Online Training & Best Practices Resources
Online Training and Best Practices Resources
Online Training Resources:
The National Institute of Corrections:
- Free Registration for Trainings
- The online catalog features interactive web trainings that the following topics: Administrative Professions, Communication, Computer Skills, Corrections Topics, Perosnal Development, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Diversity, Writing and Grammar, Project Management, Safety and Wellness, Team Building, Training, and Working with Difficult People.
Notes: *All descriptions and Information from NIC's Website
NICIC Class Recommendations:
- Motivational Interviewing (MI): Overview - This course provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI). By using specific techniques and applying MI, corrections professionals can help increase offenders’ motivation to make changes in their lives that will reduce their likelihood of reoffending. This course is a self-study orientation course and resource for corrections professionals as well as a classroom aid for supervisors and trainers. Estimated duration: 1 hour
The Frontline Learning Center is available to correctional officers, detention officers, probation and parole officers, re-entry specialists, correctional health professionals, and other correctional line staff wishing to take NIC e-courses. Learn more by reading the Frontline article in NIC's National Jail Exchange.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law September 4, 2003 and supports the elimination, reduction and prevention of sexual assault within the corrections systems. The PREA learning Center provides access to all corrections professionals wishing to complete the e-course, Your Role: Responding to Sexual Abuse.
The Pew Center
Video: Reducing Recidivsm 5 minutes. States spend $50 billion a year on corrections, yet more than four out of ten prisoners wind up back behind bars within three years of release. States can break this cycle of recidivism, and save money, by implementing evidence-based programs and policies including risk assessment, fiscal incentives and swift and certain sanctions.
Evidence Based Practices
Evidence Based Decision Making Framework:
- Center for Effective Policy: A framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems
- The PEW Center: Policy Framework to Strengthen Community Corrections
- 2008 The PEW Center: Putting Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry
State Justice Institute:
- Collaboration: A Training Curriculum to Enhance the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Teams (2005)
- The important of Collaborative Leadership in Achieving Effective Criminal Justice Outcomes 2006 Mimi Carter: CEPP
- Why and How to Collaborate Effectively 2006 American Correctional Association
- Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
Evidence Based Policymaking:
- 2014 PEW-MacArthur: Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government.
- The report presents five key components to implementing evidence-based policymaking:
- Program Assessment A guide for Identifying what works in your state or locality Systematically reviewing available evidence on the effectiveness of public programs.
- Budget Development A Guide to Evidence-Based Budget Development. Incorporating evidence of program effectiveness into budget and policy decisions, giving funding priority to programs that deliver a high return on investment of public funds.
- Implementation Oversight A guide to effective program delivery Ensuring that programs are effectively delivered and are faithful to their intended design.
- Outcome monitoring The role of Outcome Monitoring in EBP Policymaking Routinely measuring and reporting outcome data to determine whether interventions are achieving desired results.
- Targeted evaluation A policymaker's guide to building evaluation capacity Conducting rigorous evaluations of new and untested programs to ensure that they warrant continued funding
Evidence Based Programming Implementation:
- The Carey Group: EBP Step-by-Step Planning Guide Summary
- The National Institute of Corrections: Pretrial Resource Center
- Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS): Pretrial Release Resource Center
- 2018: Indiana EBDM Pretrial Work Group Manual
2011 CGS Justice Center: A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism
- NIC: Exercises for Developing MI Skills in Corrections
- NIC: Motivational Interviewing in Corrections: A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing MI in Corrections
- The Carey Group: Practice Sessions and Role Plays with Offenders Instructional Guide
- The Carey Group: Quick Reference Case Planning, a step by step guide
The Carey Group: Complimentary Resources
- Risk Reduction Measures for Community Corrections
- You Get What You Measure: Compstat for Community Corrections 2007 The PEW Center
- Performance Incentive Funding; Aligning Fiscal and Operational Responsibility to Produce More Safety at Less Cost 2012 The VERA Institute of Justice
- The Potential of Community Corrections to Improve Safety and Reduce Incarceration 2013 The VERA Institute of Justice:
- Program Assessment, Identifying what works in your state or locality The PEW Center: