Charged with supporting and providing technical assistance to problem-solving courts in their states, a group of state-level trainers came together last month for a train-the-trainer event on how to use Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum—a free, online curriculum that offers research and best practices on designing and implementing mental health courts.
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. Learn more...
The Reentry Policy Council
The Reentry Policy Council was established in 2001 to assist state government officials grappling with the increasing number of people leaving prisons and jails to return to the communities they left behind. The Reentry Policy Council was formed with two specific goals in mind: to develop bipartisan policies and principles for elected officials and other policymakers to consider as they evaluate reentry issues in their jurisdictions and to facilitate coordination and information-sharing among organizations implementing reentry initiatives, researching trends, communicating about related issues, or funding projects.
The Reentry Policy Council is a national project coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies – informed by available evidence – to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
The National Reentry Resource Center
Funded by the Second Chance Act of 2008, and launched by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in 2009, 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.
We have learned a tremendous amount in the last decade about how to best serve youth in the juvenile justice system.
by Elizabeth Seigle, Policy Analyst Over the past decade, state and local jurisdictions have been actively developing strategies to reduce both recidivism and spending in their juvenile justice systems. Many also seek to ensure that every youth who comes in [...]
In May 2013, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed into law Legislative Bill 561, a major reform bill aimed at improving the juvenile justice system in the state.
The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse) now includes new and updated research findings on the role of employment and education programs in improving reentry outcomes.
The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub now includes a section identifying systemic issues and recommended policy approaches for juvenile indigent defense. A project of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s [...]
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)’s Media for a Just Society Awards recognize journalists, writers, and producers whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center today, entitled Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System.
Justice Center Webinars
During this webinar, FY 2013 SRR Planning Grantees were provided information on how to successfully complete the planning process, including submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and were positioned to competitively apply for implementation funding.
The practice of neighborhood-based supervision allows parole officers to interact closely with parolees within their social environment, as well as with community organizations and residents, providing them with insight into the parolees’ susceptibility to negative influences in the neighborhood.
This webinar was offered to Second Chance Act mentoring grantees interested in learning strategies to fund and sustain their programs. Panelists discussed the elements of a successful sustainability plan, sources of funding for juvenile and adult programs, how to build effective collaborations, and effective uses of program data.
Presented in collaboration with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can link multiple systems to increase participation and retention in community treatment.
Community corrections researchers and practitioners face many barriers when trying to implement evidence-based programs and practices in the field.
People involved with the criminal justice system experience high rates of communicable and chronic disease, as well as mental health and substance use disorders.
This webinar focused on the transition of juveniles from placement to community and on how community supervision and treatment providers can best support youth with behavioral health needs following release from out-of-home placement.
This fact sheet from the Sentencing Project provides data on incarceration, drug policy, race, ethnicity, gender, and other topic areas from the past several decades.
This report from the Indian Law and Order Commission presents findings and recommendations based on one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems serving Native American and Alaska Native communities. Topics include jurisdiction and intergovernmental collaboration, [...]
This report from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) presents the results from LJAF’s large-scale, two-year research project focused on the role that data and analytics can play in helping judges determine what risk defendants who have been arrested pose to public safety and whether they should be detained in jail or released prior to trial.
This resource from the Center for Survivor Agency and Justice and the National Network to End Domestic Violence is intended to assist advocates working with survivors of domestic violence.
This publication from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents findings on the association between delinquency and victimization among children and youth ages 10 to 17. It is the fifth in a series of publications on findings from [...]
In Toledo, a force of coalitions, advocates and individuals are implementing new methods to reduce recidivism rates through reentry programs which assist former offenders and their families with transitioning back into the community.
House Bill 3194 , the public safety reform package, is projected to save $300 million over the next five years. But here’s the catch: To realize those savings, Oregon’s 36 counties have to make the right choices about how to reshape their local public safety systems.
The faculty at Peninsula College in Washington in partnership with the Washington State Department of Corrections, provide education inside correctional facilities. They have developed a program that brings the an offline version of the internet to students inside corrections. This creates a hybrid classroom of the modern community college by combining both face-to-face and online instruction.
At their Dec. 4, 2013 meeting, Washtenaw County commissioners authorized acceptance of a $150,000 grant to establish the Washtenaw County Trial Court’s Peacemaking Court. The grant, awarded by the State Court Administrator’s Office, is for funding from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014…Like tribal peacemaking programs and restorative justice programs, the Peacemaking Court will provide a great benefit to youth and the community in juvenile cases by reducing recidivism and giving youth a diversionary option to avoid a record that can preclude future educational and employment opportunities.
This is more than just a place for inmates to sleep and eat, it’s a place for them to learn and grow so they can really make something of themselves. Officials said the issue before was that they weren’t being trained to be successful, so when they left they went back into the same environment committing the same crimes. Now they have a substance abuse center, counselors, and so much more to help these inmates really get a second chance when they get out. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said centers like this one make a difference.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), have partnered to significantly expand the body of evidence associated with improving outcomes for individuals re-entering the community. These Justice Department agencies will support an innovative, research-based array of programming designed to improve parolees’ motivation to change their behavior and to enhance strategies to alter parolees’ criminal thinking using a desistance approach.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect minority students, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses.
A group has investigated the impact of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness training on incarcerated youths and found that mindfulness training, a meditation-based therapy, can improve their attention skills, paving the way to greater self-control over emotions and actions…The authors say that the current results suggest that strengthening attention through mindfulness training may be a key route for reducing recidivism among young offenders, and highlight the need to teach detained youth strategies to improve cognitive and emotional control in the stressful detainment environment.
For states expanding Medicaid to childless adults, the Affordable Care Act presents an opportunity that hasn’t gained as much attention as the hobbled rollout of the law’s online marketplaces: the chance to save millions on health care in prison systems and lower the number of ex-convicts who commit new crimes.
Individuals convicted of crimes have been ordered to pay $63.6 million in outstanding fees and restitution to Luzerne County, PA, local law enforcement, and victims, but a court official said most of it will never be received.