Bureau of Justice Assistance
Programs that Support Jails

Body-Worn Camera Partnership Program

This Body-Worn Camera Partnership Program is for law enforcement agencies, including tribal law enforcement, seeking to pilot, establish, or enhance body-worn camera policy and implementation practices. BJA’s Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program (BWCPIP) addresses how to develop and implement these policies and practices for effective program adoption, including the purchase, deployment, and maintenance of camera systems and equipment; data storage and access; and privacy considerations. BWCPIP funds are to be used to purchase or lease camera technology, and program stipulations require that the devices be deployed in a deliberate and planned manner. Before receiving the bulk of their funds, award recipients must first demonstrate a commitment and adherence to a strong body-worn camera (BWC) policy framework. BWCPIP also stresses requisite training, tracking the impact of BWCs, sound digital evidence management practices, and internal and external stakeholder input. Correctional agencies are eligible to apply for BWCPIP funding, provided they are publicly funded and perform law enforcement functions. BJA also provides competitive microgrants to small, rural, and tribal law enforcement agencies seeking to initiate or expand a body-worn camera program. BJA provides all grantees with training and technical assistance which is also available to the field. For more information, visit:

Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program

The purpose of the Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program is to reimburse states, counties, federally recognized tribes, cities, and local jurisdictions up to 50% of the cost of body armor vests purchased for law enforcement officers. The term ‘Law Enforcement Officer’ means any officer, agent, or employee of a State, unit of local government, or federally recognized tribes authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise people who have been sentenced. This includes full, part- time, and auxiliary personnel, whether paid or volunteer.

Since 1999, over 13,000 jurisdictions have participated in the BVP Program, with a total of $548 million in federal funds for the purchase of over 1.4 million vests. Since FY 2015, protective vests were directly attributable to saving the lives of at least 272 law enforcement and corrections officers (based on data collected by the Office of Justice Programs). Thirty-nine of those vests were purchased, in part, with BVP funds. For more information, visit:

Child Friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Jails and Prisons Program

The Child Friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Jails and Prisons Program provides federal funds, and training and technical assistance to correctional facilities to construct, renovate, or modify child-friendly family visiting spaces. It also provides funding to review, modify, and implement visiting policies, procedures, staffing, training, and implementation plans to support family strengthening and the best interests of child visitors. The results should comply with the Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails guide, available at: BJA received a one-time appropriation for this program in Fiscal Year 2021.

Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program

The Collaborative Crisis Response Training Program funds the implementation of transdisciplinary crisis response training to educate, train, and prepare law enforcement and corrections officers so that they are equipped to appropriately interact with people who have behavioral health conditions (including mental health and substance use) and intellectual and developmental disabilities while completing their job responsibilities. The program supports states and local law enforcement, and correctional entities to plan and implement training, engage in organizational planning to deploy trained officers in times of crisis, and sustain a best practice crisis response program. This program supports site-based awards, training, and technical assistance, which can be found at:

Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Use Program

The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Use Program (COSSUP) aims to reduce the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities by supporting comprehensive, collaborative initiatives. COSSUP funding provides necessary resources that allow communities to respond to illicit substance use and misuse to reduce overdose deaths, promote public safety, and support access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system. COSSUP supports units of state, local, and tribal governments to plan, develop, and implement comprehensive efforts that identify, respond to, treat, and support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants, and other drugs. Allowable uses of funds include: front end diversion; overdose response; overdose mapping; data collection and research; overdose fatality review; jail-based programming; access to treatment and peer recovery services; drug take back and disposal; court and prosecution diversion; child welfare; and harm reduction efforts. The program also promotes cross-system planning and coordination to deliver a broad range of evidence-based, culturally relevant interventions. More information can be found at:

Corrections Officer and Staff Safety and Wellness Program

Recognizing that institutional and community corrections officers and staff face many challenges, threats, and stressors, the Corrections Officer and Staff Safety and Wellness Program offers training and technical assistance and builds upon the knowledge base of what works to continually improve their safety and wellness. In addition to offering training, the Corrections Officer and Staff Safety and Wellness Center serves as a repository of corrections policies, protocols, and innovations that work to improve corrections officer and staff safety, wellness, resilience, and retention. In addition, the Center will focus on what works to identify and prevent suicide risk among corrections officers who are lost to suicide at a rate much higher than that for the general population. For more information, visit:

Crime Analyst in Residence Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance Crime Analyst in Residence (CAR) Program is designed to help law enforcement agencies expand their use of data analysis and analytics to manage their operations and practices. Using a hybrid approach of onsite and virtual technical assistance, the CAR Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Team helps law enforcement agencies integrate tailored crime and data analysis practices, products, tools, and information more fully into their daily operations and crime reduction efforts. The CAR TTA Team works closely with the program participants to assess and build their capacity to solve cases, identify crime patterns, develop problem-solving approaches, and implement crime-reduction strategies. For more information, visit:

Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA) Program and TTA Center

The Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA; Public Law 113-242) requires that states provide information regarding the death of any person incarcerated at a municipal or county jail to the Attorney General on a quarterly basis. Municipal and county jails or lockups are to report this information to their State Administering Agency (SAA) according to the process determined by their state. The Justice Information Resource Network (JIRN) Death in Custody Reporting Act Training and Technical Assistance Center (DCRA TTA Center), with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), offers training and technical assistance (TTA) to SAAs to support DCRA data collection and reporting. TTA can be delivered onsite or virtually and includes web-based learning resources, a searchable database of informational resources, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities via online discussion boards/communities of practice. More information about BJA’s DCRA Data Collection Program can be accessed here; the TTA Center can be found here; and the TTA Center can be contacted at

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative cross-system collaboration to improve responses to and outcomes for individuals mental health and substance use disorders who are in the justice system or reentering the community. JMHCP also supports courts, prosecutors, and community supervision with training, technical assistance, and tools for the early identification of people with MHDs who may need behavioral health system interventions. Together with the Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Program, JMHCP promotes cross-discipline training for justice and treatment professionals, and facilitates communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services for people with behavioral health needs. Tobe eligible, states, tribes, and local governments must partner with their mental health authority. BJA provides technical assistance to grantees and the field at large. The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Website provides information, resources, and successful examples of JMHCP programs at: To learn more about the program, visit:

Justice Counts

Justice Counts envisions a more fair, effective, and efficient criminal justice system by providing policymakers with actionable data to make policy and budgetary decisions. Justice Counts helps agency leaders adopt the Justice Counts metrics, make the data available, and help policy makers use them. It has supported a broad coalition to reach consensus around a set of metrics for each part of the system—law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, jails, prison, community supervision. States will develop a plan to engage agencies and localities, organize their data in the Justice Counts tool, and engage policymakers to use the data. For more information, visit:

Justice Reinvestment Initiative State-level Technical Assistance

This Justice Reinvestment Initiative State-level Technical Assistance uses a data-driven process to help states improve the fairness, effectiveness, and efficiency of their criminal justice systems. The initiative works in partnership with states to address public safety challenges, including people who have mental illnesses in the justice system, high rates of recidivism, and the high cost of corrections, all while trying to improve services for victims and increase opportunities for people returning to communities from jail and prison. BJA provides training and technical assistance experts to collect agency-spanning data that spotlight the most pressing trends and drivers of crime, recidivism, and costs; meet with a range of stakeholders and assess statutes, policies, and current practices; deliver findings and identify solutions for state leaders and stakeholders in clear, compelling, and actionable presentations; help address implementation challenges once changes are adopted; and establish an ongoing data monitoring process. To learn more about the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), visit:

National Reentry Resource Center and Second Chance Technical Assistance

The Second Chance Act National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) was established in 2009 and serves as a primary source of information and guidance in adult and juvenile reentry, advancing the use of evidence- based practices and policies by creating a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers invested in reducing recidivism. The NRRC serves as a centralized online location for reentry information for dissemination to the field and includes a mechanism for online technical assistance. It also serves as a clearinghouse for reentry- related learning and funding opportunities, and provides resources for various audiences, including state, local, and tribal governments; service providers; nonprofit organizations; corrections institutions; individuals returning home to their communities from incarceration and their families; and other stakeholders. For further information, visit:

National Training and Technical Assistance Center

The Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center (BJA NTTAC) facilitates the delivery of training and technical assistance (TTA) to the criminal justice community. By providing rapid, expert, coordinated, and data driven TTA, the BJA NTTAC team supports practitioners in their efforts to reduce crime, recidivism, and unnecessary confinement, making communities safer. Utilizing a vast provider network, the BJA NTTAC team connects state, local, and tribal justice agencies with subject matter experts to address their communities’ specific public safety needs. Learn more at:

Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program

Under the Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP), BJA certifies that local or state prison industry programs meet all the necessary requirements to be exempt from federal restrictions on prisoner-made goods in interstate commerce. PIECP programs place people who are incarcerated in realistic work environments, pay them prevailing wages, and give them a chance to develop marketable skills that will increase their potential for rehabilitation and meaningful employment on release. BJA provides technical assistance to all active state and county-based certified correctional industry programs that manage business partnerships with private industry and provides the latest information and strategies on prison industries to enhance certificate holders’ prison industry programs. For more information, visit:

Prison Rape Elimination Act Management Office – Including the National PREA Resource Center

BJA’s Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Management Office is responsible for supporting PREA implementation nationwide. In addition to administering the PREA Site- based Grant Program, this office also directs the PREA Resource Center, articulates the instrumentation and methodology to be used for PREA audits, trains and certifies PREA auditors, provides oversight for PREA audits, and communicates with governors’ offices about their annual statutory obligations under PREA. More information about PREA can be accessed here: Additional information, and access to training and technical assistance can be accessed here:

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program is a formula grant program that enhances the capabilities of state, local, and tribal governments to provide residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment to adult and juvenile populations during detention or incarceration, initiate or continue evidence-based SUD treatment in jails, prepare individuals for reintegration into the community, and assist them and their communities throughout the reentry process by delivering community-based treatment and other recovery aftercare services. It encourages the establishment and maintenance of drug-free prisons and jails and development and implementation of specialized residential SUD treatment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The program also encourages the inclusion of medication-assisted treatment as part of any SUD treatment protocol. Further information is available at: BJA offers training and technical assistance to RSAT Program recipients and subrecipients. For more information or to request support go to:

Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program

The purpose of this Safeguarding Correctional Facilities and Public Safety by Addressing Contraband Cellphones Program is to assist state and local governments, including federally recognized Indian tribes that have detention capacity, to protect against contraband cellphone use in correctional facilities. It provides grant funds and training and technical assistance (TTA) to grantees, and it develops tools and resources on contraband cell phone interdiction systems for the corrections field. Site-based awards are for governments to operationalize effective and secure contraband cell phone interdiction systems in correctional settings to prevent, detect, seize, and stop the presence and use of contraband cell phones by people who are incarcerated. Jurisdictions test, implement, and document changes to policy, practice, and tactics as they relate to preventing, detecting, seizing, and stopping the presence and use of contraband cell phones. For more information, visit:

Second Chance Act: Community Reentry Incubator Initiative

The purpose of the Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Incubator Initiative is to build programmatic, financial, and organizational capacity in community-based organizations and faith-based institutions to provide sustainable and transitional services to people leaving incarceration that focus on community and family reintegration, building strengths-based assets, and reducing recidivism (including reducing arrests, new charges, convictions for new offenses, and reincarceration). For more information, visit:

Second Chance Act: Community-based Reentry Program

The Second Chance Act: Community-based Reentry Program provides funding and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to provide comprehensive reentry services to individuals who have been incarcerated. Funds awarded under this program support individuals at moderate to high risk for recidivism. These services include both pre- and post-release programming and reentry support. Prior to release from incarceration, funded programs screen, assess, and identify individuals for program participation. Participants receive case management services and are connected evidence- based programming designed to ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is successful. Supports and services provided through this program can include: service coordination and tracking; gender-specific and trauma informed programming and services; individual and/or group mentoring, peer supports; educational, literacy, and vocational services; substance use and mental health disorder treatment and recovery services; connections to physical health care; family services to support family reunification and restoration; assistance in securing safe and affordable housing; civil legal assistance services; and staff training. For more information, visit:

Second Chance Act: Reentry Program Evaluation Support Initiative

The Second Chance Act: Reentry Program Evaluation Support Initiative supports training and technical assistance to ensure Second Chance Act (SCA) grantees complete rigorous evaluations and communicate learnings back to the field, and improves grantees’ capacity to sustain effective SCA-funded strategies. The SCA authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations with the goal of increasing reentry programming and improving outcomes for people who have offended returning to their families and communities from prison or jail. Grantees conduct a variety of activities including making general system improvements and providing employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, mentoring, and other services, as well as working with research partners to evaluate their efforts. Given the potential public safety and fiscal implications of a successful reentry into society, it is critical for correctional stakeholders to know which reentry initiatives are the most efficacious and to sustain them. For more information, visit:

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) in conjunction with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). SCAAP provides federal payments to states and localities that incurred correctional officer salary costs for incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens with at least one felony or two misdemeanor convictions for violations of state or local law and who were incarcerated for at least four consecutive days during the reporting period. More information about BJA’s SCAAP Program can be accessed here and the SCAAP Helpdesk can be contacted at

Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision Program: Applying the Principles Behind Project HOPE

The purpose of the Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program is to provide state, local, and tribal community supervision agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) to

engage in collaborative problem solving with stakeholders using data and research-informed strategies to assess and improve responses to client behavior in accordance with the principles of swiftness, certainty, and fairness; improve supervision outcomes; prevent recidivism; reduce crime in their jurisdictions; promote the fair administration of justice; and advance public safety. Learn more at:

Tribal Justice Training and Technical Assistance Initiative

The Tribal Corrections Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Initiative program delivers on strategies to strengthen tribal correctional system capacity to enhance public safety and facilitate successful community reintegration efforts. It supports tribal communities in addressing their community supervision and training needs, as well as ensuring successful community reintegration efforts, for individuals returning to the community from correctional facilities. It focuses on using culturally appropriate programming; advancing criminal justice reform by providing TTA on implementing and/or enhancing alternatives to incarceration; enhancing tribal justice system capacity to identify and meet the rehabilitation needs of probationers, detainees, and inmates; and embracing victim-centered community supervision and reentry approaches to better serve victims of crime. For more information, visit:

Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning Program

The Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning Program provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia with funding and intensive technical assistance to help them develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan to address public safety and victimization. Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 2, BJA provides funding for tribes to engage in comprehensive justice system strategic planning that will improve tribal justice and safety; develop, support, and enhance adult tribal justice systems to prevent crime related to opioid, alcohol, and other substance abuse; and renovate, expand, and/or replace tribal justice facilities to enhance facility conditions and/or add capacity for recidivism-reduction programming. For additional information on CTAS, visit:

Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program

The Tribal Justice Systems Infrastructure Program provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia with funding to strengthen tribal justice system capacity by addressing physical infrastructure needs. Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 4, BJA provides site-based funding to federally recognized tribes to renovate or expand existing tribal justice-related facilities or build prefabricated or permanent modular tribal justice-related facilities. The facility types supported by this program include police departments, courts, detention centers, multipurpose justice centers, transitional living facilities, correctional alternative or treatment facilities, and domestic violence shelters/safe homes/transitional living facilities/advocacy programs. For additional information on CTAS, visit:

National Institute of Corrections

Select Training Programs, Networks and Technical Assistance Offerings in Support of the Nation’s Jails

Training Programs

The NIC Jails Division offers numerous training options to accommodate participant learning styles, preferences, and work schedules. Training is available both for individuals and organizations. We offer traditional classroom or Instructor Led Training (ILT), Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) or blended training which consists of ILT and VILT formats.

Strategic Inmate Management

– 6 to 12 months including classroom and coaching phases

(Mike Jackson –

The most fundamental goal of every jail is to maintain a safe and secure environment for staff, inmates, and visitors. Effectively managing inmate behavior is critical to this goal. Strategic Inmate Management (SIM) aims to promote safe and secure environments by employing the best practices of direct supervision and inmate behavior management applicable to all physical plant designs. With the SIM initiative, NIC works with jurisdictions seeking to integrate a comprehensive approach to inmate management.

The goals of this initiative include:

  • Support correctional leaders and staff in fulfilling their role in providing safe and secure facilities.
  • Demonstrate the importance of having a cohesive inmate management strategy to manage inmate behavior effectively.
  • Assist correctional agencies in integrating SIM as an operational philosophy, ingraining SIM in the organizational culture.
  • Build organizational capacity to sustain the integration of SIM throughout all levels of the organization.

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Crisis Intervention Team Training

– 40 Hours (Sandora Cathcart –

This classroom-based Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training program is typically held at a host agency. The training provides front line staff with the needed skills and competencies to effectively handle individuals experiencing a crisis. In addition, the NIC Partnership Training Program involves developmental meetings with the host agency’s CIT Executive Steering Committee to affirm the tenets of CIT and how to replicate and sustain the CIT Program.

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Mental Health First Aid

– 8 Hours (Sandora Cathcart –

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition, the training provides the necessary skills needed to provide initial assistance and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

National Sheriffs Institute- Leadership Training (NSI)

– 40 Hours (Glenn Watson –

The NSI is the only national leadership program designed specifically for first-term sheriffs. It introduces them to their leadership role, specifically as it relates to the sheriff’s role in his/ her organization, the local criminal justice system, and community. All leadership concepts are taught within the context of the experience of the first-term sheriffs.

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National Sheriffs Institute- Jail Administration (NSI-JA)

 – 40 hours (Glenn Watson –

Over 80% of the nation’s jails fall under the responsibility of the local sheriff for safe and effective operation. Unfortunately, many of these sheriffs come from a primary law enforcement background with limited knowledge of their responsibilities of the detention/corrections of the agency. The National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI)-JA course is a newly developed program designed to enhance the knowledge of sheriffs regarding their responsibilities in leading the administration and operations of a correctional facility.

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Staffing Analysis Training

– 36 Hours (Glenn Watson –

This training program presents an integrated series of steps that agencies can use to formulate a comprehensive and innovative staffing plan. The staffing analysis process involves: jail profiling; net annual work hours calculation; development of a facility activity schedule; staff coverage plan development; completion of a staff summary; schedule development; evaluation, revision, and improvement of the plan; operational costs calculation; report preparation; and implementation of the plan and monitoring of the results.

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Jail Inspector Training for New Inspectors

– 32 Hours (Glenn Watson –

This program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of new detention facility inspectors in their core duties of inspecting, consultation, and technical assistance. In this program, participants will examine their role as a detention facility inspector, create a plan for developing positive working relationships with detention officials and other key stakeholders, examine and practice essential inspection and consulting skills, plan and carry out a practice inspection and report, review trends impacting detention facilities and standards, and gather contacts, information, and resources for professional development. Topics include clarifying the role of the detention facility inspector, conducting detention facility inspections, providing technical assistance, basics of construction plan review, ethics, trends and issues, and workload management.

Participants will also receive information about the various resources available through NIC and other organizations, which may aid in professional development and networking opportunities.

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Managing Restrictive Housing Populations

– 24 hours (single agency); 32 hours (multiple agencies) (Glenn Watson –

The program is designed to help participants understand constitutionally sound restrictive housing policies as well as promising practices to reduce the use of restrictive housing through ensuring the appropriate people are placed in restrictive housing, that there are alternatives available for those individuals who do not need the highest level of confinement, and strategies to reduce lengths of stay in restrictive housing. Most importantly, it prepares participants to leave the training with a fully developed implementation plan to improve and reduce the use of restrictive housing in their facilities.

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Planning of New Institutions (PONI)

 – 24 Hours (Mike Jackson –

Although criminal justice planners and architectural firms have the technical expertise to plan and design a new jail, the jurisdiction will operate the jail long after the planners and architects are gone. This training is designed for key policy and decision-makers with roles in the new jail project. The course teaches concepts through case studies, allowing participants to get “hands- on” experience in planning methods. The course focuses on the critical elements of planning a new facility, including collecting and using data, pre- architectural programming, site evaluation, project management, and determining staffing needs.

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Managing Jail Design and Construction

– 24 Hours (Mike Jackson –

Contracting services for the design and construction of a new facility is only one small step in the much larger process of building a new jail. How staff transfer inmates, accept visitors and create space for special programming are considerations that should be resolved long before construction begins. This program teaches participants to think about the nuances of their operations and how they should translate into design and construction. In addition, the course introduces participants to project management and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of those who develop, design, and construct new facilities.

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How to Open a New Institution (HONI)

– 24 Hours (Mike Jackson –

Transition assistance helps local officials understand how to plan for the transition to and occupation of the new jail. Technical resource providers train the transition team on the function of the jail’s mission statement, development of operational scenarios, policies, procedures, and post orders; move logistics; staff training issues; budgeting for transition; and development of an action plan for transition.

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Safety Matters

– 24 Hours (Katie Reick –

Relationships in Women’s Facilities is a training designed to build capacity among corrections practitioners to implement policies and practices that support safe and healthy relationships with and among incarcerated women. The training is based on research and correctional best practice. After the training, participants will be able to effectively use communication skills to manage relationships with incarcerated women and intervene in unsafe situations. This advanced curriculum is designed to build upon pre-existing gender-responsive knowledge, motivational interviewing skills, and understanding of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and strategies to support sexual safety.

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Correctional Industries Leadership Training

– 40 Hours (Stephen Amos –

NIC collaborates with the National Corrections Industries Association (NCIA) and provides leadership training that promotes effective planning, management, and operations strategies that lead to safe and cost-effective industry programs in jails. In addition, this training program supports pro-social activities while providing a constructive environment to reduce institutional idleness and disciplinary infractions.

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Evidence-based Workforce Development Series

– 40 hours of blended-training plus 2-4 hours of post-training, quarterly coaching sessions (Archie Weatherspoon –

The series was established to prepare individuals for certification as an Employment Retention Specialist. The training combines cognitive behavioral interventions with motivational interviewing techniques to address gainful attachment to the workforce, the collateral consequences of incarceration and criminogenic risk.

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The Reentry Employment Training Series

(Archie Weatherspoon – This training program consists of the following elements:

· Employment Retention: Principles and Practice – 24 Hours
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing techniques
  • Introduction to cognitive behavioral interventions
  • Career theory and assessments
  • Virtual Training (4-hour web-based training)
  • Employment retention strategies
  • Evidence-based concepts
  • Motivational interviewing
· Employment Retention: Criminal Justice System -40 Hours
  • Continuum of care model
  • Career theory operationalization
  • Employment Retention Inventory
· Professional Coaching Sessions – 2-Hour Quarterly Sessions
  • Skill mastery
  • Knowledge enhancement


The NIC Jails Division networks are designed to promote and provide a vehicle for the free and open exchange of ideas, information, and innovation among network members. In addition, NIC networks reinforce the assumption that knowledge can be transferred from one jurisdiction or agency to another. This knowledge can serve as a stimulus for developing effective approaches to address similar problems or opportunities.

Correctional Communication Administrators’ (CCA) Network

(Belinda Stewart –

Public Information Officers (PIO) and Communication Directors play a vital role in jails and prisons throughout the country. The public’s perception/misperception of correctional operations can influence public safety, funding, elections and numerous other factors. The Correctional Communication Administrators Network provides for the free exchange of ideas and information that allows colleagues to share and learn new strategies regarding media inquiries and responses; managing crises; building positive rapport with the media; controlling the agency’s message; engaging the community; conveying the agency’s mission; and more.

Large Jail Network

(Mike Jackson –

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) established the Large Jail Network (LJN) in 1989 as a connection point for jails and jail systems administrators with an average daily population of 1,000 or more inmates. LJN members explore issues facing jail systems, discuss strategies and resources for dealing successfully with these issues, discuss potential methods by which NIC can facilitate the development of programs or the transfer of existing knowledge or technology and seek new and creative ways to identify and meet the needs of network members.

Chief State Jail Inspectors Network

(Glenn Watson –

Challenges faced by state inspection agencies and the facilities under their purview are significant. The Chief State Jail Inspector Network is a forum to explore issues facing jails systems from the perspective of network members; to discuss strategies and resources for dealing successfully with these issues; to discuss potential methods by which NIC can facilitate the development of programs or the transfer of existing knowledge or technology; to develop and improve communication among network members; to seek new and creative ways to identify and meet the needs of network members.

All Sheriffs Authority

(Mike Jackson –

Criminal justice issues and needs in the 21st century have evolved. They require thought leaders to chart an effective course forward to foster sound policy and practice, community engagement, and public safety. The nation’s sheriffs are uniquely positioned to educate the public on the role of Sheriff and their vantage point regarding criminal justice, community engagement, public safety, policing, and corrections/detention.

Through the development of the All Sheriffs’ Authority, sheriffs convene to discuss contemporary challenges facing the nation’s jails; identify needs and resources for addressing these challenges; consider strategies for implementation; and promote best and promising practices.

Technical Assistance Offerings

Technical assistance (TA) is guidance, support, advice, assessment, and/or customized training that a technical resource provider (TRP) or an NIC staff member provides to federal, tribal, state, or local correctional agencies or other organizations in the field of corrections. The TRP or NIC staff member serves in an advisory capacity and/or works with the staff of the requesting agency in assessing programs and operations, implementing advanced practices, and improving overall agency management, operations, and programming. Select offerings for our nation’s jails include:

Jail and Justice System Assessment

Jurisdictions considering renovating an existing jail or constructing a new one can apply for assistance in evaluating their current facility and the role of their jail in the local criminal justice system. NIC will assess the physical condition of the jail and interview criminal justice stakeholders about policies and practices that affect the jail. The assistance will result in recommendations related to new construction or renovation and observations concerning areas of the local justice system that impact the jail population. The recommendations and observations will be presented at a meeting of local officials, jail practitioners, and community members and documented in a follow-up report.

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Jail Operational Assessment

This technical assistance offering aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of a jail facility, so the requesting agency has a complete operational assessment to use as a guide as they consider their current operations and possible opportunities to enhance their services.

Technical Resource Providers or TRPs will review such areas as intake & release, housing plan, policy and procedures, staff training, overall conditions of confinement and sanitation, security, and inmate management, programs and services. Prior to arriving on-site, the TRP will request and review documentation relevant to the scope of the technical assistance, including, but not limited to, jail inspections, staffing plans, post orders, policy and procedures, program schedules, housing plan, mission statement, and service contracts. The TRP will also request and review the documentation on any current litigation, court rulings, consent decrees, and/or other relevant legal issues. After the on-site visit has been conducted, the jurisdiction will receive a written report of the findings and recommendations to address any concerns or issues discovered.

Objective Inmate Classification System Assessment

A properly implemented objective jail classification system can be expected to identify the level of risk presented by newly admitted inmates based on the use of valid and reliable information. Appropriate housing and program assignments can then be made based on the inmate’s potential risk to staff, other inmates, and him or herself. Jails experiencing crowding especially need objective classification. It will enable the identification and separation of violent individuals and potential victims and allow for appropriate staffing when crowded conditions require the mixing of inmates. An objective jail classification system will also provide jail administrators and staff with invaluable data to better carry out their daily responsibilities and project future needs.

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Transition from Jail to the Community (Reentry) Assessment and Assistance

Guided by evidence-based practices, effective transition strategies are promoted based on the use of actuarial risk and need screening instruments, the provision of cognitive- behavioral interventions, the inclusion of case management and case planning practices, and coordination between community partners and correction agencies.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents Program Assistance

In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NIC has provided technical assistance to local jails centered on parent-child communication and contact during parental incarceration. Technical assistance includes: correctional staff training, evaluation of intake and assessment procedures for incarcerated parents, evaluate family notification and information provision, parent programming, providing support for children’s caregivers, the transformation of lobby and visitation spaces, identifying and fostering community partnerships and preparing incarcerated parents, their children and their children’s caregivers prepare for reentry and reunification.

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Inmate Suicide Prevention Assessment

NIC representatives will review inmate intake policies and procedures, staff training documents, and additional operational policies to assess staff ability and readiness to identify suicidal behaviors. The technical assistance resource staff will also tour the facility and meet with staff and administrators to determine where there may be gaps in awareness and services.

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To apply for technical assistance, go to:

For more information about technical assistance, contact Mike Jackson at or 202-616-9565