Recent CSG Justice Center Posts

North Dakota Explores Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration and Behavioral Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

North Dakota Explores Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration and Behavioral Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

At a recent North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee meeting, CSG Justice Center staff highlighted recent decreases in prison admissions that resulted from alcohol and drug offenses and probation revocations. These declines seem to be the cause of a 6.5-percent drop in the state’s total prison population in FY2018, which exceeded expectations, and have reinforced the state’s efforts to increase behavioral health services for people in the criminal justice system.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

“I have the motivation to be in control of my own choices—for how I see my future and how I see my children’s future,” Darius Dennis said. “That’s what the program taught me. So it was absolutely the right thing for me at the right time.”

Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.

Announcements

20th Global Youth Justice Training Conference

The 20th Global Youth Justice Training will offer information on Teen/Peer/Youth/Student/Court and Peer Jury diversion programs, which are volunteer-driven programs that harness positive peer pressure in a peer judgment setting.

WEBINARS

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment. The presentation is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes.

PUBLICATIONS

In Focus: Implementing Mental Health Screening and Assessment

In Focus: Implementing Mental Health Screening and Assessment

This brief is designed to help counties identify the number of people booked into jails who have serious mental illnesses (SMI) and to better connect these individuals to treatment. Determining the number of people who have SMI in jails allows counties to develop or refine strategic plans that will have the greatest impact on addressing this population’s needs.

Stepping Up County Self-Assessment

Stepping Up County Self-Assessment

The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails.

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Third Presentation

This presentation provides groundbreaking analysis of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrest data. Topics covered include a review of sentences for property and drug felony offenses, a probation population recidivism analysis, exploration of effective violence-reduction strategies, and improvements to criminal justice data.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Reforms Seem to Be Helping Justice System

The Bismarck Tribune has supported justice reforms for some time and believes last week’s report showing the penitentiary population declined 6.5 percent is a sign of improvement.

Activists Urge Sentencing Reform

A speaker told listeners Wednesday night at Lincoln University that Missouri is one of eight states whose prison populations have continued to grow in recent years, putting pressure on state revenue and resources.