, successes, and of agency leaders and staff striving to be better and to do more to manage their operations in ways consistent with NIC’s mission and vision.

Highlights from this year’s conference:

Lt. Colonel Enoch O'D Woodhouse II, Esq. of the Tuskegee Airmen picked up multiple copies of the NIC Broadcast Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way. He described the work his agency does with justice-involved homeless female veterans in Massachusetts. Lt. Col. Woodhouse expressed his appreciation for NIC’s work with veterans, and what NIC brings to the table in general. He encouraged us to keep doing what we are doing.

Leslie LeMaster, NIC Correctional Program Specialist, interviewed experts in the corrections field for upcoming training broadcasts. She appreciated having so many people willing to volunteer their spare time and talk about their work on camera.

NIC’s upcoming broadcasts:

Resources on Hot Topics in Prisons

CBT image The following is 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.

  • Mentally Ill in Corrections
    The twenty plus resources on this page provide a broad overview of current research and trends in the management of mentally ill persons in corrections.
  • Respectful Classification Practices with LGBTI Inmates [Lesson Plans]
    Reception staff must have clear guidelines allowing for the consistent identification of LGBTI inmates and collecting key information relevant to individualized risk assessment. This 60-minute training session explains how to improve the correctional intake and classification process for LGBTI inmates.
  • PREA / Offender Sexual Abuse
    The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA, P.L. 108-79) was enacted by Congress to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies. The National Institute of Corrections has been a leader in this topic area since 2004, providing assistance to many agencies through information and training resources.
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    Hot Line Statistics--The NHTRC uses this data to help human trafficking victims and survivors and to provide the anti-trafficking field with information to help combat all forms of human trafficking.

Upcoming Events
Register by: 09/08/2016
Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release
Sep. 8, 2016 A live-streaming internet broadcast on Pretrial Justice and Bail.
Register by: 11/09/2016
2016 Virtual Conference
Nov. 9, 2016 The purpose of this year’s conference will be to share current and emergent innovations in correctional practice.
Register by: 11/16/2016
Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform
Nov. 16-17, 2016 This will be a two day live-streaming internet broadcast on Restrictive Housing.
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 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.
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