Law Enforcement

Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy Tool

The aim of this tool is to facilitate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry program but rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process.

Recent Posts


Setting an Agenda to Address Race in Policing

This paper from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the National Institute of Justice presents ideas on how police executives can address issues of race in contemporary policing.


U.S. Senate

Bill to Fund Key Justice Programs Advances out of Senate Appropriations Committee

On the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a $51.1 billion spending bill that would fund three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center: the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

U.S. Senate

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced in the Senate

In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which will expand upon the success of the original Second Chance Act by continuing, improving, and consolidating its programs.



Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Applicants

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 […]


Webinar Archive: Innovative Law Enforcement Strategies for Interacting with People that Frequently Require Emergency and Crisis Services

In this webinar, held July 26, 2012, representatives from the Houston Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department will discuss the programs they have developed to work more effectively with individuals with mental illnesses who frequently come in contact with law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

To watch an archived recording of this webinar, click here.

To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation used in this webinar, click here.



Setting an Agenda to Address Race in Policing

This paper from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the National Institute of Justice presents ideas on how police executives can address issues of race in contemporary policing.


Toolkit: Meeting the Needs of Women in California’s County Justice Systems

This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriffs’ departments, probation departments, practitioners, and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing the needs of women under local supervision

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

National Body-Worn Camera Toolkit

This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is designed to support law enforcement professionals in planning and implementing body-worn camera programs.

Recent Headlines

Will New Bipartisan Criminal Reform Plan Fly?

The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]

Cincinnati’s Community Policing Considered Tops in the Nation

Cincinnati has a total of 50 officers dedicated to community-oriented policing duties. At the heart of the city’s community-policing efforts is the Quality of Life Enhancement Team. The 10 officers immerse themselves in the city’s 52 neighborhoods, going to community meetings and routinely walking the streets to talk with residents and business owners. The interactions give officers a deeper understanding of the issues each neighborhood faces and allow the officers to better identify potential trouble spots.

The Simple Idea that Could Transform US Criminal Justice

In the courtroom known as Part Two, on the second floor of the Newark Municipal Courthouse in New Jersey, things are done differently — Victoria F. Pratt, chief judge who rides over Part Two practices procedural justice, which is the idea that people are far more likely to obey the law if the justice system does not humiliate them, but treats them fairly and with respect. That begins with the way judges speak to defendants.

Momentum on Criminal Justice Repair

Today a new bipartisan coalition is forming, grouping people like President Obama and the billionaire Koch brothers. They are united in the belief that overincarceration has proven ineffectual, wasteful and counterproductive.

In Los Angeles, a National Model for How to Police the Mentally Ill

By partnering beat cops with mental health clinicians, the L.A. Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit reined in costs associated with frivolous 911 calls. It also connected thousands of individuals with counseling and support, reducing incidences of force used on individuals with mental illness and alleviating the burden on overcrowded emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.