Recent CSG Justice Center Posts

Hawaii Holds State Forum on Public Safety

Hawaii Holds State Forum on Public Safety

On July 16, Hawaii held a state forum on public safety as a continuation of the 50-State Summit on Public Safety that took place in November 2017 in Washington, DC.

Announcements

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

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 Reinvestment in Wyoming: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Wyoming: Overview

This publication outlines criminal justice trends in Wyoming—including crime trends, increases in drug arrests, prison population growth and resulting costs, and revocations from probation or parole—and summarizes the stages involved in using a Justice Reinvestment approach to address criminal justice system challenges.

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

This tip sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records—including parole and probation agencies, reentry service providers, and educational and occupational training programs—can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment outcomes of the people they serve.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

“Rural areas, which traditionally have had lower crime rates, have seen dramatic increases in incarceration rates,” says Jacob Kang-Brown, a senior research associate with the Vera Institute of Justice. “We see them now having the highest incarceration rates in the country.”

Missouri Officials Approve $5 Million Prison Program

Missouri was faced with an alarming report in 2017 that said either spend $189 million over the next five years — primarily by improving treatment options for people with behavioral health problems — or risk paying $485 million to build and run two new prisons.

Pennsylvania’s Bail System Keeps Poor People in Jail

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — John Z. Murphy Jr. spent 42 days in Northampton County Jail on misdemeanor charges because he couldn’t come up with $800 in bail money.

In fact, the 34-year-old Allentown man would still be in prison awaiting his unresolved case, if not for an initiative the county court recently implemented.

Groups at Opposite Ends of Political Spectrum Hosting Panel on Mass Incarceration

Two organizations that are often on opposite sides of political issues have joined forces for a panel discussion Friday evening.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the libertarian group bankrolled by the billionaire Koch network, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which defends the Bill of Rights and has been associated with progressive policies, have teamed up to host a bipartisan panel to discuss ways to end mass incarceration in Missouri.