Dr. Patrick Hynes, director of the Connecticut Department of Corrections Best Practices Unit, addresses audience members at the Reentry Training Summit.
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State and local agencies that were awarded a 2014 Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Demonstration or Technology Career Training grant sent representatives to New York City, in late April, to take part in the first Reentry Training Summit hosted and organized by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), a project of the CSG Justice Center.
After years of consultation with stakeholders, the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has proposed a broad set of revisions, with substantial attention paid to issues around incarcerated parents and reentry.
According to a 2014 meta-analysis by the RAND Corporation, adults who participated in correctional education programs were shown to have, on average, a 43 percent less likelihood of recidivating and were 13 percent more likely to obtain employment upon their release from incarceration.
As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations interested in maintaining the operations, including training and technical assistance, for the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting applications from entities interested in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to providing intervention, treatment, and community supervision for youth with sexual behavior problems, as well as providing treatment services for their victims and families.
The Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program provides states and units of local governments with funding for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, strategic planning, research evaluation (including forensics), data collection, training, and other activities.
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.
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.
In this webinar the panelists summarize empirical research on assessment, treatment, and supervision of individuals convicted of sex offenses; describe how the research relates to practice and policy; present some examples of evidence-based treatment and supervision models; and give recommendations of effective strategies for practitioners working in the field.
This brief from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform focuses on the key phases and components of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) and provides guidance for jurisdictions interested in implementing it.
In this book, William R. Kelly discusses the policy, process, and funding innovations and priorities that the U.S. needs in order to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, victimization, and the high costs associated with the criminal justice system.
This curriculum from the Equity Project is designed to help juvenile justice practitioners support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.
This brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates that for a great number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities do not lead to better outcomes than other alternative sanctions.
This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice is a collection of essays on mass incarceration from prominent figures and experts from across the political spectrum. A bipartisan collaboration, the essays reflect a political shift from the punitive policies of the 1980s and 1990s.
Using our criminal justice system as a substitute for a fully functioning mental health system doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense for law enforcement officers, who often put their lives at risk when they are called upon to intervene in a mental health crisis. It doesn’t make sense for courts, which are inundated with cases involving people with mental illness. It doesn’t make sense for people who have mental health conditions, who often would benefit more from treatment and intensive supervision.
The House overwhelmingly approved and sent to the governor Thursday a “second chances” bill, championed by a Dallas businessman, that would let some first-time criminal offenders have their records sealed. The goal is to provide those convicted of low-level, nonviolent crimes a chance to ensure that a youthful mistake doesn’t hinder their ability to get a job, enter the military, or obtain credit or housing. The House approved the measure on a 138-4 vote.
The U.S. Department of Education is poised to announce a limited exemption to the federal ban on prisoners receiving Pell Grants to attend college while they are incarcerated. Correctional education experts and other sources said they expect the department to issue a waiver under the experimental sites program, which allows the feds to lift certain rules that govern aid programs in the spirit of experimentation. If the project is successful, it would add to momentum for the U.S. Congress to consider overturning the ban it passed on the use of Pell for prisoners in 1994.
The author of “Orange is the New Black” joined federal and county prosecutors Wednesday morning at Cobo Center to discuss the need to hire individuals returning to the workforce after felony incarcerations. Kerman said the women who served time with her often developed valuable skills in areas including industrial kitchens and warehouses. While incarcerated, Kerman said she worked as an electrician.
In preliminary legal settlements announced Tuesday, Contra Costa County’s probation department has agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement for youths in juvenile hall, while the county’s office of education will guarantee appropriate services for all youths with disabilities.
Earlier this month, a coalition including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Foundation and the National Association of Counties kicked off a national campaign to encourage local jurisdictions to collect data on the jailed mentally ill and adopt strategies to avoid incarceration.
The Ban the Box campaign was launched in 2004. It is so named for the checkbox on applications asking about a job applicant’s criminal background. The rationale behind the campaign is that if employers ask up front on the job application about criminal history, many of those 70 million may be excluded. And some of those might have been qualified for the job.
As state and federal officials explore ways of reducing the prison population, many are questioning the wisdom of limiting the job prospects of so many past offenders. Research shows stable employment greatly reduces the chances of a person convicted of crime breaking the law again, and higher employment among ex-offenders could stoke the broader economy.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the launch of Aim To B’More Program to reduce Baltimore’s recidivism and unemployment rates. “Baltimore needs this program. By offering nonviolent, first-time felony offenders the opportunity to get an education and establish a career, we are affording them the opportunity to be more,” Mosby said.
Encouraging employers to hire people with criminal backgrounds will be the focus of a Greenville Chamber event Tuesday, May 19. In a letter, Greenville Chamber President and CEO Ben Haskew and Greenville Re-entry Task Force chairman Jerry Blassingame shared reasons why local employers should consider attending the breakfast meeting at the Greenville Commerce Club. “One of the biggest factors in a person’s success on probation, parole or some other form of community supervision is a job,” the letter stated. “The economic implications to the Upstate are significant when ex-offenders are not able to earn income.”