Recent CSG Justice Center Posts

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Stembridge

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Stembridge

“The connections through Pathfinders [are] really what made the difference for me,” Steimbridge said. On top of the short-term housing assistance she received, she also credits Pathfinders’ individualized mentoring support with helping her stay on track in recovery.

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

A 55-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Ronald Forbes is on the brink of expanding his Oakland, California-based catering company in partnership with his sister, Catherine. Soon, he’ll move the business to a commercial space, but for now he’s practicing his recipes for barbecue chicken, ribs, and his mom’s potato salad at home.

Ringing in 2018: Justice Reinvestment and Public Safety in the States

Ringing in 2018: Justice Reinvestment and Public Safety in the States

In 2017, states continued to adopt cost-effective and data-driven solutions to improve public safety. Bipartisan majorities in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Rhode Island all successfully enacted historic policy changes to their adult criminal justice systems after conducting intensive data analysis through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

Staff and a program participant of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry (MTRR) Program in Franklin County, TN, a 2015 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantee, recently offered insights to fellow grantees as part of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) training event Engaging Local Employers in Promising Practices for Hiring People Who Have Criminal Records.

Announcements

Justice Reinvestment Bills Filed in Missouri

Justice Reinvestment Bills Filed in Missouri

In an effort to improve multiple facets of Missouri’s criminal justice system and increase public safety, State Senator Caleb Rowden filed Senate Bill 966 on January 29, 2017, and Representative Shamed Dogan filed House Bill 2397 on February 6, 2018.

WEBINARS

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses the program’s processes in three key areas: 1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; 2) staff training; and 3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of the primer, Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System, a resource designed to help familiarize psychiatrists with the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model—which is used by criminal justice professionals to identify the factors that contribute to a person’s risk of recidivism and tailor interventions based on the identified factors—and provide information on ways psychiatrists can help address the particular needs of this population.

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

The fifth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy recommendations related to behavioral health challenges in Missouri that pertain to people in the state’s criminal justice system. The presentation also includes final policy options for the task force to consider and act upon.

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy proposals related to jail population trends, the pretrial system, and approaches to reducing crime and recidivism in Missouri.

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Overview

This overview outlines several criminal justice challenges in Ohio, including increases in certain types of violent crime in some parts of the state; substance use issues driven by the opioid crisis, which are causing increases in prison admissions; a large probation population; high corrections spending; and a large prison population.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Defining Reform in Corrections

While Nebraska has a low violent crime rate, there has been a lot of opportunity to ensure that our prisons and criminal justice system help bring that rate down. Over the past three years, state officials have been working to invest in our criminal justice system. This will help bring down the rate of reoffending and give our corrections officers a better work environment. This work has been a three-branch, bipartisan effort focused on five major areas: sentencing reform, funding operations, building prison capacity, improving facility staffing and expanding programming.

Editorial: ND’s Free Through Recovery Is a Bold Experiment

North Dakota is following a trend among states to invest more on the front end—addiction counseling and other behavioral health services—in order to reduce crime and save money on corrections budgets. A Pew Charitable Trusts study has shown that 30 states have experienced reduced incarceration and crime rates, often resulting from the kind of initiatives that North Dakota is starting.

Peer Support Helps Those in Grip of Addiction

There are many different faces of addiction, which is often coupled with a mental illness. To help people struggling with substance use disorders, treatment providers are increasingly looking to peer specialists to share their unique stories of recovery and, in turn, help others dealing with addiction.

Free Through Recovery

A new statewide program is helping to keep people out of the cold and out of jail.

North Dakota to Launch Recovery Services Program

North Dakota will begin a new program that offers care coordination and recovery services to people who are transitioning out of prison, on probation and parole, and at risk of incarceration.