Continued education is known to reduce incarcerated people’s odds of reoffending while improving their likelihood of finding employment in their communities. Yet, new research indicates that most states aren’t doing nearly enough to make opportunities for continued learning available to […]
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New data from a 50-state report released today reveals how state policies fail to support, and often restrict, incarcerated people from accessing continued education, despite research showing that such education can significantly reduce reoffending and increase employment rates. The report, […]
“I’m here to help you discover what was already inside of you this entire time.” Workshop facilitator Rebecca Eusey paces in front of a room full of participants in the STRIVE job-readiness training (JRT) class she’s leading. The students sit, […]
A Q&A with about career and technical education for incarcerated youth with Scott Stump, the U.S. Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Career and Technical and Adult Education.
Last December, President Donald Trump signed 2 appropriations packages, which contained all 12 appropriations bills, to fund the U.S. government for FY2020. These packages include funding for key criminal justice programs aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels.
The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, aims to break the cycle of drug addiction and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs.
The conference will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth involved in the delinquency system.
The conference will bring together nearly 2,000 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues, including those related to criminal justice, that impact counties and their residents.
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 grant program and explain the training and technical assistance opportunities, Planning & Implementation Guide, and other resources available to grantees.
During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.
During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Community-Based Adult Reentry award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.
During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovative Reentry Initiatives award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.
The data collection and evaluation learning community series for JMHCP and SCA grantees focuses on topics related to quality assurance and implementation science. This session was focused on “study and act” of the Plan, Do, Study, Act process featuring Dr. Faye Taxman from George Mason University and grantee speaker, Melissa Pierson from Franklin County, OH.
During this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees. Staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance provide an overview of the post-award grant management and reporting requirements.
In this webinar staff, from the CSG Justice Center and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education discuss opportunities for states and jurisdictions to improve employment outcomes for this population, and best practice examples from other jurisdictions around the country.
Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release. Laying the Groundwork provides a comprehensive, state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. The report identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states should have in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.
The Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan criminal justice think tank, has released Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex, a report that examines race and gender disparities among probation, parole, prison, and jail populations. The report notes that although considerable disparities still exist, […]
This podcast features a conversation between host Tess Terrible and experts in the field, including The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Behavioral Health Division Director Ayesha Delany-Brumsey.
This publication reviews the different ways people with disabilities have contact with the criminal justice system through examining existing work in the field and interviews with impacted community members and people with disabilities who have been incarcerated.
This report finds that although there is a gap between adults who are incarcerated and the general public in both literacy and numeracy skills, completion of a postsecondary credential or participation in job training ameliorates the gap.
A report from the Dane County Behavioral Health Needs Assessment found approximately 46% of inmates within the county’s jail system were diagnosed with some form of mental health ailment. Given that nearly half of Dane County’s inmates may require varying degrees of mental health assistance, the county moved to address the issue.
Utah’s criminal justice system has become a revolving door for people suffering from mental health facilities, according to the state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Matthew B. Durrant.
Butler County has earned high praise from a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and could secure more funding to continue the battle against mental health and incarceration issues, officials said.
Risë Haneberg, deputy division director for county initiatives for the CSG Justice Center, explains that since its inception, the Stepping Up initiative has gotten nearly 500 counties in 43 states to “focus on early forms of diversion” to keep mentally ill people from getting trapped in the penal system.
When the current Boone County Jail was built in 1991—with 184 beds—it was soon packed to capacity. Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson said this was when the county began to work on lowering the jail population.
Jason Pritchard found faith in prison and took advantage of recovery programs offered by the Tennessee Department of Correction. When he was released in 2017, Pritchard had a plan to stay out.
In Kentucky, where music is the lifeblood, an apprentice program run by luthiers provides meaningful jobs and helps remove the stigma of opioid addiction.
Justin Jones got hooked on painkillers after he flipped his truck as a teenager, put his head through the windshield and fractured his wrist and sternum. When doctors would no longer write prescriptions for him, he began buying—and selling—drugs on the streets of Durham and Hillsborough, N.C.
While out of jail pending trial, the vast majority of people who were diverted from county detention facilities under a pilot program in Montana have made all their court appointments and remained law-abiding, according to preliminary statistics.
The Vera Institute of Justice and the MILPA Collective announced recently an expansion of Restoring Promise, a program that aims to shine a light on our nation’s jails and prisons and change them for the better.