National Reentry Resource Center

NRRC program logoThe 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.

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Rikers Program Provides “Green Technology” Job Training, Placements

Working I.T. Out’s job readiness training, which focuses in part on hard skills directly related to job operations and functions, is delivered in partnership with Hostos Community College in the Bronx, while the New York City Department of Education teaches participants essential computer literacy skills. Soft skills training, such as how to talk appropriately with customers and be a team player in the workplace, is provided by STRIVE International.

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After Prison, a Fresh Start Through PACE

“It’s so easy to get in trouble,” Spruill said, “but it can take a lifetime to get out of it. That’s why you need that support, to help you remember to stay on track, stay patient.”

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Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

“We are very excited to bring aboard this extraordinary collection of talented people, who have served state and local governments across the U.S.,” said Mike Lawlor, chair of the CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee. Among the seven new experts joining the organization are former heads of state and local agencies and associations and also directors of organizations that conduct research in the criminal justice field, each of whom brings new skills and knowledge to the CSG Justice Center.

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Risk Assessment: What You Need to Know

A recent Associated Press story on risk assessments, performed to determine the likelihood that someone involved in the criminal justice system will reoffend, contains several common misunderstandings. By taking a closer look at a few of these misconceptions, we hope to clarify some major points about risk assessment overall.

Announcements

Department of Labor

Call for Applicants to YouthBuild Program

The U.S. Department of Labor is now accepting applications for the YouthBuild program, a community-based alternative education program serving youth who are between the ages of 16 and 24 and who have either dropped out of school, become involved with the juvenile justice system, are aging out of the foster care system, have disabilities, are homeless, or face other disadvantages.

Webinars

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Responding to the Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program

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.

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Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

Publications

Pew Charitable Trusts

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

This brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates that for a great number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities do not lead to better outcomes than other alternative sanctions.

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Practice Profile: Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

This snapshot from the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov provides an overview of juvenile sex offender treatment interventions, their practice components, the latest research on treatment, and more.

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2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

This resource ­from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Victims of Crime is designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. It includes media campaign materials, “how to” tips, sample communication tools, updated crime statistics, and more.

Recent Headlines

Shumlin Bans Criminal-History Question

Governor Peter Shumlin signed the executive order on April 21, 2015, making Vermont the 16th state in a national effort to “ban the box,” according to the National Employment Law Project.

The ‘Revolving Door’ for the Justice-Involved Mentally Ill

Frequently, individuals with mental illness who become involved with the justice system are ensnared in a “revolving door.” They are shunted between ER assessments, arrests and short- term stays in psychiatric units and jails. The result: inconsistent access and engagement with the mental health system.

Behind Bars, But Not The Times

Grewe, however, is intent on breaking that stereotype. In addition to working with a variety of prison non-profits, including the Fortune Society, Grewe has been strategic around the positioning of his company. He’s incorporated APDS as a Public Benefits Corporation and rents office space inside the Center for Social Innovation, a coworking space, community center & “incubator for people who are changing the world.” Ultimately, the goal for Grewe — in addition to growing APDS into a profitable company — is to see the rates of incarceration decline.
“We’re locking up people we don’t need to lock up,” Grewe says. “We can do better.”

I Spent Seven Years Locked in a Human Warehouse

But with the way our society operates, I may have been better off had I been motivated by evil, anger, greed or malice and been found guilty. Society understands malice. We understand retribution. But we do not understand mental illness and are often unable to see the humanity in those with mental illness.