Charged with supporting and providing technical assistance to problem-solving courts in their states, a group of state-level trainers came together last month for a train-the-trainer event on how to use Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum—a free, online curriculum that offers research and best practices on designing and implementing mental health courts.
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. Learn more...
The National Reentry Resource Center
Funded by the Second Chance Act of 2008, and launched by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in 2009, 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.
Second Chance Act
Signed into law on April 9, 2008, the Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. This first-of-its-kind legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services that can help reduce recidivism.
The 2012 Second Chance Act Conference, "Second Chances and Safer Communities," was held May 22-24, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The 2012 conference was the third national reentry conference convened by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice under the Second Chance Act.
The appropriate use of federal Medicaid dollars to help expand health care coverage for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity to achieve reductions in state and local spending, while minimizing known health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration.
The faculty at Peninsula College in Washington in partnership with the Washington State Department of Corrections, provide education inside correctional facilities. They have developed a program that brings the an offline version of the internet to students inside corrections. This creates a hybrid classroom of the modern community college by combining both face-to-face and online instruction.