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.
Offered by the National Fatherhood Initiative, this program—designed for individuals who work with or wish to work with fathers and families in communities—provides online training around five core competency areas on effective father engagement.
Offered by the National Institute of Corrections, this course focuses on the core competencies, skills, and behaviors needed for new chief executives in the following topic areas: leadership, personnel, strategic planning, staff safety, collaboration, fiscal resources, and other organizational development issues.
On the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a $51.1 billion spending bill that would fund three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center: the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
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.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
This brief from the Bureau of Justice Statistics summarizes population statistics in jails at midyear 2014, with data taken from the Annual Survey of Jails. There were an estimated 744,600 inmates in city and county jails at midyear 2014, according to the report, which is down about 5 percent from 2008.
This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice discusses court-imposed legal fees incurred by a substantial number of individuals who become involved with the criminal justice system, and the impact of such fees
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice shows how the cost of operating jails is even higher than perceived. The report emphasizes the importance of capturing all costs associated with operating a local correctional facility, including those that may not be reflected in the jail budget.
This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriffs’ departments, probation departments, practitioners, and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing the needs of women under local supervision
Connecticut’s drug laws will go from some of the most draconian in the country to some of the most lenient this fall when most drug possession crimes are reduced from felonies to misdemeanors, a change that’s increasingly finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans.
The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]
What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.
Today a new bipartisan coalition is forming, grouping people like President Obama and the billionaire Koch brothers. They are united in the belief that overincarceration has proven ineffectual, wasteful and counterproductive.
The city of New York and federal prosecutors announced a deal Monday promising sweeping reforms to end decades of violence against inmates, including teenagers, at the notorious Rikers Island jail.