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    Strategic Inmate Management

    This page has a wealth of resources on running a direct supervision jail, as well as resources on Inmate Behavior Management to support jail staff to maintain a safe and secure jail.

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    Jails in America: A Report on Podular Direct Supervision

    This video is an excellent introduction to the use of podular direct supervision. Topics discussed include: the three types of jails in the United States—linear intermittent surveillance, podular remote surveillance, and podular direct supervision; the eight key principles of direct supervision; seven key direct supervision strategies; the housing unit officer; and education and activities. "Podular direct supervision is a proven, viable, and economical alternative to more traditional methods." Scott County Jail is highlighted in this program.

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    APEX Series

    The APEX Initiative is an agency-driven systems approach to building capacity for higher organizational performance, best practices, data-driven decision making using multiple self-assessment tools, and a Guidebook series with strategies, interventions, and pathways. This series is is particularly helpful when considering implementing the SIM Initiative.

    Two books in the series have detailed chapters on effective communication plans. Communication plans are necessary to share information between those who are initiating change and those who will be affected by it.

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    APEX: Building the Model and Beginning the Journey

    Chapter 10: Developing a Communication Plan

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    Applying the APEX Tools for Organizational Assessment

    A great tool for evaluating your organization's readiness for system change like SIM can be found in this guide.

Making Direct Supervision Work

This program is designed primarily for agencies preparing to move from a traditional jail into a new direct supervision jail. However, it also can be used to train newly-hired officers or newly-promoted supervisors in direct supervision jails already in operation. The set of computer disks include: the curricula for housing officers and that for supervisors (comprising of Trainer's Guide/Facilitator's Guide, Participant Manual, Handouts, Slides, Detailed Trainer Agenda, and Sample Participant Agenda); PowerPoint presentations for both versions with embedded videos; the video vignettes separately and Jails in America. 027490 

To request a copy of the DVD set, please contact the NIC Helpdesk


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