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Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

August 20, 2018

The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.

WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Meets Face to Face with Client at Newly Opened Crisis Stabilization Unit

August 13, 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas became the latest elected official to participate in Face to Face (#MeetFacetoFace), an initiative that encourages policymakers to connect with people closest to the correctional system.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

July 5, 2018

Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. "I don't want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living."

Iowa’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

June 28, 2018

Following four principles of corrections system improvement—organizational development, use of risk and needs assessments, quality improvement, and data collection and management—states like Iowa participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Visit the Funding and Training Opportunities page to see a list of open solicitations, including those for Second Chance Act (SCA) and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grants. SCA funding supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. JMHCP funding helps states, local government, and tribal organizations improve their responses to people with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system.

Funding & Announcements

49th Annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference

August 28, 2018

Date: October 16–19
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

August 27, 2018

Date: October 3–5
Location: West Palm Beach, FL

Tribal Probation Academy Training

August 24, 2018

Dates: October 15–19, November 12–16, and December 10–14
Location: Reno, Nevada

Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare

August 20, 2018

Date: Friday, October 5
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More Announcements

Publications

Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among Formerly Incarcerated People

August 31, 2018

This report provides the first estimate of homelessness among the 5 million formerly incarcerated people living in the United States.

The High Cost of Recidivism

August 25, 2018

This publication examines data on recidivism in the state of Illinois, describing key findings and costs, how those costs accumulate over time, and how evidence-based policies and practices can help reduce recidivism.

Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers

August 7, 2018

This brief outlines the role that corrections, probation, and parole officers can play in informing victims of the supports to which they are entitled and how they can pursue restitution, compensation, or other means of financial support.

The Changing State of Recidivism: Fewer People Going Back to Prison

August 1, 2018

This study from The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzes data showing that the share of people who return to state prison three years after being released—the most common measure of recidivism—dropped by nearly a quarter over a recent seven-year period.

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Webinars

Technology and Criminal Record Clearance

September 5, 2018

This webinar explores how technology has influenced criminal record clearance processes and improved service delivery around the country.

Effectively Engaging the Community in Juvenile Record Clearance

August 22, 2018

The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.

Addressing Barriers to Occupational Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records

August 9, 2018

This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face, and presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction

July 26, 2018

This webinar includes information on planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment, cognitive interventions, and community supervision practices as well as community resources such as housing and recovery support services.

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