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RIDGE Project Among Grantees at NRRC Intensive Training Summit

RIDGE Project Among Grantees at NRRC Intensive Training Summit

The RIDGE Project is today divided into an adult division, a workforce development division, and a youth division. The adult programming begins inside the prison; fathers whose children are younger than 22 and who are within six months from release are eligible.

State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

As formal “mental health courts” (MHCs) enter their third decade in existence, policymakers are increasingly looking to distill the best of research and practice into state standards that foster high-quality programing and accountability for MHCs in their states.

Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.

Bexar County Awarded Grant to Provide Attorneys to People with Mental Illnesses

Bexar County Awarded Grant to Provide Attorneys to People with Mental Illnesses

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller, presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for the Bexar County (San Antonio) Public Defender’s Office to provide attorneys at the initial court hearings of people who are indigent and have mental illnesses.

Announcements

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

The Institute for Educational Leadership is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in improving employment outcomes for youth involved in the court system. Funds awarded from this program can be used for education, occupational training for in-demand industries, and other workforce development activities for individuals ages 14 to 24.

WEBINARS

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.

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

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Rhode Island Justice Reinvestment Working Group: First Meeting

Rhode Island Justice Reinvestment Working Group: First Meeting

This presentation introduces the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the justice reinvestment process, and includes initial analyses on Rhode Island’s criminal justice system. This material was delivered to the Rhode Island Justice Reinvestment Working Group on July 7, 2015.

The Second Chance Act (Fact Sheet)

The Second Chance Act (Fact Sheet)

Nearly all of the 1.6 million individuals incarcerated in the U.S. will be released at some point. Individuals returning to their communities from prison or jail have complex challenges and needs that contribute to the likelihood that they may return to incarceration.

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview

The Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island Overview highlights recent criminal justice trends in Rhode Island that the working group will be exploring in coming months as part of the state’s justice reinvestment effort.

Nebraska’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

Nebraska’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

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.

Alabama’s Justice Reinvestment Approach

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.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Analysis Finds Higher Expulsion Rates for Black Students

With the Obama administration focused on reducing the number of suspensions, expulsions and arrests in public schools, a new analysis of federal data identifies districts in 13 Southern states where black students are suspended or expelled at rates overwhelmingly higher than white children.

Justice Reinvestment National Summit Highlights

Policy makers, experts, and other key decision-makers from more than 30 states met to discuss the past, present, and future of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI).

Miami’s Model for Decriminalizing Mental Illness in America

Miami-Dade County has long had a more acute problem than most. By one estimate, more than 9 percent of Miami residents suffer from a mental illness–a rate that is approximately three times higher than the national average. Yet over the course of the past decade, Miami-Dade County has emerged as a national model for how a county can develop strategies to combat the criminalization of mental illness.

Massachusetts Seeks Help in Cutting Recidivism Rates

Top Massachusetts leaders are requesting an independent examination of the state’s criminal justice system with an eye toward lowering recidivism rates and reducing, in turn, the state’s prison population.