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After Prison, a Fresh Start Through PACE

“It’s so easy to get in trouble,” Spruill said, “but it can take a lifetime to get out of it. That’s why you need that support, to help you remember to stay on track, stay patient.”

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Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

A diverse group of criminal justice professionals from across the country have joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as advisors, expanding the expertise of the organization to assist its core projects, including the National Reentry Resource Center, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

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Web Training: Job Retention Strategies for Ex-Offenders

This training will discuss reentry employment programs that successfully integrate pre- and post-employment services to support people who have criminal records, and strategies to help increase their job retention rates.

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Criminal History Screening and College Application Attrition

This report from the Center for Community Alternatives examines the impact that a request for disclosure of criminal records can have on applicants to the State University of New York, and suggests that it can lead to “felony application attrition,” a phenomenon where applicants do not complete their applications after seeing or responding to the relevant question.

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Register Now for Webinar: Integrating Green Corrections

This webinar will highlight sustainable or “green” programs at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Branchville Correctional Facility, and will explain how these programs have helped support facility operations and provided education and job training, among other benefits.

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Call for Applicants for Adult Reentry Program Funding

The purpose of the program, authorized by the Workforce Investment Act and the Second Chance Act of 2007, is to assist people who are returning to the community after incarceration in gaining industry-recognized job credentials and employment.

WEBINARS

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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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Justice Reinvestment in Alabama: Analysis and Policy Framework

This report summarizes comprehensive analyses of sentencing, corrections, probation, and parole data presented to Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force. It outlines strategies and policy options to reduce the prison population and recidivism in the state by strengthening community-based supervision and […]

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

San Antonio, Where Policing the Mentally Ill Means Treating Them

The San Antonio police’s strategy for responding to calls involving people who are mentally ill is being hailed as a national model amid rising anger over police brutality toward and high incarceration rates of people with mental health issues.

Zeroing Out Zero Tolerance

Large cities, including New York and Los Angeles, are at the vanguard of a shift away from zero-tolerance school discipline toward less punitive strategies that emphasize talking it out and resolving disputes among students to keep them in school.

Poll: Texans Strongly Support Criminal Justice Reforms

According to this study by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center, from 2007 to 2012, the number of juveniles detained in Texas state facilities dropped from around 4,305 to about 1,500, a decrease of 66 percent, while the juvenile crime rate fell by a third.

Police and the Mentally Ill: LAPD Unit Praised as Model for Nation

They’re setting a great example for other departments to emulate,” says Jerry Murphy, a criminal justice mental health policy specialist at the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In 2010, that nonprofit organization designated the LAPD one of six national training sites for specialized mental health policing.

Kansas Lawmakers Consider Changes to the Juvenile Justice System

Josh Weber, program director for juvenile justice at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, said in his report that Kansas does not have statewide criteria to help judges and court service officers determine the most appropriate level of supervision is for youth offenders, which might result in inefficient placement within those levels.

Report Outlines Flaws in Kansas’ Juvenile Justice System

The juvenile justice system in Kansas functions inadequately due to a tangled organizational structure, inappropriate assignment of youths to detention facilities, poor use of mental health and substance abuse evaluations and over reliance on lengthy periods of incarceration, a consultant’s report said Wednesday.