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Sponsors:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through subcontract with Policy Research Associates, Inc. 

The Center is providing expert consultation and curriculum development services in support of a training curriculum that will focus on peer support advocates working with justice-involved individuals. Center staff will assist with the development of a curriculum for key competency areas and ultimately will create a unified, self-paced curriculum on behalf of the SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.

Sponsors: Laura and John Arnold Foundation

A Center staff member is providing consulting services related to the creation of a national dissemination model of the Arnold Foundation’s Public Safety Assessment risk assessment tool (PSA).  This work includes assisting with the development and testing of the informational and training materials necessary to execute the model.

Sponsors: National Institute of Corrections through subcontract with National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

A Center staff member will participate in the planning and execution of a Diversion Symposium for the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies.  This will include identifying organizations to participate, assisting with finalizing the Diversion Symposium goals and objectives, aiding with Symposium logistics, helping to develop the final agenda, serving as faculty during the event, assisting with developing the Diversion Symposium curriculum and selecting faculty, and developing and writing a White Paper to inform the diversion field of the major issues and points Diversion Symposium and describe next steps to advance pretrial diversion as an evidence-based decision point.

Sponsors: Carey Group Publishing, Inc.

Center staff assisted in revising the tools included in the Intimate Partner Violence Carey Guide. This guide is a resource for corrections professionals that translates evidence-based research and practice on the topic of intimate partner violence into concise, actionable case management cognitive tools for those who supervise and manage this offender population.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance through a subcontract with the Urban Institute

The Center collaborated with the Urban Institute to convene and support the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections to address challenges in the federal corrections system. The Center assisted in the facilitation and management of the Task Force’s process; and along with the Urban Institute convened roundtables with stakeholder and substantive experts; drafted an overview of best practices in corrections; conducted a review of Bureau of Prison practices regarding operations, programming and reentry planning; and provided ongoing support to Task Force members. Lastly, the Center assumed responsibility for developing and maintaining the Task Force website; and assisted in the dissemination of the Task Force findings, recommendations, and final report.

Sponsors:  National Institute of Corrections through subcontract with the Moss Group

Center staff facilitated a Working Session of the National Institute of Corrections and The Moss Group to develop a Sexual Safety Curriculum. This entailed attending a meeting to discuss the development of the Working Session, reviewing materials prepared for the event, preparing goals and agenda for the session, facilitating the event, and preparing a meeting record in support of the development of the curriculum.

Sponsors: The Moss Group

Center staff planned and facilitated a series of critical issues workshops on the impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in three areas: PREA and Critical Issues Facing Juvenile Justice Leaders; Classification and Sexual Safety; and Impact on Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

In April 2005, the Office of Justice Programs conducted a landmark session that brought together representatives from law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners’ offices, victim advocates, and families of missing persons to strategize about how the Department of Justice could help the field to more effectively respond to missing person cases and identifying human remains. OJP sought the assistance of the Center to develop and deliver a presentation on the importance of collaboration in responding to missing person cases and cases involving unidentified remains, design work group sessions that elicited specific participant recommendations about how to improve current practices in these areas, create a record of the meeting, and synthesize participant comments into priority action areas for OJP.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, the National Symposium assembled a broad audience of experts from around the country to explore the relationship between alcohol abuse and crime, advance the state of knowledge on this issue, and provide recommendations to the Office of Justice Programs and other federal agencies on what they might do to support effective change in this area. The event culminated with a personal briefing during which participants synthesized the results of the Symposium’s working session for the United States Attorney General.