In February 2014, President Obama announced the historic My Brother’s Keeper initiative, an effort to provide greater opportunities to boys and young men of color, who as a group face disproportionate challenges and obstacles in school, with the criminal justice system, and within their communities and families.
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.
In October 2013, 104 government agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country were awarded grants through the Second Chance Act to help improve the outcomes for and reduce recidivism among individuals leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.
On January 16, 2014 Congress passed the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Under this bill, the Second Chance Act would receive $67.7 million in funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) would receive $8.2 million, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative would receive $27.5 million, which includes $1 million for the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor position that will oversee efforts to improve state, local, and tribal justice system responses to people with behavioral health problems, and to increase the number of individuals involved with the criminal justice system who have access to health care.
U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting applications for its FY2014 Visiting Fellows Program.
In this webinar presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing.
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 webinar will provide an overview of the kinds of technical assistance that will be available to 2012 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and how they can take advantage of these resources. Grantees will have the opportunity to [...]
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.
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This brief from the National Institute of Corrections presents information and guidance for corrections and law enforcement on interacting with members of the population involved with the criminal justice system who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI).
This report by the Pretrial Justice Institute summarizes the progress towards implementing the recommendations made at the Attorney General’s 2011 National Symposium on Pretrial Justice, on how to promote fair, safe, and effective pretrial justice.
This white paper from the Vera Institute of Justice provides guidance on how to perform justice-related cost-benefit analyses (CBAs).
This brief from the CSG Justice Center highlights states that authorize sworn police officers in schools, whether municipal or county school resource officers, or school police officers from school districts’ own police agencies.
This resource from the International Association Chiefs of Police presents the findings from its annual survey on the use of social media by law enforcement agencies.
The state’s new budget allots $400,000 for a pilot program to train police officers in dealing with the mentally ill.
Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina General Assembly, all of Rowan-Salisbury’s middle schools have a school resource officer again.
Are guns the answer to keep children safe at school? It’s a question on the mind of parents and staff at Cornwall-Lebanon School District. Monday night board members voted unanimously to arm their school police officer with a gun.
The City of Tonawanda police department has formed a crisis intervention team of officers who specialize in dealing with residents who suffer from mental illness.
One solution could be taking place at the Allegheny County probation office day reporting centers. They focus on medium, and high risk offenders in order to identify services and supervision that can be most helpful.