Congress took a significant first step toward continuing the work of the Second Chance Act today as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the bipartisan bill.
Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce reoffense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders.
At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.
To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosted its fifth annual training and orientation conference, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery” on May 13–14 in National Harbor, Maryland.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) 2015 federal spending bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill provides $27.8 billion for DOJ programs in FY2015, an increase of $383 million over current spending.
Project TEAM is now accepting applications for its training and technical assistance opportunity for tribal, state, and local governments to develop a collaborative joint jurisdictional initiative.
This webinar will provide an overview of Project TEAM’s training and technical assistance opportunity for tribal, state, and local governments to develop a collaborative joint jurisdictional initiative.
This webinar will discuss how states are responding to the call for mental health courts to demonstrate accountability and effectiveness through efforts such as implementation of statewide standards and program evaluations.
This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.
This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]
This webinar, held on March 26th, 2013, provided an overview of emerging research about mental health courts and discussed its implications for mental health court practitioners and policymakers. During the webinar, mental health court researchers shared their findings and facilitated [...]
This tip sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network and Safely Home Campaign discusses the fundamental characteristics of effective community-based supervision programs, including being evidence-based, using a strength-based/positive youth development approach, having court accountability and family engagement elements, using follow-up [...]
This report from the U.S Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs summarizes discussions and provides recommendations from an April 2013 Expert Working Group that focused on the use of traditional Native American justice interventions to respond to criminal and delinquent behavior.
This brief from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration highlights the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence in drug courts.
The biggest sign of progress when it comes to juvenile justice in Massachusetts in 2014 is a major change in thinking, according to local experts.
Ohio is using a federal grant to help expand families’ access to drug courts to address the impact of the state’s addiction epidemic.
Barrow Journal By Mike Buffington A recent state Supreme Court ruling prohibiting state courts from “tolling,” or lengthening a misdemeanor probationer’s sentence beyond what was originally ordered, has led to the early release of several inmates at the Barrow County [...]
U.S. state and federal prisons held an estimated 1,574,700 inmates on December 31, 2013, an increase of 4,300 prisoners over yearend 2012, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced. This was the first increase in the state prison population reported since 2009.