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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.”

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Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

A diverse group of criminal justice professionals from across the country have joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as advisors, expanding the expertise of the organization to assist its core projects, including the National Reentry Resource Center, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

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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.

Announcements

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Youth Justice Leadership Institute

The National Juvenile Justice Network is now accepting applications for the Youth Justice Institute, a leadership development program for emerging professionals of color who have demonstrated commitment to juvenile justice reform.

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Register Now for Webinar: Integrating Green Corrections

This webinar will highlight sustainable or “green” programs at the Indiana Department of Correction’s Branchville Correctional Facility, and will explain how these programs have helped support facility operations and provided education and job training, among other benefits.

Webinars

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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.

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Web Training: Job Retention Strategies for Ex-Offenders

This training will discuss reentry employment programs that successfully integrate pre- and post-employment services to support people who have criminal records, and strategies to help increase their job retention rates.

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The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing

This brief from the International Association of Chiefs of Police is designed to help law enforcement officials who interact with youth better understand normal adolescent development and behavior.

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OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book on Youth

This resource, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at the national, state, and county levels. Such […]

Recent headlines

Road to Redemption: Hackensack Group Offers Helping Hand to Ex-offenders

There was no one-stop organization covering all the various needs of people just getting out, Bonnie O’Brien, Director of Transition Professionals said. Transition Professionals helps recent inmates find shelter, replace identification, enroll in health care, food distribution programs and other government aid.

Criminologist Challenges the Effectiveness of Solitary Confinement

A new study by a UT Dallas criminologist finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. In addition, the The study cites previous research that has found that solitary confinement can cause serious health and psychological problems for inmates, many of whom are vulnerable because of existing mental health conditions and/or addictions.

Georgia CALLS Reentry Program Welcomes 8 New Participants

“The Georgia CALLS reentry program gives individuals who are ready to take on a life-changing experience, the on-the-job training and life skills development needed in order to become the CEO of their lives,” explained Mark Mobley, the new Executive Director of the fast-growing Georgia CALLS, a nonprofit helping high-risk, returning citizens make a successful tradition from incarceration into society as business entrepreneurs.

Florida Legislature Opens Door to For-profit Mental Health Services

Florida legislators have proposed at least 22 bills that make the most dramatic changes to the state’s mental health delivery system in decades. But there is a catch: the reform effort would also end the system’s dependence on not-for-profit managed care providers and would open the door to for-profit managed care companies to compete for the $506 million in state business.

High Court Says Sex Offender Can Challenge GPS Monitoring

North Carolina is among at least eight states that have a system for lifetime monitoring for convicted sex offenders. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a North Carolina sex offender should have another chance to challenge an order that he wear a GPS monitoring bracelet around the clock and for the rest of his life.

The High Cost of Calling the Imprisoned

Now, after years of complaints from prison-rights groups and families of the incarcerated, the Federal Communications Commission is investigating the financial intricacies of the [prison phone system] industry, which has been largely unregulated.

$27 Million Grant To Help Incarcerated Individuals In Prison Find Jobs

To provide the support, training and assistance needed to find and keep a good job, the U.S. Labor Department today announced a $27 million Training to Work — Adult Reentry grant program — to help thousands of soon-to-be-released inmates become productive citizens.

New Jail Employment Program Created to ‘Break the Cycle’

“Correctional Career Pathways” is the first of its kind in Tennessee and possibly nationally, said Kim Gass, Greeneville City Schools adult education supervisor, who will oversee the program in Greene County.

The initiative, which offers classes to qualified inmates and then places them in jobs in local industry, will be launched in early April. A first class of 10 female inmates will gradate next week.

Ohio Wants to Link Inmates to Jobs Upon Release

Prison Director Gary Mohr outlined initiatives during a statewide reentry coalition meeting that would recruit businesses to not only consider employing someone with a criminal record, but also interview them for a job before they are released.