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in technical staff and lack of knowledge about where to find solutions for technology issues are some of the problems faced by correctional agencies throughout the country. Many of these agencies are being forced to purchase technology based on legislative mandates and have to rely on low-bid equipment. These same agencies receive input solely from vendors or manufacturers. In an effort to correct this problem, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ Noun 1. NIJ - the law enforcement agency that is the research and development branch of the Department of Justice
National Institute of Justice
Department of Justice, DoJ, Justice Department, Justice - the United States federal department responsible for ) sponsored its first Technology Institute for Corrections in July 1997. The ardent (Ardent Software, Inc., Westboro, MA) A database vendor formed in 1998 as the merger of VMARK Software, Unidata and O2 Technology. Its products included the UniVerse and UniData databases and DataStage data warehouse utility. response from the field indicated that there is a strong need for this kind of interaction in the corrections community as well as the law enforcement community.
During 1998, NIJ sponsored two institutes. One focused on law enforcement issues and the other focused on correctional issues. The objectives of NIJ's Technology Institute for Corrections are to provide correctional agencies with the following:
* A solid background on the various technology initiatives that NIJ is developing, testing or evaluating;
* Information on technology available to or being developed by other federal agencies, which could assist corrections;
* A problem-solving forum in which to present their respective technology challenges to their peers and NIJ staff in order to discuss possible solutions;
* A network of professional peers throughout the country from which to draw while dealing with technology issues in the future; and
* The knowledge of where to go to find technology information and assistance.
Planning and Selection
The six-day Technology Institute for Corrections was announced at major professional conferences and in other law enforcement publications and Web sites. Some of these included NIJ's Web site, JUSTNET JUSTNET Justice Technology Information Network ; the American Correctional Association's (ACA ACA - Application Control Architecture ) Corrections Today; and the American Probation probation, method by which the punishment of a convicted offender is conditionally suspended. The offender must remain in the community and under the supervision of a probation officer, who is usually a court-appointed official. and Parole parole (pərōl`), in criminal law, release from prison of a convict before the expiration of his term on condition that his activities be restricted and that he report regularly to an officer. Association's (APPA) Perspectives. An application and selection process was developed and advertised. Interested individuals or agencies submitted applications for consideration and selection. Twenty-three corrections practitioners were selected from throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. to attend. Attendees ranged geographically from Oregon Oregon, city, United States
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BoP , the National Institute of Corrections The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency of the United States government. It is part of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. and the Office of Justice Program's Corrections Program Office were invited to make presentations. Participants were recommended by the head of their respective agencies and were selected by a panel, which considered factors such as current duty position and that relationship to technology and specific technology issues facing the agency. Upon being selected, each participant was required to prepare a presentation on a technology issue or problem facing his or her agency to present to their peers during the institute.
A Successful Endeavor
The week was packed with activities that began Sunday evening with a welcoming reception. The goal of that first evening was to introduce participants to their peers and the particular technology issues that each would be working on during the week, and to foster teamwork (product, software, tool) Teamwork - A SASD tool from Sterling Software, formerly CADRE Technologies, which supports the Shlaer/Mellor Object-Oriented method and the Yourdon-DeMarco, Hatley-Pirbhai, Constantine and Buhr notations. and peer problem-solving throughout the week.
Each day, the institute spotlighted specific tools for accessing information about technology and assistance. The participants traveled to downtown Washington, D.C., to hear briefings from NU's Office of Science and Technology (OS&T). OS&T Director David Boyd David Boyd may refer to:
Presentations also were provided by NIJ's Technology Assistance and Research and Technology Development divisions on specific technology programs that support solutions to correctional issues. Institute participants learned about NIJ's National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC NLECTC National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center ) system, which has established regional centers throughout the country to assist state and local criminal justice agencies with technology issues. Participants also received a comprehensive demonstration of JUSTNET (www.nlectc.org), NIJ's technology information Web site. JUSTNET affords open access to anyone interested in technology issues and serves as a "one-stop shop One-Stop Shop
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Participants came away from the first day with a solid understanding of NIJ's technology support structure throughout the nation and the status of many current technology initiatives. Presentations were made regarding continuous inmate INMATE. One who dwells in a part of another's house, the latter dwelling, at the same time, in the said house. Kitch. 45, b; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B 85; 1 B. & Cr. 578; 8 E. C. L. R. 153; 2 Dowl. & Ry. 743; 8 B. & Cr. 71; 15 E. C. L. R. 154; 2 Man. & Ry. 227; 9 B. & Cr. and staff monitoring, surplus property, contraband contraband, in international law, goods necessary or useful in the prosecution of war that a belligerent may lawfully seize from a neutral who is attempting to deliver them to the enemy. and drug use detection, and NIJ's joint technology program with the military. One of the major highlights was the address given by the Honorable Laurie Robinson, assistant attorney general, Office of Justice Programs. Not only did she express her thanks to the participants and agencies for their valuable time, but extended her commitment to the corrections community in the area of technology assistance.
The group traveled to Fairfax County, Va., to visit the sheriff's office and jail facility. Sheriff Carl Peed officially welcomed the group and provided tours of his existing facility and of the unfinished new facility, which is incorporating many new technological advances. Capt. Sharon Stolting coordinated briefings on the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office's electronic monitoring program. Stolting had been a participant in the earlier pilot program, Summer Institute for Law Enforcement, and had volunteered to assist NIJ during this institute. "My experience attending the NIJ institute was invaluable," noted Stolting. "I developed many key contacts throughout the country with whom I continue to dialogue on technology issues."
Most of the institute focused on the participant technology presentations and the peer problem-solving. As noted, each participant brought a problem or an issue related to technology (or one that may be solved by technology) from his or her agency. Each issue was presented and then followed by an open discussion and problem-solving sessions among peers and NIJ staff. "This is the most beneficial part of the institute," said one of the participants. "It afforded us the opportunity to gain from one anothers' experience, knowledge, successes and even failures." Not all problems and issues were resolved. However, the participants gained key insights from others on developing a plan of action or where to go for support and assistance. Several participants made commitments to assist one another collaboratively in the future.
Another highlight of the institute was the banquet A banquet is a large public meal or feast, complete with main courses and desserts. It usually serves a purpose, such as a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration. Sometimes a banquet consists of only desserts, but it is advisable to include main courses as well. on the final evening. Jeremy Travis, director of NIJ, visited with the participants during dinner and presented the keynote address keynote address
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Noun 1. . He expressed his thanks to the group for the time they invested during the week and pledged his agency's continued support to the corrections community and the technology institute concept.
A great deal of relevant technology information was presented in a short period of time. More important, an environment was established in which recommendations and solutions to the participants' problems were presented while expanding their professional support network. In addition, NIJ received valuable feedback from the participants on how to make next year's institute experience even more beneficial. Some of these suggestions included regional institutes that would bring back participants to evaluate their progress and share their experiences with future participants.
NIJ plans to sponsor the Technology Institute for Corrections annually. Information on applying will be listed on the NIJ Web site, JUSTNET (http://www.nlectc.org), and in ACA's Corrections Today and APPA's Perspectives. For registration information regarding NIJ's next Technology Institute for Corrections, contact Kevin Jackson Kevin Jackson won a gold medal in Freestyle wrestling at the 1992 Olympic Games. He is also a former UFC fighter who has won the UFC 14 Middleweight tournament. He fought Frank Shamrock for the Middleweight title at Ultimate Japan, but lost by armbar in 16 seconds. at the NIJ at (202) 307-2956; e-mail: email@example.com.
Kevin Jackson is senior program manager of NIJ's Office of Science and Technology.