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Rikers Program Provides “Green Technology” Job Training, Placements

Working I.T. Out’s job readiness training, which focuses in part on hard skills directly related to job operations and functions, is delivered in partnership with Hostos Community College in the Bronx, while the New York City Department of Education teaches participants essential computer literacy skills. Soft skills training, such as how to talk appropriately with customers and be a team player in the workplace, is provided by STRIVE International.


After Prison, a Fresh Start Through PACE

“It’s so easy to get in trouble,” Spruill said, “but it can take a lifetime to get out of it. That’s why you need that support, to help you remember to stay on track, stay patient.”


Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

“We are very excited to bring aboard this extraordinary collection of talented people, who have served state and local governments across the U.S.,” said Mike Lawlor, chair of the CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee. Among the seven new experts joining the organization are former heads of state and local agencies and associations and also directors of organizations that conduct research in the criminal justice field, each of whom brings new skills and knowledge to the CSG Justice Center.


Risk Assessment: What You Need to Know

A recent Associated Press story on risk assessments, performed to determine the likelihood that someone involved in the criminal justice system will reoffend, contains several common misunderstandings. By taking a closer look at a few of these misconceptions, we hope to clarify some major points about risk assessment overall.


U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applicants for Comprehensive Community- and Mentor-Based Adult Reentry Program

The U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is now accepting applications for Second Chance Act funding for nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes interested in delivering comprehensive wraparound services or programs that incorporate the use of mentors to assist with the transition of individuals returning home from incarceration.

Open Society Foundation

Call for Applicants to the Pre-Booking Diversion Initiative

The Open Society Foundations is now accepting applications for its Pre-Booking Diversion Initiative. Informational calls will be held to explain this grant opportunity. They are listen-only events, but participants can email questions in advanc

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants to Support Reentry Efforts Aimed at Improving Latino and Latina Youth Outcomes

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting applications for its Supporting Latino/a Youth from Out-of-Home Placement to the Community program, which aims to improve Latino and Latina youths’ successful and safe transition to families and communities after confinement through mentoring and reentry planning, as well as other effective strategies and best practices.


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Responding to the Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program

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.


Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

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.

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Ask the Experts—Assessment, Treatment, and Supervision Strategies for Professionals Working with Individuals with Sex Offense Convictions

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.


Pew Charitable Trusts

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

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.


Practice Profile: Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

This snapshot from the National Institute of Justice’s provides an overview of juvenile sex offender treatment interventions, their practice components, the latest research on treatment, and more.

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2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide

This resource ­from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Victims of Crime is designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues. It includes media campaign materials, “how to” tips, sample communication tools, updated crime statistics, and more.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings

This bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings from the 2012 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, a biennial survey which collects information on facilities where youth are held in detention, including information on its capacity, type of security, the number of youth who have been injured or have died in custody, and more.

Recent headlines

Shumlin Bans Criminal-History Question

Governor Peter Shumlin signed the executive order on April 21, 2015, making Vermont the 16th state in a national effort to “ban the box,” according to the National Employment Law Project.

The ‘Revolving Door’ for the Justice-Involved Mentally Ill

Frequently, individuals with mental illness who become involved with the justice system are ensnared in a “revolving door.” They are shunted between ER assessments, arrests and short- term stays in psychiatric units and jails. The result: inconsistent access and engagement with the mental health system.

Behind Bars, But Not The Times

Grewe, however, is intent on breaking that stereotype. In addition to working with a variety of prison non-profits, including the Fortune Society, Grewe has been strategic around the positioning of his company. He’s incorporated APDS as a Public Benefits Corporation and rents office space inside the Center for Social Innovation, a coworking space, community center & “incubator for people who are changing the world.” Ultimately, the goal for Grewe — in addition to growing APDS into a profitable company — is to see the rates of incarceration decline.
“We’re locking up people we don’t need to lock up,” Grewe says. “We can do better.”

East Fayetteville Grocer Gives Ex-Felons a Fresh Start

The 68-year-old of Cedar Creek has employed individuals with criminal records at Kinlaw’s Supermarket for decades. “He was going to start me the same day, but – it threw me off because I had dressed up for the interview and he said, ‘Well, come on, and I’ll show you where you’re going to work,'” said Charles Morris, an employee at Kinlaw Supermarket.

I Spent Seven Years Locked in a Human Warehouse

But with the way our society operates, I may have been better off had I been motivated by evil, anger, greed or malice and been found guilty. Society understands malice. We understand retribution. But we do not understand mental illness and are often unable to see the humanity in those with mental illness.

Meet the Culinary Nonprofit Getting People Out of Fire — and Into the Kitchen

Over its lifetime, DC Central Kitchen’s culinary job training program has evolved into a fourteen-week course that follows the structure of most culinary schools.
But the program hasn’t always been this way. It began in 1990 as a shorter course that mostly focused simply on helping unemployed individuals learn basic culinary skills and get a job.What also came later was the aspect that is now a defining element: a shift in organizational recruiting to focus on the lives, and livelihoods, of people who have spent time in prison.

Population of Juveniles in Confinement on the Decline

The number of juvenile offenders in residential facilities hit in 2012 its lowest point since at least 1975, according to a new report released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

New Plan to Shrink Rikers Island Population: Tackle Court Delays

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York and the state’s chief judge will introduce a plan on Tuesday to gradually reduce the inmate population at Rikers by clearing the backlogs at state courts, a pocket of persistent government dysfunction that has long frustrated improvement efforts.