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.
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This overview outlines several criminal justice challenges in New Mexico, including high crime rates and overdose death rates, a growing prison population, and an increase in the reincarceration rate, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Massachusetts passed legislation that focuses on incentivizing good behavior, diverting people from incarceration to treatment and programming, and strengthening community supervision, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
This fact sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Missouri passed legislation that will help local law enforcement combat violent crime, ensure that risk assessment results drive key decisions about people on community supervision, provide better community-based treatment and services for people on probation or parole who have behavioral health conditions, and strengthen infrastructure to support victims of crime. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
This presentation provides an update on analysis related to the intersection of the criminal justice and behavioral health systems in the state; an overview of criminal justice system challenges; and a summary of bill drafts in progress related to focusing community supervision resources and programming on people who have the highest risk of failing on supervision, holding people on supervision accountable, and connecting victims to services.
This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center profiles 11 states that have experienced impressive declines in their return-to-prison rates since recidivism was at its most recent peak in each state.
The fourth presentation to the Justice Reinvestment Ad Hoc Committee of the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission provides an overview of data and policy options related to reducing violent crime, moving people with substance addictions and mental health needs into treatment that works, reducing recidivism and costs to taxpayers, and improving data collection.
This infographic, from the CSG Justice Center, explains the urgent need for corrections agencies to examine how they administer risk and needs assessments, so they can confidently rely upon the results and avoid the pitfalls of poor implementation.
This publication outlines the scope of a Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment approach in Oregon to develop a statewide policy framework to help support tribal government, county, and local systems in improving recidivism and health outcomes for the small but important group of people who repeatedly cycle through the public safety and health systems.
This training curriculum was designed to offer essential, actionable information about mental health and mental illness to correctional officers and other safety-related correctional staff.
This brief from the Urban Institute analyzes the impact of Idaho’s 2014 criminal justice reform legislation. As a result of the legislation, timely releases of people convicted of nonviolent offenses have increased, length of stays in prison have declined, and transparency in parole release decision-making has improved.
This publication outlines a five-year framework that encourages increased empirical attention to the field of corrections in order to better understand the highly interrelated areas of corrections personnel, organizational practices, and the experiences of adults and juveniles involved with the system.
This interactive publication includes a state-by-state breakdown for probation violations and status offenses, such a truancy and running away.
This series of web-based mental health training videos provides officers with tools needed to readily identify the signs of mental illness in the field and to safely and effectively de-escalate these encounters.
In this report over 800 audits of adult correctional facilities are reviewed, with a focus on the first complete audit cycle, to identify how facilities are complying with the Youthful Inmate Standard.
The guide “offers a unique ‘for the field, by the field’ perspective” focusing on research-based best practices. It includes sections on law enforcement leadership, violent crime identification and analysis, and critical elements of strategies to fight violent crime, such as community engagement, technology, and training.
This report asserts a reconsideration of the function of incarceration in the United States, which stems from research conducted in a small unit for young adults in a Connecticut maximum-security facility, contrasted with prisons in Germany, where the conditions and operations of the prison system are defined by a commitment to uphold human dignity.
This report examines how the historical model of cutting people in prison off from the rest of society as a a means of punishment is less effective at lowering the risk of recidivism than the use of social support interventions.
This toolkit is designed to help juvenile justice agencies successfully close a facility and carry out related system improvements.