After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.
The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. To learn more, click here.
An estimated 70 million people in the U.S. have a criminal record, and the South is the region with the highest incarceration rates per capita. Research shows that having a steady job can significantly increase the likelihood of success for someone returning home from prison, but oftentimes such individuals can’t get jobs, not necessarily because they’re underqualified, but because employers are wary of hiring people who have criminal histories.
Understanding the importance of employment in reentry success, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Reentry Task Force recently invited more than 30 employers, as well as a number of community leaders, policymakers, and corrections officials, to breakfast at The Commerce Club, where they talked about the obstacles to hiring people with criminal records and also the best ways to overcome those barriers.
“Returning citizens will tell you that not having a job is the biggest barrier to success,” said Barbara L. McQuade (pictured left), U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, at an employment event last month in Detroit. “If we don’t help them, it’s a recipe for recidivism.”
Santa Maria’s Path to Recovery Program, which received a 2013 Second Chance Act mentoring grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, has been serving women in the Houston area since 2011.
In this webinar, presenters will share emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is now accepting grant applications from organizations interested in strengthening their data and information sharing.
Many people caught up in the justice system report histories of trauma. For professionals working with these individuals, it is important to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, explore interventions, and develop a trauma-informed approach to their work.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes for a 36-month project period. The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of individuals through technology-based career training.
During this webinar, experts provide an overview of an easy-to-use toolkit designed to help organizations improve the financial literacy of clients who are identified as low-income or vulnerable, including those who are returning to the community from incarceration.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice discusses the causes and drivers of racial disparity in U.S. jails, and provides recommendations on how to reduce this disparity.
This report from the U.S. Department of Education provides results from a study evaluating the department’s Reentry Education Model, an evidence-based approach that aims to bridge the gap between prison and community-based education and training programs.
There is much buzz when President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 nonviolent federal drug offenders last week, whose “punishments didn’t fit the crime.” However, a lesser-known policy change, enacted in 2014 with far less fanfare will affect 1,000 times the number of people as Obama’s commutations. Colloquially known as “drugs minus two,” the amendment to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s guidelines could reduce the sentences of as many as 46,000 people.
Joining a growing effort to tackle what one official calls “a national crisis,” the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on July 20 to reduce the number of inmates with mental illness in the county jail. The board’s action came only days after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s July 14 announcement that he was creating the North Carolina Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force in support of the national “Stepping Up” initiative on mental illness and incarceration.
Philadelphia is forcing property owners to fix up abandoned buildings to fight crime, and it’s actually working.
Seattle’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program (LEAD), which gives police the option to send repeat nonviolent offenders to social-service programs instead of jail has been embraced by the White House and is drawing interest across the U.S
There is no solid information on how often solitary confinement is used in most states, including Maryland, in part because most are not required to report such information.