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Recent Posts

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Evaluating the Impact of Adult Correctional Education

According to a 2014 meta-analysis by the RAND Corporation, adults who participated in correctional education programs were shown to have, on average, a 43 percent less likelihood of recidivating and were 13 percent more likely to obtain employment upon their release from incarceration.

Center for Court Innovation

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.

Announcements

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Call for Applicants to the National PREA Resource Center

The Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations interested in maintaining the operations, including training and technical assistance, for the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants to the Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Grant Program

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting applications from entities interested in developing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to providing intervention, treatment, and community supervision for youth with sexual behavior problems, as well as providing treatment services for their victims and families.

Webinars

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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.

webinar

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.

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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.

Publications

Pew Charitable Trusts

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

This brief from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights a growing body of research that demonstrates that for a great number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, lengthy out-of-home placements in secure corrections or other residential facilities do not lead to better outcomes than other alternative sanctions.

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Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice

This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice is a collection of essays on mass incarceration from prominent figures and experts from across the political spectrum. A bipartisan collaboration, the essays reflect a political shift from the punitive policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Recent headlines

Jails Are No Substitute for a Mental Health System

Using our criminal justice system as a substitute for a fully functioning mental health system doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense for law enforcement officers, who often put their lives at risk when they are called upon to intervene in a mental health crisis. It doesn’t make sense for courts, which are inundated with cases involving people with mental illness. It doesn’t make sense for people who have mental health conditions, who often would benefit more from treatment and intensive supervision.

Bill Headed to Abbott Would Create More ‘Second Chances’ to One-Time Criminals

The House overwhelmingly approved and sent to the governor Thursday a “second chances” bill, championed by a Dallas businessman, that would let some first-time criminal offenders have their records sealed. The goal is to provide those convicted of low-level, nonviolent crimes a chance to ensure that a youthful mistake doesn’t hinder their ability to get a job, enter the military, or obtain credit or housing. The House approved the measure on a 138-4 vote.

Prisoners Might Get Access to Pell Grants for First Time in Two Decades

The U.S. Department of Education is poised to announce a limited exemption to the federal ban on prisoners receiving Pell Grants to attend college while they are incarcerated. Correctional education experts and other sources said they expect the department to issue a waiver under the experimental sites program, which allows the feds to lift certain rules that govern aid programs in the spirit of experimentation. If the project is successful, it would add to momentum for the U.S. Congress to consider overturning the ban it passed on the use of Pell for prisoners in 1994.

‘Orange is New Black’ Author Encourages Felon Hiring

The author of “Orange is the New Black” joined federal and county prosecutors Wednesday morning at Cobo Center to discuss the need to hire individuals returning to the workforce after felony incarcerations. Kerman said the women who served time with her often developed valuable skills in areas including industrial kitchens and warehouses. While incarcerated, Kerman said she worked as an electrician.

Contra Costa County to End Solitary Confinement

In preliminary legal settlements announced Tuesday, Contra Costa County’s probation department has agreed to end the practice of solitary confinement for youths in juvenile hall, while the county’s office of education will guarantee appropriate services for all youths with disabilities.

New Efforts Aim To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Earlier this month, a coalition including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Foundation and the National Association of Counties kicked off a national campaign to encourage local jurisdictions to collect data on the jailed mentally ill and adopt strategies to avoid incarceration.

What Employers Need to Know About the “Ban the Box” Movement

The Ban the Box campaign was launched in 2004. It is so named for the checkbox on applications asking about a job applicant’s criminal background. The rationale behind the campaign is that if employers ask up front on the job application about criminal history, many of those 70 million may be excluded. And some of those might have been qualified for the job.

For Americans Who Served Time, Landing a Job Proves Tricky

As state and federal officials explore ways of reducing the prison population, many are questioning the wisdom of limiting the job prospects of so many past offenders. Research shows stable employment greatly reduces the chances of a person convicted of crime breaking the law again, and higher employment among ex-offenders could stoke the broader economy.

Marilyn Mosby Announces Aim To B’More Program

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the launch of Aim To B’More Program to reduce Baltimore’s recidivism and unemployment rates. “Baltimore needs this program. By offering nonviolent, first-time felony offenders the opportunity to get an education and establish a career, we are affording them the opportunity to be more,” Mosby said.

Task Force Addresses Challenges of Former Inmates Entering Workforce

Encouraging employers to hire people with criminal backgrounds will be the focus of a Greenville Chamber event Tuesday, May 19. In a letter, Greenville Chamber President and CEO Ben Haskew and Greenville Re-entry Task Force chairman Jerry Blassingame shared reasons why local employers should consider attending the breakfast meeting at the Greenville Commerce Club. “One of the biggest factors in a person’s success on probation, parole or some other form of community supervision is a job,” the letter stated. “The economic implications to the Upstate are significant when ex-offenders are not able to earn income.”