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December-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • NIC Spotlight: Ron Taylor New Prisons Division Chief
  • NIC Divisions: Academy, Community, Jails, Prisons
  • What's New in the NIC Library
  • Spotlight: The Year in Review
  • Hot Topics from NIC
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
  • About NIC
Ron Taylor
NIC Spotlight:
NIC has the pleasure of announcing Ron Taylor, Chief of the Prisons Division

In July, Ron Taylor joined NIC's executive team. This month the Information Center talked to him about his career, his vision for the Prison Division, and what the needs of the correctional field are.

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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
Pretrial Justice CLO WWVC
Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way [Webinar]

This webinar highlights the release of the NIC publication "Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way".

Losing Time: Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease Behind Bars [Webinar]

This interactive webinar explores how symptoms and behaviors of dementia can be misconstrued and identifies environmental risk factors that can contribute to costly accidents and injury for inmates with dementia.

HOPE Probation: Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement [Webinar]

The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) hosted a live webinar event with our federal partners and national and local experts to highlight Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) program.

Spotlight: The Year in Review


This year the White House and the Department of Justice started the Smart on Crime initiative. This initiative focuses on effectively using federal resources and implementing criminal justice reforms. The reforms focus on diversion programs, reentry programs, expanding mental health services, medical treatments and new guidelines for the use of restrictive housing.

The Reentry Initiatives are intended to foster rehabilitation and reintegration.

Click here to read the Fact Sheet from the White House

The Guiding Principles on Restrictive Housing are intended to be best practices for correctional facilities in the United States.

Click here to read the Final Report

Resources on Hot Topics from NIC this Year

CBT image The following is a list of resources that NIC has released in 2016. If you would like research assistance on these or other topics, please contact our help desk. They have access to specialized databases and thousands of resources you won't find online.

  • Environmental Scan 2015
    Now in its 10th edition, this Report is a popular tool that corrections practitioners also use to inform their work in jails, prisons, and community corrections.
  • Thinking for a Change 4.0
    In June of this year, NIC released the latest version of T4C. 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.
  • NIC's 2016 Virtual Conference: Leading with Innovation
    Last week NIC hosted the third annual Virtual Conference. It is a dynamic platform for sharing information with the field of corrections in a virtual online setting. This year’s conference focused on current and emergent innovations in correctional practice through a keynote address, workshops, interactive LiveChat, networking, discussion forums, and virtual information booths.
  • 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 broadcast focused on the effects and consequences of corrections stress on staff and the organization.
  • No News Is NOT Good News: The Role of PIOs in Jails
    This National Institute of Corrections broadcast explores the evolving role of PIOs in jails.
  • Pretrial Justice: How to Maximize Public Safety, Court Appearance and Release
    This broadcast answers these and other questions: What is the roadmap to pretrial justice reform? Where do we begin? What is the history of bail reform, and why is it important to your work today? What are the essential elements of a high functioning pretrial system?
  • Available on DVD soon: Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform

Upcoming Events
Register by: 12/26/2016
Thinking for a Change: Facilitator Training
Feb. 22, 2017 - Feb. 24, 2017--Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. Correctional agencies can consider Thinking for a Change as one option in a continuum of interventions to address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of their offender populations.
Register by: 01/03/2017
Executive Excellence Program
Feb. 26, 2017 - Mar. 10, 2017--This 10-month executive development program offers innovative learner-centered and competency-based training for future leaders of corrections agencies.
Register by: 01/02/2017
Conducting Security Audits
Mar. 13, 2017 - Mar. 16, 2017--With NIC’s hands-on, onsite training, gain the experience of auditing out-of-state institutions of various security levels and missions. This 36-hour training program supplements classroom instruction in auditing protocol with tours of assigned facilities and real-world assignments that put newly trained participants in charge of the auditing process.
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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