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.
Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
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.
In state-of-the-state addresses across the country this year, governors noted significant improvements to their states’ criminal justice systems. No longer solely focused on imposing tougher penalties for all crimes, states are increasingly making efforts to strengthen community supervision and use [...]
By Will Engelhardt, Policy Analyst In January 2014, the Utah Association of Counties invited national experts to lead a training event on recidivism reduction for its members. Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) Director Michael Thompson and [...]
Hosted by the National American Indian Court Judges Association, this conference and annual meeting will provide training and networking opportunities for tribal judges, court personnel, and others working with or interested in Native American and Alaska Native justice systems.
The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for four NAICJA awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Judicial Excellence Award, the Court Support Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Service Award.
Hosted by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, this conference will discuss programs that serve the unique needs of individuals from Native American communities who are victims of crime.
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 [...]
On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]
This brief by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies provides a summary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its relevance for individuals involved with the criminal justice system.
The career and education guides at FireScience.org focus on public service and safety careers including firefighting, law enforcement, forestry, paramedics, and more.
This National Institute of Justice report addresses key concepts in cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who use research to guide decisions about resource allocation.
justice in sentencing, Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to oppose certain statistical tools used in determining jail time, putting the Obama Administration at odds with a popular and increasingly effective method for managing prison populations.
“How do we divert people earlier rather than later from a criminal justice system where things get very expensive?” asked Rob Bovett, legal counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties.
Trial Court officials are preparing to launch a so-called “mental health court” in Quincy in an effort to divert people with mental health disorders away from jail and into treatment.
A state law aimed at reducing South Dakota’s prison population and save money is working, South Dakota’s general counsel said Tuesday, saying that the number of offenders in drug courts has dramatically increased, leaving nonviolent offenders out of prison.