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Southern States Discuss Challenges and Opportunities Related to Hiring Adults with Criminal Records

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.

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South Carolina Business, Community, and Corrections Leaders Gather in Greenville to Discuss Employing People with Criminal Records

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.

Announcements

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program

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.

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UNITE to Face Addiction

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.

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applicants to Technology Innovation for Public Safety

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.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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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.

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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

Texas Study May Aid Juvenile Justice Reforms

“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.

In Los Angeles, a National Model for How to Police the Mentally Ill

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.

Newt Gingrich and Van Jones: 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.