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March-2017 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • NIC Spotlight: An Interview with Anne K. Seymour, NIC Advisory Board member and Victim Advocate
  • NIC Divisions: Academy, Community, Jails, Prisons
  • What's New in the NIC Library
  • Spotlight: National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017
  • Hot Topics: Victims Services
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
  • About NIC
Anne K. Seymour
NIC Spotlight:

This month the Information Center talks to Ms. Seymour about her career as a victims advocate and what the corrections field can do to support victims.

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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
Restrictive Housing Veterans Webinar Dementia Webinar
Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform [Internet Broadcast]

This training broadcast will: examine restrictive housing practices in your agency and compare and contrast those with the DOJ Guiding Principles.

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.

Spotlight: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Victim Services

April 2-8, 2017 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme, "Strength - Resilience - Justice" reflects a vision of the future. One, in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. This April, join OVC and communities across the country in raising awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlighting local programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims and the professionals who serve them.

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Resources on Victims Services

Hot Topic The following is a list of resources that NIC has released in 2016/2017. 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.

  • Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers
    Victims have statutory rights that begin the moment a crime is committed against them. Ideally, victims would be fully informed of their rights at every step in the process: at the time the crime is reported, during the justice process, while the offender is incarcerated, and when the offender reenters the community. Different criminal justice stakeholders are responsible for victim services at different stages of this process. 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.
  • 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. While the Guide will outline specific tools and resources to inform your work, it is worth noting that there is no “one size fits all” approach that will work across all scenarios. There may be information in the Guide that will require you to self-reflect on your practice as it relates to the needs of victims, however, you are the best judge on how and when to use this resource.
  • 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.
  • 2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.
    This document marks the first time that the leading national correctional agencies and organizations and their respective victim/survivor-related committees have joined together on a project that we hope will enhance and promote corrections-based victim services.

Upcoming Events
Register by: 04/01/2017
Managing Restrictive Housing Populations
May. 22, 2017 - May. 26, 2017--This 40-hour training program focuses on the management of inmates in Restrictive Housing within the control and jurisdiction of departments of corrections throughout the country.
Register by: 04/03/2017
Mental Health First Aid
May. 23, 2017 - May. 24, 2017--Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, one day course that teaches individuals how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Register by: 04/07/2017
Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health Services in Jails
Jun. 13, 2017 - Jun. 15, 2017--Planning and Implementing Effective Mental Health Services in Jails.
Register by: 04/10/2017
Executive Training for New Wardens
Jun. 26, 2017 - Jun. 29, 2017--This 36-hour program helps participants enhance their skills in areas essential to effective leadership and administration of a correctional institution. Some of the topics to be discussed include institutional culture, central office relationships, budget management strategies, decision making, and media relations. Woven throughout the program are continuous opportunities to share concerns and exchange and create new ideas. Eligibility Requirements: Wardens with less than 18 months' experience are encouraged to apply.
About NIC
Director The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. 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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