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

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Last year, Massachusetts passed legislation representing the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades. This legislation took concrete steps to incentivize good behavior in prison, divert people to treatment and programming as an alternative to incarceration, and strengthen community supervision.

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Before these units existed, people experiencing a mental health crisis who came into contact with police were often taken to jail, which caused crowding in county jails that are simply not equipped to provide the kind of care and treatment that crisis stabilization units can.

Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

This pilot program stems from policy recommendations made during the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015. As a result of this initiative, Massachusetts invested more than $1 million in providing specialized treatment services to people who have substance addictions, mental illnesses, or co-occurring disorders and are at a high risk of reoffending.

Announcements

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.

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Third Presentation

The third presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on crime and sentencing trends to help Vermont better understand the front-end system dynamics of who is coming into the criminal justice system and where their case dispositions lead them.

Tribal Community Corrections Support Center

Tribal Community Corrections Support Center

This new website clarifies the work the American Probation and Parole Association is doing in Native American country, the resources they provide, and technical assistance offerings.

JRI: Helping Law Enforcement Keep Communities Safe

JRI: Helping Law Enforcement Keep Communities Safe

Read how the Justice Reinvestment Initiative helps states’ local law enforcement agencies tackle public safety challenges by providing resources to address law enforcement training needs; crime-fighting strategies; data system upgrades; people experiencing behavioral health crises; and victims services.

RECENT HEADLINES

[Opinion] What I Think about When I Think about Freedom

I imagine the vulnerable strangers who I will meet in church basements. Over the years I have built some powerful relationships with colleagues—writers, editors, producers—but if I don’t prioritize relationships in recovery when I get out, those other relationships won’t matter in the end.

Coalition of Criminal Justice Groups Oppose HUD’s Proposed Change to Disparate Impact Rule

A coalition of criminal justice groups issued a statement today voicing opposition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recent proposal to amend its so-called “disparate impact” rule under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact rule permitted people to bring legal claims against housing policies and practices that, while not motivated by discriminatory intent, predictably harmed protected groups, including people of color.

Moving from Prison to a PhD

Nature spoke to three US researchers who went from prison to PhD programs to senior posts in academia, and who now aim to help others to find their academic footing.

Women in Jail and the Criminalization of Survivors

For too many women who survive abuse and violence, particularly women of color and women living in poverty, the support and the care needed to cope with and heal from pain and trauma is simply not available in prisons or jails.