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NIC Technical Assistance - Gender Responsive Assessment Tools
The Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Programs collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) began in 1997 through participation in NIC’s Intermediate Sanctions for Women Offender’s Project (ISWO). The project called for a systemic approach to address the unique needs of female offenders and included the Sheriff’s Office, Judiciary, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Probation, Social Services, Researchers and Community Social Service Agencies. The process and research that has evolved since 1997 has resulted in a validated best practice of an integrated model of treatment for women offenders in Cook County.
Through funding from NIC, the University of Cincinnati developed the Gender Responsive Assessment tools. DWJS is currently receiving NIC Technical Assistance to pilot the newly developed tools and support development and dissemination of the instruments.
With the guidance of our technical assistance advisors, we will determine at what point in the Cook County criminal justice system the women are stable enough receive an accurate assessment and work with our criminal justice partners to implement accordingly. The new jail management system provides a unique partnership opportunity to incorporate a gender responsive classification and assessment instrument that will compliment the expansion of our existing gender responsive programs.