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September-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • NIC Spotlight: Interview with Lorie Brisbin on Victim Service Providers
  • NIC Divisions: Academy, Community, Jails, Prisons
  • What's New in the NIC Library
  • This Month's Feature: Working with Victims of Crime
  • Resources on Hot Topics: Victim Service Providers
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
  • About NIC
Next Month: Innovations in Corrections
NIC Spotlight

NIC's Victim Service Providers Initiative
In this issue we interview Lorie Brisbin from NIC's Community Services Division. She discusses the importance of resources for victim service providers in the post-conviction setting.

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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
Myths & Facts - Why Incarceration Is Not the Best Way to Keep Communities Safe

This "Myths & Facts" package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document to show the effectiveness of community corrections.

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.

Thinking for a Change 4.0. Version 4.0

This program combines cognitive restructuring theory with cognitive skills theory to create an innovative and integrated curriculum designed to help individuals in the juvenile and adult justice systems take control of their lives by taking control of their thinking.

This Month's Feature: Working with Victims of Crime
An Integrated Approach for Community Supervision Professionals


This Guide provides a comprehensive overview of available information on victims’ rights and services. It is informed by the foundational work of many advocates, academics and community corrections professionals. It outlines specific tools and resources to inform your work. The guide was developed under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. It builds on work that started in 2010 when the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) sponsored a public hearing with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime. At that hearing, crime victims and survivors, and those who serve and advocate for them spoke about the value of:

  • Seeking input from crime victims and survivors, and the power of their personal stories;
  • Enforcing victims’ rights across community and institutional corrections spectrums; and
  • Collaborating and partnering to identify and meet victims’ needs across systems and within community-based program.

Read: Working with Victims of Crime

Resources on Hot Topics in Victim Services

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.

  • Offender Reentry: The Value of Victim Involvement [Broadcast]
    This three-hour national discussion and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) focuses on the unique opportunities and challenges of including victims in the offender reentry process. Current points in the criminal justice reentry continuum where victims can and should have a voice are explored. By including victims we can obtain more balanced information about the offender and their offense history which can positively impact reentry decisions. This approach can result in better outcomes for the community, offenders and victims through enhanced offender accountability, increased victim satisfaction, and community safety.
  • Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers
    This webpage focuses on victim services such as corrections, reentry, parole, and probation that occur after an offender has been convicted, and it will provide resources and information for those working in this important but rarely recognized area of corrections.
  • Resources on Victim Offender Dialogue
  • Resources for Victim Service Providers

Upcoming Events
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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