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Seeking New Perspective, Interview Series Gives Firsthand Look at Criminal Record Clearance Experiences

Seeking New Perspective, Interview Series Gives Firsthand Look at Criminal Record Clearance Experiences

For the Record is produced by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse and features conversations between Rashawn Davis—a policy analyst at The CSG Justice Center—and people who are involved in the criminal record clearance field, including elected officials, lawyers, social workers, and people who have or have had a juvenile or criminal record (or individuals who are all four, or more).


Register for Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Criminal Records on City Residents

Register for Webinar: Understanding the Impact of Criminal Records on City Residents

The CSG Justice Center will explain criminal record clearance, sealing, and expungement and introduce a new resource, the Clean Slate Clearinghouse. The Clean Slate Clearinghouse can assist city officials and the communities they serve in understanding their state’s relevant laws and comparing juvenile and criminal record clearance policies across states.


Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses 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.

2017 Second Chance Act Orientation for Community-Based Adult Reentry Grantees

During this webinar, grantees receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.


The State of Justice Reform 2017

The State of Justice Reform 2017

This interactive report from the Vera Institute of Justice identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

This policy brief from the Sentencing Project describes key reforms from 2017 that were designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and lessen the impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction.

Recent headlines

Trump Launches Council for Prison Reform and Crime Prevention

President Trump recently launched, by executive order, the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. The president enacted the council with the aim of reducing crime while looking for ways to “provide those who have engaged in criminal activity with greater opportunities to lead productive lives.”

Battling Recidivism over Breakfast

Paroled to Pride’s program has been around since 2007, and is proud to have an 85% success rate of graduates finding successful career paths.

Teaching—and Reaching—Students behind Bars

All told, fewer than half of juvenile justice schools offer all the core courses students need to graduate, and more than 60 percent of the students who return to their communities drop out of school altogether.

Why Hiring People out of Prison Will Be Your Next Workforce Strategy

As the labor market tightens in our expanding economy, companies will need workers. And people returning to society from prison need jobs. Keeping potential employers and employees apart is fear, lack of understanding, and about 20,000 statutes and regulations across the country that restrict the hiring of ex-offenders.

Stepping up Initiative Seeks to Keep Mentally Ill out of Jail

Since 2013, Lorain County, Ohio has sponsored nearly 80 officers in Trauma Informed Policing. Over the course of the last 14 years, more than 200 first responders spanning 15 police departments have also received the 40-hour crisis intervention training.

Kansas Reforms Improve Juvenile Justice

By 2022, the reforms are projected to reduce out-of-home youth placements by 60 percent, saving the state a total of $72 million. The law requires that all savings be reinvested in effective alternatives to incarceration, which should further enhance public safety and keep families together when appropriate.

Reentry Programs Open Educational Doors: Felicia’s Story

Each day, with the support of the Fortune Society’s Education program staff, participant Felicia Allen is opening opportunities to a brighter future. “I just love school. I don’t mind coming here,” she says. “I like the atmosphere. They don’t treat me any kind of way, like I’m an outcast.”

All Means All: Q&A about Using ESSA to Improve Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities

Regardless of the state’s structure, students in juvenile facilities should not be left behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states the flexibility to rethink how juvenile justice schools might be included in a state’s accountability plan in a way that takes into account the unique context of the facilities and student population.