An estimated 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, and the South is the region with the highest incarceration rates per capita. Research shows that having a steady job can significantly increase the likelihood of success for someone returning home from prison, but oftentimes such individuals can’t get jobs, not necessarily because they’re underqualified, but because employers are wary of hiring people who have criminal histories.
The reauthorization of Second Chance Act was one of several recommendations brought to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s criminal justice reform listening session on Thursday, where members of the House of Representatives were invited to present proposals for criminal justice reform.
31 Days, 31 Stories, a series released during National Mental Health Awareness Month, highlighted champions who are dedicated in their everyday work to reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
Understanding the importance of employment in reentry success, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Reentry Task Force recently invited more than 30 employers, as well as a number of community leaders, policymakers, and corrections officials, to breakfast at The Commerce Club, where they talked about the obstacles to hiring people with criminal records and also the best ways to overcome those barriers.
Representatives from the CSG Justice Center briefed newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a first-of-its-kind study of Texas youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
“Returning citizens will tell you that not having a job is the biggest barrier to success,” said Barbara L. McQuade (pictured left), U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, at an employment event last month in Detroit. “If we don’t help them, it’s a recipe for recidivism.”
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for its 2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. The weeklong program, held October 29–November 4, is designed for professionals who want to learn how to improve outcomes for youth who are involved in multiple systems of care, particularly juvenile justice and child welfare systems, by improving systems collaboration.
Hosted by Facing Addiction, this event is intended to bring together communities and organizations to face the problem of substance use and addiction and to stand up for recovery.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is now accepting applications from state, local, and tribal jurisdictions interested in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions. The purpose of the program is to address critical gaps in coordinating crime prevention across organizations and jurisdictions, so that they can better respond to threats to public safety.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process.
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.
During this webinar, experts provide an overview of an easy-to-use toolkit designed to help organizations improve the financial literacy of clients who are identified as low-income or vulnerable, including those who are returning to the community from incarceration.
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.
This webinar shares approaches for building positive relationships between mentors and participants, including the importance of communication skills, problem-solving strategies, and conflict management tools.
Faced with a prison system at 159 percent of capacity and expected to grow to 170 percent of capacity by FY2020, state leaders in Nebraska 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 expand the use of probation and parole supervision.
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.
In this brief from the CSG Justice Center, an extensive data analysis coupled with over 50 in-person interviews with local and state leaders led to the identification of key recommendations for reducing the number of people with behavioral health disorders cycling in and out of jail.
After extensive analyses identified key challenges in the state’s criminal justice system, policymakers developed a policy framework designed to strengthen probation supervision and promote successful reentry. Justice reinvestment legislation was enacted in April 2013 and the state is projected to avert $81 million in construction and operating costs by FY2018.
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.
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“We have to ensure every child that comes into contact with the criminal justice system has not only a choice but also the tools to become a law-abiding and committed member of society,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday at a Justice Department briefing on the study.
By partnering beat cops with mental health clinicians, the L.A. Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit reined in costs associated with frivolous 911 calls. It also connected thousands of individuals with counseling and support, reducing incidences of force used on individuals with mental illness and alleviating the burden on overcrowded emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.
Nebraska lawmakers spent years building the state’s tough-on-crime reputation with policies that sent more thieves, drug offenders, and parole violators to prison.
A $70,000 grant through the West Virginia Justice Reinvestment Treatment Supervision Program will fund the positions.
By expanding access to and reinvesting in community-based treatment services, we’re giving those struggling with addiction the help they need to get on the road to recovery.
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.