In the News: Mothers in Prison

Mothers in PrisonThis recent article, Mothers in Prison, by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times highlights the increasing incarceration of women in prison and their stories.  As one woman shared, “Prison got me sober, but it didn’t get me anywhere.” Kristof notes from his interview with her, “Each time she went to prison, she would get clean, and then once out she would return to drugs.”

Kristof goes on to discuss discuss one potential alternative to imprisonment, a model program in Tulsa called Women in Recovery.  This program has “a two-generation approach that works with both the women and their children. The program offers counseling, intensive support, coaching on budgeting and conflict resolution, and help getting high school equivalency diplomas, housing and jobs.” The program has shown positive results with recidivism rates at just 4.9 percent over the three years after program completion.

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Female Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Female Veterans in the Criminal Justice SystemFemale Veterans in the Criminal Justice System is one of many webinar recordings offered by the Battered Women’s Justice Project. If you missed this informative webinar, view the recording here.

About the webinar:

As criminal diversionary programs for justice-involved veterans continue to be implemented across our country, more attention is being directed towards female veterans in the criminal justice system.

Though research is limited in this area, existing studies have female veterans reporting more sexual trauma and more diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with more severe symptoms than their male counterparts. With the percentage of women who make-up the military continuing to increase and the growth in women’s incarceration, focusing on issues for female veterans is critically important in the coming years.

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Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform – Register and Get Ready!

There is still time to register for this interactive training broadcast on the effective use of restrictive housing in corrections environments.

This posting contains information on the training broadcast itself, info on how to get ready for the broadcast, continuing stream tests, continuing education units, a DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment in preparation for the training broadcast, how to access the broadcast on training days, and links to Participant and Facilitator Guides!

Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform

 Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at

After registration, readiness and important training broadcast information emails will come from

November 16 and 17, 2016

8:00am PT / 9:00am MT / 10:00am CT / 11:00am ET

"Do we really think it makes sense to lock so many people alone in tiny cells for

23 hours a day for months, sometime for years at a time? That is not going to make

us safer. It's not going to make us stronger. If those individuals are ultimately

released, how are they ever going to adapt? It's not smart."

– President Barack Obama, NAACP National Convention speech, July 14, 2015.

The use of Restrictive Housing poses some of the most challenging questions facing corrections professionals: How should correctional agencies manage their most violent and disruptive inmates? How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized ones? And what is the safest and most humane way to do so?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) define "restrictive housing" as a form of housing that involves three basic elements:

  • removal from the general inmate population, whether voluntary or involuntary;
  • placement in a locked room or cell, whether alone or with another inmate; and
  • inability to leave the room or cell for the vast majority of the day, typically 22 hours or more.

Restrictive housing takes many forms, and an inmate's experience can vary considerably depending on certain external factors, such as length of stay, conditions of confinement, and degree of social isolation, as well as factors specific to each inmate, such as age and psychological resiliency.

To assist agencies in addressing this issue, NIC will be conducting a two-day, live-streaming internet training broadcast titled "Restrictive Housing: Roadmap to Reform" scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17, 2016.

During this interactive training broadcast, facilitated by experienced Administrators and Mental Health Professionals, you will have the opportunity for self-evaluation of current agency practice, participation in skill building activities, discussions, problem solving exercises, and information sharing with your peers facing similar challenges from across the United States via live simultaneous chat.

Using a variety of methods including on-air discussions and activities, participant teams and/or individuals in this interactive training broadcast will:

  • examine restrictive housing practices in your agency and compare and contrast those with the DOJ Guiding Principles;
  • explore the Guiding Principles and implications for restrictive housing practice and conditions of confinement;
  • use interactive activities and action planning to determine strategies for your agency to safely reduce the use of restrictive housing in your agency, and
  • share promising practices and recommendations for the implementation of the Guiding Principles.

Who Should Participate?

NIC recommends participation in this interactive training broadcast for 3 – 5 member facility and/or agency teams including administrators, mid managers, and line staff, specifically including a mental health team member.

  • Correctional Agency Chief Executive Officers – prisons and jails
  • Corrections staff working in restrictive housing environments in all settings (prisons, jails, etc.)
  • National Professional Correctional Associations (ACA, ASCA, AJA, NSA, etc.)
  • Correctional Administrators
  • State Correctional Associations
  • Correctional Mental Health Administrators and staff
  • Agency General Counsel and Legal staff
  • Colleges and Universities with Criminal Justice and Communications Programs

Facilitation Team

Joseph "Tony" Stines

Correctional Program Specialist / Project Manager

National Institute of Corrections


Kathleen Allison

Director, Division of Adult Institutions

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation


Kathryn A. Burns, MD, MPH

Chief Psychiatrist

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


Marie Garcia, Ph.D.

Social Science Analyst

National Institute of Justice


Rob Jeffreys

Regional Director

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections


David Marcial

Warden (Retired)

Connecticut Department of Corrections


Shirley Moore-Smeal

Executive Deputy Secretary

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections


Ryan Quirk, Ph.D.

Psychologist 4

Washington State Department of Corrections


Larry E. Reid

Deputy Director of Prisons (Retired)

Colorado Department of Corrections

The training broadcast will explore and answer these questions:

  • How should prisons and other correctional facilities manage their most violent and dangerous inmates?
  • How can they best protect their most vulnerable and victimized inmates?
  • What is the safest and most humane way to do so?
  • Why did the Department of Justice create a set of Guiding Principles on the effective use of Restrictive Housing?
  • How can we use the DOJ Guiding Principles to self-evaluate our current agency practice?

Training Broadcast Schedule for November 16 – 17, 2016 – New Content and Activities Each Day!

Find Your Time Zone and Start Time!

Time Zone





Broadcast Part One: (2.5 hours both days)

11/16 – 17/2016

8:00am – 10:30am

9:00am – 11:30am

10:00am – 12:30pm

11:00am – 1:30pm

One Hour Break Start / End Time

10:30am – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Broadcast Part Two: (2.5 hours both days)

11/16 – 17/2016

11:30am – 2:00pm

12:30pm – 3:00pm

1:30pm – 4:00pm

2:30pm – 5:00pm

This interactive training broadcast will feature both on-air activities that occur simultaneously during the broadcast, and "off-air" activities that occur prior to the next day's broadcast and/or after a broadcast day, depending upon a participant's time zone location.

For example, for a participant located in the Pacific time zone who completes the live broadcast at 2:00 pm PT, off air activities in preparation for Day Two of the broadcast on November 17 would be completed on November 16. For a participant in the Eastern time zone who completes the broadcast at 5:00pm ET on November 16, off air activities in preparation for Day Two of the broadcast should be completed on November 17 prior to the start of the training broadcast at 11:00am ET.

NIC's live Internet broadcasts offer corrections professionals an interactive video forum on current and pressing topics in corrections. These broadcasts are inter­active and allow participants to engage with and learn from experts around the world.

Delivered via Internet streaming, the broadcasts are available for viewing by any individual, agency, or facility nationwide. Participants can view the broadcast individually on a computer screen, smart device/tablet and/or use a projector to enlarge the signal for a sizeable audience. Registration is required, but there is no charge.

After registration, broadcast readiness information via email will come from

For More Information

Program Specific Information

Tony Stines

Correctional Program Specialist

Prisons Division


Broadcast Logistics Information

Leslie S. LeMaster

Executive Producer, NIC Broadcasts

Academy Division


What Should We / I Do To Get Ready?

DOJ Guiding Principles Self-Assessment – Pre-Broadcast Assignment

We ask you and your team to complete the self-assessment prior to the broadcast, and bring the results with you to the two days of training at your viewing site. The self-assessment is a way for you and your team to compare your facility / organizations' current practice(s) in relation to the fifty-three (53) U. S. Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing, January 2016. The on-air facilitators in each segment will refer to this self-assessment, and we will ask you and your team to use this as a basis for Action Planning during the training broadcast. The self-assessment is here

Continuing Education Units (CEU)s

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for this broadcast. Download the packet at this link

Preparing for and viewing NIC Live Internet Broadcasts

Follow this link for information on how to prepare and avoid common technical issues, and how to view NIC live internet broadcasts. Please see the broadcast schedule for this program later in this message.

Check Your Device Compatibility – Live Stream Tests Continue Today!

Our partners in live broadcasts, KSPS Public Television Studios will be running live internet stream tests per the schedule below!

Check your device compatibility prior to live broadcast days November 16 and 17, 2016 at the following dates and time:






Nov. 14





Nov. 15





  • 1. Please check your internet streaming compatibility at this link during the above stream test dates / times.
  • 2. On the Broadcast Viewing Instructions page at this link , click the View Live Broadcast BLUE PLAY button on the right side of the screen, and the test will begin automatically if your system is compatible.
  • 3. The streaming test should start automatically. If not, click "Launch In External Player" on your screen. No username or password is required. If this does not work, please consult with your local IT Administrator. Typically, agency internet security settings, firewall(s) or local internet connection speed issues will be the cause.
  • 4. Please ask your IT Administrator if the NIC site/url for broadcasts is blocked. If so, ask if it can be unblocked for broadcast viewing purposes. If access to the NIC broadcasts url is being blocked by your agency, this is causing your inability to link to the stream test, and by extension, the live broadcast.

What If I Continue to Experience Difficulty During the Stream Test?

  • 1. If you continue to experience difficulty, please email with your name and telephone number, and you will receive a call from the studio offering troubleshooting assistance.
  • 2. Another option for viewing is obtain a wireless hotspot / to purchase / rent a USB wireless modem / aircard to use to view the broadcast via the internet. This should circumvent any connectivity issues caused by your agency firewall / connection speeds.

 What if I/we are not compatible for internet viewing?

What if I am unable to watch live?

How can I / we get a copy of the broadcast?

  • 1. The broadcast will be available for viewing / download online approximately 30 days post broadcast.
  • 2. DVDs of the broadcast will be available free of cost from the NIC Information Center approximately 60 days post broadcast. Order them at 1-800-877-1461 or . Be sure and have the name of the broadcast handy when you call or order online to request your DVD.

Live Broadcast Schedule for November 16 – 17, 2016

Training Broadcast Schedule for November 16 – 17, 2016 – new content and interactive activities each day – the broadcast will be recorded!

Find your time zone in the US, find your start and end time for the training broadcast!

Time Zone





Broadcast Part One: (2.5 hours both days)

11/16 – 17/2016

8:00am – 10:30am

9:00am – 11:30am

10:00am – 12:30pm

11:00am – 1:30pm

One Hour Break Start / End Time

10:30am – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Broadcast Part Two: (2.5 hours both days)

11/16 – 17/2016

11:30am – 2:00pm

12:30pm – 3:00pm

1:30pm – 4:00pm

2:30pm – 5:00pm

 How Do I View the Live Show on Broadcast Day?

 BROADCAST DAYS – November 16 – 17, 2016

See broadcast schedule start times per time zone above.

 Internet Viewing – Broadcast Day

  • 1. Access the broadcast via the internet via the Broadcast Viewing Instructions page at this link
  • 2. On the Broadcast Viewing Instructions page, click the View Live Broadcast BLUE PLAY button on the right side of the screen, and you should connect to the broadcast automatically if your system is compatible. There is no username or password required to view the broadcast.
  • 3. For internet technical support during the broadcast provided by UVault, call Live Webcast Technical Support (Internet stream-only): 1-844-411-8811.
  • 4. See additional internet viewing Troubleshooting ideas under "Preparation for Internet Viewing", above, in this message.

I Have a Question and Want to Participate! How Can I?

How Do I / We Receive Training Credit For This Live Internet Broadcast?

  • 1. Contact your agency Training Director / Administrator / Coordinator about receiving training credit, documentation regarding this broadcast, and what you should submit to receive it.
  • 2. NIC does not issue training certificates for participation in internet broadcasts, as we do not track participation at sites / and or by individuals through the NIC Learning Center.
  • 3. Many corrections and/or criminal justice agencies across the US have developed sign in sheets and other documentation methods so that staff members can receive training credit for participating in NIC internet broadcasts.

Participant Guide

In preparation for the broadcast, download the custom Participant Guide at this link  On-air Facilitators will refer to it during the broadcast, and it contains content information, activities, useful resources and links to more information that supplements broadcast content. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) forms are contained in this guide.

Site Facilitators – If you are expecting a group of participants at your site, duplicate copies to ensure that all participants have a copy ready for use during the event.

Facilitator Guide – If you are a facilitator of a group at a site, download the custom Facilitator Guide at this link This guide follows content and activities that on-air facilitators will deliver during the training broadcast, and that will at time be asked to facilitate at your site. It also includes information on how to prepare your site in terms of needed materials per activity (charts, markers, tape, index cards, etc.) for the variety of activities that will be facilitated during the interactive training. Preparation Tip: Review the activities in the four segments and see the needed materials to prepare your site if you are expecting a group of participants.

Site Coordinators Guide – Helping You Prepare

Download NIC's Guide to Coordinating Live Internet Broadcasts, at this link   It's full of information designed to get you as an individual and/or your site ready to access our live broadcasts. Included is information preparing your site, running technology checks on equipment, and helpful forms.

Thank you for participating in this NIC internet learning opportunity! We hope that you will join us for more in the future!

Leslie LeMaster

Executive Producer

NIC Live Internet Broadcasts



Join Us for NIC’s 2016 Virtual Conference and our Keynote Clark Quinn!

The 2016 NIC Virtual Conference Site is Now Open!

 Join us for our interactive keynote session –

 Innovation by Design: Leadership for Agility

 Clark Quinn, Ph. D.

In this era of accelerating change, organizations are increasingly finding that they need to be more adaptive.  Agility stems from the ability to learn faster in the moment, not just from formal training courses.  When you are problem-solving (and designing and researching along the way) you don't always know the answer when you begin – you are inherently learning as you problem-solve. Research has demonstrated that there are robust solutions for developing the ability to innovate.  The answer comes from the power of people. We know that when we have the right practices and the right culture, we can get the best solutions.  In this interactive keynote, we will explore what innovation is, what leads to innovation, what the barriers are to innovating, and what you need to do to get moving towards leadership agility!

Who is Clark Quinn?

Clark Quinn, Ph.D., integrates creativity, cognitive science, and technology to deliver engaging and effective strategies and solutions to learning, knowledge and performance needs for business, education, government, and the not-for-profit sector. After an academic career, Dr. Quinn has served as an executive in elearning initiatives and has an international reputation as a speaker and scholar. He is the author of four books, including Revolutionize Learning and Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age, as well as numerous articles and chapters. He was awarded the eLearning Guild's Guild Master award in 2012.  Dr. Quinn consults through Quinnovation, tweets as @quinnovator, blogs at and is a member of the Internet Time Alliance.

Do you enjoy thinking about the future of corrections?

If you enjoy thinking about the future of corrections like we do, please invite a friend and join us for the NIC Virtual Conference 2016. With this year's theme focused on "Leading with Innovation," we've scheduled a full-day lineup of guest speakers and chats that cover some of the newest developments in the field.

Your registration for the NIC Virtual Conference gets you access to:

  • A welcome video from NIC Director Jim Cosby!
  • Conference tutorials to help you explore the functionality of the Virtual Conference portal before the day of the conference.
  • Discussion Forums where you can make comments and ask questions about upcoming presentations.
  • The Presentation Hall that features one pre-recorded session now, and descriptions of the nine live presentations that will be held on November 9.
  • The Resource Room which contains a variety of take away resources to be used long after the conference is over.

And, it's:

  • All from your desktop / laptop / tablet with internet connection!
  • All free of charge!
  • Available at your convenience!

On the day of the live conference, November 9, 2016, you will also have access to:

  • Innovation chats where you can pose a question about a burning issue for which you are seeking an answer and would like to chat with others about.
  • The Exhibit Hall, where you can chat with Subject Matter Experts on NIC initiatives and various topics from the field.
  • And, of course, the live presentations!

Share the registration link with your colleagues:

What's in it for me?

So, whether you join the virtual conference on November 9th as an individual or as part of a larger group from your organization/agency, you will each receive the same valuable experience from online learning as you would have if you each had attended a training program in person. You can also receive training credit if you attend the entire conference! It's the epitome of doing more-and training more-with less.  Can't attend that day?  Register anyway!  All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing.

The conference opens at 9:00am ET on November 9 and runs until 5:00pm ET. Please adjust your time zone location accordingly so you can participate live!

NIC’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) is in the News

La Crosse County moves to implementation phase of evidence-based decision making initiative

NIC’s initiative EBDM is a strategic method of applying research-supported principles to justice system decisions. EBDM’s goal is to build a framework across criminal justice agencies to protect public safety and to improve outcomes for the justice-involved. The initiative has just completed Phase V. During Phase V, the selected sites–Indiana, Virginia, and Wisconsin—created state-level processes and strategies to align state and local officials and jurisdictions with one another and with the principles of EBDM.

A recent article in the La Crosse County Tribune (Wisconsin) Attorney General Brad Schimel describes the results of EBDM Phase V. “Through the involvement and engagement of stakeholders from across Wisconsin’s criminal justice system, Wisconsin’s EBDM teams have developed a shared vision for criminal justice system reform in Wisconsin. NIC providing Wisconsin their expertise and an opportunity to continue this shared vision is a big win for our state.”

Going forward, Wisconsin enters EBDM Phase VI, the implementation phase of the initiative. In addition to La Crosse County, other counties involved in the initiative are: Chippewa, Eau Claire, Marathon, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Rock, and Waukesha. During Phase VI, Wisconsin’s EBDM teams will work to implement three overarching goals:

  1. Increase public safety, reduce harm, and improve the quality of life;
  2. Promote fairness and equal treatment; and
  3. Use resources effectively. To advance these goals, each county has developed a multi-faceted plan that will implement a variety of approaches at different decision points across the criminal justice system.

Read the full article here.

For more information and resources visit:  EBDM in Local Criminal Justice Systems

Human Trafficking – Annual Report

Human Trafficking Annual ReportThe U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking recently released the first Annual Report on human trafficking written by survivors. Although this report is not specific to justice involved women, it provides “actionable recommendations to the U.S. government for its work both nationally and internationally, as it collaborates with state and local governments.” An article from The Huffington Post summarizes five recommended areas from the report to enable the federal government to better support trafficking survivors.


  1. Ensure Law Enforcement Is Trained In Anti-Trafficking
  2. Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity Of Trafficking Victims
  3. Provide Support Services To All Types Of Trafficking Survivors
  4. Increase Funding To Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking
  5. Help Survivors Get On Track For Success In Work And Life

Access the Annual Report

Source: Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice. The Huffington Post. October 18, 2016.


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