Recent CSG Justice Center Posts

Seven Sites Selected for Intensive Training to Transform Juvenile Probation

Seven Sites Selected for Intensive Training to Transform Juvenile Probation

Cross-disciplinary teams from these jurisdictions will complete a weeklong intensive training onsite in Washington, DC. Alongside experts from CJJR, the CSG Justice Center, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, these teams—comprising chief probation officers, field probation officers, judges, prosecutors, and other officials—will collaboratively develop a capstone project and strategic action plan that details the specific changes they plan to enact upon completion of the training that will improve their system and the opportunities for youth within it.

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Last year, Massachusetts passed legislation representing the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades. This legislation took concrete steps to incentivize good behavior in prison, divert people to treatment and programming as an alternative to incarceration, and strengthen community supervision.

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Before these units existed, people experiencing a mental health crisis who came into contact with police were often taken to jail, which caused crowding in county jails that are simply not equipped to provide the kind of care and treatment that crisis stabilization units can.

Announcements

WEBINARS

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 1

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 1

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY18 JMHCP grantees.

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 3

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 3

In this webinar staff from BJA provide an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Category 3 grant requirements. CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities, and the other resources available to law enforcement grantees.

Process Measures at the Interface of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Process Measures at the Interface of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

The data collection and evaluation learning community series for JMHCP and SCA grantees focuses on topics related to quality assurance and implementation science. This session was focused on “study and act” of the Plan, Do, Study, Act process featuring Dr. Faye Taxman from George Mason University and grantee speaker, Melissa Pierson from Franklin County, OH.

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Third Presentation

The third presentation to the Maine Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Incarceration and Management of Prisoners related to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Second Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Second Presentation

The second presentation to the Maine Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Incarceration and Management of Prisoners focuses on data analyses of arrests, criminal history, and criminal case filings as well as probation policy and practice assessment in Maine.

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Third Presentation

The third presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on crime and sentencing trends to help Vermont better understand the front-end system dynamics of who is coming into the criminal justice system and where their case dispositions lead them.

Creating Systemwide Change to Promote Recidivism-Reduction & Employment Readiness

Creating Systemwide Change to Promote Recidivism-Reduction & Employment Readiness

This fact sheet, developed by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center, provides an overview of the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies project and discusses a recently released report on the three-year pilot project that tested the framework in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Palm Beach County, Florida.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Coalition of Criminal Justice Groups Oppose HUD’s Proposed Change to Disparate Impact Rule

A coalition of criminal justice groups issued a statement today voicing opposition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recent proposal to amend its so-called “disparate impact” rule under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact rule permitted people to bring legal claims against housing policies and practices that, while not motivated by discriminatory intent, predictably harmed protected groups, including people of color.

Barron: “Quick Dips” and Other Corrections Programs

About 18 month ago, the state launched its participation in the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative. This was an ambitious two-year effort with the goal of controlling state spending on corrections and reinvesting the money saved into alternative programs.