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Recent Posts

President Trump Designates April “Second Chance Month”

President Trump Designates April “Second Chance Month”

President Trump on March 30 named April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” urging communities to raise awareness about preventing crime and providing people who have completed their prison or jail sentences with “an opportunity for an honest second chance.”

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.

Announcements

Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

The inaugural Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit will allow leaders who are committed to criminal justice system reform the opportunity to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions.

Webinars

Reducing Barriers to Employment—Building Partnerships with Civil Legal Aid

Reducing Barriers to Employment—Building Partnerships with Civil Legal Aid

This webinar explores how civil legal interventions can reduce the number of obstacles to employment facing jobseekers who have criminal records by helping them expunge or seal old records, reinstate driver’s licenses, modify child support orders, and secure certificates of rehabilitation.

Responding to the 2018 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Grant Program Solicitation

Responding to the 2018 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Grant Program Solicitation

In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center review the Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry grant program and application process. These grants are designed to support community- and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that reduce recidivism of people who are reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to high risk of reoffending.

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.

Publications

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.

Advancing Sensible Justice in Tennessee

Advancing Sensible Justice in Tennessee

This report from the Beacon Center of Tennessee features stories of people affected by the current state justice system and focuses specifically on juvenile justice, occupational licensing, and incentives.

Recent headlines

How Cities Can Reduce Recidivism for Young Adults

Young adults account for a disproportionately high percentage of arrests and are the most likely age group to commit violent crimes and reoffend. Meanwhile, scientific research has demonstrated that young adulthood is a distinct period of development during which significant growth and change occurs.

New-Crime Recidivism Rates Continue to Show Modest Improvement

New-arrest recidivism and return-to-prison recidivism are two of the four ways the report counts recidivism rates. It also counts two other categories related to new crimes—new convictions and new sentences. These categories overlap since, for example, anyone who is sentenced also has been arrested and convicted.

Life After ‘17 to Life’

The photographer Joseph Rodriguez has been documenting crime and punishment in California for years and recently focused his gaze on the migration home, in Stockton — a barren outpost in California’s Central Valley.

CO Community-Based Reentry Program Lowers Recidivism: Study

A new Urban Institute report on a Colorado program called Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES) program, suggests the role played by communities affected by crime in developing their own public safety strategies is consequential.

Target Agrees to Review Screening of Job Applicants Amid Claims of Bias

Target agreed on Thursday to revise guidelines for how it screens people seeking jobs at its stores, a step meant to quell complaints that the retailer discriminates against black and Hispanic applicants with criminal records that can include offenses too minor or old to affect their performance as employees.

Governor Walker to Sign Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

Gov. Scott Walker will sign Assembly Bill 935 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse at 4:20 p.m. This will completely change the juvenile justice system in the state. It will close Lincoln Hills, the only youth prison in the Wisconsin.

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, each year, approximately 650,000 individuals complete prison sentences and rejoin society. Unfortunately, two-thirds of these individuals are re-arrested within 3 years of their release. We must do more—and use all the tools at our disposal—to break this vicious cycle of crime and diminish the rate of recidivism.