The 10th anniversary of the passage of SCA is an opportune moment to reflect on the changes in criminal justice policy and practice that have taken place over time.
The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. To learn more, click here.
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.”
By focusing the job of corrections officers on reducing recidivism, the Iowa DOC aimed to use resources in the best way possible, ensure that correctional practices were based on evidence, and track outcome data.
This is the first in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic.
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.
The program provides funding to help facilitate the type of assessment, planning, and monitoring critical to understanding if a system, agency, or juvenile reentry program is functioning as intended and meeting its goals and target outcomes.
The TTA provider must offer tribal jurisdictions assistance to plan, implement, or enhance community supervision practices and reentry programming strategies for tribal communities.
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.
This webinar explores the new “Clean Slate” model of mass sealing minor conviction and non-conviction records by automated computer queries, instead of by individual petitions.
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.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) and application process.
This webinar provides a general overview of how to assess organizational capacity and present an implementation plan in a grant proposal.
This webinar provides guidance on writing proposals that are responsive to Bureau of Justice Assistance grant requirements.
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.
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.
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.
This brief from the Campaign for Youth Justice examines individual and systematic factors considered as critical when judges and prosecutors are determining whether to prosecute a youth as an adult.
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.
This report from the RAND Corporation focuses on the employment benefits of policies that incentivize firms to hire people with nonviolent felony criminal records.
This report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy argues for using more than just recidivism as a measure of the effectiveness of community corrections.
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-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.
This National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we urge jurisdictions across the country to bring victims to the table and ask them what they think about criminal justice reform and how they can create a criminal justice system that better takes into account how to make victims whole.
The health care that prisons provide affects more than simply the well-being of incarcerated people. Inadequate treatment for infectious diseases and behavioral health conditions, for example, can undermine efforts to strengthen public health and safety in the communities to which individuals return.
Passed by the House and Senate, the Fresh Start Act prevents occupational and professional licensing boards from denying an occupational license due to someone’s criminal record, unless the criminal offense is a violent felony or relates directly to an offender’s ability to perform the job.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.