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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.

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

In 2011, Georgia resident Jennifer DeWeese knew very little about the juvenile justice system in her state. She had never heard of a Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), nor did she have reason to believe that she would one day end up being an influential voice of personal experience in Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. But then her teenage son stole their neighbor’s car and served more than a month in an RYDC.

Announcements

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

Throughout California this summer and fall, the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour is combining arts and community engagement to raise awareness around criminal justice, school discipline reform, and public safety issues.

WEBINARS

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

This webinar discusses the challenge of keeping participants engaged in fatherhood reentry programs after they have been released from incarceration and examines some techniques and strategies that have been employed by different programs.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in North Dakota: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on policy options designed to support victims of crime, to avert growth in the prison population and corrections costs, and to reduce recidivism by strengthening community supervision.

Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas: Sixth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Arkansas: Sixth Presentation

This presentation focuses on three areas: the parole decision-making process and preparation for release through programming and treatment; recent trends in Arkansas’s jail populations and the challenges faced by sheriffs and jail administrators; and the current landscape of behavioral health treatment and services in Arkansas.

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Third Presentation

The third presentation to the Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Initiative Working Group focuses on the lack of state support for local criminal justice systems, insufficient sentencing guidance, and costly responses to probation and parole violations.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Study Shows Probation May Be Answer to Incarceration Costs Reduction

A lot of people are incarcerated for drug offenses across Pennsylvania. But in Allegheny County, many drug arrests are handled through probation rather than prison time. Legal experts are saying Allegheny County’s approach may prove a good way to cut down on incarceration costs.

Improved Expungement Laws, More Funding Needed Moving Forward

Over the past few years, West Virginia officials have created a number of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and to provide addiction treatment options, such as the Justice Reinvestment Act and Help-4-WV. But according to state leaders many additional measures must be taken, such as improved expungement laws for nonviolent felons, acceptance of medication-assisted treatment programs and increased funding for treatment centers.

Start Early for Real Criminal Justice Reform

Impoverishment aligns itself with violence, crime, drug abuse, dysfunctional families, loss and hopelessness, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told a room full of attendees wrapping up breakfast at the National Forum on Criminal Justice at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel Monday morning.

Opinion: Overload in Montana’s Justice System

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito is working to launch a program that would give first-time, nonviolent drug offenders the opportunity to get into addiction treatment and out of the criminal justice system faster.