Call for NIC Technical Resource Providers – Basic Jail Academy Curriculum Subject Matter Experts

Deadline: May 5, 2017

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is conducting market research and seeks to immediately identify subject matter experts with demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating basic jail academy curriculum with specific content emphasis on the use of force.

Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the respondent and the United States Government.

Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: The contractor/TRP must have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in jail operations and training, a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in training correctional professionals, and is expected to conduct his/her assignment professionally and responsibly.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: Send a current resume or vitae, in Word or PDF format, to samos@bop.gov no later than May 5, 2017. Please include the following in the subject line of your e-mail: “Technical Resource Provider.” Your résumé or vitae should include:

  • Full name
  • Education (list all college degrees, institution, and dates)
  • All professional position titles, descriptions, and dates in chronological order beginning with, or going back to, your first position after obtaining your bachelor’s degree
  • A detailed description of your current and past organizational affiliation(s) with position title and related experience
  • Telephone numbers (work and home)
  • Mailing addresses (work and home)
  • E-mail address
  • Submission of a writing sample not to exceed 1,500 words as to why you are qualified to serve as a TA provider.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you require additional information or have questions about resume or vitae requirements, please contact Stephen Amos, NIC’s Jails Division Chief, at samos@bop.gov or (202) 307-5811.

Cooperative Agreement: Crisis Intervention Team Training Curriculum Enhancement

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This cooperative agreement is for the solicitation of proposals to enter into a 12-month cooperative agreement to review and revise the existing 40-hour CIT classroom-based training program designed to be delivered to 30 participants.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to revise the curriculum for the CIT Training Program which trains jail systems and state departments of corrections staff. The successful applicant must be an expert in curriculum design who will work with the subject matter experts and peer reviewers identified by the NIC Project Manager.

The program’s objectives should include the following:

  1. Understand the tenets of CIT training based on the Memphis Model.
  2. Review and revise the existing CIT Training curriculum.
  3. Update the statistics in the current training.
  4. Develop additional CIT training curricula based on the outcome of the mock and pilot CIT training sessions.
  5. Develop a participant manual.
  6. Develop a facilitator manual.
  7. Develop a pre and posttest assessment that will assess participant learning.
  8. Develop publications and supplemental materials to undergird the revised CIT curriculum and training.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 26, 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.

Cooperative Agreement: Reentry Employment Series – Training and Coaching Facilitation

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017). Work under this cooperative involves the management.

 

Overview:

In order to assist justice involved adults with maintaining long-term attachments to the workforce, practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas. In addition, practitioners must maintain a communication style that supports exploration of the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The Reentry Employment Series provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist justice involved adults as they explore the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism.

The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include facilitation of training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model; development/administration of an evaluation protocol to assess the effectiveness of training/coaching sessions; development/administering of pre/post evaluations to measure the trainees’ mastery of established competencies and skills. The awardee will work collaboratively working with the designated NIC project manager to select training instructors and participants. In addition, the awardee should have an established procedure for the provision of professional certification and continuing educational units.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2017.

 

 

 

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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.

Cooperative Agreement: Outcome and Performance Measures for Community Corrections

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC)  is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to develop a publication that will outline suggested outcome and performance measures and mission critical data for local and state community corrections operations. 

Goals and Objectives:

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a document for the community corrections field containing clearly defined and easily calculable measures that can be used to gauge progress in 1) achieving mission and strategic goals, 2) improving fidelity to program design, service delivery and outcomes, and 3) enhancing the ability to illustrate community corrections’ value in an evidence –based criminal justice system.

Objectives:

1. Identify current performance and outcome measurements, data management
strategies and mission critical data utilized by the community corrections field for
inclusion in the Measuring for Results: Outcome and Performance Measures for the
Community Corrections Field.
2. Identify new performance and outcome measurements, data management strategies
and mission critical data for inclusion in the Measuring for Results: Outcome and
Performance Measures for the Community Corrections Field.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2017. 

 

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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.

Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention Inventory Research Project

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the statistical analysis of the Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) to assign quantitative value to qualitative data specific to criminogenic risk levels.

Overview:

In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections entered into an 18-month cooperative agreement with Learning Designs, Inc. to develop a competency-based training curriculum to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed specific to employment retention services for justice involved adults. In addition to the curriculum, an Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) was developed to identify precursors to job loss and/or recidivism while creating a process for connecting targeted populations to specialized services that address their risk for job loss and recidivism successfully – with the understanding that programming should target justice involved adults found to be at medium/high risk for job loss and criminal activities. The initial validation study of the ERI completed in September 2016 indicated promising results while adding to the body of knowledge currently available specific to offender workforce development.

The goal of this project is to determine whether the ERI effectively identifies the precursors, obstacles, and personality traits that influence an offender's separation from the workforce. In addition, this project will explore the relationship between offender employment retention and recidivism. The major deliverables of this project include (1) the use of a system to capture and evaluate data and (2) a written report that summarizes project findings, recommendations, and potential next steps. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 9, 2017.

 

 

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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.

See Us There! NIC at AJA in Orlando

National Institute of CorrectionsVisit the NIC exhibit booth #212/214 and sponsored workshops at the American Jail Association Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2017.

Crisis Leadership – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Panda J. Adkins, National Institute of Corrections and Robert W. Weinhold, Jr., The Fallston Group

Room: Grand 5-6, Time Slot: Mon 04/10/17 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Crises cost time, money, customers and careers, and, in the worst of scenarios, lives. According to studies, 77% of crises are smoldering issues before they become an actual crisis. It is important to perform a crisis audit within your organization so that you minimize your reputational risk. This workshop explores the definition, anatomy, and early warning signs of crisis; the importance of organizational muscle memory; how to lead and what to communicate to enhance stakeholder trust and confidence; the nuances of crisis leadership, strategy, and communications; and the immediate steps to protect your people, secure your assets, and strengthen your brand. Are you ready to tell your story and meet the leadership moment?

Victims Behind Bars: Identify and Address the Sex Trafficking of Women Offenders – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Jose Ramirez, Florida Department of Law Enforcement , Raul S. Banasco, Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau and Evelyn Bush, National Institute of Corrections

Room: Grand 3-4, Time Slot: Tue 04/11/17 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM

We always think that the perpetrator—and not the victim—of injustice is behind bars. However, there is a law that says different and we have unidentified and unsupported victims behind bars every day. They may not identify their exploiter as a trafficker, pimp, or abuser, but he or she is. This workshop provides participants with an awareness of the Federal Law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and the impact on the women under the supervision of jails and prisons. It also emphasizes the need to identify potential human-trafficking victims and create a pathway for prevention, protection, and prosecution.

Legal Issues Update – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Mike Jackson, National Institute of Corrections, Katharine T. Sullivan, Eagle County Court, Carrie Hill, Esq., Carrie Hill Criminal Justice Consulting, LLC and R. Dee Hobbs, Hamilton County, TN

Room: Grand 7A, Time Slot: Wed 04/12/17 08:00 AM – 03:00 PM

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is sponsoring a two-part legal issues update. Join nationally known correctional law attorneys as they discuss recent Supreme Court activity and significant lower court decisions that affect jails across the Nation. Participants also receive the most recent information on trends affecting how we manage our jails. Audience participation with questions and answers is an important feature of both of these workshops.

Cooperative Agreement: Dosage Probation White Paper

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to highlight the Dosage Probation Model and to take the lessons learned, successes and challenges from the dosage test pilot sites with the field, and to develop and share an implementation model for jurisdictions.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables:

The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to share experiences from the dosage test pilot sites with the field; including successes, challenges, lessons learned, and also to develop and share an implementation model for jurisdictions considering the dosage model to use as a guide for implementation. The successful applicant will have intimate knowledge of the dosage probation concept and key research principles underlying the dosage model, along with familiarity with the dosage implementation strategies; including core activities, processes, and steps a jurisdiction would need to take to implement this approach. The successful applicant will need to work closely with NIC project manager and dosage probation team members in test pilot sites: Napa County, CA and Washington County, MN (and potentially Milwaukee, WI).

The successful applicant will be required to develop a 508 compliant report -with professional design- made available to the field and distributed nationally on Dosage Probation; that includes identifying the key stakeholders within a jurisdiction, what their roles should be for implementing dosage, share the successes and challenges of implementing the dosage probation concept within test pilot sites, along with the lessons learned, conduct peer-to-peer interviews with key stakeholders, case studies, and a road map for implementation that jurisdictions considering the dosage concept can use as a guide.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on May 30, 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.

Apply for NIJ’s Solicitation: Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System

Application deadline extended to May 8, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research in three areas: (1) the impact of acute and chronic stress on (a) law enforcement and corrections officers and (b) individuals in violent communities; (2) the impact of parental incarceration on children; and (3) the efficacy of services, strategies, policies, and processes within the criminal or juvenile justice system that serve as responses to children exposed to violence. This program furthers the Department’s mission by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

Full Solicitation: https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-11481.pdf

Applications Due: May 8, 2017

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March 3, 2017: A recorded webinar has been posted. To assist applicants in completing their proposals, NIJ held a webinar related to this solicitation. The recording of the webinar has been posted at: https://nij.gov/multimedia/Pages/video-fy17-safety-health-wellness-solicitation-webinar.aspx

February 3, 2017: Answers to questions have been posted. To assist applicants in completing their proposals, NIJ has made the answers to questions received available for this funding opportunity. Visit https://nij.gov/funding/pages/solicitation-qa.aspx#NIJ-2017-11481 for questions and answers to help prepare your application.

New to the NIC Website: Technology in Corrections

technology package pageRecently added to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website is our new web page focusing on Technology in Corrections. In many ways technology has been a help and a hindrance for the corrections field. People working in the field struggle to decide how to handle these technologies…if at all. Technology consistently changes faster than corrections and/or society can keep up with it. Implementing a technology, or plans to battle it (take cell phones for instance), can be a long and difficult process, and before new technology can be implemented, things may have changed. This package page contains information about: computers & the internet, apps, body cameras, bio-metrics & facial recognition, cell phones, drones, electronic monitoring & GPS, and x-rays & scanners, in order to provide information on the biggest trends in technology for the corrections field.

Example resources from the Technology in Corrections page:

Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop (2015).

This report describes the results of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which was held at RAND's Washington Office in Arlington, Virginia, from July 22 to 25, 2014. The objective of this workshop was to identify high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement over a ten- to 20-year time period." Five chapters comprise this report: introduction; methodology; future law enforcement scenarios—current position, current roles of technology, emerging uses of technology, and future scenarios; technology needs—ranking, topic areas of ranked technology needs, and technology categorization of ranked technology needs; and conclusions—information sharing as a driver toward desirable futures, education and development as a driver, technology research and development as a driver, and conclusions from the workshop. "The output of this workshop described in the report included ten future scenarios and 30 technology needs. The technology needs fell into three general categories — technology-related knowledge and practice, information sharing and use, and technological research and development — and were placed into three priority tiers.

3D Printing and Law Enforcement (2017).

3D printing has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply chains, democratizing production, creating jobs, and customizing products to our needs. But 3D printing can also be the devil’s playground. 3D printing also has a dark side. Guns have already been 3D printed and criminals are using 3D printers to create new forms of crime.

Electronic Monitoring Has Become the New Debtors Prison (2016).

It all started with a traffic violation. Antonio Green didn’t have a license and admits he shouldn’t have been driving. But when his mother’s 1994 Chrysler Sebring broke down at a Taco Bell near their home in October last year, he decided to drive over to fix it.

Bye, bye, file-in-cake scheme. Prisoners have a new trick. (2017).

Piloted by an unseen operator in central North Carolina, a drone crashed inside a prison fence. A tightly wrapped package – containing a cellphone, tobacco and other contraband apparently intended for inmates – was tethered to the aircraft during that 2015 flight.

In the News: Women Shortchanged by Justice Reforms

women shortchangedThis article summarizes a recent report from the Prisoner Reentry Institute of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on gender and criminal justice reform. The report,  Women In Justice: Gender and the Pathway to Jail, argues that “reforms must be gender-responsive, faithful to the principles of parsimony and proportionality, and engage social services to better serve individuals with criminal justice involvement.”

Highlights from the report:

  • The number of women in the American justice system has grown exponentially, by more than 700%,  from 1980 to 2014.
  • Women of color in particular are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated.
  • The New York City data (from Rikers Island) shows that “women are charged with less serious crimes, are less likely to be charged with violent crimes, and are less likely to return to jail within one year.”
  • Recommended guiding principles of reform:
    1. Interventions to address the needs of justice-involved women in New York City must be gender-responsive and trauma-informed.
    2. The criminal justice system should be used as a hub for identifying the needs of NYC’s justice-involved women and connecting them to social services, but should not mandate participation in programming as part of sentencing or pretrial conditions unless it is a proportionate and parsimonious response.
    3. Social service systems must recognize, engage, and attend to the needs of women with criminal justice system involvement.
  • Recommendations for gender-responsive targeted interventions:
    1. Divert offenses common to women with behavioral health needs;
    2. Increase the use of non-monetary release mechanisms;
    3. Expand pretrial alternatives to individuals charged with certain serious crimes;
    4. Increase defender-based pretrial advocacy capacity;
    5. Increase alternatives to short jail sentences for misdemeanors;
    6. Ensure that gender-responsive services are allocated system-wide; and
    7. Facilitate community connections.

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