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Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

Hawaii Raises Felony Theft Threshold

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.

Three Things You Can Do To Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do To Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

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.

Revamping Programs through Justice Reinvestment

Revamping Programs through Justice Reinvestment

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.

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WEBINARS

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

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.

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with 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.

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

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.

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

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.

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

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.

PUBLICATIONS

The Second Chance Act: Juvenile Reentry (Fact Sheet)

The Second Chance Act: Juvenile Reentry (Fact Sheet)

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.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

New CSG Data Provide Important Insights on Young Adult Justice

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.

Keystone Criminal Justice

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.

Officials Eye Data Tool to Gauge Pretrial Detainee Risks

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 Receiving Assistance in State’s Juvenile Justice Review

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.