The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
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Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
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 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.
Californians for Safety and Justice has launched a statewide public education campaign to help increase enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, MediCal, among Californians who will be released from jails and prisons or are on probation or parole.
This year’s theme, Unleashing the Collective Power of Communities, recognizes how multiple sectors of a community can work together to prevent substance use disorders among individuals in their community. Community leaders across the country are also called upon to raise awareness and to take action towards prevention.
The course is designed to help substance use treatment professionals learn more about the impact of child welfare and dependency court requirements on parents who are in substance use disorder treatment and are involved with the child welfare system.
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.
During this webinar, experts provide an overview of an easy-to-use toolkit designed to help organizations improve the financial literacy of clients who are identified as low-income or vulnerable, including those who are returning to the community from incarceration.
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.
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.
Modeled after drug courts, Driving While Impaired (DWI) courts are effective with reducing general and DWI recidivism by an average of more than 12 percent, according to report by the National Center for DWI Courts.
This annual BJS report presents final counts of people under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2014.
This study from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design looked at the apparent and hidden costs of incarceration for families, including fees and fines, the impact on mental and physical health, and challenges in maintaining relationships.
This brief from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides tools, tips, strategies, and best practices for jurisdictions interested in implementing mentoring programs and those who have current mentoring programs within their juvenile treatment drug court.
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.
With broad backing, a bipartisan coalition unveiled a major proposal to cut mandatory minimum sentences and bolster prisoner re-entry programs.
A new bill, AB 1056 from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, aimed at reducing the rate of released inmates committing new crimes was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law will provide funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist ex-inmates with housing, behavioral health care, drug treatment and other services.
Research in neurobiology and developmental psychology has shown that the brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-20s, far later than was previously thought. Despite this knowledge, across many state criminal justice systems in U.S., young adults are treated as fully mature adults at age 18.
A recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system.
Alabama and Texas are the latest states to lift restrictions on food stamps for drug offenders, part of a growing number of states opting out of a ban enacted by Congress in 1996.
“I felt at that time we had a rare opportunity,” Mr. Durbin said of the moment they concluded the deal on legislation that would cut mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent criminals, promote more early releases and institute programs to better prepare offenders for life outside prison.
Lawmakers have taken up parole reforms in an effort to save money operating the state’s prison system. Gov. Rick Snyder, in a May speech, urged the adoption of these reforms. The Council of State Governments also recommends them.
Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel recently was presented with the Association of Women Executives in Corrections’ (AWEC) Legacy Award for his work in the area of furthering and fostering women’s achievements in the field of corrections.
Coming off of their hour-long special on America’s criminal justice special, Vice is partnering with a nonprofit that helps encourage businesses to hire former prisoners. Vice is working with the Center for Employment Opportunities to not only reassess their own hiring practices to make them more open to the formerly incarcerated, but to also encourage other businesses to do the same.
For some, Ban the Box laws might raise concerns at first glance. They may question why someone with a criminal record should be on equal footing for a job interview as someone without a record? Those who see it that way need to look a little deeper.