Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Program

This program helps executive-branch policymakers and state corrections departments plan and implement systemwide reforms aimed at reducing recidivism.

Recent Posts

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.

Announcements

American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Jail Expo

American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Jail Expo

This conference is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. Topics this year will include issues related to mental health; bail reform; comprehensive reentry for people with opioid addictions; trauma-informed training; and caring for veterans.

WEBINARS

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explains components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expands awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system; and discusses new developments in the Veterans Administration and community interventions to provide services to veterans in the justice system.

Best Practices in Screening and Assessment for People with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

Best Practices in Screening and Assessment for People with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar features Roger Peters, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. The webinar discusses the prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders among people involved in the criminal justice system, as well as effective screening and assessment instruments to use with this population.

Publications

Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment in Oregon: Third Presentation

Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment in Oregon: Third Presentation

The third presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee helped guide discussion about building upon the project framework to improve individual and system outcomes for people cycling through Oregon’s criminal justice and health systems.

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: First Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: First Presentation

The first presentation to the New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Working Group summarizes findings related to crime and victimization, behavioral health challenges that pertain to people in New Mexico’s criminal justice system, and probation policies and practices in the state.

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Rhode Island passed legislation that will modernize probation and parole policies and practices, create more opportunities for community-based treatment for people with substance addictions and mental illnesses, and expand benefits for victims of crime, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

RECENT HEADLINES

A Second Chance for Prisoners, and Their Warden

One of Ron Jackson’s first acts as warden after being appointed by the tribal executive board in 2016 was to gather the inmates in a circle and lead them in a prayer for redemption. He also allowed prisoners to travel overnight to powwows and other Native ceremonies. Although many of them struggle with substance abuse, they all passed drug tests on their return.

Opinion: Integrating the Social Safety Net into America’s Prisons

The First Step Act ostensibly acknowledges the difficulties with maintaining economic stability that many, if not most, of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system face. However, the depth and persistence of these difficulties demands more robust reentry measures than those currently provided by the First Step Act.