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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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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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Items of interest from the final FY15 bill:

  • Byrne Competitive grants are eliminated.  Funded at $14 million last year, these grants are used for promising practices and for national initiatives to improve the criminal justice system.  
  • Criminal history grants will increase to $73 million, up from $59 million in FY14.  This account combines funding for the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), of which $25 million is for grants to improve records in NICS, particularly mental health records.
  • Rape kit backlog reduction receives $41 million for a new competitive grant program.  The funding is to support “multi-disciplinary community response teams,” a model that will be developed by NIJ and that will include planning, implementation and long-term evaluation.
  • Anti-heroin efforts receive $7 million for a new competitive grant program to state law enforcement agencies in states with high rates of primary treatment admissions for heroin and other opioids.  
  • Regional anti-gang task forces receive $7 million for a new grant program.
  • Prescription drug monitoring will increase to $11 million, up from $7 million in FY14.
  • Juvenile justice state formula grants will increase slightly to $56 million, up from $55 million in FY14.
  • COPS grants are level-funded at $180 million, although funding for hiring will drop to $134.5 million after carve-outs, down from $151 million in FY14.
  • The comprehensive school safety initiative is again funded at $75 million.  This money is for research and grants.
  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative is level-funded at $28 million.
  • Reimbursement to states and local governments under the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program is up slightly to $185 million, up from $180 million in FY14.
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment grants are level-funded at $10 million.
  • Debbie Smith and other DNA-related grant programs are level-funded at $125 million.
  • Office on Violence Against Women STOP formula grants are up slightly to $195 million, up from $193 million in FY14.
  • OJP’s diagnostic center and state help desk are zero-funded.




House appropriators released  the fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which provides complete funding for 11 of the 12 appropriations bills through Sept. 30, 2015 (Homeland Security will be funded by a CR through Feb. 27). The House is planning to vote as early as Thursday on the measure, which would then go to the Senate. Current government funding runs out on Dec. 11. Lawmakers may need to move a very short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.


Second Chance Act

FY15  $68m  

Smart probation: $6m

Children of Incarcerated Parents: $5m

Pay for Success: $7.5m

FY14  $67.7m



FY15 $8.5m 

FY14 $8.2m


Justice Reinvestment

FY15 $27.5m

Colson Task Force:$750, 000

FY14 $27.5m

Reginald B. Darby

Senior Policy Analyst, Government Affairs

Council of State Governments Justice Center


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Date & Time
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


  • Dr. Edward J. Latessa, Professor and Director, School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati
  • Dr. Kimberly Sperber, Director, Center for Health and Human Services Research at Talbert House
  • Amy Pipas, ETO Administrator, Operation New Hope


  • Josie Alleman, Strategic Initiatives Consultant, Social Solutions

Join Dr. Ed Latessa, Dr. Kimberly Sperber, and Amy Pipas to hear how we can improve public safety by providing the right amounts and types of reentry services to the right groups of people. Research has shown that we should be investing our reentry resources in those offenders who are at highest risk for recidivism,    and that if we provide too many services for low risk participants, they may commit more crimes than if they  had no services at all. But what types of services – and exactly how much – works for each group?

Hear from criminal justice national experts Dr. Latessa and Dr. Sperber. Dr. Latessa has done much of the research on the risk-need-responsivity principle in reentry services. He will talk about what services work for different populations and why it is so important to consider risk level when working with participants. Dr. Sperber’s research focuses on identifying the right amount of services for the different reentry risk groups.    She will talk about using data not only to track the type and amount of services for the different groups, but  also to figure out what amount of services actually works in practice.

Ms. Pipas will talk about how to use to make this research work in the field and how her organization,   Operation New Hope, tracks their data to make sure they are providing the right services to the right people.;eom(Please copy and paste this web address into your browser if a new page doesn't launch properly when you click on the registration link.)

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Latessa received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1979 and is a Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Latessa has published over 140 works in the     area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice. He is co-author of eight books including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America. Professor Latessa has directed over 150 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed over 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in over forty-five states. Dr. Latessa served as President of    the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90). He has also received numerous awards. Some of the most recent are: Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010), Outstanding    Community Partner Award from the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (2010), and Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers     of America (2010).

Dr. Sperber received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2003 and has worked      in the field for more than 20 years. She is experienced in both conducting research and operationalizing evidence-based practices in the field and currently oversees the Center for Health and Human Services Research (CHHSR) at Talbert House. In her role, Dr. Sperber oversees research in the areas of addiction, mental health, corrections, primary care, and implementation science. Her most recent research has focused  on matching correctional program dosage to offender risk, effectively addressing opiate addiction, and evaluating EPICS as a case management model in residential correctional environments. Dr. Sperber is also involved in helping her agency to implement, monitor, and respond to Continuous Quality Improvement    metrics that assess the agency’s performance in terms of process, outcomes, and treatment fidelity.

Ms. Pipas Pipas is the ETO Administrator at Operation New Hope in Jacksonville, Florida. She is responsible  for ensuring data accuracy in the ETO system as well as developing reports to analyze how the program is performing. Throughout the past ten years she has worked for non-profits assisting with program coordination and evaluation. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Social Policy from Empire State College.


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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