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A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.

Announcements

Webinars

2018 Second Chance Act Orientation for Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Grant Program

2018 Second Chance Act Orientation for Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Grant Program

During this webinar, recipients of 2018 Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning grants received information on the requirements and deliverables of the program. Specifically, grantees learned how they will develop a strategic plan that is comprehensive, collaborative, and multisystemic in its approach to increase economic mobility and reduce recidivism for people returning to the community from incarceration.

2018 Second Chance Act Orientation for Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Grant Program

2018 Second Chance Act Orientation for Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Grant Program

In this webinar, representatives from the NRRC, along with staff from BJA, provide an overview of the Second Chance Act’s Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (CSAMI) grant program and explain the training and technical assistance opportunities that are available to grantees, including the Planning & Implementation Guide, and other resources available to grantees.

Publications

Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to provide information to help business and HR leaders work to hire applicants who have criminal records.

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America

This report examines the links between mass incarceration and health equity by pairing data with examples of successful approaches, showing how mass incarceration negatively impacts health and well-being and suggesting solutions for reducing both incarceration and crime rates.

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2018

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2018

This policy brief describes key reforms from 2018 that were designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and lessen the impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction.

Recent headlines

The Future of Prison Reform in Florida

Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg recently filed Senate Bill 642, the “Florida First Step Act,” which would allow judges to depart from mandatory minimums for drug trafficking charges. It also calls for allowing inmates to earn more time off of their sentences if they earn a diploma or participate in an entrepreneurship program.

Cummings and Other Lawmakers Press to Eliminate Job Discrimination against Former Felons

Formerly incarcerated people could have more success securing employment under bipartisan legislation that would bar federal employers from asking for applicants’ criminal histories before conditional job offers. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) and Doug Collins (R-Georgia) joined with Sens. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) to propose the Fair Chance Act, an attempt to decrease rates of recidivism by helping people secure jobs.

For the Mentally Troubled, a Pennsylvania Jail Offers ‘High-Visibility’ Cells

Ashley Adams, the nursing director for Pennsylvania’s Butler County jail, hopes that ultimately people with serious mental health problems have some place other to go other than jails, noting that she is part of a countywide committee involved in “Stepping Up,” a national organization devoted to reducing the number of mentally ill people being put in jail.

Lafayette Parish Receives $750,000 Mental Health Grant

The grant continues established partnerships among the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Acadiana Area Human Services District, Beacon Community Connections Inc., and 232-HELP.

Tennessee Will Open First Prison Housing Units for Military Veterans

The Tennessee Department of Corrections will open military veterans-only housing units at three prisons in February, state Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Courtney Rogers said Friday. These will be Tennessee’s first housing units dedicated exclusively to veterans.