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Brownies and Jobs: Greyston Bakery Employees Get a Second Chance

In its hiring process, Greyston doesn’t ask applicants background questions, including questions about criminal records. People interested in working at the bakery fill out an application, and are placed on a wait list until entry-level positions become available.


Research, Community Supervision Agency Partnership Is Central to Grant Program

Grantees in the Second Chance Act-funded program work “hand-in-hand with research partners to advance the field through the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative and evidence-based initiatives,” said Juliene James, senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, which administers the program.


How Justice Reinvestment States are Improving the Quality of Risk Assessment

More states than ever before are using actuarial risk assessment to determine the likelihood that people involved with the criminal justice system will reoffend. This information is critically important for developing case management plans for people in prison and on supervision, as well as to inform parole release decision making and determine the intensity of supervision and programming for people upon release from prison.


Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for its 2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. The weeklong program, held October 29–November 4, is designed for professionals who want to learn how to improve outcomes for youth who are involved in multiple systems of care, particularly juvenile justice and child welfare systems, by improving systems collaboration.

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

Call for Applicants to Technology Innovation for Public Safety

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is now accepting applications from state, local, and tribal jurisdictions interested in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions. The purpose of the program is to address critical gaps in coordinating crime prevention across organizations and jurisdictions, so that they can better respond to threats to public safety.


Call for Applicants for Workforce Innovation Fund Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor is now accepting applications for Workforce Innovation Fund grants to promote system reforms and innovations that facilitate cooperation across programs to improve employment outcomes, cost effectiveness, and delivery of customer-centered services to job seekers, youth, and employers. The focus of this opportunity will be to promote job-driven alignment and the implementation of a fully integrated workforce system.


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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.


Brennan Center for Justice

Charging Inmates Perpetuates Mass Incarceration

This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice discusses court-imposed legal fees incurred by a substantial number of individuals who become involved with the criminal justice system, and the impact of such fees

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The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice shows how the cost of operating jails is even higher than perceived. The report emphasizes the importance of capturing all costs associated with operating a local correctional facility, including those that may not be reflected in the jail budget.


Toolkit: Meeting the Needs of Women in California’s County Justice Systems

This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriffs’ departments, probation departments, practitioners, and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing the needs of women under local supervision

Recent headlines

New Program Aims to Help Reduce Recidivism in Allegheny County

A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, will focus on 20 people with serious mental illness — or a mental disorder paired with one relating to drug and alcohol use — who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice, behavioral health and homeless services systems.

Judges Replacing Conjecture with Formula for Bail

Developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a formula which assesses an individual’s likelihood of committing another crime, or skipping a court date, can help judges make decisions around bail. After two years of testing, the formula, developed at a cost of $1.2 million is being rolled out to 21 more jurisdictions, including states like Arizona and New Jersey and cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Will New Bipartisan Criminal Reform Plan Fly?

The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]

Prison Born

What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids.

Riots Spur Senate Look at Sentencing Reform

A bipartisan group of top senators, led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is making headway on a sentencing reform compromise to release prisoners with good behavior early and to reduce some mandatory minimums.

Alabama Drug Felons to Get Welfare Benefits after 2 Decade Ban

Alabama will become one of the last states to override the ban and allow felony drug offenders to receive food stamps and temporary cash payments with the passage of a comprehensive prison reform bill during the 2015 legislative session. None of the bill’s provisions can go into effect in 2016, though, until the Legislature appropriates $26 million to fund the bill’s other reform measures.

The Simple Idea that Could Transform US Criminal Justice

In the courtroom known as Part Two, on the second floor of the Newark Municipal Courthouse in New Jersey, things are done differently — Victoria F. Pratt, chief judge who rides over Part Two practices procedural justice, which is the idea that people are far more likely to obey the law if the justice system does not humiliate them, but treats them fairly and with respect. That begins with the way judges speak to defendants.

Momentum on Criminal Justice Repair

Today a new bipartisan coalition is forming, grouping people like President Obama and the billionaire Koch brothers. They are united in the belief that overincarceration has proven ineffectual, wasteful and counterproductive.

Texas Study May Aid Juvenile Justice Reforms

“We have to ensure every child that comes into contact with the criminal justice system has not only a choice but also the tools to become a law-abiding and committed member of society,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday at a Justice Department briefing on the study.