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

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.

Announcements

Register Now for ‘The Beat: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Drug Courts’

Register Now for ‘The Beat: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Drug Courts’

This course, hosted by the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), is designed to educate law enforcement officers on drug court programs and the role law enforcement plays on a drug court team—which also generally includes a judge, public defender/defense attorney, prosecutor, evaluator, treatment provider, and probation officer.

Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy

Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy

Hosted by the National League of Cities, this academy will provide training on the skills and knowledge needed to lead existing municipal efforts in juvenile justice reform. The event will highlight promising practices and provide opportunities for learning from both peers and national experts.

Webinars

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Applicants

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

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.

Publications

Setting an Agenda to Address Race in Policing

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

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

Recent Headlines

Evaluation Trumps Incarceration in L.A. Police Dept. Mental Health Efforts

“The LAPD has a multilayered approach, which is necessary for a more comprehensive response to connect individuals with mental illness to the most appropriate services needed,” said Nicola Smith-Kea, policy analyst for the Law Enforcement Program of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Calls for Justice Reforms

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for reforms to America’s criminal justice system and for the nation to push beyond the “cycle of criminality and incarceration” as a way to move forward for justice and civil rights.

A Closer Look at the President’s Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

Pointedly invoking the names of prominent Republicans like Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John Cornyn of Texas, part of a bipartisan groundswell for smarter law enforcement, the president called for meaningful change at virtually every juncture: from the first interaction with police officers to prosecutorial charging discretion to the prison sentences imposed by judges to the conditions of confinement to the need for job training for those who are about to be released.

Changing the Way Police Respond to Mental Illness

Some areas are already changing the way police are trained to handle people experiencing mental or emotional problems. Crisis intervention team training, known as CIT, is one program for law enforcement and local communities to better respond to people experiencing mental health crises.