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National Center for Juvenile Justice

Statewide Risk Assessment in Juvenile Probation

This brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice’s Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice, and Statistics Project discusses the results of the first systematic scan of validated risk/needs assessment tools that are being used in juvenile probation agencies across the country.

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Evaluating the Impact of Adult Correctional Education

According to a 2014 meta-analysis by the RAND Corporation, adults who participated in correctional education programs were shown to have, on average, a 43 percent less likelihood of recidivating and were 13 percent more likely to obtain employment upon their release from incarceration.

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District of Columbia Urgent Care Clinic Makes Arrest a Public Health Opportunity

Having an urgent care clinic located only feet away from courtrooms allows judges and court staff to guarantee that people have access to services. For many defendants, this may be the first contact they’ve had with a mental health professional. Moreover, for some, this treatment may well reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested in the future.

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Connecticut Launches Prison-Based Reentry Center as Part of Statewide Initiative

As part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Second Chance Society reentry initiative, Connecticut has opened a new reentry center at one of its prisons to help people prepare for their return to the community. At the Cybulski Community Reintegration Center, men who are within 6 to 18 months of their release receive services to address a variety of issues, including employment, housing, parenting, and substance use.

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Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

A collaboration between the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Foundation, Stepping Up asks county commissioners to pass a resolution committing to key actions, including collecting data to determine the extent of the problem within each jail, developing a plan that draws on proven research to combat the problem, and designing an approach to track progress going forward.

Bureau of Justice Assistance

National Initiatives: Promoting Effective Justice Systems Strategies

The purpose of this program is to provide state and local criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders with information, resources, and training and technical assistance on timely and emerging criminal justice issues, in order to improve their use of evidence-based practices.

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.

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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

Breaking the Mental Health Pipeline to Jail

national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails was launched this week in a partnership between the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Foundation. The initiative is aimed at bringing together many of the best practices underway to develop models that can be emulated by local governments and law enforcement, said Gerard Murphy, deputy director of the CSG’s National Initiatives program, told the group meeting at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The Social Worker in the Cop Car

At the Houston Police Department, a licensed clinical social worker or caseworker rides along when police answer an emergency call regarding a person presumed to be mentally ill. Some 30 of those ride-along professionals now work out of that department’s relatively new Mental Health Division.

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.