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DC Public Policy Forum & Hill Day 2015

Please join ICCA when we host our Community Corrections Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday March 3, 2015

This forum will feature criminal justice leaders from the Private & Public sectors in order to highlight current trends, pending legislation and relevant updates for those working within community corrections.

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ICCA 23rd Annual Conference

NOVEMBER 8-11, 2015



BOSTON, MA 02116-3912. 

PH: 800-225-2008

2nd World Congress


American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), in partnership with International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), are co-hosting the World Congress on Community Corrections, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, California, USA, on July 14-16, 2015.


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Journal of Communtiy Corrections

The official journal of the International Community Corrections Association, Journal of Community Corrections (JCC) is the most widely read and widely respected journal of policy, research, and programs for community-based rehabilitation and treatment of offenders. The original “what works” journal of evidence-based interventions, JCC brings readers the best thinking of today’s foremost experts in articles that are written, designed, and edited to stimulate action and achieve results.

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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.
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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.
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2nd Chances Siting Project

Gathering the collective wisdom of veteran community correction professionals from within its own membership, the International Community Corrections Association has created a Tool Kit for siting new or expanded community corrections programs and facilities.




American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), in partnership with International Community Corrections Association (ICCA), are co-hosting the World Congress on Community Corrections, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles, California, USA, on July 14-16, 2015.

We desire to design a vibrant program that attracts global attention. We are seeking a broad range of international contributions which will deepen participants’ understanding of developments in community corrections across the world including adult and juvenile, probation, parole and pretrial services, residential facilities and halfway houses, specialty courts, and community initiatives.


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Recently, legislation was introduced to improve the Second Chance Act passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. The Second Chance Act supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism. 

Rather than incarcerating repeat offenders in the same communities' generation after generation, we can put our taxpayer dollars to better use to break this vicious cycle and turn lives around. The ultimate goal of our criminal justice system is to make our families stronger and our communities safer. The work done under the Second Chance Act helps accomplish that goal, one life at a time, and we are one step closer to its passage.


An outline of the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013 can be found HERE.  A sectional analysis of the bill is available HERE, and text of legislation can be found HERE. 




DC Public Safety Radio features the Community Corrections Collaborative Network

As ICCA President, Phil Nunes sits on the National Institute for Corrections Community Corrections Collaborative Committee and last week when in DC he participated in a radio show on DC Public Safety Radio.

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An Informational Webinar on NIC's Dosage Probation Solicitation

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone:

10:00-11:30am PT / 11:00-12:30pm MT/AZ/ 12:00pm-1:30pm CT / 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

Target Audience: Multidisciplinary teams (i.e., courts, corrections, prosecution, defense, probation, victim services, and treatment) at the county and/or city level

Register: To register for the webinar, visit;t=a

Overview: The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) seeks to identify two jurisdictions to engage in a partnership to pilot test a new model of probation supervision, Dosage Probation. The Dosage Probation Model builds on evidence-based and promising practices to restructure sentencing and probation management practices, with the goal of improving offender outcomes (i.e., recidivism reduction) and decreasing the costs associated with lengthy supervision terms. Key elements of the Dosage Probation Model include incentivizing offenders' engagement in risk-reducing activities, ensuring offenders receive interventions and services that have been demonstrated effective in reducing recidivism, and providing the opportunity for early termination from supervision when risk reduction goals have been met.

Once selected, pilot sites will receive technical assistance (TA) over approximately 24 months for both planning and implementation activities. While no direct funding will be provided to jurisdictions selected to participate in the project, pilot sites will receive the benefit of technical assistance from assigned TA providers.

Webinar Objectives:  NIC and project staff will review the materials contained in the solicitation-particularly the goals of the project, specifics that dosage probation model pilot sites will be expected to implement, and the applications requirements-and respond to webinar participants' questions about the project and the application process.

Addition Reading/Preparation: Prior to the webinar, applicants are encouraged to read Dosage Probation: Rethinking the Structure of Probation Sentences (see: ), which provides a policy and practice framework for this new model of supervision.

Participants are asked to review the solicitation in its entirety prior to the webinar, including Appendix 1: the Dosage Probation Implementation Protocol, to determine whether the local community is well suited for participation in this project.

Please download a copy of the solicitation, which is attached to this announcement and review it in its entirety prior to the webinar. Click the green "Download Full Article" button below to do so.





Risk Assessment Instruments Validated and Implemented in Correctional Settings in the United States: An Empirical Guide


     The rates of crime, incarceration, and correctional supervision are disproportionately high in the U.S. and translate into exorbitant costs to individuals, the public, and the state. Within three years of release from jail or prison, twoSthirds of offenders are rearrested and half are incarcerated for a new crime or parole violation. Though many offenders recidivate, a considerable proportion do not. Thus, there is a need to identify those offenders at greater risk of recidivism and to allocate resources and target risk management and rehabilitation efforts accordingly. Risk assessment, a crucial component to implementing evidenceSbased recidivism reduction strategies, is the process of estimating the likelihood an offender will recidivate by identifying those offenders at higher risk and in greater need of interventions. Assessment results, based on ratings of empirically or theoretically based risk and/or protective factors, can be used to determine intervention targets, appropriate programming level and intensity, and supervision level. There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that assessments of risk completed using structured approaches produce estimates that are both more accurate and more consistent across assessors compared to subjective or unstructured approaches. More and more, structured risk assessment approaches are being used in correctional agencies.

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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.

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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:

  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
  • National PREA Resource Center
  • National Criminal Justice Association
  • Council of State Governments
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Public Welfare Foundation
  • International Corrections & Prisons Association
  • National Institute of Corrections


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.

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