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Alabama Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Bill into Law

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week signed into law historic criminal justice reforms designed to significantly reduce the state’s prison population and bolster public safety through an overhaul of how people are supervised after being released from incarceration.

Announcements

HHS

Call for Applicants for Health Profession Opportunity Grants

This funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is for demonstration projects that provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for health care occupations that pay well and are expected to experience labor shortages or be in high demand.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants for Research on At-Risk Girls

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting proposals for original research and/or secondary analysis of existing data on girls who are at-risk and are involved with the justice system.

WEBINARS

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Responding to the Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program

In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes for a 36-month project period. The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of individuals through technology-based career training.

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Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

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Responding to the 2015 JMHCP Grant Program

In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.

PUBLICATIONS

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Alabama’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

Faced with the most crowded prison system in the nation and overwhelmed probation and parole systems, state leaders in Alabama pursued justice reinvestment. After extensive analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to reduce prison overcrowding and strengthen community-based supervision.

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The Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (Fact Sheet)

A 2006 Department of Justice study showed that approximately 45 percent of federal inmates, 56 percent of state inmates,and 64 percent of jail inmates displayed symptoms or had a history of a mental disorder; among female inmates in state prisons, the rate was nearly three out of four.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Mental Illness Is No Crime

A new initiative, “Stepping Up,” unites state and local governments and the American Psychiatric Foundation to promote research-based practices to tackle our overreliance on jail as mental health treatment, such as in-jail counseling programs that reduce the chances of repeat offenders.

Legislature Takes First Steps on Corrections Reform, but Work Remains

JournalStar.com – Government & Politics By Zach Pluhacek Two measures aimed at addressing concerns with Nebraska’s prisons and criminal justice system passed with overwhelming support from state lawmakers on Thursday. The first bill (LB598), which passed 47-0, takes aim at […]

New Efforts To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Earlier this month, a coalition including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Foundation and the National Association of Counties kicked off a national campaign to encourage local jurisdictions to collect data on the jailed mentally ill and adopt strategies to avoid incarceration.

Study: Mentally Ill Inmates Stay Longer in Central Ohio Jail

Mentally-ill inmates at central Ohio’s biggest jail stay longer, return more frequently and often aren’t connected with the treatment they need after they leave, according to a new report. The Council of State Governments Justice Center provided the report to county commissioners following a yearlong look at the mentally ill in the Franklin County jail.