ICCA is accepting nominations for its annual awards.
We encourage you to submit your nominations to recognize your contemporaries who lead our organization and the field of community corrections. There are six awards open for nominations:
22nd Annual International Research Conference
"50 Years of Doing What Matters - Intergrating Innovative Practices"
September 14 - 17, 2014
The Westin Hotel, Cleveland, OH
2014 Annual Conference
22nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
"Integrating Innovative Practices: From the achievements of the past to what matters going forward: Innovation, integration and implementation of research and practice."
SEPTEMBER 14 to 17th The Westin, Cleveland, Ohio
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About Community Corrections
The supervision of returning citizens and provision of supportive services to these individuals outside of jail or prison. Community corrections includes parole, probation, residential and employment services, and other support programs.
Attend a Conference or Forum
ICCA hosts several events throughout the year featuring Federal policy makers, industry thought leaders, and experienced practitioners. In addition to plenary sessions, workshops focus on implementing best practices.
Explore the Resource Center
The Resource Center provides an abundance of community corrections-reated resources including research reports, training manuals and more. ICCA membership is required for access to the full collection.
We regret to announce that Mr. Dave Pisapio is stepping down from his position as Region IX - Vice President. ICCA would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Pisapio for his great contributions to our association. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours and hope he will stay connected with us going forward.
We are pleased to share that we will not have a vacancy in this region since we are very fortunate to welcome Dr. Jeanine Webber. She has accepted the appointment into Region IX - Vice President effective immediately. We are confident that her expertise and experience will be an asset to our Board.
Dr. Jeanine Webber is a Registered Social Worker with 20 years of forensic experience. She is currently the Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Arts – Criminal Justice program at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto, Canada. Jeanine has worked in multiple settings within the Canadian criminal justice system including half way houses, a federal parole office, a maximum security penitentiary (the Kingston Penitentiary), and a federal community correctional centre. Specifically, her jobs have included Federal Parole Officer, Regional Trainer and Head of Correctional Programs. She also worked in Children's Mental Health as a Researcher before joining Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Jeanine has completed program evaluation projects within “real world” community settings. Her research interests include program evaluation studies conducted within community agencies, children with conduct disorder, social justice, adult and youth correctional intervention programs, and crime prevention. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Honours Bachelor of Social Work from York University, a Master of Social Work Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from the University of Toronto.
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Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States
With over 95 percent of people in the nation's state prisons expected to be released at some point, officials at all levels of government recognize the need forinitiatives to support the successful reentry of these individuals to their communities. For the estimated 60,000 youth incarcerated in juvenile detention and correctional facilities on any given day, there is a particular urgency to help them avoid crime and improve their prospects for a successful future when released.
In 2008, Congress responded to these needs by passing the Second Chance Act, first-of-its-kind legislation that was enacted with bipartisan support and backed by a broad spectrum of leaders in law enforcement, corrections, courts, behavioral health, and other areas. The legislation authorizes federal grants that support reentry programs for adults and juveniles, nearly 600 of which have been awarded to government agencies and nonprofit organizations in 49 states by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.
The program snapshots below illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Also highlighted are programs that address the needs of a particular population, such as youth, women, and tribal communities. Representing a wide range of populations served, these programs also demonstrate the diversity of approaches that can address recidivism and increase public safety.
Updated Brief from CCCN's Spring Meeting
Key Opportunities to Advance Safe and Smart Community Corrections Policies
The probation, parole, pretrial agencies, diversion agencies, specialty courts and nonprofits partners that together comprise the community corrections field and serve nearly five million clients each year are at a critical crossroads: As prison and jail costs continue to rise, and as more and more evidence on what works and doesn't work to curb offending and change people's lives emerges, policymakers are coming to see that a strong community corrections system is a key antidote to America's mass incarceration challenge. Probation, parole, pretrial, diversion, specialty courts and our nonprofit partners are now being seen as Safe and Smart alternatives to incarceration. And now, as new opportunities emerging through health care reform and expanded focus on reentry, there is a need to press policymakers on key issues to help community corrections achieve our new public safety mission.
Sacramento County's Adult Day Reporting Center Offers Hope for Change
A dozen men gathered in a classroom at the Sacramento County Probation Department's Adult Day Reporting Center, where probationers are required to participate in life skills classes to fulfill their sentences. The Thinking for a Change class uses role playing to reinforce techniques to cope with anger management, impulse control and other exercises of mind over emotions.
CCCN's Paradigm Shifts
Some changes are in the works at the Community Corrections Collaborative Network.
5th United Nations International Corrections in Peacekeeping Conference
"Promoting Partnerships and Best Practices in Support of Prison Programmes in United Nations Peace Operations”
Planning for Fifth United Nations International Corrections in Peacekeeping Conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 8 to 10 July 2014, is well underway. The organizing team from Burkina Faso is excited to be hosting the conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Promoting Partnerships and Best Practices in Support of Prison Programmes in United Nations Peace Operations."
The conference will provide a special opportunity to review developments, activities, opportunities and challenges in the United Nations corrections sector, and to consider practical steps to strengthen support to national authorities in post-conflict / peacebuilding settings. Participants will include representatives from Member States, field missions, United Nations Headquarters, United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and other partner organizations.
Please note that French and Arabic translation services will be provided during the conference.
The cost of travel, accommodation and food will be covered by the participant or sending organization. Burkina Faso is sponsoring a dinner event and lunches during the conference. Please find attached a list of recommended hotels in Ouagadougou.
Register Now - Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities, Better Outcomes
Jun. 18, 2014--This three-hour live broadcast is meant to inform and increase awareness around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to enhance collaboration between the criminal justice/corrections and healthcare systems.
9am PT / 9am AZT/ 10am MT / 11am CT/ 12pm ET
Register Now at this link http://nicic.gov/training/sib201406 (green button on the right)
Research shows that there are a disproportionate number of justice involved individuals suffering from chronic illness and/ or mental health and substance abuse disorders. We also know that a majority of the justice-involved individuals are young adults and unemployed or earn an income that is well below the federal poverty line leaving them without the ability to obtain health care. There is now an opportunity to enhance collaboration between the criminal justice/corrections and healthcare systems.
Early estimates indicate a significant number of justice-involved individuals may be eligible for provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), specifically; enrollment in Medicaid or the ability to purchase health care coverage through state health insurance exchanges. Because of the many health care expansion possibilities for this population we are witnessing an unprecedented opportunity to help connect the justice population to healthcare coverage and the associated healthcare services.
Federal, state and local criminal justice systems are poised to change the way they do business with the advent of the ACA. It is now possible for millions of low income, justice- involved individuals to obtain healthcare or insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health needs. This far reaching system change will impact every decision point in the criminal justice system from arrest to individuals returning to the community upon release.
This broadcast is meant to inform and increase awareness around this historic healthcare expansion opportunity. The broadcast will highlight promising practices by providing resources and strategies to expand healthcare coverage to justice-involved individuals. During this national discussion and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections, presenters will:
This broadcast is free and available to anyone. The following groups are especially encouraged to participate:
ICCA annual award nominations now open
ICCA is accepting nominations for its annual awards. We encourage you to submit your nominations to recognize your contemporaries who lead our organization and the field of community corrections. There are six awards open for nominations:
Survey of the Community Corrections Field
The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) needs your help to highlight the issues that matter most to community corrections professionals like you. CCCN is a partnership of national and international community corrections organizations. We are a forum for partner associations to develop and work on emerging issues, activities and goals within the community corrections field. Our objectives are to create a shared message and understanding of community corrections; influence community corrections legislation, funding and policy at the federal, state and local levels; assist in prioritizing research areas that emerge from international and national operational experience which promotes evidence based practices; and enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of community corrections-related professional associations. The International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) is proud to be a member of the CCCN, along with our partners.
To meet its mission and to ensure that the voice of the practitioner is heard in the national debate on criminal justice priorities, CCCN is conducting a survey of our association memberships. This survey will solicit opinions from those in the field about the state of community corrections, the most significant issues and opportunities facing the field, and the priorities the field should advocate in the future. CCCN will use the input from this survey to identify the most important current and emerging issues and trends in the field and to help Federal, state and local policy makers and funders direct resources to programs and activities that best promote public safety, address defendant and offender risks and needs, and ensure defendant and offender accountability.
Please join CCCN and ICCA in shaping the national dialogue on community corrections by completing the survey at the link below.
2014 ICCA DC Forum
On March 11th, 2014, fifty ICCA members attended our annual DC Day Forum held at the True Reformer Building in Washington, DC. Those in attendance received valuable information regarding current initiatives and coming trends in the field of community corrections. Presenters represented both governmental and private agencies including:
Each presentation was followed by a Q&A session, with lively feedback from the audience. Participants received summaries of pending legislation relative to community corrections issues. As is the usual practice for ICCA members, many Forum participants scheduled meetings with their legislators on the following day to express support for these pending bills, as well as to discuss their local initiatives.
After a one year hiatus, ICCA was pleased to be able to bring back this annual forum for our membership. Our thanks to Community Resources for Justice and Dismas Charities for sponsoring the Forum luncheon, and to SecurManage for sponsoring the reception. We also thank the Pillsbury Law Firm for providing space for the ICCA Board meeting and Strategic Planning session on March 10th.
Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Center for Effective Public Policy are pleased to announce the release of NIC’s publication, Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences, a document authored by Madeline M. Carter, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy and the Honorable Richard J. Sankovitz, Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Please click on the link below for the full press release and link to the document: