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Newspapers Urge Congress to Support Second Chance Act

As Congress prepared for its first formal discussion of reauthorizing the Second Chance Act this week at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, newspapers from across the country gave federal legislators a lot to think about.



2015 National Mentoring Summit

“Expanding the Mentoring Effect” workshop sessions highlight research, program models, technology, and other resources that have been shown to have positive effects on youth mentoring.


International Association of Correctional Training Personnel Conference

Hosted by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel, this conference will provide an opportunity for participants to share innovative corrections practices and training strategies that are being used within national, state, and local correctional agencies throughout the country.


Incarceration in America Conference

Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, this two-day conference will discuss incarceration in America with a focus on improving the justice system, which has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world.


California Counties Reentry Fellowship Announced

This unique position will focus on documenting how California’s counties are addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the state’s prison realignment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and sharing “lessons learned” and best practices for the benefit of all of California’s counties.


Integrated Reentry and Employment

Reentry and Employment White Paper, Pilot Site Opportunity

This webinar provides policymakers and practitioners in the criminal justice, corrections, and workforce development fields with an overview of the recently published white paper, Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness.


Recent headlines

Screaming Inmates Make L.A. Rethink Jailing Mentally Ill

Criminal justice systems from Seattle to Miami with aggressive jail-diversion efforts have cut inmate headcounts — and lowered recidivism rates. L.A. County has taken tentative steps to join them. The board of supervisors in July endorsed the concept of broadbased diversion, and last week pledged $756,000 for a pilot program.

Kiosk to Reform Prisoners’ Education Opportunities I

The Elkridge, Maryland, Correctional Education Association has announced a partnership with inmate service provider JPay to develop a digital education platform for instructors, inmates and prison staff.

MN Lawmakers Get Update on State of Specialty Courts

“We increased funding $750,000 a year in our last biennium for specialty courts. We want to make sure specialty courts are available to people all across the state and not just in certain areas,” said Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center).

Re-Entry Summit Brings Agencies Together

On September 16, the first ever summit was held of organizations tasked with assisting ex-inmates from state and local jails to successfully “re-enter” their communities.

Mental Illness Program Could Transform L.A. County Justice System

Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county’s criminal justice system.

Ex-con Launches Startup Aimed at Inmates

In 2007, Frederick Hutson was sentenced to 51 months in prison for distributing marijuana. The operation had been netting him $500,000 annually — and once he got to prison, he put his business acumen to use.