Through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) initiative, Improving Institutional Corrections Academy Training, TMG was competitively selected to evaluate the nation’s correctional training academies. The Heroes campaign, which honors correctional training professionals who stood out for their ability to continue to deliver high quality training during the unprecedented strain COVID-19 placed on our nation, and agency departments at large, is part of the larger multi-year initiative. Click here for more.
If you or your staff are responsible for the administrative, policy violation investigations in a correctional setting, as well as inmate due process violation investigations, you do not want to miss this upcoming virtual training. The two 2.5-hour sessions will be led by experienced investigators, and will provide key information regarding the rights owned by staff and administration in these
investigations. Class size is limited, so please register today here.
If you or your staff are responsible for any aspect of the investigative process, you do not want to miss our latest PREA Specialized Investigations Training, February 26, 2021. You’ll gain a better understanding of PREA standards as they relate to investigations, learn how to conduct investigations unique to confinement settings, and understand sexual abuse evidence collection. Training will be presented in two, 2.5 hour sessions. Class size is limited, so please register today at https://cvent.me/WYB2wa.
Don’t miss the PREA Specialized Investigations Training being offered by The Moss Group, this January. You’ll gain a better understanding of PREA standards as they relate to investigations, learn how to conduct investigations unique to confinement settings, and understand sexual abuse evidence collection. Training will be presented in two, 2.5 hour sessions. Class size is limited, so please register early.
- Understand PREA standards relevant to investigators
- Learn how to conduct investigations unique to confinement settings
- Learn techniques for interviewing victims of sexual abuse
- Understand the proper use of Miranda and Garrity warnings
- Understand sexual abuse evidence collection
- Gain confidence in substantiating a sexual abuse case
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To improve the career guidance given to front line prison officers, the European Union funded and launched the Corrections Careers project, of which the International Corrections and Prison Association is a partner. The project is taking place with prisons in six European member states.
The survey asks prison officers, their managers, their families, and decision makers what could be implemented to better support their careers in prison. The first activity in this project is a questionnaire to be followed with a stakeholder workshop in November to take a deeper look at the opportunities and the challenges. To learn more, go to https://icpa.org/.
A Scottish Prison Service (SPS) initiative is allowing all prisoners in Scotland to keep in touch with friends and family via video visits during the Covid-19 crisis. During the lockdown, all social visits to prisons in the United Kingdom have been suspended to protect the residents in care and the community from the Covid-19 threat. SPS management said they initiated the service because they understand how important it is for prisoners’ mental health and rehabilitation to stay connected with their family.
SPS partnered with Unilink to provide the service ensuring that prisoners can stay connected to their loved ones, free of charge during these challenging times and after the ease of the lockdown as a safer alternative to the face-to-face visits, especially for families unable to travel to sites.
The service is available for family visits and one-to-one meetings. Slots are available daily from 10am and 30-minute sessions are allowed. The Video Visits can be booked via www.emailaprisoner.com. Since the introduction of the service, a few weeks ago, over 4000 successful Video Visits were carried out.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is offering the first in a series of three webinars entitled, The Effects of Trauma on Children, Youth and Families at the end of September. The webinar, slated for September 29, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern, will focus on the effects of trauma on children and a trauma-informed approach to caring for children and families that have experienced trauma. To register and learn more, go here: https://ojjdp.ojp.gov/events/effects-trauma-children-youth-and-families
In addition, the American Jail Association is providing a free virtual training entitled, Behavioral Management Unit: Policies, Procedures, and Pitfalls, on September 30, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (EDT). Instructor Lieutenant Tyrone J. Shaw Jr., will examine how the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center Behavioral Management Unit has enhanced the effectiveness of facilities using the direct-supervision model. To learn more and register, go here: https://www.americanjail.org/ev_calendar_day.asp?eventid=124
The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently announced $4.5 million in grants for the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program. These program funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness, and suicide prevention programs.
As part of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, Congress authorized the COPS Office to establish peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs within state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies. The 41 awards meet the goals of the 2017 Act and support the Department of Justice and the Administration’s commitment to law enforcement, said the COPS Office.
In addition to the grants announced, the COPS Office recently published two reports regarding officer mental health and wellness. Those reports include the following:
- Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Report to Congress
- Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies
For more information, go to cops.usdoj.gov.
The Corrections Statistical Analysis Tool (CSAT) is a comprehensive analysis tool providing national prisoner statistics on inmates under the jurisdiction of both federal and state correctional authorities.
CSAT can generate tables of numbers and rates of national and jurisdictional statistics, from 1978 to the most recent year that NPS data are available. The web tool includes state-level prisoner data from the 50 state departments of corrections, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and the District of Columbia (until 2001, when sentenced felons from the District became the responsibility of the BOP).
The pre-set quick tables provide trends in prisoner statistics and link to key tables in the most recent BJS publication on the U.S. prisoner population. In addition, users can create custom tables of year-end populations by the number of inmates in custody or under legal jurisdiction, those held in the custody of private facilities and local jails, the imprisonment rate of prisoners sentenced to more than 1 year, and noncitizens and juveniles in prison. To learn more, click here. https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=nps
After rising from 1.1 million in 2015 to 1.4 million in 2018, the number of persons who were victims of violent crime excluding simple assault dropped to 1.2 million in 2019, the Bureau of Justice Statistics recently announced. Statistics on crimes that have occurred in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, are being collected now and will be reported next year.
These statistics are based on data from the 2019 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The NCVS is the nation’s largest crime survey and collects data on nonfatal crimes both reported and not reported to police. The rate of violent crime excluding simple assault declined 15% from 2018 to 2019, from 8.6 to 7.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older. Among females, the rate of violent victimization excluding simple assault fell 27% from 2018 to 2019, from 9.6 to 7.0 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older. Violent crimes other than simple assault are those generally prosecuted as a felony.
This year, BJS provides new classifications of urban, suburban, and rural areas, with the goal of presenting a more accurate picture of where criminal victimizations occur. Based on the NCVS’s new classifications, the rate of violent victimization in urban areas declined from 26.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2018 to 21.1 per 1,000 in 2019, a 20% decrease from 2018 to 2019.
Based on the 2019 survey, less than half (41%) of violent victimizations were reported to police. The percentage of violent victimizations reported to police was lower for white victims (37%) than for black (49%) or Hispanic victims (49%). To see the full report and statistics, click here: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv18.pdf