New Virtual PREA Training Announced

Don’t miss the upcoming virtual PREA specialized investigations training scheduled for Friday, November 12. This essential training is being offered after the last one sold out. Individuals who take this virtual workshop will gain a better under standing of PREA standards as they relate to investigations. They will also learn how to conduct investigations unique to confinement settings and master techniques for interviewing sexual abuse victims. Attendees will also grasp the proper use of Miranda and Garrity warnings and understand sexual abuse evidence collection.

Led by Cari Gerlicher, an expert in the area of PREA investigations, interviewing techniques for survivors of sexual assault, and trauma-informed care, and Jeff Shorba, who has assisted correctional agencies in developing policies and procedures to facilitate compliance with PREA, this training is critical for anyone involved in investigations in confinement settings. Register here.

Leading from the Inside Out

This podcast series, in partnership with prison communications firm Securus Technologies®, shares the stories of heroes and heroines responsible for maintaining public safety. This series took flight as our nation faced unprecedented social justice issues and a global pandemic that impacted our confinement facilities at alarming rates. In these stories, you’ll learn about the harrowing measures confinement facilities faced during a national pandemic, their concerns about bolstering protection and maintaining some sense of normalcy, and their heroic efforts to add protection to maintain their frontlines.

You will hear from a diverse group of voices: correctional leaders, formerly incarcerated individuals who have reentered society successfully, and other active-duty professionals in corrections who share their challenges and triumphs while also working to manage systemic issues that have plagued the criminal justice system since its inception in 1820. Expertly hosted by Kathy Kenney, retired General Counsel for the Bureau of Prisons for more than 25 years, you’ll hear stories of courage, stamina, and sheer will to keep advancing the field while also working to reform corrections.

Stories of Courage and Leadership in Corrections

Episode 1: Andie Moss, CEO, TMG, Inc. and Russell Roberts, Chief Growth Officer, Securus Technologies® – Highlighting Heroes and Heroines in Corrections

Episode 2: Tony Wilkes, chief of corrections at Nashville Davison County Sheriff’s Office, and Timothy Dial, lieutenant at the time of the recording but recently promoted to chief of security at the Maximum Correctional Center – Courage and Management Required to Run a Jail System

Episode 3: Terri McDonald, a decorated correctional leader has worked in probation and parole and prisons in the state of California, reflects on her 40-year career in corrections, turning points that made a difference, leading through a crisis, and her own views managing COVID and responding to social justice issues – Leading Through a Crisis.

Episode 4: Rob Jeffreys, Director, Illinois Department of Corrections, and John Burle, Warden at Kimani Lifeskills Reentry Center in Illinois – How COVID Exposed the Urgent Need for Criminal Justice Reform 

Episode 5: Chaplain Susan Bishop, Georgia Department of Corrections – Chaplaincy and the Healing Effects of the Prison Choir 

Episode 6: Dr. Mary Livers, retired executive with more than 40+ year career in corrections, and Andrew Hundley, a formerly incarcerated juvenile who now serves as executive director of the Louisiana Parole Project – Juveniles and the Impact of Second Chances

Honoring the Life of Judy Wood

Judy L. Wood played was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of The Moss Group in our almost 20 years of work in the criminal justice field. Given the outreach of our work at TMG, some of our important supporters and consultant team members may not know that we lost Judy on June 13, 2021, so we share this news with sadness, yet overwhelming appreciation for her. Judy was my partner in business and in life and I am so deeply grateful for our 30 years together.

Judy was an amazing woman with so many accomplishments. There would not be a TMG without her pragmatic business acumen and astute understanding of the ups and downs of building an organization. Judy was the financial brains that kept TMG functioning and afloat during our early growth years, flat financial years, and most recently the dance of revenue impact during COVID 19. She ensured our compliance with federal requirements, financial reports, clean audits, financial projections, and so much more. She unselfishly agreed to risk our personal resources when the organization needed support to continue, as unexpected financial demands emerged – not uncommon in a small business. For that I am grateful and in awe of her capacity to believe in me, the TMG team, and our mission.

Judy was a mentor to our finance staff through the years, as well as to other TMG team members. She had a calm about her no matter what the stress or challenge might be. She was interested in the details of our work and enjoyed the opportunities we had together to learn more about the international corrections world, as we enjoyed attending conferences in Romania, Australia, and London. Our good friend and advisor, Dr. Reggie Wilkinson, and Judy famously planned birthday celebrations for me inviting literally the “world.”

The Moss Group office building was Judy’s brainchild and grand project to oversee. If you have been in our offices on Pennsylvania Avenue in southeast Washington, DC, you know they have an artful and contemporary flare mixed with the character of the turn of the century architecture. This was Judy. Colors, use of space, lighting, drama—but tasteful…all her style.

Finally, let me express how much I appreciate the overwhelming support so many of you have given me in ways that have sustained me in a time of deep loss. I know I am not the only one who has lost her presence—she touched so many lives. She was our north star in her role as TMG CFO and we honor her memory with heartfelt gratitude.

To honor Judy publicly, I will host a Celebration of Life on November 4, 2021, in Washington, DC, at the Amenity from 4pm -7 pm. We will have a time of remembrance in a service and then a celebrative reception. Because our lives have included friends and family outside the DC area, there will be a casual brunch for out-of-town guests November 5 at our home. Click here to read an obituary I wrote for our local community magazine that highlights more of who she was to the DC nonprofit and art community. The article is on page 67. Thank you for your kindness in this difficult time and thank you Judy L. Wood!

Honoring Correctional Training Heroes

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.

Don’t Miss the Administrative Investigations Training … June 3

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.

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PREA Specialized Investigations Training– February 26th 2021

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.

 

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Sign Up Today for PREA Specialized Investigations Training – Coming in January

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.

Objectives

  • 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

 

Cost $250

 

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European Prison Officer Career Guidance Survey Launched

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/.

Scottish Prisons Launch Video Visits

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.

New Webinars on Family Trauma and Behavioral Management

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