JAIS™ and CAIS™ Take on New Leadership as Winnie Ore Retires

May 22, 2019 | Debra Illingworth Greene

Winnie Ore

Every individual who enters the juvenile justice or adult corrections system is unique, with different needs, attitudes, learning styles, and motivations. The key to successful supervision, whether in a facility or the community, is to account for this variety. “One size fits all” does not work in corrections.

That’s why NCCD’s Juvenile Assessment and Intervention System™ (JAIS) and Correctional Assessment and Intervention System™ (CAIS) exist: to provide specific supervision strategies based on individual characteristics.

Winnie Ore, senior program specialist for JAIS™ and CAIS™, helped to grow the systems while training probation officers. JAIS and CAIS are the automated and updated versions of the Client Management Classification system and the Strategies for Juvenile Supervision, which Ore used in her pre-JAIS/CAIS work.

Winnie OreOre, who retires May 31, has worked full time for NCCD only since 2012 but has been working with NCCD “forever,” she says. Before officially joining NCCD, Ore served as a technical resource provider to NCCD as well as the US Justice Department, the National Institute of Corrections, the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

“Many probation officers think their job is to ‘trail, nail, jail,’” Ore says. “Over time we see places saying, ‘We get to close a juvenile detention facility.’ They close it … because they see a better way, like day treatment programs and drug and alcohol treatment. That’s what’s rewarding. We start to help communities and agencies ask how to help these people in ways that require accountability but also provide support.”

The assessments also help some corrections staff see people who are system involved as more than the actions that brought them into the system. Ore recalls a conversation with a probation officer who used the word “scumbags” to describe the people he was serving. “Once he started using CAIS and doing the interviews, he began to listen to their whole life histories and see them in a different way,” Ore said. “[While] running an anger management group of people whose lives were in continuous chaos, he was struck by how kind they were to each other. Someone would give someone else a ride or offer their second-to-last cigarette. That’s when he began to understand the population in a whole different way.”

This work of making corrections a more humane space is the legacy Ore leaves behind as she retires. “NCCD must continue to shed a light on quality practice and the harm of incarceration,” she says.

“Winnie Ore epitomizes the values NCCD holds at its core,” said Kathy Park, NCCD CEO. “Her commitment to social justice, personal and professional integrity, and unparalleled work ethic are inspiring. I can’t thank her enough for her contributions to this organization, but more importantly, to the thousands of lives for whom her system reform work has made a difference.”


New Team Energized for the Work

With a new team of seasoned professionals in place, NCCD is well positioned to continue the work of JAIS and CAIS. Katie Meyer has worked side by side with Ore since 2012 and will provide continuity for JAIS/CAIS clients. Dr. Lynnā McPhatter-Harris, an NCCD program associate, will transition to the JAIS/CAIS team; and Amy Fry will continue as a JAIS/CAIS program associate. Dr. Charlene Taylor will oversee JAIS and CAIS as part of her focus on the justice system, and NCCD will be hiring to expand the team. If you are interested, we invite you to apply for the program associate job opportunity.

Read a 2014 report on studies that show how JAIS, CAIS, and their predecessors significantly reduce recidivism, co-written by Winnie Ore and Chris Baird, retired director of research at NCCD, here.  

Debra Illingworth Greene is NCCD’s communications manager.