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In ‘Cures’ Bill, Keys to Further Criminal Justice Improvements

In ‘Cures’ Bill, Keys to Further Criminal Justice Improvements

Before the confetti is swept up in celebration of the President’s signing of the 21st Century Cures Act, let’s make sure an important takeaway isn’t lost in the fanfare: this bipartisan bill also illustrates the type of improvements to the criminal justice system everyone can get behind.

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, December 13, after it passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support, signaling an effort to address the nation’s challenges with mental health in the criminal justice system, among other medical priorities.

Announcements

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

The SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s disability programs—Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder, or other serious medical condition.

WEBINARS

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Smart Reentry Grantees

During the webinar, BJA staff provide an overview of SCA, requirements of the Smart Reentry grant, and the grant management process. NRRC staff discuss the training, technical assistance, research, tools, and Planning and Implementation Guide associated with the grant.

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Adult Mentoring Grantees

During this webinar, FY2016 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors grantees receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.

2016 Second Chance Act Orientation for Technology Career Program Grantees

During this webinar, FY2016 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantees will receive information about the grant program, expectations of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, technical assistance from the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), and submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide.

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Sixth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Sixth Presentation

The sixth working group presentation details additional analyses on race, including existing data considerations and limitations and key areas of interest that were identified during the justice reinvestment project.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Opinion: A Better State Budget for Pennsylvania

The governor’s approach this year is vastly different from his 2015 plan, which called for the largest tax increase in state history and triggered the longest budget impasse in modern memory. It’s also a world away from Mr. Wolf’s retroactive income tax increase proposal last year.

Report: Criminal Justice Reform Could Save Montana $70M

The Council of State Governments Justice Center reentry announced their findings at the State Capitol, after a nearly two-year study. Lawmakers from both parties joined representatives from the Justice Center to back their recommendations.

Report Offers $70M in Savings in Corrections Costs

Lawmakers recently released a report that they said would help the state avoid nearly $70 million in estimated corrections costs, increase public safety and avert growth of its incarcerated population by 2023.

Justice Reinvestment: Seeking Ways to Reduce Recidivism

Justice reinvestment in Pennsylvania, if enacted as planned, is projected to save the state more than $100 million over the next five years. Roughly half of that money is recommended to be put back into programs meant to reduce crime and re-offending, and in turn save even more money.