The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Sheriff Jim Winder and District Attorney Sim Gill recently endorsed the recommendations of a just-completed, independent study about the county’s ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and appropriately divert those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders away from the county jail and into treatment.
At Detroit Central City Community Mental Health in Wayne County, Michigan, clients used to arrive to see their clinicians or a doctor. Now, more frequently, they come to see their mentor.
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.
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.
- The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Help People with Mental Illness Get Treatment Instead of Jail Time
- Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced in U.S. House
- HuffPost Live: Fixing the Juvenile Justice System, Featuring CSG Justice Center
- Leaders from Across the Political Spectrum Call for Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform
The course is designed to help substance use treatment professionals learn more about the impact of child welfare and dependency court requirements on parents who are in substance use disorder treatment and are involved with the child welfare system.
This webinar will discuss research, supports, and strategies for helping youth and young adults with psychiatric disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes.
This webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6, will include implementation strategies and policies for city and county agencies interested in increasing the effectiveness of local “ban the box” or “fair chance” laws.
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.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process.
This archived webinar from the TA Network and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the overuse of psychotropic medication among children and youth with behavioral health needs, particularly among those enrolled in Medicaid.
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 report introduces essential elements for responding to people with mental illnesses at the pretrial stage, including decisions about pretrial release and diversion.
Presentation to the Rhode Island Justice Reinvestment Working Group that focuses on analysis of the state’s pretrial and probation system and what works to reduce recidivism.
An extensive data analysis coupled with over 50 in-person interviews with stakeholders in Salt Lake County’s justice and behavioral health systems led to the identification of key recommendations improve outcomes for people involved with the county’s criminal justice system, particular those with behavioral health disorders.
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.
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.
JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS
Lawmakers have taken up parole reforms in an effort to save money operating the state’s prison system. Gov. Rick Snyder, in a May speech, urged the adoption of these reforms. The Council of State Governments also recommends them.
“We can change all the forms we want, and we can pass all the new laws we want, but if we don’t change the attitude and culture of the jail system, then we will still have the same problem,” said Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston.
“It seems that there was an issue with the follow-through on the initial assessment,” said Dr. Tony Fabelo, director of research for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Fabelo led off testimony before the first hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice into ways to prevent future jail suicides.
Idaho state prisons chief Kevin Kempf has immediately halted all “therapeutic community” programs in Idaho prisons, after an assessment by the Council of State Governments Justice Center found that offenders who go through the programs actually are slightly more likely to re-offend, the AP reports. Inmates who are in therapeutic communities have a 28 percent recidivism rate, compared to a rate of 23 percent for other inmates.
Idaho is eliminating one prison treatment program and will be revamping several others after an in-depth assessment showed that some were ineffective and many relied on outdated research. Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf announced Thursday that all prison “therapeutic community” programs would be halted immediately, and that a team of employees would start looking for replacements for other treatment programs.
For years, critics of the state’s probation system have complained that probation sentences in Rhode Island last years longer than in other states, that state law makes it easy to put a probationer back in jail and that there is no way for those who behave to reduce their sentences.