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Communities Celebrate Successful Reentry During Second Chance Month

Communities Celebrate Successful Reentry During Second Chance Month

Policymakers, corrections officials, practitioners, and other leaders plan to commemorate Second Chance Month—celebrated throughout April—with a host of activities highlighting efforts to support people transitioning from prison or jail back into the community.

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.

The Guidance Center Releases Free Roll Call Mental Health Training Series for Police Departments Across the Country

The Guidance Center Releases Free Roll Call Mental Health Training Series for Police Departments Across the Country

A new series of free web-based training modules that provide officers with effective tools for readily recognizing signs of mental illness and interacting with people who may be in crisis has been produced through a partnership between The Guidance Center (a nonprofit child and family mental health service provider) and the Los Angeles Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Announcements

[Apply Now] National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program

[Apply Now] National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program

The program will provide funding to ensure that vital statistical information is available to the field regarding juvenile risk behaviors, juvenile victimization, juvenile offending, and the juvenile justice system’s response to law-violating behavior.

[Apply Now] National Mentoring Resource Center

[Apply Now] National Mentoring Resource Center

Under this solicitation, the successful applicant will continue to develop and expand the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center, which will provide comprehensive mentoring resources, references, and training materials and advance the implementation of evidence- and research-based mentoring practices.

Webinars

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

In this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center and the New York City Department of Probation discuss emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system. Drawing on guidance gathered at a 2017 convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Harvard Kennedy School, the CSG Justice Center developed Do’s and Don’ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System—a resource that details proven and promising practices for working with the young adult population.

Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.

Publications

A Positive Youth Justice System

A Positive Youth Justice System

This publication sets forth 10 steps needed to transform the current juvenile justice system into one that both protects public safety and improves outcomes for the young people it serves.

Implementing Juvenile Justice System Change in West Virginia

Implementing Juvenile Justice System Change in West Virginia

This publication shows how West Virginia overhauled its community supervision programs, equipped staff with new skills, and improved the process for making treatment and supervision decisions in order to meet its goal of reducing the number of juveniles in secure facilities by 16 percent by 2020.

Recent headlines

Opinion: For Our Youth, Time Is Now to Address Mental Health

“This could be a really beautiful state if we fix it.” Those words were spoken by a young man at a juvenile day report center in southern West Virginia. They sum up the results of over 100 interviews and surveys of young people conducted over the last year about mental health issues.

[Opinion] Colorado’s Youth Deserve a Better Juvenile Justice System

Colorado has made remarkable improvements to its juvenile justice system resulting in safer communities and fewer youth unnecessarily incarcerated. Due to bipartisan policy solutions, juvenile arrests declined 18 percent and filings to juvenile district court decreased 9 percent between 2012 and 2016; new commitments to the Division of Youth Services have decreased 22 percent since 2013.

‘Incarceration Helped Me Find My Voice’

Years after serving time as a youth offender, the photographer Brian L. Frank has devoted himself to documenting young men’s experiences with the criminal justice system. In “Out of Bounds: Coming of Age in Gang Territory,” he takes an intimate look at the effect of targeted policing on minority youth in the Central Valley of California, where the children of agricultural workers and former factory workers have few opportunities.