This online course provides a ten-step action plan to help a probation department visualize transformation of its practices from beginning to end and to align it with the four practices of recidivism reduction.
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This policy brief highlights five emerging cross-systems strategies local law enforcement and homelessness response leaders can use to respond to people who experience unsheltered homelessness and have frequent contact with law enforcement.
The framework is intended to help jurisdictions advance comprehensive, agency-wide responses to people who have mental illnesses. These responses feature cross-system collaborations between the criminal justice and behavioral health systems.
In September 2016, Baltimore County, Maryland’s county executive asked the CSG Justice Center to conduct an independent assessment of its law enforcement and behavioral health collaboration, the Baltimore County Crisis Response System, which helps the county respond to people who have behavioral health needs. This report describes the assessment’s methodology, highlights key findings, and discusses those recommendations and strategies.
The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), recently released the results of a national survey on state law enforcement training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses.
These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.
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.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the Council of State Governments Justice Center surveyed MCC members in August 2013 to better understand school-based officers’ responsibilities, practices, concerns, and barriers to successful program implementation, as part of the School Discipline Consensus Project.
Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $52 billion in 2011.1 Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many states’ criminal justice systems, often […]
The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.
This report is an unprecedented study that answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?
Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives is the product of a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people […]
This toolkit offers information and resources about officer wellness and safety and provides links to outside resources, including information on the increased risk of suicide for law enforcement officers and the effect of secondary trauma.
This report explores the persistence of jail expansion by examining a convenience sample of 77 counties in 31 states that considered or pursued jail expansion between 2000 and 2019 and identifies three major arguments county officials make to support construction.
This publication provides an overview of pre-arrest diversion strategies and delves into five categories of law or regulation that most directly affect these strategies and often serve as the basis of fully-fledged crisis responses in their own right.
This guide, developed in collaboration with experts and practitioners from across the country, provides best and promising practices grounded in academic research and practical experience suitable for agencies of all sizes.
This publication discusses the need for family support groups and some important things to consider when establishing one.
This brief highlights key evaluation findings from the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a six-city effort to promote more equitable, just, and respectful policing practices and improve relationships and trust between law enforcement and community members.
This brief applies key elements of Olmstead v. L.C. law to the challenge of reducing the vastly disproportionate number of people with mental illnesses in the U.S. criminal justice system.
This publication offers a comprehensive guide for communities on best practices for starting and sustaining CIT programs.
This bulletin documents recent trends in juvenile arrests using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
This report explores how ending mass incarceration and repairing its extensive collateral consequences should begin by focusing on police work at the front end of the system.