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?

Announcements

National Institute of Corrections

Register Now for Webinar: Health Reform and Public Safety

This webinar will provide an overview of Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and Targeted Case Management (TCM), two Medicaid reimbursement programs that probation and parole departments are eligible to participate in. The webinar will also provide an overview of the steps that probation and parole agencies should take if they are interested in starting MAC/TCM in their jurisdictions.

WEBINARS

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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

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Journal of Juvenile Justice

This issue of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Journal of Juvenile Justice features articles on behavioral health therapy for young women in the juvenile justice system; juvenile justice in rural areas; the impact of child protective services on reoffending; reducing “social distance” between minority youth and law enforcement; recommendations on how to help youth get out of gangs; and addressing sex education with youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings

This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings from the 2012 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, a biennial survey which collects information on facilities where youth are held in detention, including information on its capacity, type of security, the number of youth who have been injured or have died in custody, and more.

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Drivers of Growth in the Federal Prison Population

This brief from the Urban Institute and the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections provides an overview of the key factors that have driven the dramatic growth of the federal prison population, which has grown by 750 percent since 1980.

RECENT HEADLINES

Shumlin Bans Criminal-History Question

Governor Peter Shumlin signed the executive order on April 21, 2015, making Vermont the 16th state in a national effort to “ban the box,” according to the National Employment Law Project.

The ‘Revolving Door’ for the Justice-Involved Mentally Ill

Frequently, individuals with mental illness who become involved with the justice system are ensnared in a “revolving door.” They are shunted between ER assessments, arrests and short- term stays in psychiatric units and jails. The result: inconsistent access and engagement with the mental health system.

Behind Bars, But Not The Times

Grewe, however, is intent on breaking that stereotype. In addition to working with a variety of prison non-profits, including the Fortune Society, Grewe has been strategic around the positioning of his company. He’s incorporated APDS as a Public Benefits Corporation and rents office space inside the Center for Social Innovation, a coworking space, community center & “incubator for people who are changing the world.” Ultimately, the goal for Grewe — in addition to growing APDS into a profitable company — is to see the rates of incarceration decline.
“We’re locking up people we don’t need to lock up,” Grewe says. “We can do better.”

I Spent Seven Years Locked in a Human Warehouse

But with the way our society operates, I may have been better off had I been motivated by evil, anger, greed or malice and been found guilty. Society understands malice. We understand retribution. But we do not understand mental illness and are often unable to see the humanity in those with mental illness.

Meet the Culinary Nonprofit Getting People Out of Fire — and Into the Kitchen

Over its lifetime, DC Central Kitchen’s culinary job training program has evolved into a fourteen-week course that follows the structure of most culinary schools. But the program hasn’t always been this way. It began in 1990 as a shorter course that mostly focused simply on helping unemployed individuals learn basic culinary skills and get a job. What also came later was the aspect that is now a defining element: a shift in organizational recruiting to focus on the lives, and livelihoods, of people who have spent time in prison.