With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Project TEAM will provide on-site technical assistance to a federally recognized Indian tribe and a state or local government partner working together to develop a joint-jurisdiction collaborative initiative in the courts or criminal justice system.
News and Announcements
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is accepting workshop proposals for its 2014 annual conference, which will take place September 3–6, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub now includes a section identifying systemic issues and recommended policy approaches for juvenile indigent defense. A project of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s […]
This grant supports early-career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)’s Media for a Just Society Awards recognize journalists, writers, and producers whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center today, entitled Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System.
Dates: December 11-13, 2013
Location: Orlando, FL
The National Institute of Mental Health is soliciting proposals for its Outreach Partnership Program from organizations in Alaska, District of Columbia, Michigan, and Missouri. The deadline for applying for this solicitation is December 18, 2013.
This webinar, taking place on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 12-1 p.m. EDT, will highlight the innovative use of peers, individuals with personal experience with addiction and the criminal justice system, in drug courts, with examples from two programs that are part of the SAMHSA-funded Adult Treatment Court Collaborative Grant Program: The Behavioral Health Collaborative (Warren County, Tennessee) and The Eau Claire County Treatment Court Collaborative (Eau Claire County, Wisconsin).
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.
Senior representatives from all three branches of Idaho’s State government convened a public safety forum today where national experts and a delegation of South Dakota state leaders spoke about evidence-based strategies for reducing the incidence of repeat criminal offenders filling prison cells.
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.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) applauded members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to approve the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (JMHCA) of 2013. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) in late January, builds upon the successes of Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) and supports law enforcement training, mental health and veterans treatment courts, and resources for corrections systems and other collaborative approaches to improve responses to people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. The bill now goes to a vote of the full Senate, before moving to the House of Representatives.
LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Law Revision Commission (MLRC) today launched a review of the state’s sentencing guidelines using a data-driven Justice Reinvestment approach to control corrections spending and reinvest a portion of the savings in strategies to reduce recidivism, hold offenders accountable and increase public safety. The process will include a review of the state’s 15-year-old sentencing guidelines.
BOISE, Idaho – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter joined other State leaders today in kicking off an effort to reduce the growth of Idaho’s prison population using “Justice Reinvestment” – a comprehensive, data-driven approach to developing and implementing new policies to control spending and improve public safety.
WELLSBURG, W.Va. – On a visit to recognize the first adult drug court in West Virginia, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ceremonially signed Senate Bill 371, the Justice Reinvestment legislation, which is designed to increase public safety and improve the effectiveness of West Virginia’s criminal justice system by expanding the use of these types of drug courts throughout the state, among other changes.
TOPEKA, Kan.–Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today held a ceremonial signing for HB 2170, a bill that makes significant modifications to the state’s probation and post-release supervision policies with the goal of improving public safety while keeping corrections costs in check. The legislation stems from recommendations made by a bipartisan, inter-branch working group of Kansans over the past year.
TOPEKA, Kan.—The bipartisan Kansas Justice Reinvestment initiative, a research and data-driven program aimed at promoting public safety while reducing corrections spending, took one step closer to reality on March 1.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 300 criminal justice and mental health experts gathered today to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Office of Justice Programs, hosted this fifth national conference, which brings together researchers, practitioners, and public officials annually.
Justice Center in the News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect minority students, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses.
For states expanding Medicaid to childless adults, the Affordable Care Act presents an opportunity that hasn’t gained as much attention as the hobbled rollout of the law’s online marketplaces: the chance to save millions on health care in prison systems and lower the number of ex-convicts who commit new crimes.
AMERICA releases 700,000 prisoners a year. Their prospects are bleak. Three-quarters drink too much or take drugs. One in six has mental-health problems. Most struggle to find a job or a place to stay. Within three years, two-thirds of them are back in prison.
The program interviews Henry Rosen, Policy Analyst, Reentry Program, National Initiatives, Council of State Governments Justice Center and Phoebe Potter, Senior Policy Analyst, Reentry Program, National Initiatives, Council of State Governments Justice Center.
LINCOLN — Relieving overcrowding in Nebraska’s state prisons and adopting other prison reforms are going to take time.
For the hundreds of thousands of ex-offenders released from prison every year, the message is simple: get out and stay out.
The Justice Department has awarded more than $62 million in grants to strengthen efforts to help people returning from prison rejoin their communities and become productive, law-abiding citizens.
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today endorsed the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy and Rob Portman and its companion legislation by Representatives Danny Davis and F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. that provides resources and support to people reintegrating into their communities after being incarcerated.
On Wednesday, U. S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sen. Rob Portman is leading the effort to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, bipartisan legislation that he originally authored with the late Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland.