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.
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 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.
“Think of this training as another set of skills to add to your toolkit,” Webb told the class. “These techniques truly are applicable to a variety of groups and situations, and when you encounter a situation, then you have options—you can decide which tool to use.”
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.
Hosted by the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, this meeting will focus on how to expand and spread the conversation about trauma-informed approaches in the criminal justice system, education, health care, and communities.
The 12-month program focuses on the development of skill sets and capacity for community building, advocacy, and communication/messaging.
Hosted by the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns, this conference will discuss the challenges that individuals returning home from incarceration face, as well as the best practices to address these challenges. It will also feature nonprofits and agencies that are working to support individuals returning home from incarceration.
This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.
This podcast episode from DC Public Safety Radio examines the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections that aims to help improve employment outcomes for job seekers who have criminal records.
During webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explained the grant program application process.
This webinar provides an overview of violence among females involved with the criminal justice system, trauma-informed and gender responsive services, and a social-ecological model of violence.
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.
Cutting drug admissions in half will reduce the prison by 7 percent—or 33,000—by the end of 2021, according to a new tool developed by researchers at the Urban Institute.
Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.
Risk and needs assessment instruments, with a moderate level of accuracy, can predict who is at risk for violent reoffending, according to a research brief from the Congressional Research Service.
The report examines the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls, a phenomenon in which sexual abuse experienced by girls is one of the primary predictors of their involvement with the juvenile justice system.
This fact sheet from the White House outlines a series of efforts taken by the White House and U.S. federal agencies in recent years to enhance fairness and efficiency in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
The education programs that serve New York’s prison population are streamlining the path to a college degree. Private organizations offer college classes in 19 state facilities. Now several of the groups have formed a consortium to help students make it to graduation day.
Solitary confinement is increasingly being questioned — by mental health officials, criminologists and, most recently, President Obama. Experts say its effects on juveniles can be particularly damaging because their minds and bodies are still developing, putting them at greater risk of psychological harm and leading to depression and other mental health problems.
Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.
KTHV By Marielle Mohs LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas is now housing nearly 3,000 more inmates than the prison system can properly manage. Small relief came recently, after a couple hundred inmates transferred to prisons in Texarkana, Texas. This […]
Setting a future course for the troubled Los Angeles County jail system, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to move at least 1,000 mentally ill offenders out of lockups and voted to build a state-of-the-art jail focused on mental health treatment. The moves come in response to a growing debate about how the county incarcerates its inmates — particularly the mentally ill, who make up 20% of the roughly 17,000 people behind bars.