Updated: Cooperative Agreement: Jail Administration Training and Technical Assistance

Please see questions and answers below: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to administer program delivery of the curricula associated with the Jail Administration program and the delivery of technical assistance associated with jail administrative issues. The awardee will work closely with NIC staff on all aspects of the project. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, 1) in-depth knowledge of the purpose, functions, and operational complexities of local jails, 2) expertise on the key elements in jail administration, 3) experience in developing curriculum, based on adult learning principles, and 4) extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to administration and operations.

Overview:

Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. The goal of the Jail Administration program is to provide jail administrators with information and tools that can be used to fulfill this role. Jail administrators must have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas to oversee operations and manage specific functions. Each module of the current program focuses on specific administrative responsibilities and tools including: action planning; using jail standards; managing risk; developing policy and procedure; determining staffing needs; managing the workforce; managing inmate behavior; developing a fire, safety and sanitation plan and; assessing jail operations.

The NIC Jails Division is seeking one (1) qualified applicant to administer the delivery of twelve (12) Jail Administration programs and up to twenty (20) technical assistance services to requesting jails. NIC has pledged to assist counties in California with the historic changes to their operations as a result of the realignment of state level inmates held in local facilities (AB 109). As a result, three (3) of the Jail Administration programs and five (5) of the technical assistance events will be dedicated to this effort.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 18, 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 

Question: Who pays the participant (attendee) travel and per diem expenses for the Jail Administration training classes?

Answer: There are no attendee travel or per diem expenses.  Participants are expected to travel to/from their homes to attend each day.  In some cases, the requesting jurisdiction may offer to assist them with expenses but there are no requirements for the awardee to reimburse attendees.

Question: For the Objective Jail Classification class of 2 to 3 days, is there to be one pilot class with the revised curriculum, or is more than one class anticipated?

Answer: The solicitation requires only the one pilot class. 

Question: Is the 40 hour curriculum for the Jail Administration classes to be revised as part of this project or is the current curriculum to be used for the 8 to 12 classes?

Answer: The current curriculum is to be used.

Question: Can NIC provide a copy of the current curriculum for the 40 hour Jail Administration training program to prospective applicants? If so, we would appreciate receiving a copy of that curriculum.

Answer: The statement of work requires the awardee to use the current curriculum for the 5 day class. Since there is no requirement for content revision, there is no reason to provide the curriculum prior to the award being made.

Question: Are the Technical Assistance efforts included in this project limited to one or more of the four topics listed in the solicitation (Operational Assessment; Policy, Procedure and Practice Review; OJC Implementation; ReEntry Planning and Assessment), or will requests for other Technical Assistance topics be considered?

Answer: These are four broad topics that requests can fit into.  NIC will determine if a request fits into one of these areas.  Those that do not will be assigned to other NIC staff and not be part of the activities conducted under this cooperative agreement.

Question: Who will compose the "focus group" that is part of the 2 day planning meeting on OJC?

Answer: While NIC has some focus group member suggestions, the awardee may have some ideas as well so the members will be discussed and selected with the awardee.

Question: The solicitation refers to a "Logic Model". Is there an example or description of such a model?

Answer: See Generic Logic Model below.

Question: Which entity will be responsible for the training sites (cost, contracting, etc.) for the 12 jail administration classes? It doesn't sound like the awardee will be paying for this out of the cooperative agreement funds. Is that correct?

Answer: See the response to question #1 above. 

Question: As I read the solicitation, the CA Awardee will deliver one “pilot” JA training (5 days) followed by 12 JA trainings. The Awardee will also deliver up to 20 onsite TA provisions. And, finally, it is not clear to me but I think the Awardee will also deliver one, 2-3 day training on OJC (am I correct on this?).

Answer: No.  The pilot class is for the OJC.  The 12 (5-day) Jail Administration classes will be provided using the currently approved NIC curriculum. 

Question: Is this all to be conducted at $560,000 during the 12-month CA period?  

Answer: Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

Cooperative Agreement: Jail Administration Training and Technical Assistance

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to administer program delivery of the curricula associated with the Jail Administration program and the delivery of technical assistance associated with jail administrative issues. The awardee will work closely with NIC staff on all aspects of the project. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate, at a minimum, 1) in-depth knowledge of the purpose, functions, and operational complexities of local jails, 2) expertise on the key elements in jail administration, 3) experience in developing curriculum, based on adult learning principles, and 4) extensive experience in working with local jails on issues related to administration and operations.

Overview:

Jail administrators have an important role in ensuring that jail operations are conducted in a safe, secure, humane, and legal manner. The goal of the Jail Administration program is to provide jail administrators with information and tools that can be used to fulfill this role. Jail administrators must have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas to oversee operations and manage specific functions. Each module of the current program focuses on specific administrative responsibilities and tools including: action planning; using jail standards; managing risk; developing policy and procedure; determining staffing needs; managing the workforce; managing inmate behavior; developing a fire, safety and sanitation plan and; assessing jail operations.

The NIC Jails Division is seeking one (1) qualified applicant to administer the delivery of twelve (12) Jail Administration programs and up to twenty (20) technical assistance services to requesting jails. NIC has pledged to assist counties in California with the historic changes to their operations as a result of the realignment of state level inmates held in local facilities (AB 109). As a result, three (3) of the Jail Administration programs and five (5) of the technical assistance events will be dedicated to this effort.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 18, 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.

Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape – Register Now!

Transgender Persons In Custody: The Legal Landscape

Register Online for this Live-Streaming Internet Training Broadcast at http://nicic.gov/training/nicwbt98

March 29, 2017

9:00am PT / 10:00am MT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET

Do you and your agency have questions about the management of transgender persons in custody? In response to this emerging correctional issue, the National Institute of Corrections is conducting a live internet broadcast designed to:

  • provide information to agency legal counsel and corrections professionals regarding transgender persons in custody and their presumptive legal rights;
  • demystify the issues surrounding policy and procedures decisions affecting this population; and
  • identify emerging challenges and opportunities to provide strategies for ensuring equity while maintaining safety and security.

During this live event, we will:

  • Address agencies questions regarding issues, barriers, challenges and practices that affect transgender persons in custody
  • Illustrate areas of greatest liability for agencies regarding transgender persons in custody
  • Determine areas to address in agency policy and procedure
  • Explain steps agencies should take to ensure the safety and security of this population while in custody

Presenters will also share recommendations and resources.

This broadcast will answer the following questions:

  • What is the current state of litigation regarding transgender persons in custody?
  • What legal rights do transgender persons in custody have?
  • What are the best and promising practices for safe and secure housing of transgender persons?
  • How can my agency provide reasonable accommodations for transgender persons in our custody?

Who Should Participate?

This broadcast is open to anyone and the following groups are especially encouraged to join this event.

  • Correctional Leaders and Administrators from Jails and Prisons (including Directors and Secretaries, Chief Deputies, Chiefs of Corrections, Chiefs of Staff/Administration, etc.)
  • Agency Chief Legal Counsel
  • State Correctional Associations
  • State and Regional Jail Associations
  • Correctional Risk Management Insurers
  • National Correctional Associations (ACA, AJA, NSA, etc.)
  • Jail and Prison Administrators
  • NIC General Counsel Network
  • NIC Large Jail Network
  • Reentry Coordinators
  • Community Organizations who partner with Jails and Prisons
  • Transgender Service Providers
  • Judges, legislators and other decision makers
  • Jail and Prison agency policy makers

Facilitation Team

Lorie Brisbin

Correctional Program Specialist / Project Manager

National Institute of Corrections

Julie Abate

Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section

Civil Rights Division, US DOJ

Hayley Gorenberg

National Deputy Legal Director

Lambda Legal

Ken Hyle

Senior Deputy General Counsel

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Brenda Smith

Law Professor, American University

Washington College of Law

Harper Jean Tobin

Director of Policy

National Center for Transgender Equality

Broadcast Logistics Information

Leslie S. LeMaster

Executive Producer, NIC Broadcasts

Academy Division

llemaster@bop.gov

Call for Technical Resource Providers – Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

nic-logo-color-300dpiThe National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is conducting market research and seeks individuals with demonstrated experience in successful planning, implementing, training and evaluating of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs for justice-involved populations in community, jails, and prison settings. 

The MAT technical assistance effort will support work being done by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), which is working to identify and cultivate Centers of Innovation (COIs) as laboratories for promising practices. This work includes developing and disseminating a self-guided assessment tool for the field; providing specialized technical assistance and training; and coordinating with NIC and professional associations and networks to promote MAT, consistent with the needs of the field.

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Technical Assistance Details and Application

Join the Webinar: NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Solicitation

This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions.

Applications must address one of two research categories:

  1. narcotics, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation and prosecution; or
  2. drug intelligence and community surveillance.

NIJ has identified two drug priorities:

  1. heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs); and
  2. novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs).

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:00 pm EST

Webinar Registration:  https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5ce1742686e9f8529ac2cd443646c54e

Solicitation:  https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12043.pdf

Update: Cooperative Agreement: Post-conviction Victim Service Legal Issues

See Questions and Answers below:

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for a project to examine gaps and opportunities related to collaboration between entities that provide victim services in a post-conviction setting. This work is targeted at legal professionals and related stakeholders and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole to ensure that victim and survivors are afforded their legal rights. The resultant white paper will provide NIC with information that addresses system-based approaches that create and foster collaboration.

Overview

In August of 2015, NIC convened a meeting of national experts in victim services as part of an on-going state demonstration project. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss what a comprehensive continuum of victim services might look like and what issues and gaps would need to be addressed to create an integrated service system. One of the outcomes of that meeting was a realization that legal entities, such as the prosecutor, defense attorney, judiciary and law makers are not generally aware of the impact there decisions have on victims of crime and their ability to access their legal rights (18 U.S.C. § 3771). This is especially true in the post-conviction setting.

This project is intended to delve into the victim service gaps and barriers that exist within the post-conviction setting from the perspective of legal professionals and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole. A complete and thorough mapping of processes should yield information on gaps, barriers and opportunities for collaboration that currently exist and provide guidance and recommendations on how a more integrated service delivery system may be developed to better address the rights of victims and survivors of crime.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a white paper based on a mapping session and other information gathering efforts that will fully explore the issues that affect victims and survivors in a post-conviction setting. NIC will provide funding and support for the mapping session and for participant attendance. The successful awardee will also produce recommendations based on the session and other information and research to afford the most comprehensive product possible.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 14, 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:

Question:  "Are state agencies eligible to respond to the solicitation?"
 
Answer:  "Yes"
 
Additional Information: Improving Post Conviction Victim Services: The Value of Systems Mapping to Foster Program Development
 
Question: Do these mapping sessions apply to the local applicant's post-conviction resources in the criminal justice system? 

Answer: The participants in the mapping sessions should be from a wide distribution of appropriate stakeholders that represent decision makers across the system with an emphasis on legal and judicial interaction and how these decisions play out in the post-conviction setting.

Question: Are travel and accommodation for the mapping session participants acceptable budget items?

Answer: NIC will provide funding and support for the mapping session and for participant attendance.

 
 

Cooperative Agreement: Post-conviction Victim Service Legal Issues

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for a project to examine gaps and opportunities related to collaboration between entities that provide victim services in a post-conviction setting. This work is targeted at legal professionals and related stakeholders and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole to ensure that victim and survivors are afforded their legal rights. The resultant white paper will provide NIC with information that addresses system-based approaches that create and foster collaboration.

Overview

In August of 2015, NIC convened a meeting of national experts in victim services as part of an on-going state demonstration project. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss what a comprehensive continuum of victim services might look like and what issues and gaps would need to be addressed to create an integrated service system. One of the outcomes of that meeting was a realization that legal entities, such as the prosecutor, defense attorney, judiciary and law makers are not generally aware of the impact there decisions have on victims of crime and their ability to access their legal rights (18 U.S.C. § 3771). This is especially true in the post-conviction setting.

This project is intended to delve into the victim service gaps and barriers that exist within the post-conviction setting from the perspective of legal professionals and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole. A complete and thorough mapping of processes should yield information on gaps, barriers and opportunities for collaboration that currently exist and provide guidance and recommendations on how a more integrated service delivery system may be developed to better address the rights of victims and survivors of crime.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a white paper based on a mapping session and other information gathering efforts that will fully explore the issues that affect victims and survivors in a post-conviction setting. NIC will provide funding and support for the mapping session and for participant attendance. The successful awardee will also produce recommendations based on the session and other information and research to afford the most comprehensive product possible.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 14, 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 Information! NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN)

NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN)tan

· Want to get in on the ground floor on creating an NIC Network?

· Do you want to meet and share problems and solutions with other training administrators?

· Want to collaborate with NIC on bringing the latest learning and performance research and application to the field?

May 16-17, 2017 NIC Academy Division, Learning and Performance Initiative will be launching the Training Administrators Network (TAN). We are very excited to bring back this network. Tasks on the agenda will include a new name, a new charter, and new members.

The Network will be by invitation only so we need your help:

1. Identify any new State Prison Training Directors and/or new contact info. (We have a list but may be outdated.)

2. Identify Training Director/Administrator for TAN membership from juvenile justice, jails and community (parole, probation, community corrections).

Criteria for membership in Training Administrators Network: A. Primary area of responsibility is training corrections staff. B. Responsible for shaping agency training policy.

· Forward names and contact information to Bernie Iszler, TAN Manager, biszler@bop.gov.

· Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2017!

Training Administrators Network (TAN) Draft Agenda

Day One, Tuesday, May 16

o 8:00-9:00 Introduction Activity

o 9:00-10:30 “Identity: Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness”

o 10:30-11:30 Break

§ Info Center, Speed Networking, Forum, Vault

o 11:30-12:30 Lunch

o 12:30- 2:30 Charter Development

o 2:30-3:00 Break, Speed Networking

o 3:00-4:00 Charter

o 4:00-4:30 Debrief

Day Two, Wednesday, May 17

o 8:00-8:30 Daily Review/Lightbulb Moments

o 8:30-9:30 Charter

o 9:30-10:30 Break, Speed Networking

o 10:30-11:30 TAN Goals, Objectives, Tasks

o 11:30-12:30 Lunch

o 12:30-1:00 IACTP Information

o 1:00-1:30 L&P Symposium/Core 4

o 1:30-2:00 Break, Speed Networking

o 2:00-3:00 Identity, cont.

o 3:00-4:30 Debrief

NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN)

NIC Academy Training Administrators Network (TAN)tan

· Want to get in on the ground floor on creating an NIC Network?

· Do you want to meet and share problems and solutions with other training administrators?

· Want to collaborate with NIC on bringing the latest learning and performance research and application to the field?

May 16-17, 2017 NIC Academy Division, Learning and Performance Initiative will be launching the Training Administrators Network (TAN). We are very excited to bring back this network. Tasks on the agenda will include a new name, a new charter, and new members.

The Network will be by invitation only so we need your help:

1. Identify any new State Prison Training Directors and/or new contact info. (We have a list but may be outdated.)

2. Identify Training Director/Administrator for TAN membership from jails and community (parole, probation, community corrections).

Criteria for membership in Training Administrators Network: A. Primary area of responsibility is training corrections staff. B. Responsible for shaping agency training policy.

· Forward names and contact information to Bernie Iszler, TAN Manager, biszler@bop.gov.

· Deadline for submissions is February 17.

Training Administrators Network (TAN) Draft Agenda

Day One, Tuesday, May 16

o 8:00-9:00 Introduction Activity

o 9:00-10:30 “Identity: Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness”

o 10:30-11:30 Break

§ Info Center, Speed Networking, Forum, Vault

o 11:30-12:30 Lunch

o 12:30- 2:30 Charter Development

o 2:30-3:00 Break, Speed Networking

o 3:00-4:00 Charter

o 4:00-4:30 Debrief

Day Two, Wednesday, May 17

o 8:00-8:30 Daily Review/Lightbulb Moments

o 8:30-9:30 Charter

o 9:30-10:30 Break, Speed Networking

o 10:30-11:30 TAN Goals, Objectives, Tasks

o 11:30-12:30 Lunch

o 12:30-1:00 IACTP Information

o 1:00-1:30 L&P Symposium/Core 4

o 1:30-2:00 Break, Speed Networking

o 2:00-3:00 Identity, cont.

o 3:00-4:30 Debrief

In the News: Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women

GTR newsThis recent article describes the Pets Helping People nonprofit, which provides non-violent female offenders job training in dog grooming, boarding and other pet care services. Christy VanCleave, who knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society, co-founded Pets Helping People in 2009.

Since 2009, over 200 women have graduated from her job training program, with an average recidivism rate of under four percent. In addition to teaching job skills, “PHP provides education in life skills, including finding healthy relationships, conflict resolution, maintaining a job, and building character qualities such as responsibility, compassion, and problem solving.”

 

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