Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.
Justice Center Publications
The appropriate use of federal Medicaid dollars to help expand health care coverage for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity to achieve reductions in state and local spending, while minimizing known health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration.
The program snapshots in this publication illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to successful reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper was written to address the challenges that service providers cannot successfully serve every adult on probation or leaving prison or jail who needs a job.
The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.
The Impact of Probation and Parole Populations on Arrests in Four California Cities is an unprecedented study that answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?
To help corrections, workforce, and reentry administrators and practitioners navigate the complex issues related to coordinated planning and service delivery, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is developing a white paper on integrating reentry and employment strategies using a resource […]
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released this policy brief on September 25, 2012 highlighting a number of states reporting significant reductions in recidivism.
The study analyzed records from school and juvenile justice databases to track nearly one million public secondary students, examining the relationship between school discipline, academic performance and juvenile justice involvement. Dr. Tony Fabelo, Austin-based Research Director for the Justice Center, led the research team.
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This guide draws extensively on the experience of a multi-year effort in Travis County, Texas (Austin), to implement each of the four recidivism reduction practices. The fieldwork in Travis County emerged from an on-the-ground reality: Although much had been written […]
The document addresses the implications for justice-involved adults of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care (PPACA) and Education Reconciliation Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and commonly referred to as the “health reform” law.
This guide provides practical steps that lawmakers and others can take to increase public safety through better access to affordable housing for individuals released to the community. The guide provides an overview of several commonly accessed housing options and their benefits and limitations. It also examines three distinct approaches to increasing the availability of these housing options: improving access, increasing housing stock and revitalizing neighborhoods. Examples are also provided of how each approach has been put into action by particular programs.
This toolkit has been designed as a guide and self-assessment tool for policing personnel and their partners to help reduce repeat crimes and facilitate successful reintegration by the more than 700,000 individuals who return to our communities from prisons each year and the more than 9 million from jails.
Hundreds of thousands of people with mental illness are released from jail each year. Without continuity of care, they are likely
to be reincarcerated. Enrollment in Medicaid increases access to treatment for people with mental illness released from jail, who typically lack other means to pay for those services.
The Justice Center, with funding support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Department of Labor, developed a guide that offers practical recommendations for how state government officials and community-based service providers can better use limited resources to help people released from prisons and jails successfully and safely rejoin neighborhoods and families.
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This publication from the Council of State Governments Justice Center discusses how policymakers can increase accountability among people who commit crimes, improve rates of child support collection and victim restitution, and make people’s transition from prisons and jails to the community […]
Nearly all of the 1.6 million people incarcerated in the United States will eventually be released. Implementing evidence-based plans that provide seamless services through state and local collaboratives can improve both individual and community outcomes. The Reentry Policy Council, The […]
On any given day, close to 2.7 million children, or 1 in 28, have a parent in prison or jail—an increase of more than 80 percent since 1991. For African-American children, the rate is 1 in 9. The arrest and […]
This report from the National Institute of Corrections provides a broad overview of the social and economic issues related to corrections and criminal justice.
This report from the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia examines employers’ compliance with enforcement guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the use of criminal records in the hiring process.
This brief from the Urban Institute draws on findings from its five-year evaluation of health care models integrating physical health care needs with the broad range of mental health and social needs for high-cost, high-needs Medicaid beneficiaries.
This publication from the Urban Institute discusses the Affordable Care Act and the new opportunities it creates for health and human services programs to integrate eligibility determination, enrollment, and retention.
This draft report from the American Probation and Parole Association, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative provides guidance on implementing a privacy framework for sharing confidential health information between corrections agencies and health care providers.
This report from Human Rights Watch describes privatized probation systems, which are funded primarily through fines paid by offenders, and documents cases in which probationers were jailed when they did not pay such fines.
In September 2013, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP), the White House Domestic Policy Council, and the Office of Public Engagement co-hosted a listening session on mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
This guide from the National Employment Law Project and All of Us or None provides information on implementing the new California state law that prohibits questions about conviction history from appearing on initial government job applications.
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with some 7.2 million Americans under correctional supervision. During 2013, legislators in at least 31 states adopted 47 criminal justice policies that may help to reduce the prison population, improve juvenile justice outcomes, and eliminate the barriers that marginalize people with criminal records.