Corrections

California Arrests Study

The unprecedented study answers one question: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

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Research, Community Supervision Agency Partnership Is Central to Grant Program

Research, Community Supervision Agency Partnership Is Central to Grant Program

Grantees in the Second Chance Act-funded program work “hand-in-hand with research partners to advance the field through the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative and evidence-based initiatives,” said Juliene James, senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers the program.

How Justice Reinvestment States are Improving the Quality of Risk Assessment

How Justice Reinvestment States are Improving the Quality of Risk Assessment

More states than ever before are using actuarial risk assessment to determine the likelihood that people involved with the criminal justice system will reoffend. This information is critically important for developing case management plans for people in prison and on supervision, as well as to inform parole release decision making and determine the intensity of supervision and programming for people upon release from prison.

Alabama Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Bill into Law

Alabama Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Bill into Law

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week signed into law historic criminal justice reforms designed to significantly reduce the state’s prison population and bolster public safety through an overhaul of how people are supervised after being released from incarceration.

Idaho Governor Highlights Justice Reinvestment in State of the State

In his 2015 State of the State address, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter highlighted his administration’s progress in establishing more effective community supervision practices and reducing recidivism through implementation of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Act.

Announcements

Live Forum Highlights Resources Available for Criminal Justice Agencies

Live Forum Highlights Resources Available for Criminal Justice Agencies

Hosted by the Community Corrections Collaborative Network, this live online discussion will address resources available through federal funding for community corrections and criminal justice agencies to help identify and address the needs of people in the system, particularly those with mental disorders and/or substance use disorders.

Improved Reentry Education Opportunity Demonstration Grant Program

Improved Reentry Education Opportunity Demonstration Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to support demonstration projects that show the impact and effectiveness of reentry education for incarcerated individuals. The program seeks to demonstrate that high-quality, appropriately designed, well-integrated, and well-implemented educational services provided in institutional and community settings are critical in supporting educational attainment and reentry success for individuals who are involved with the justice system.

WEBINARS

Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

This webinar discussed the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA), and provided participants the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of WRNA, best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments with or without other assessment tools, and resources and recommendations to help address challenges to using WRNA.

Publications

RECENT HEADLINES

A Psychologist as Warden? Jail and Mental Illness Intersect in Chicago

Two of the nation’s largest jails — Rikers Island in New York and the county jail in Los Angeles — have agreed to operate under federal oversight, in part because of mistreatment of the mentally ill. Cook County Jail here in Chicago is already under such oversight and has become a model of sorts for other troubled institutions in how to deal with the mentally ill. It recently hosted delegations from Rikers Island and Los Angeles County.

State Pushes Medicaid Sign-Ups for Inmates

Three state agencies in Ohio are aggressively pushing to get the majority of the roughly 21,000 people who are released from prison every year enrolled in Medicaid up to 90 days before they walk out the door. Services don’t begin until they are released, unless they are hospitalized.

The ‘Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality of Suicide in Jail

The grim reality is that jails have high suicide rates — higher than prisons. Part of the reason, says corrections expert and consultant Steve J. Martin, is what he calls the “shock of confinement.” Jails often house people who’ve never been in serious legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect on them.

Why Does Pennsylvania Imprison So Many Mentally Ill People?

Based on an analysis of data from county and state prisons, PennLive estimates that nearly a third of Pennsylvania’s 87,756 inmates had a mental illness on an average day last year.It begs the question: Why are so many of the state’s mentally ill being locked up?