The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center), the Urban Institute, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are excited to announce the expansion of three new focus areas on the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) website—Substance Abuse, Education, and Family programs. To assist users in navigating the complexity of reentry research, as well as get acquainted with the new sections, the Urban Institute and the CSG Justice Center will conduct a training webinar.
The conference will be divided into two tracks: public policy and operational policy. The public policy track will focus on defining what the criminal justice system intends to achieve and why those measureable outcomes are desired. The operational policy track will focus on how evidence-based practices increase the likelihood of improving public safety.
Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center This webinar focussed on the use of incentives and sanctions with individuals under community supervision, particularly those returning to their communities from prison. It included an overview of current practices, policy, and research [...]
Presenters review how adopting a “continuing care model” to treat substance use disorders can improve outcomes for individuals who are justice involved. Presenters also provide an overview of medications for the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction, including how specific [...]
This webinar was the first in a webinar series titled Best Practices for Engaging and Retaining Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Community Substance Abuse Treatment. The webinar discussed how jurisdictions can create strong foundations for effective connections to community treatment through a [...]
This webinar will provide a general overview of work release centers, day reporting centers, and halfway houses. The presenter will discuss the specific target groups for which these sanctions are designed and how various jurisdictions identify and assign offenders to [...]
This webinar, held on March 26th, 2013, provided an overview of emerging research about mental health courts and discussed its implications for mental health court practitioners and policymakers. During the webinar, mental health court researchers shared their findings and facilitated [...]
Background In early 2013, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Chief Justice Roger Burdick, Senate President Pro Tempore Brent Hill, and House Speaker Scott Bedke requested support from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance [...]
The Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom is a two-page benchcard to help judges recognize the signs of possible mental illnesses among individuals in the courtroom and to respond sensitively and productively. Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom
Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $52 billion in 2011.1 Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many states’ criminal justice systems, often [...]
Individuals involved with the criminal justice system face high rates of communicable and chronic diseases, mental illness, and substance use disorders. However, criminal justice practitioners often have difficulty connecting this largely low-income and uninsured population to the health services they [...]
On April 3, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) released Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy. Produced with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the [...]
Justice Center in the News
For more than two months, the school day for 12-year-old Rebekah Aylor means remaining confined in a cubicle that isolates her from fellow students.
“I sit in the chair for eight hours straight, almost,” said Rebekah, who is serving what’s called “in-school suspension” — or ISS — at North Austin’s Canyon Vista Middle School in th Round Rock school district.
The Corrections Connection Law enforcement officers across the country report that they repeatedly encounter and arrest the same individuals in their jurisdictions. In many areas, recidivism rates remain stubbornly high—with more than 60 percent of individuals leaving prison reincarcerated within [...]
Behavioral Healthcare Magazine By Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief Following a year in which mass violence, notably the Sandy Hook shootings, riveted the attention of lawmakers and the public on the possible linkage between mental illness and criminal violence, longtime community and [...]
The Corrections Connection Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than  $52 billion in 2011. Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many [...]
Honolulu Civil Beat By Chad Blair Hawaii’s prison population has dropped 5 percent since July 2012, a figure that includes a 12 percent reduction in prisoners housed in Arizona. That’s because, officials say, the state’s criminal justice system has implemented [...]