“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.”
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.
A diverse group of criminal justice professionals from across the country have joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as advisors, expanding the expertise of the organization to assist its core projects, including the National Reentry Resource Center, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.
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.
Engaging with business leaders, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, can provide criminal justice stakeholders “the opportunity to bring resources to the table to break the cycle of incarceration.”
A group of influential local business leaders joined state and local policymakers in Memphis last month to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with connecting individuals with criminal records to employment.
The Second Chance Act-funded program seeks to increase the post-release employability of people who are involved with the criminal justice system by establishing and providing these career-training programs during the 6- to 25-month period before one’s release from prison, jail, or juvenile facilities, with connections to follow-up services after release.
This webinar will highlight sustainable or “green” programs at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Branchville Correctional Facility, and will explain how these programs have helped support facility operations and provided education and job training, among other benefits.
The purpose of the program, authorized by the Workforce Investment Act and the Second Chance Act of 2007, is to assist returning citizens in gaining industry-recognized job credentials and employment.
This webinar shares approaches for building positive relationships between mentors and participants, including the importance of communication skills, problem-solving strategies, and conflict management tools.
This podcast episode from DC Public Safety Radio examines the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections that aims to help improve employment outcomes for job seekers who have criminal records.
In this webinar panelists share with participants the most recent research on how to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses, and provide a practical example of how the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is working to achieve these goals.
This training will discuss reentry employment programs that successfully integrate pre- and post-employment services to support people who have criminal records, and strategies to help increase their job retention rates.
This report from the Legal Action Center outlines the health, justice, and economic benefits of medication-assisted treatment (MAT), along with several policy recommendations for improving addiction treatment.
This report from the Center for Community Alternatives examines the impact that a supplemental request for documentation related to a conviction has on people who disclose a felony conviction in State University of New York college applications.
“Correctional Career Pathways” is the first of its kind in Tennessee and possibly nationally, said Kim Gass, Greeneville City Schools adult education supervisor, who will oversee the program in Greene County.
The initiative, which offers classes to qualified inmates and then places them in jobs in local industry, will be launched in early April. A first class of 10 female inmates will gradate next week.
Prison Director Gary Mohr outlined initiatives during a statewide reentry coalition meeting Thursday in Chillicothe that would recruit businesses to not only consider employing someone with a criminal record, but interview them for a job before they are released.
Prisons should aid the reentry process by providing vocational education and training for prisoners, according to a new position paper released by the Northwestern University Program for Prison Reentry Strategies.
Those who work at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center are always looking for ways to reduce recidivism, and they hope a new program they’ve recently instituted might help. Nine inmates recently passed the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food protection manager’s course, which teaches people how to safely cook, prepare and store food.
Consider that over-reliance on background checks inevitably screens out qualified, trustworthy job applicants. More than one in four adults in America has a criminal record, and the vast majority of them currently pose no threat to public safety and will not go on to commit crimes in the future.