In November 2018, WI DOC’s Oakhill Correctional Institution (OCI) opened an in-house job center to help people who are incarcerated prepare for employment after they reenter the community.
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.
I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.
The First Step Act, which passed the U.S. Senate 87-12 and the House 358-36, will usher in significant changes to federal sentencing laws as well as improvements to programs that aim to reduce recidivism and provide support to people who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Gov. Doug Burgum became the latest governor to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action encouraging policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system.
The U.S. Congress recently voted to approve the landmark, bipartisan First Step Act, which also reauthorizes the Second Chance Act.
The 2019 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s international conference will examine new and emerging global challenges that warrant pragmatic and evidence-informed policy responses, including criminal justice and employment.
The conference will bring together over 1,500 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and their residents.
This conference is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. Topics this year will include issues related to mental health; bail reform; comprehensive reentry for people with opioid addictions; trauma-informed training; and caring for veterans.
Featuring Becki Ney of the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women, this webinar covers system-level strategies to maximize outcomes for women in the criminal justice system and ensure the sustainability of gender-responsive services.
During this webinar, recipients of 2018 Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning grants received information on the requirements and deliverables of the program. Specifically, grantees learned how they will develop a strategic plan that is comprehensive, collaborative, and multisystemic in its approach to increase economic mobility and reduce recidivism for people returning to the community from incarceration.
During this webinar, grantees received information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.
During this webinar, FY18 SCA Innovations in Reentry grantees received information about the grant program, including steps for starting their program, submitting the Planning and Implementation Guide, and fulfilling Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.
In this webinar, representatives from the NRRC, along with staff from BJA, provide an overview of the Second Chance Act’s Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness (CSAMI) grant program and explain the training and technical assistance opportunities that are available to grantees, including the Planning & Implementation Guide, and other resources available to grantees.
This webinar provides an overview of the new NICCC site and discusses how attorneys, judges, policymakers, advocates, and people involved in the criminal justice system can leverage this one-of-a-kind resource to better navigate and understand these often-overlooked policies.
During this webinar, grantees under Category 1 of the FY2018 SCA Community-based Adult Reentry Program received information about the grant program.
This report describes how lifting the current ban on awarding Pell Grants to incarcerated people would benefit workers, employers, and states.
This self-assessment from the National Reentry Resource Center helps programs gauge their capacity to provide integrated reentry and employment interventions, including work readiness, to people with varying risks and needs.
This report documents the extraordinary number of laws passed in 2018 aimed at reducing barriers to successful reintegration for individuals with a criminal record.
This webpage includes a list of “top-shelf” workforce development resources curated specifically for individuals who have have been, or will soon be, released from incarceration.
This report compiles data on each state’s various systems of correctional control to help advocates and policymakers prioritize targets for reform.
One of Ron Jackson’s first acts as warden after being appointed by the tribal executive board in 2016 was to gather the inmates in a circle and lead them in a prayer for redemption. He also allowed prisoners to travel overnight to powwows and other Native ceremonies. Although many of them struggle with substance abuse, they all passed drug tests on their return.
Within six months, the inmates will have the opportunity to participate in two hours a week of out-of-cell computer time or educational classes, including GED programs. They also get to keep prison-issued tablets in their cells at all times.
With city and county governments typically spending more than half of their annual budgets on public safety and criminal justice operations and programs, PFM recently announced the launch of the Center for Justice & Safety Finance.
About 64 percent of voters supported Amendment 4, which automatically restores voting rights to most people who have felonies on their record. The change is the culmination of work by religious, social justice, and civil liberties groups who pushed for Florida to join most other states in giving offenders a second chance.
The First Step Act ostensibly acknowledges the difficulties with maintaining economic stability that many, if not most, of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system face. However, the depth and persistence of these difficulties demands more robust reentry measures than those currently provided by the First Step Act.
Every day spent in an adult jail or prison facility not only puts youth at risk of physical harm, but also compromises any real hope of providing them with quality educational services and real opportunities for success upon release.
From 2004 to 2014, the rate in Louisiana of people who returned to prison within three years of their release decreased by 12 percent, according to a national justice organization’s November report on prisoners affected by Second Chance Act programs. The report shows that almost 39 of every 100 such former inmates in Louisiana returned to prison within a three year window in 2004, but in 2014, 34 per 100 did.
Walter “Earlonne” Woods, 47, was recently released from San Quentin State Prison after California Gov. Jerry Brown commuted his 31-years-to-life sentence for attempted armed robbery. Brown cited Woods’ leadership in helping other inmates and his work at ”Ear Hustle,” a podcast he co-hosts and co-produces that documents everyday life inside the prison.
For homeless people dealing with drug addiction, life can be an endless loop of arrests and incarcerations, often leading back to the street to repeat the cycle. In the near future, homeless people found to be under the influence of drugs when contacted by San Diego police officers will have a chance to break that cycle with an offer to meet with drug counselors rather than return to jail.
An experimental mental-health and addiction treatment program that has shown early success in combating the opioid crisis is at risk of losing its federal funding. An estimated 9,000 patients could lose access to medication-assisted treatment, and 3,000 clinic jobs could be lost if the funding is not renewed, according to the National Council for Behavioral Health.