At Detroit Central City Community Mental Health in Wayne County, Michigan, clients used to arrive to see their clinicians or a doctor. Now, more frequently, they come to see their mentor.
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.
The RIDGE Project is today divided into an adult division, a workforce development division, and a youth division. The adult programming begins inside the prison; fathers whose children are younger than 22 and who are within six months from release are eligible.
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.
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.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
Hosted by the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, this meeting will focus on how to expand and spread the conversation about trauma-informed approaches in the criminal justice system, education, health care, and communities.
The Institute for Educational Leadership is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in improving employment outcomes for youth involved in the court system. Funds awarded from this program can be used for education, occupational training for in-demand industries, and other workforce development activities for individuals ages 14 to 24.
This webinar shares 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.
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.
Cutting drug admissions in half will reduce the prison by 7 percent—or 33,000—by the end of 2021, according to a new tool developed by researchers at the Urban Institute.
This brief from Jobs for the Future highlights strategies for expanding education and employment pathways, and offers specific policy and program priorities to help improve transition home upon release.
Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.
Iowa is one of five states — Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Vermont — that received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in order to lead a statewide recidivism reduction effort. Beth Skinner, the recidivism reduction coordinator with the Iowa Department of Corrections, said this sort of effort is rarely coordinated at a statewide level.
The Ohio prison system is announcing a private sector partnership that will provide job training to inmates before and after release.
For years, state and local governments have attached additional fees and costs to everything from speeding tickets to parole supervision. According to a growing body of research, they can trap poor people in debt, and corrupt law enforcement and the courts.
State budgets have been hit hard as prisoners get older and need treatment for serious diagnoses like cancer and heart disease. Programs with names such as “medical parole” and “compassionate release” have allowed low-risk prisoners to get out early while shifting the cost burden to families or federal programs.
Those who pay their debt to society and emerge from prison with a new perspective and lease on life deserve an opportunity to earn a living. They represent a class of prospective employees unlike any other. But, why should employers assume the risk of hiring ex-felons? You may be surprised by these five fact-based, bottom-line reasons.