This report is designed to provide foundational knowledge and a working framework of risk assessment instruments for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
Justice Center Publications
In “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” the National Reentry Resource Center highlights eight states that have achieved reductions in statewide recidivism in recent years
This one-pager provides a short introduction to the NRRC’s work.
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.
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.
This report 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 […]
This website from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Research and Evaluation Center supports and promotes youth justice programs that are informed by the science of adolescent development.
This report from the National Employment Law Project provides an overview of Ban the Box initiatives across the United States.
This toolkit from the Vera Institute of Justice provides resources and a guide on cost-benefit analysis (CBA), featuring several examples from the criminal justice field.
This report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides information on themes, trends, and effective practices in state legislation on mental health care services during 2014.
This report by the Center for American Progress provides an overview of obstacles to successful reentry that individuals with criminal records face, including barriers to employment, housing, education, and public assistance.
This report by the Vera Institute of Justice provides information on legislation enacted from 2009–2014 in 41 states that allow individuals assistance in overcoming the collateral consequences of having a criminal record. Collateral consequences are legal and policy restrictions, penalties, and disadvantages that impede successful reentry and reintegration into society.
This guide from the National Institute of Corrections provides information on the increasingly popular use of video conferencing technology to facilitate “visits” between people in correctional facilities and their family, friends, or other individuals.
This fact sheet from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents statistics and trends on delinquency cases that were processed by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdictions between 1985 and 2011
This website hosted by the National Criminal Justice Association provides resources on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for criminal justice system stakeholders.
This brief from the American Probation and Parole Association and the Council of State Governments addresses the misperceptions around information sharing between health service providers and criminal justice agencies.