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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.


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Call for Proposals: Reclaiming Futures Grant

The $2 million grant will be used to add new sites that will implement the Reclaiming Future model and pilot an intervention approach called Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).


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Problem-Solving Clinic on Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

This webinar discussed the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA), and provided participants the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of WRNA, best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments with or without other assessment tools, and resources and recommendations to help address challenges to using WRNA.

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.



Improving Recidivism as a Performance Measure

The report from the Urban Institute outlines necessary elements to guide states in defining, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating recidivism data, and sets the stage for the next generation of policy-relevant and action-oriented recidivism research at the state level

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Prisoners in 2013

This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents the final count collected by the National Prisoner Statistics Program of prisoners in state and federal correctional authorities on December 31, 2013.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Criminal Victimization, 2013

This bulletin from the Bureau of Justice Statistics provides estimates for the rates and levels of victimization in the United States in 2013, as well as trends from 2004 to 2013.


The Statistical Analysis Center Publication Digest

This resource hub from the Justice Research and Statistics Association contains the abstracts of reports produced by state Statistical Analysis Centers beginning in 2004, with links to full reports.

Recent headlines

Drug Court Working for Crawford

County officials say a $5 million Pilot Program designed to help those fighting drug addiction has been successful.

Lincoln Sex Offender Program Gets Some State Money

LINCOLN, Neb.– The state will provide money for a Lincoln-based outpatient treatment program that provides treatment to some sex offenders who are trying to avoid reoffending. The program is known as STOP. It offers a mix of therapy types to help offenders adapt after being in prison or in the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.

Pipeline to Prison: System Fails Special Ed Students

Each year, thousands of Mississippi teens cycle through the justice system, where experts say the quality of education is often low. Incarcerated juveniles have the same educational rights as those outside — five hours of instruction a day that meet their learning needs, including special education. The state does not currently track how many of those juvenile offenders are entitled to those extra education services, but according to a 2010 federal survey, 30 percent of youth in custody of the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed learning disability — six times the amount in the general population.

Hagerstown Lockup Takes New Approach to Inmate Rehabilitation

The program started in August 2013 with a gift of about 100,000 bees from a bee apiary in Germantown. The correctional officers teach the inmates how to become beekeepers, about the environmental impact of the bees and how to process honey.

San Francisco Jail Offering Computer Tablets to Inmates

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department along with its associated charter school, partnered with New York-based American Prison Data Systems on a pilot program to provide content-secured tablets to inmates, Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said.

A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison

During the past several months, states and cities as varied as Illinois; Nebraska; New Jersey; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; and New Orleans and have adopted so-called Ban the Box laws. In total, some 70 cities and 13 states have passed such laws — most in the past four years.

Blackburn Inmates, Officials Celebrate Equine Program’s 15th Anniversary

After serving time in multiple Kentucky prisons, Beccia was placed at Blackburn. Shortly after his arrival, he joined the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program, which allows inmates to work with horses. He saw it as an opportunity that was twofold: He could focus on turning his life around and work with horses.