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Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.

New Report Highlights States with Fewer Returns to Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two governors today pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country.

Senator Portman

Bipartisan Leaders Set to Reauthorize Landmark Criminal Justice Bill; Gathering Celebrates Half-Decade of Recidivism Reduction

Washington, D.C.—In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) came together today to mark the five-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act and to announce that they, along with other Senate and House leaders, will be introducing legislation reauthorizing the landmark act today. To read the press release for this event, click here.

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez introduces the national forum in Washington on September 26.

A New Approach for Reducing Reincarceration and Joblessness Among Adults with Criminal Histories

Washington, D.C.— White House staff joined leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice at a forum today entitled Bridging Reentry and Workforce Development: A Shared Approach to Strengthening Communities. The event was cohosted by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and its partners at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Justice Center in the News

Editorial: Give Second Chance Act Another Chance

South Carolina has made big strides in reducing recidivism among prison inmates, and some of the credit is due the state’s use of training funds under the Second Chance Act.

Utah’s Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training is National Model for Patrol and Detention

The first Utah CIT academy was conducted in 2001. Academies are administered throughout the State of Utah on a regional basis. Within each region, law enforcement services are partnered with mental health services to deliver the program. The program works to build relationships between law enforcement and local mental health providers so that together they can bring services to individuals with mental illness.

Justice Reform in Alabama

A discussion with Sen. Cam Ward and Andrew Barbee from the Council of State Governments Justice Center about justice reform in Alabama.

Editorial: Correcting Corrections

As if school funding and mental health care didn’t generate enough concerns for next year’s Legislature, now there are dire reports about Washington’s prison system.

Many Ways of Measuring Recidivism, Causing Uneven Impact on Policy

The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released a report called “Measuring and Using Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation,” which explores the use of recidivism data and other metrics to evaluate success in juvenile justice.