“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 program seeks to increase the 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 their 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 people who are returning to the community after incarceration 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 request for disclosure of criminal records can have on applicants to the State University of New York, and suggests that it can lead to “felony application attrition,” a phenomenon where applicants do not complete their applications after seeing or responding to the relevant question.
“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 also interview them for a job before they are released.
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.
The assumption that an individual should pay for a crime indefinitely through ongoing social and economic exclusion never imposed by a court runs counter to the ideals of rehabilitation and redemption that we claim as fundamental in our justice system and in our social fabric. How can employers preserve opportunities for people with criminal records while addressing concerns about public safety and employer liability?
Armed with the names of employers willing to give them a chance, each participant in Dallas reentry program Miles of Freedom works toward securing a job within five months.