Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Re-Entry Assistance from the National Institute of Corrections

Now Available: Technical Assistance for States through the National Institute of Corrections’ Transition from Prison to the Community (TPC) Initiative

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), part of the US Department of Justice, launched its Transition from Prison to the Community (TPC) Initiative in order to articulate a comprehensive and strategic approach to transition from prison. The result has been the creation of the TPC Model, which in part reflects the accomplishments of eight states who have made significant progress in enhancing their reentry practices to bring about increased community safety through successful offender reentry. See The TPC Reentry Handbook: Implementing the NIC Transition from Prison to the Community Model, which can be found at http://www.nicic.gov/Library/022669 for an overview of their accomplishments and a full description of the Model. A web-based version of the Handbook will be available soon at http://www.prisontransition.com.

NIC is now pleased to announce the beginning of a new phase of its TPC Initiative that will support technical assistance in up to six additional states. Competitive applications to participate in this phase of the TPC Initiative are due August 17, 2009. This assistance is intended as a resource for state jurisdictions willing and able to work with NIC technical assistance providers to put into place the principles, approaches, and strategies that make up the TPC Model. Assistance will be provided in the form of a “site coordinator” who will provide advice, facilitation, and access to other project resources such as cross-site exchanges, and access to a network of practitioners from the original eight TPC sites. The project will also include the support of an evaluation specialist from the technical assistance team to guide each participating jurisdiction’s efforts to design and implement a measurement and evaluation strategy.

To hear and see a recording of a webinar, held on July 16, 2009, for potential applicants to have their questions answered about the initiative and the application process, click here. To download and view a PDF of the presentation from the webinar, click here.

Collaborative partnerships involving a state’s key correctional agencies—agencies responsible for prisons, for discretionary release/setting of conditions/responses to violations of post-release supervision, and post release supervision—are welcome to apply. For more detailed information about this exciting initiative, and to access the solicitation and proposal requirements, please visit the National Institute of Corrections Web site at http://www.nicic.gov/TPCModel. For a copy of the application kit click here. The application can be filled out electronically, however, applications must be printed and mailed in hard copy to the address noted in the kit.


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