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Program Helps Prisoners Re-Enter Communities

A collaborative effort of Beaver County United and Deliverance Temple Ministries ROOTS Inc., both based in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, reintegrates former prisoners into society by providing help with housing, jobs, and drug and alcohol recovery, along with a duffel bag full of personal care items and informational resources.

Study: Link between Treatment Programs and Reduced Jail, Recidivism

A five-year study by the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work found that diverting individuals with mental health disorders into treatment programs rather than simply jailing them significantly reduces the jail population and reduces the chances of recidivism.

Ending Mass Incarceration Won’t Succeed without Giving People a Second Chance

This focus on an incarcerated person’s overall well-being represents a shift in how reentry programs are modeled, Carrie Pettus-Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University says. It’s based on helping them develop healthy thinking patterns, effective coping strategies, meaningful work trajectories, positive social engagement, and favorable interpersonal relationships.

[Opinion] How I ‘Jump-Started’ My Life after Prison

My story, and others celebrated during April, provide support for a wholesale rethinking of America’s approach to extreme prison sentences. Incarceration must be based on acceptance of responsibility and taking steps to improve your life, not simply to punish.

They’re Haunted by ‘Ghost Warrants’ Years after Their Arrests

Erroneous or outdated criminal charges that linger on a person’s record for years—also known as “sticky warrants”—can result either from prosecutors and probation departments refusing to drop minor cases from the distant past, or from outright clerical errors.

Minor Crimes Get ‘Clean Slate’ in Utah

The Administrative Office of the Courts identifies eligible cases and notifies the Department of Public Safety to expunge records. The office estimates about 30,000 cases will be eligible each year.

County Eases Path to Housing for People with Arrest Records

The Just Housing amendment “will provide greater family stability for more than 3,300 people who return to communities in my district each year from prison,” said Commissioner Brandon Johnson, the amendment’s chief sponsor.