Earlier this month, Hawaii enacted Senate Bill 2964, which—among other measures—changed the penal code to raise the felony theft threshold for the first time since 1986, from $300 to $750.
Following in the footsteps of two Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees—Olathe and Overland Park, Kansas—11 other cities in Johnson County, Kansas, will partner with the Johnson County Mental Health Center to implement a mental health co-responder program this year.
If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should take action to identify how the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover.
In an effort to reduce recidivism and the public cost of emergency room visits by uninsured patients, two California counties—San Diego and Imperial—are using enrollment programs to increase access to Medicaid-covered physical and behavioral health services for people involved with their criminal justice systems.
States across the country have reduced corrections spending by using a data-driven justice reinvestment approach and are investing savings in programs to reduce crime and recidivism. However, just as most people wouldn’t buy a house without first inspecting it to see if it needs extensive repairs and is worth purchasing, policymakers shouldn’t fund programs without periodically evaluating whether they’re in need of renovating and are worth investing in.
Governor Brian Sandoval, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, State Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, and other legislative and community leaders gathered on July 12 at the Nevada State Supreme Court to launch an effort to strengthen public safety and improve outcomes for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system.
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Sessions will explore what other communities can learn from Baltimore; the role of state and local entities; how communities can take action and gain buy-in for true change; and the importance of youth engagement.
The 12-month program is specifically tailored for mid-senior level leaders who have a proven track record in advocacy, activism, and community organizing, and have been incarcerated or under supervision in the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
The awardee will develop training materials and implement evidence-informed, model policies that can be adopted by local jails and state prisons to reduce the traumatic impact of parental incarceration on children and improve reentry outcomes for parents.
This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees and features speakers from three different grant programs that are utilizing MAT in jail and community-based settings for people involved in the justice system.
In this webinar, participants learn about current data and trends on youth and young adult homelessness; how homelessness intersects with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and lessons learned and promising strategies to connect youth and young adults in contact with the justice system to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
In this webinar, presenters cover basic facts about homelessness, and how homelessness intersects with the criminal justice system; discuss potential solutions to homelessness, and how homeless services and access to temporary and supportive housing are delivered through local Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Continuums of Care; and discuss how reentry service providers can work better with their local CoCs, and how to better serve people experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness.
In this webinar, Erik Vecere, vice president of program support for the National Fatherhood Initiative, discusses common implementation challenges that occur with family-focused approaches to reentry. And Ron Tijerina, co-executive director of The Ridge Project, a Second Chance Act Young Fathers mentoring grantee, discusses how their program has addressed some of these challenges.
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 overview highlights recent trends in Nevada that the Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative Task Force and CSG Justice Center staff will be exploring in the coming months as part of the state’s initiative to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
The third working group presentation focuses on jail and DOC detainee populations, release decision making, and various measures of recidivism.
Recent efforts among state and local leaders to reduce the number of youth who are incarcerated have yielded impressive results: the national juvenile incarceration rate has been cut in half over the past decade. Yet state policymakers, practitioners, and advocates alike recognize that reforming the juvenile justice system requires more than incarcerating fewer youth.
The first presentation to the Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative Task Force in Nevada introduces the CSG Justice Center and the initiative process, and includes initial analyses on Nevada’s juvenile justice system.
The research addendum contains additional information on county and DOC detainee populations, HOC and DOC populations, demographics of the incarcerated populations, and a follow-up analysis of Continuances Without a Finding (CWOFs).
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Already, students reported feeling motivated and confident after completing the first course. “Next I’m going to work on my GED,” one even says.
The Council of State Governments Justice reinvestment team convened the working group for a third meeting this week. Their presentation focused on recidivism with particular attention to pretrial decision-making, incarcerated populations, and programming within HOC institutions. The CSG also provided an addendum with additional slides.
Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate climbed 20 percent between 2004 and 2014, with the total correctional population, which includes both state prisons and county jails, jumping by 17 percent. By comparison, neighboring states New York and New Jersey saw their incarceration rates drop by 20 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in that time.
After reviewing data on pretrial detainees held in three county jails, members of a state criminal justice working group said they could see benefits to adopting a data-based pretrial risk assessment tool, although barriers exist to doing so in Massachusetts.
Nevada beat out 17 other states to receive technical help from The Council of State Governments Justice Center, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization which will be conducting the review. Right now, juvenile arrests are down statewide and youth incarceration is at its lowest point in 10 years. But the real issue, according to Governor Brian Sandoval, is making sure millions of dollars in state funding are being used most effectively.
Prisoners who are released to the community without any supervision in Massachusetts reoffend at higher rates than those who are released with supervision. Yet, some of the most dangerous criminals are often the ones released without supervision, according to information released recently by the Council of State Governments Justice Center.