The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.
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.
Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas became the latest governor to participate in Face to Face (#MeetFacetoFace), an initiative that encourages policymakers to connect with people closest to the correctional system. He joins 13 other governors—7 Republicans and 6 Democrats—that have participated in the initiative.
Bettie Kirkland, the executive director of Project Return in Nashville, joins For the Record to discuss her organization’s work connecting hundreds of people who have criminal records to employment each year and reflects on what it means to ensure they have a chance at success.
The CSG Justice Center today released a first-of-its-kind, web-based resource that combines extensive data analyses, case studies and recommended strategies from all 50 states to help policymakers address their state’s specific public safety challenges.
After 24 visits to Connecticut prisons, Gov. Dannel Malloy decided it was time others got to see what he’d seen. “After the experiences I’ve had,” Malloy said, “we just got to thinking that it would be good to have people experience it for a day.”
Ticket to Work experts will present information for individuals and organizations that serve people who receive Social Security disability benefits and may be interested in joining or re-joining the workforce.
This webinar will explore how technology has influenced criminal record clearance processes and improved service delivery around the country.
Hosted by Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers, Beyond the Walls will bring together communities affected by the crises of mass imprisonment, with a focus on community-led responses.
This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face, and presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.
This webinar includes information on planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment, cognitive interventions, and community supervision practices as well as community resources such as housing and recovery support services.
This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment. The presentation is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes.
This webinar focusses on best practices for screening and assessment of people in the criminal justice system who have opioid addictions.
In this webinar, Leigh Ann Davis, director of the National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability, discusses differences and similarities between various kinds of behavioral health diagnoses and I/DD, how to identify someone with I/DD, and tips for to work more effectively with people with I/DD in correctional settings.
This webinar features presenters who discuss the best ways to empower people who have criminal records to tell their stories and how to use these stories to advocate for policy change.
This webinar provides an overview of the San Joaquin County program and discuss the program’s processes in three key areas: (1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; (2) staff training; and (3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.
This brief outlines the role that corrections, probation, and parole officers can play in informing victims of the supports to which they are entitled and how they can pursue restitution, compensation, or other means of financial support.
This issue brief highlights research, strategies, and local reform efforts aimed at improving youth outcomes through structured decision-making tools and diversion.
This brief highlights eight ways corrections leaders can set their staff up for success in implementing approaches that have been shown to reduce recidivism, including examples of how grantees of the Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Program have applied these strategies in practice.
This fact sheet shows which states have enacted various policy changes through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative since 2007.
This publication is dedicated to issues surrounding alternatives to police enforcement, which is defined as the administration of the law—e.g., issuing arrests, citations, summonses, or warrants.
According to jail records, Richard King—a Vietnam veteran—was taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center on a mental hold. An officer trained in crisis stabilization found the vet was bipolar and referred him to the state’s first regional mental health crisis center there.
The shift could alter the life course for many students with higher-education aspirations who have a misdemeanor or felony attached to their name.
After years of training and fighting fires an inmate who is released is typically unable to put their skills to work upon release. Nearly all firefighters in California are required to be licensed emergency medical technicians, but convicted felons are typically barred from receiving said licenses.
Crops tended by Scott County Detention Center inmates help offset the facility’s operating costs, but gardening also helps the detainees’ personal growth, jail officials said. The garden has provided around 770 pounds of food to the inmates this year while extras go to charities.
Cabarrus County Stepping Up coordinator Tasha McLean, who is employed by Daymark Recovery Services and contracted through the county, works directly with inmates as a connector to treatment if needed. When people are arrested and taken into custody, detention officers perform medical screenings, which she reviews. Certain questions are designed to determine if an individual has a mental health or substance abuse issue.
Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said law enforcement officials are trying to understand how women’s experiences are typically different from men’s experiences, and that changes how they interact in a jail.
Traditional approaches to probation are failing young adults, making them more likely to get caught up in lifetime criminal behavior, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. A study by the coalition, an advocacy nonprofit for justice issues in Texas, found that just 18 percent of young Texans between the ages of 17-21 were able to successfully complete probation.
According to the Prince William County Office of Criminal Justice Services’ 2017 Annual Report, the average pretrial daily case load increased from 352 in 2015 to 507 in 2017, saving the jail 56,894 jail bed days. And the successful compliance rates increased from 84 percent in 2015 to 89 percent in 2017.
At the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. made it clear that second-chance employment—hiring employees with a conviction history—is a SHRM priority and initiative.
“What’s most important about this whole pilot program is the data we will collect,” said Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, who serves as president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association. Medication-assisted treatment “has proven to be an effective way to treat substance use disorder.”