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Training & Assessments

Training overview

Skilled professionals can reduce recidivism and improve public safety. Comprehensive professional development is essential both for incorporating new practices and supporting organizational change.

CJI provides comprehensive training opportunities for direct-services staff, supervisors, managers, and other system actors working within the criminal and juvenile justice systems to provide skills and tools to support staff in helping their clients achieve successful outcomes. Trainings are customized for training participants and the populations with whom they work. All trainings include multiple activities for participants to practice and demonstrate mastery of research-based content and skills. 

CJI also provides train-the-trainer opportunities and coaching for several of the trainings below to build organizational capacity.

Please contact Kristin Bechtel at to discuss your specific training needs.

Individual training offerings

Jail Population Policy Impact Tool©: Jail population management is an important fiscal consideration in local jurisdictions throughout the country.  The Jail Population Policy Impact Tool, developed by CJI, can provide local jail and county managers with valuable insight into the future costs of current policies and projected costs or savings from future policy changes.

Principles of Effective Intervention (PEI): Rehabilitation services are most effective when implemented according to PEI. Participants in this training gain an understanding of PEI and how to most effectively implement key principles.

Effective Case Management: This training provides skills and processes for developing the most effective interventions to reduce recidivism by targeting criminogenic needs.

Cognitive Interaction Skills (CIS) or Core Correctional Practices (CCP) provides an overview of CIS/CCP; practices which have been shown to increase the effectiveness of rehabilitative services and client supervision.

Graduated Responses as an Evidence Based Practice: Research shows punishment alone is not effective to encourage client behavioral change; it is key to appropriately respond to client behavior to support change. This training uses PEI and CIS/CCP as a foundation, then focuses on how graduated responses can be used effectively in client interactions.

Risk Assessment Implementation Fidelity: this curriculum provides information on inter-rater agreement to ensure an agency’s risk assessment is scored consistently across all staff using the instrument. This ensures risk assessment instruments accurately measure client risk, and agencies are providing the appropriate level of coaching and support.

Program Model Fidelity: Evidence-based programs which are not implemented with fidelity are not as effective at changing behavior and reducing recidivism as those that are. This training provides staff with the knowledge and skills needed to monitor their programs, along with instruction on the development and use of program fidelity evaluation tools.

Assessing Program Quality and Delivery: The juvenile justice outcomes promised by evidence-based programs are only achievable if the programs are delivered as designed and the curricula are followed. All too often, a jurisdiction will implement a program and wonder why it is not getting the same results as the research showed. How do we ensure we are getting the best results possible for youth? We assess program model fidelity.



In order to sustain organizational change, employees must possess necessary knowledge and skills, and the organizational climate must be healthy and conducive to growth and change. Our team can customize a package of tools based on your needs, administer the surveys, provide the results, and work with you to translate the results into an action-oriented plan. 

Organizational Assessments

CJI works with public safety stakeholders and organizations to assess congruence with best practices, provide recommendations for improvement, and develop a plan for ensuring effective implementation. We can work with agency leadership to tailor a plan that fits your agency. Tools used during assessments may include online and paper surveys, focus groups with staff and leadership, onsite observation, and review of training materials and curricula.

Program Assessments

Pretrial Justice System Assessments

Assessment provides an opportunity to take a high level view of how pretrial practices are functioning.  The Pretrial Justice System Assessment and companion Survey Version can be used to document the status of pretrial justice practices in a given jurisdiction.  They provide a structure for the assessment process, including areas to target, documents and data to review, questions to ask, and a rating scale to consider the degree to which the jurisdictional practices are consistent with national standards.

The full assessment tool provides a methodology for comprehensive system assessment; the survey can be used in conjunction with the full assessment, or as an abbreviated, stand-alone assessment tool.

If you would like more information on CJI's Assessment offerings, please contact Kristin Bechtel at