Recently, the House Appropriations Committee approved a federal spending bill that allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs in FY2017.
Often times, one word stands in the way of connecting people who need jobs with the jobs that need to be filled, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary and member of The Council of State Governments Justice Center Board John Wetzel. “Think of the term ‘offender,’” said Wetzel. “We tell someone coming out of the back end of our system, ‘We want you to do well. We want you to work,’ but then we put a nametag on their chest that says ‘offender.’ That’s not setting folks up for success.”
The Vermont DOC organized volunteers from local communities into citizen-based boards, which led, in 1998, to the creation of what are now known across the state as Community Justice Centers (CJCs). Today, there are 20 CJCs in Vermont—one in every county—managed centrally by the Vermont DOC. CJCs provide intensive support services in employment, housing, mentoring, and restitution management for people returning to their communities from incarceration. They rely primarily on volunteers to deliver these services.
The Obama Administration and members of state and local governments, nonprofits, and communities across the country recently rallied behind the message of the inaugural National #ReentryWeek: People reentering society after incarceration deserve a second chance.
Washington is one state that has been deliberate in its efforts to promote job readiness and vocational success for its incarcerated youth, many of whom are 18 to 20 years of age. From October 2013 to September 2015, Washington State’s Juvenile Rehabilitation division—which operates juvenile correctional facilities across the state under the Department of Social and Health Services—administered a Job Readiness to Employment Project called Manufacturing Academy, made possible through a 2013 Second Chance Act Juvenile Demonstration grant.
Kicking off the country’s first-ever National #ReentryWeek, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch invited states to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice in helping people returning home from federal prisons to “turn the page” on their criminal justice involvement. In letters to all 50 governors, Lynch urged state governments to work with the DOJ to enable people leaving federal prisons to use their Bureau of Prisons inmate ID card and official release documentation to secure state-issued IDs.
- Richard Cho to Join CSG Justice Center as Behavioral Health Division Director
- Opinion: How Federal Investments Make Us Smarter about Reducing Recidivism
- Mental Health Reform: Improving Access to Care & Reducing Incarceration
- The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Help People with Mental Illness Get Treatment Instead of Jail Time
- HuffPost Live: Fixing the Juvenile Justice System, Featuring CSG Justice Center
This webinar will introduce participants to the basic principles of experimental research in natural (non-laboratory) settings. Participants will learn about when a Randomized Controlled Trial is an appropriate research option, the advantages and disadvantages of experiments, implementation and analytical issues, and ethical and practical considerations.
The Juvenile Probation Reform Academy is designed to instruct probation and parole directors and managers on the core principles demonstrated by research to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act (SCA) Smart Reentry Solicitation and how state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments can apply for funding.
This webinar gives an overview of recent guidance issued by HUD including examples of best practices across the country, from New York to New Orleans.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and how law enforcement agencies can apply for this grant.
In this webinar, presenters review the latest findings on the relationship between improved housing stability and reduced recidivism for registered sex offenders; share stories from two communities that have found effective solutions to housing registered sex offenders; and discuss the numerous barriers to developing housing options for registered sex offenders and strategies for overcoming them.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and its application process.
The second presentation to the Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Initiative Working Group focuses on front-end drivers of the state’s criminal justice system, the impact of sentencing choices, and ways to strengthen community supervision.
This fact sheet is designed to educate policymakers on the impact of, and models for, issuing state identification for people leaving prisons and jails across the country. State-issued identification is often required to secure housing, apply for employment, and access social services—all factors that can play a critical role in reentry.
This presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on the state’s sentencing trends, practices, and policies.
Over the past 30 years, the Texas legislature has enacted many criminal justice reforms that shape policy through data analysis, focus on people with mental illnesses in the justice system, and improve distinct components of the system, from indigent defense to parole.
The second working group presentation focuses on key statutory frameworks, sentencing polices, and practices that impact incarceration and community supervision in Massachusetts.
JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS
Prosecutors in Arkansas offered little support Tuesday for efforts to expand parole and probation programs and other alternatives to prison, calling a recent report on overcrowding overblown.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wants to shift money from incarceration to treatment to better address mental health and addiction problems and curb North Dakota’s growing inmate population.
A presentation from a national advocate for mental health and criminal justice Tuesday indicated Douglas County is doing the right things to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness or substance abuse problems in the county jail.
One of the main goals of proposed legislation aimed at changing the state’s probation system is diverting people who need mental health or drug counseling out of the courts and into treatment, but some observers said the bills, introduced last week, won’t do much good if there aren’t enough programs to accommodate the diverted suspects.
The answer is not simply to build more psychiatric facilities, but rather to fulfill the promise of deinstitutionalization by providing effective treatment and supports in the least restrictive setting.
Ten months after Governor Raimondo commissioned a panel to study the state’s probation system, a cluster of legislative proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly that would enact many of its recommendations.