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New Updates to National Juvenile Court Data Archive

The National Juvenile Court Data Archive has been updated. The archive, hosted by National Center for Juvenile Justice, contains juvenile court data from across the country that is used to inform juvenile justice research and policymaking. New resources include an [...]

Collateral Consequences Resource Center

Collateral Consequences Resource Center Launched

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center launched in the fall of 2014 provides news and commentary about developments in courts and legislatures, practice and advocacy resources, and information about how to obtain relief from collateral consequences in various jurisdictions.


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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.


Pew Charitable Trusts

Reducing Incarceration for Technical Violations in Louisiana

This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights findings from an evaluation of Louisiana’s Act 402, which sets a 90-day sentence limit for individuals whose probation or parole has been revoked for the first time for violating rules of their community supervision.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Collaborative for Change Resource Package

This resource package from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change provides information on the prevalence, identification, and treatment of co-occurring disorders among youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

Recent headlines

Audit on Prison Issue Released, Recommendations Made

An audit of the Department of Correctional Services, released Monday by the Legislative Performance Audit Committee, found issues of concern with the reliability of DCS data regarding inmates, as well as the department’s use of segregation.

New ‘Ban the Box’ Law Tripping Up Minnesota Employers

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights has investigated complaints involving the job applications of more than 50 companies and in the majority of cases found applications violating the ban-the-box law, according to data obtained by the Star Tribune.

Picking ‘Three-strikers’ to Free Poses Complex Challenge

Wallace is one of more than 1,000 prisoners from Los Angeles County who have asked a judge to reduce the length of their sentences or free them under Proposition 36, a 2012 ballot measure that softened three strikes. A request can be denied if a judge decides an inmate poses an “unreasonable risk of danger to public safety.” More than 550 inmates have already been resentenced in Los Angeles County under the initiative, but the district attorney’s office is strongly opposing the release of another 530 or so third-strikers, such as Wallace, arguing that they haven’t been rehabilitated and remain a threat.

Report Tackles Prison Issues

A recent report suggests the state of Florida can better run its correctional facilities by allowing more oversight of prisons, using data to better inform decisions and cultivating a culture of professionalism amongst correctional offices.

Finding Ex-inmates Place to Live a Challenge

Transitional housing for parolees has become an explosive issue in Springfield, sparking lawsuits and dividing local officials and neighborhoods. Opinions differ widely on where such housing is appropriate.

Education, Rehabilation Key to Mitigating Incarceration Bulge, Says Correction Secretary

The problem in the United States and Pennsylvania is that most prisoners are likely to offend again after they get out of prison. Programs for education and rehabilitation for prisoners are the ones most likely to be cut to save money. Those programs generally have the best success rate in preventing repeat offenders, he said. And the system must change, because it is too expensive to maintain. Wetzel said it currently costs Pennsylvania $2 billion to operate prisons. The number does not include costs at the county level. Those numbers continue to rise despite efforts at controlling inmate populations to control costs.

Prop 47 Passes in California, Reclassifies Offenses

The retroactive Proposition 47 reduced “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” including shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, drug possession, writing bad checks and certain forgery offenses into misdemeanor crimes. Those with prior convictions are now eager to be resentenced, and those who have already completed their sentences can now petition the courts for a downgrade.