This article discusses services developed by the National Institute of Corrections for helping women involved with the criminal justice system.
This article in the January/February 2014 issue of American Jails discusses services developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for helping women involved with the criminal justice system. Since its establishment in 1974, the mission of the NIC has been to shape and advance effective correctional practice and public policy in the pretrial, jail, prison, and community corrections systems within the United States. Over the years, the mission of the NIC has changed and expanded as the field of corrections has changed and begun to adopt more evidence-based practices. While these practices are effective for working with both male and female inmates, some practices are more effective at addressing the issues that are unique to female inmates. The goal of the NIC is to work with correctional facilities to assist them in managing female inmates by providing them with information about gender-specific policies and practices. This information is provided to agencies in the form of technical assistance, training programs, documents and publications, and models of practice. References