National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women

Assistance

The NRCJIW offers training and technical assistance to government agencies and community and faith-based organizations to support their work with justice-involved women. The NRCJIW provides assistance and information to practitioners through a variety of means, including:

  • Making presentations at national and state criminal justice professional associations
  • Providing speakers for state and local conferences and training events
  • Conducting webinars on key topics
  • Facilitating strategic planning, leadership, policy development and other meetings
  • Producing and disseminating documents such as topical briefs, coaching packets, and “how-to’s”
  • Maintaining a website (calendar of events, highlights of successful programs, profiles of leaders, emerging research, links and resources)
  • Responding to requests for information from the field

The NRCJIW’s Targeted Training and Technical Assistance Program

The NRCJIW has reserved significant resources to provide training and technical assistance to state and local agencies in five targeted practice areas. By focusing resources in a few key areas, the NRCJIW hopes to increase the number of jurisdictions that:

  • Utilize gender-responsive assessment tools to inform case planning and treatment
  • Take gender-responsive approaches to supervision and case management
  • Develop gender-informed policies and practices to guide staff in their work with women
  • Form strong community partnerships to provide the necessary services and resources to help women be successful in the community
  • Implement strategies to enhance institutional culture and women’s motivation to succeed

Please click on the topics below for more information before filling out a TTA Request Form.

Click here to download a TTA Request Form.

  • Gender-Informed Policy and Practice

    Training and technical assistance in this area is directed to agency leadership interested in improving their agency’s or jurisdiction’s approach to working with women under their management.

    Apply for assistance in this area if your agency/jurisdiction is interested in:

    • Increasing awareness of gender-responsive strategies among stakeholders and staff
    • Training staff about effective strategies for working with justice-involved women
    • Establishing a working committee to advance gender-responsive approaches in your jurisdiction/agency
    • Learning about how gender responsive approaches can achieve more successful outcomes with women
    • Developing a gender-responsive strategic plan
    • Conducting a gender-informed review of your current policies and practices
    • Developing specific gender-informed policies and practices

    Assessment and Classification

    Training and technical assistance in this area is directed to policymakers, practitioners and professionals interested in adopting evidence-based, gender informed approaches to the classification and assessment of justice-involved women.

    Apply for assistance in this area if your agency is interested in:

    • Learning more about available gender-informed assessment and classification tools (including pretrial through reentry and supervision in the community)
    • Providing skill-based training for staff, including the use of gender-informed tools and effective communications
    • Learning about how gender-informed tools can enhance results when working with women
    • Developing/enhancing policies that direct the use of gender-informed classification and assessment
    • Developing a plan for the implementation of gender-informed assessment and classification

    Case Management

    Training and technical assistance in this area is directed to criminal justice professionals interested in improving their management of and skills critical to achieving successful outcomes with the women with whom they work.

    Apply for assistance in this area if your agency is interested in:

    • Providing professionals, case managers and supervision officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with women involved in the criminal justice system
    • Learning about, planning or implementing the Women Offender Case Management Model (WOCMM)
    • Establishing gender-specific caseloads
    • Learning how to link assessment and case management information
    • Learning how to develop gender-informed case plans
    • Offering skill-based training to staff on topics such as effective communication and interactions

    Culture/Offender Management

    Training and technical assistance in this area is directed to criminal justice agencies and jurisdictions interested in reviewing the gender-appropriateness of their behavioral policies and disciplinary practices. The importance of building a positive and respectful culture in criminal justice settings – where women and staff feel sexually, physically and emotionally safe and respected is a primary focus.

    Apply for assistance in this area if your agency is interested in:

    • Conducting a gender-informed review of rules, expectations and policies
    • Developing methods for motivating positive behaviors
    • Gaining a greater understanding of how disciplinary practices effect behavior
    • Developing strategies for promoting environments of safety, dignity and respect

    Developing Community Responses/Partnerships

    The establishment of collaborative partnerships – with a range of community and faith-based organizations – is critical to securing the necessary supports and resources to ensure the success of women in all correctional settings (i.e., pretrial through reentry to the community) and address their criminogenic needs.

    Apply for assistance in this area if your agency is interested in:

    • Identifying/developing partnerships with community organizations (such as substance abuse and mental health professionals)
    • Training staff and community partners about effective strategies for working with justice-involved women
    • Reviewing/developing gender-informed partnership agreements, MOUs
    • Enhancing cross agency collaboration
  • Successful requests for training and technical assistance will be directly related to the primary goals of the NRCJIW:

    1. Promote evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices; and
    2. Reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.

    And meet the following criteria:

    • The extent to which the requesting agency clearly articulates a need for the assistance;
    • The benefits or outcomes the requesting agency anticipates as a result of receiving the assistance;
    • The level of support of agency leadership for assistance;
    • The extent to which granting the request is likely to support or enhance the ability to achieve the stated goals of the NRCJIW;
    • The extent to which the request for assistance advances the field’s knowledge of the management of justice-involved women or has the potential to develop new, promising practices for the field;
    • The extent to which the request is part of a larger, multi-agency collaborative effort to enhance the management of justice-involved women in a particular jurisdiction;
    • The scope of the assistance needed, including an estimate of the costs and time necessary to deliver the assistance; and
    • The availability of assistance from other sources that could be used to respond to the request.
  • Even agencies and organizations that have implemented a broad array of gender-responsive strategies should consider training and technical assistance to enhance their efforts. The NRCJIW will consider all requests meeting the TTA criteria on a first come, first served basis.

  • To determine the most appropriate area of targeted TTA and type of assistance for your agency, consider the following.

    1. Talk to colleagues, staff, and leadership in your agency (and others) to gain more information about individual and agency interests, knowledge level, strengths and challenges when working with justice-involved women.
      • How knowledgeable/skilled are agency staff and leadership about successful strategies in working with justice-involved women?
      • Where are your agency’s gaps and challenges with respect to the five targeted practice areas?
      • Does your agency have a strategic plan that addresses how you will enhance gender-responsive approaches?
      • How can NRCJIW Training and Technical Assistance help you and your agency to address gaps and challenges in working with justice-involved women?
    2. Contact the NRCJIW if you have questions about TTA or would like to discuss how the NRCJIW can assist you and your agency.

    Note: The NRCJIW has a small reserve of funds to respond to limited requests for assistance that fall outside of the five practice areas.

  • Download and send your completed TTA Request Form along with a letter of support from agency leadership to the NRCJIW.

  • NRCJIW staff and partners meet monthly to review requests for assistance. NRCJIW will be in contact with any questions about your request and to reaffirm the primary goals and objectives of the assistance. The NRCJIW is committed to tailoring the assistance to assure it meets the specific training and technical assistance needs of each applying jurisdiction.

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