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The State of Sentencing 2014

This publication from The Sentencing Project highlights policy changes in both adult and juvenile justice systems in 30 states and the District of Columbia during 2014. Highlighted policy changes relate to sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, juvenile justice, mental health and substance use treatment, and more.

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Employability Skills Framework

This framework from the U.S. Department of Education provides information and tools to inform the instruction and assessment of employability skills. The framework cuts across both the workforce and education sectors and is comprised of nine skills, organized in three broad categories: applied knowledge, effective relationships, and workplace skills.

Announcements

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National Association of Workforce Development Annual Conference

This conference provides an opportunity for experts and practitioners in the workforce development industry to share research, best practices, and lessons learned on a broad range of topics in the field, including professional skills development, creating business partnerships, building capacity, and the employment of youth, veterans, and individuals with criminal records.

WEBINARS

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Ask the Experts—Assessment, Treatment, and Supervision Strategies for Professionals Working with Individuals with Sex Offense Convictions

In this webinar the panelists summarize empirical research on assessment, treatment, and supervision of individuals convicted of sex offenses; describe how the research relates to practice and policy; present some examples of evidence-based treatment and supervision models; and give recommendations of effective strategies for practitioners working in the field.

PUBLICATIONS

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force Readies Bill For 2015 Legislative Session

Alabama’s overcrowded prison system has been under close scrutiny since the Justice Department started investigating it last year. That came after a report detailed cases of sexual abuse of inmates at the Julia Tutwiler prison for women. Since then, the system’s faced additional lawsuits.

Find Out What the Billionaire Conservative Koch Brothers Are Up to Now, and How It Affects Alabama

State Sen. Cam Ward co-authored a guest column for AL.com Sunday headlined: “Prison Reform Through the Conservative Lens.” Ward, head of Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force, now has some high-powered company in preaching that the conservative thing to do is stop wasting money building prisons, filling them up, and building more: Industries, known for bankrolling anti-Obama Care ads and countless GOP candidates.

Prison Reform Through the Conservative Lens: Guest Opinion

As Alabama’s Legislative Session gets closer, the momentum for prison reform is at an all-time high. The current prison overcrowding crisis provides a great opportunity for the Legislature to address a problem that has increased in urgency for years.

Bill Takes Stab at Prison Reform

MONTGOMERY — Looking to solve the crowding problem in Alabama’s prison system, state Sen. Cam Ward has a 112-page draft of a bill on his desk that he says would significantly reduce the number of inmates.