Improving Understanding of and Responsiveness to Gang-Involved Girls

National Gang CenterThis National Gang Center Newsletter focuses on gang-involved girls, female delinquency and human trafficking.  The main article about understanding and responding to gang-involved girls summarizes key findings from a National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) study.  The NCCD study involved interviews with gang-involved girls and key stakeholders and provided several recommendations for service providers and others who want to help gang-involved girls.

Recommendations from the study findings:

Place Intersectionality at the Forefront –  Services should consider the intersectional linkages among participants’ races/ethnicities, genders, classes, citizenship status, gender identities, sexual orientations, and other factors. This can include understanding and acknowledging how these defining characteristics influence the choices, viewpoints, and experiences of young women involved in gangs.

Understand Girls’ Entrenched Lives – Many interview participants were entrenched in lifestyles in which gang involvement was prevalent. As they transition out of gangs, girls need assistance and support in successfully addressing complex relationships with their gang-involved family members, friends, and neighborhoods.

Provide Tailored Services – Many participants decided to exit their gangs because they were pregnant or parenting, which indicates the need for specific services. In addition, as girls transition from gangs, they continue to experience high levels of trauma, need to locate sustainable employment and reliable housing, and may struggle with addiction issues. This information demonstrates the need to offer a range of services and support to young women exiting gangs. Moreover, these resources should be provided to women further into adulthood.

Build on Girls’ Strengths – Service providers and others should use an asset-based approach—such as positive youth development—to recognize and build on girls’ strengths, such as those endorsed by study participants: resiliency, interpersonal skills, intelligence, and independence.

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For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Cooperative Agreement – Incident Command System for Corrections: Training for Trainers

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Incident Command System for Corrections (ICSC): Training for Trainers (T4T). This program furthers NIC’s mission by building the capacity of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to develop, enhance, and expand ICSC T4T efforts.

Overview of Program:

This program will develop, enhance, and expand ICSC T4T training efforts for federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies. ICSC addresses critical correctional issues while teaching Incident Command and also creates a pathway that ensures that the correctional agency is prepared to transition into NIMS as an incident moves beyond the secure perimeter.

Through this cooperative agreement, NIC seeks to expand its delivery of incident command services to include local confinement facilities (jails). The existing 4-day, 32-hour Incident Command System for Corrections Training for Trainers program is designed to be delivered to up to 30 participants from correctional agencies (jails or prisons). The curriculum (facilitator guide, PowerPoint presentation, Operations Manual, Lesson Plans) was most recently updated in April 2015. Program content includes: Tactical Priorities, Functions of Command, Command Modes, Communications, Transfer of Command, Duties and Responsibilities of Command and Tactical Level Staff, Escalation of Response, Designated Response Teams, Staging, Command Post Management, Simulations, Deactivation and Debriefing.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on February 22, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Updated: Cooperative Agreement – Incident Command System for Corrections: Training for Trainers

Questions and Answers below:

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Incident Command System for Corrections (ICSC): Training for Trainers (T4T). This program furthers NIC’s mission by building the capacity of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to develop, enhance, and expand ICSC T4T efforts.

Overview of Program:

This program will develop, enhance, and expand ICSC T4T training efforts for federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies. ICSC addresses critical correctional issues while teaching Incident Command and also creates a pathway that ensures that the correctional agency is prepared to transition into NIMS as an incident moves beyond the secure perimeter.

Through this cooperative agreement, NIC seeks to expand its delivery of incident command services to include local confinement facilities (jails). The existing 4-day, 32-hour Incident Command System for Corrections Training for Trainers program is designed to be delivered to up to 30 participants from correctional agencies (jails or prisons). The curriculum (facilitator guide, PowerPoint presentation, Operations Manual, Lesson Plans) was most recently updated in April 2015. Program content includes: Tactical Priorities, Functions of Command, Command Modes, Communications, Transfer of Command, Duties and Responsibilities of Command and Tactical Level Staff, Escalation of Response, Designated Response Teams, Staging, Command Post Management, Simulations, Deactivation and Debriefing.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on February 22, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Following are the responses to questions received as of January 6, 2017 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Would you consider executives Lt or similar position?
Answer: The solicitation is seeking individuals with experience in Incident Command System for Corrections, Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System in addition to their attainment of an executive level (warden, superintendent, jail administrator, sheriff, or their deputies/assistants) position in a correctional agency.

WCCW Sends Quilts, Infant Clothes to Incarcerated Mothers in Thailand

WCCW Sends QuiltsThis article from the Washington State DOC Newsroom conveys the impact a small group of inmates are having on incarcerated women in Thailand.  The Sisters of Charity, a group of approximately 15 inmates from the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) in Gig Harbor, make items for social welfare organizations and recently sent handmade quilts and decorated onesies to mothers inside Thailand prisons.

"When they (Thailand inmates) find out the gifts are made by women at WCCW, their eyes and hearts light up, and they're filled with appreciation, new inspiration and hope," said Laurie Dawson, a member of the WCCW Local Family Council.

The Sisters of Charity's efforts are in support of the "Bangkok Rules," a minimum standard of treatment for female inmates that supplements guidelines set forth by the United Nations.

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For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Cooperative Agreement: Restrictive Housing Training and Technical Assistance Program

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Restrictive Housing Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program furthers NIC’s mission by building the capacity of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to develop and establish effective restrictive housing programs.

Overview of Program:

This program will develop, enhance, and expand restrictive housing training and technical assistance for federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies. Since the safety of inmates, staff, the public, and the orderly operation of correctional agencies is critical for successful outcomes, the need for significant training to support restrictive housing reform exists.

Through this cooperative agreement, NIC seeks to expand its delivery of restrictive housing services to include local confinement facilities (jails). Currently, an NIC restrictive housing curriculum for jails does not exist. The existing 5-day, 40-hour Managing Restrictive Housing Training Program for prisons is designed to be delivered to 30 participants, in teams of three (3) from state correctional agencies. The curriculum (facilitator and participant guides and PowerPoint presentation) was most recently updated in June 2016 after the release of the DOJ’s Guiding Principles. Program content includes: a brief history of restrictive housing; issues related to the use of restrictive housing; constitutional amendments, court decisions, consent decrees, and other cases; management strategies for restrictive housing; the importance of mission, vision, and values; prison culture and climate; staffing; functional analysis; and behavior management plans. Most importantly, the program offers participants an opportunity to increase knowledge around restrictive housing by sharing best and promising practices with peers, and develop an understanding of the restrictive housing “Guiding Principles” issued by the DOJ in the report "Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing.”

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on February 16, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Updated: Cooperative Agreement: Restrictive Housing Training and Technical Assistance Program

See Questions and Answers below:

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Restrictive Housing Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program furthers NIC’s mission by building the capacity of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to develop and establish effective restrictive housing programs.

Overview of Program:

This program will develop, enhance, and expand restrictive housing training and technical assistance for federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies. Since the safety of inmates, staff, the public, and the orderly operation of correctional agencies is critical for successful outcomes, the need for significant training to support restrictive housing reform exists.

Through this cooperative agreement, NIC seeks to expand its delivery of restrictive housing services to include local confinement facilities (jails). Currently, an NIC restrictive housing curriculum for jails does not exist. The existing 5-day, 40-hour Managing Restrictive Housing Training Program for prisons is designed to be delivered to 30 participants, in teams of three (3) from state correctional agencies. The curriculum (facilitator and participant guides and PowerPoint presentation) was most recently updated in June 2016 after the release of the DOJ’s Guiding Principles. Program content includes: a brief history of restrictive housing; issues related to the use of restrictive housing; constitutional amendments, court decisions, consent decrees, and other cases; management strategies for restrictive housing; the importance of mission, vision, and values; prison culture and climate; staffing; functional analysis; and behavior management plans. Most importantly, the program offers participants an opportunity to increase knowledge around restrictive housing by sharing best and promising practices with peers, and develop an understanding of the restrictive housing “Guiding Principles” issued by the DOJ in the report "Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing.”

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on February 16, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Following are the responses to questions received as of January 6, 2017 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Will you need DOJ-experienced reviewers for this program?
Answer: The review panel for this Cooperative Agreement will not be solicited from outside of the Department of Justice.

Question 2: Can you please provide the maximum total of the award?
Answer: The solicitation has been updated to include the maximum total of the award.

Question 3: With regard to the pilots and trainings, we are assuming the award funding does not pay for participants travel expenses. Can you please confirm?
Answer: The solicitation makes clear that the award funding includes participant travel expenses for pilots and trainings except for "regional training events". This is identified in "Specific Requirements":
Awardee is responsible for travel related costs for all participants (except for regional training events). Costs include roundtrip air travel, baggage, mileage, parking, ground transportation, lodging, and per diem at the federal rate. Awardee is responsible for costs associated with transportation for all attendees to and from the hotel and training site. Awardee is not responsible for travel related costs for federal employees.

Following are the responses to questions received as of January 9, 2017 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Is the technical assistance directly stemming from the curriculum/trainings or is it open to any technical assistance related to restrictive housing?
Answer: It is open to any technical assistance related to restrictive housing.

Question 2: What is the dollar amount for this solicitation?
Answer: The solicitation has been updated to include the maximum total of the award.

Women in prison: Histories of Trauma and Abuse Highlight the Need for Specialised Care

Women in PrisonPublished in Conversation US, an independent source of news, this recent article discusses the history and impact of trauma on female prisoners and the importance of trauma-informed care.

Highlights from the article:

  • Australia’s female prison population has skyrocketed over the last decade, and up to 90% of female prisoners have experienced abuse before they get to jail.
  • Experiences can range from childhood abuse to sexual assault and intimate partner violence during adulthood. As a result, the majority of female prisoners suffer from complex trauma.
  • Security procedures like strip searches and pat downs – often carried out or supervised by male officers – can re-traumatise female prisoners who have experienced abuse in the past.
  • The level of complex trauma experienced by the vast majority of incarcerated women contributes to their risk of re-offending. While women on average serve significantly shorter sentences than male offenders, they tend to have a higher recidivism rates.

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Women in Jail – California

Women in JailThis recent article from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) focuses on the increasing percentage of women in California jails and their offenses.

Highlights from the article:

  • In California, the women’s jail population has risen 6-fold—from 1,725 in 1970 to 12,054 in 2014—twice as much as the male jail population over the same period.
  • Women are more likely than men to be booked into jail for misdemeanors (54% of women to 48% of men). They are also more likely than men to be booked for property and drug offenses (46% to 36%).
  • Due to California’s 2011 Public Safety Realignment, many lower-level felons now serve their sentences in jail rather than prison. These offenders have committed crimes considered non-serious, non-violent, and non-sexual—the type women are more likely to commit.
  • In 2014, Proposition 47 reclassified several property and drug crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. These offenses are also committed by a greater share of women than men.

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For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.