The strategies presented in this post support the National Research Council’s recently published report calling for broad goals to which juvenile justice reform should be directed: holding youth accountable for wrongdoing, preventing further offending, and treating youth fairly.
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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.
Nebraska recently became the 11th state to pass “Ban the Box,” a law that removes questions about criminal records on state job applications.
Teams of policymakers—including governors’ advisors and corrections agency administrators from 13 states—met in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 27th to discuss strategies to improve success rates for people released from prison.
The two technical assistance documents from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explain how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks for employment purposes.
The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law have launched the Fair Employment Opportunities Project.
More than 500 researchers, evaluators, administrators, parents, and advocates came together at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, held in Tampa, Florida, on March 2–5 to discuss issues related to health, education, welfare, and juvenile justice.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently released the FY2014 Second Chance Act (SCA) Two-Phase Juvenile Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation solicitation.
U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting applications for its FY2014 Visiting Fellows Program.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, the Juvenile Law Center, and the National League of Cities are now accepting applications for the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program.
With funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Reentry Resource Center hosted a webinar for organizations responding to this solicitation. In this webinar, officials from BJA will explain the grant program and application process.
This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]
This webinar provides an overview of the Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction (SRR) Grant Program. It is intended for policymakers from 13 states–Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia–that received SRR planning grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in FY2013.
The National Reentry Resource Center hosted this webinar for organizations responding to the Smart Supervision solicitation.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can increase client engagement and retention by adopting a systems approach.
Hosted by the National Transitional Jobs Network (NTJN), this webinar addresses barriers to employment for veterans and people with mental health conditions who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.
This webinar provides an overview of CrimeSolutions.gov. Maintained by the National Institute of Justice, the searchable website features programs and practices in fields of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victims’ services as well as rigorous evaluations of their effectiveness.
This glossary by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) provides explanations and definitions of health care and correctional terms.
This research report from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Baylor University’s Institute of Studies of Religion summarizes the evaluation results of InnerChange Freedom Initiative, a faith-based reentry program that has operated within Minnesota’s prison system since 2002.
This paper from the Conference of State Court Administrators provides information on how the use of evidence-based assessments during pretrial can help reduce the number of individuals who are detained in the pretrial, without violating the judicial process or compromising public safety interests.
Of people currently incarcerated in local jails and in state and federal prisons, 17 percent are estimated to have a serious mental illness. The lack of treatment and resources upon release, an inability to work, and few housing options can increase the likelihood of homelessness and recidivism.
This article from the National Institute of Justice describes the risk-forecasting tool that is used by researchers in Philadelphia to predict the risk of recidivism among individuals on parole and probation.
Recent data from the Illinois Department of Human Services shows the Redeploy Illinois program saved $60 million in incarceration costs and diverted thousands of juveniles from prison with community-based services.
As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to step up the number of nonviolent drug officers he considers for clemency.
The Justice Department is set to announce new rules this week that could mean reduced sentences for thousands of federal prisoners convicted of non-violent drug crimes.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, receives the American Bar Association Congressional Justice Award for his efforts to combat human trafficking and for his leadership on the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act.
Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.The revised code was adopted by the Georgia General Assembly last year, with a Jan. 1 implementation date, and aims to reduce recidivism among truant, drug-using and other students with behavioral problems. The goal is prevention rather than suspension or prosecution.
Oregon prison officials say they’ve been on a push the past few years to increase the number of visits that prisoners get.
Housing an inmate in another county costs between $90 and $100 per day. Todd says he’s looking into other options to save money, including electronic monitoring bracelets for people who meet pre-trial release criteria.
A proposal to construct a new Lucas County jail wouldn’t just include a larger facility that would house more inmates — it would be accompanied by a community plan to treat mentally ill inmates and those with substance-abuse problems.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed intended to reduce recidivism and help prisoners successfully re-enter society. Senate bill 365 was signed at a church in Gainesville by the Governor
Hall County’s drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.