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U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Within the wide range of initiatives the omnibus bill supports are several significant criminal justice reform measures related to the issue of mental health, including the enactment of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act and the reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

The conference, which was hosted by United States attorneys of the six New England Districts—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine— uplifted the region’s approach to reentry efforts. Rather than focusing on individual locales, service providers, policymakers, and correctional agencies throughout New England collaborate to ensure a unified approach.

Judge Steven Leifman Named A ‘Public Official of the Year’

Judge Steven Leifman Named A ‘Public Official of the Year’

Judge Steven Leifman of Miami-Dade County, Florida was recently named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine for his commitment to addressing the high prevalence of mental illness among people in the criminal justice system.

John Jay Conference Shines Light on Lack of Data on Latino/as in the Justice System

John Jay Conference Shines Light on Lack of Data on Latino/as in the Justice System

Latina/os represented 21.6 percent of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons in 2013, although they made up less than 17 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, a newly published compilation of essays and other entries about the Latina/o experience in the justice system.

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the country. For Workforce Connections Inc., an organization that serves people returning to their communities from incarceration in western Wisconsin, these problems were heightened by the rural and semi-rural environments from which the organization draws both participants and volunteers.

Announcements

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards, which recognize media that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

WEBINARS

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

This webinar discusses strategies and recommendations for sustaining reentry programs initiated by community-based organizations. With a particular focus on programs that incorporate mentors, presenters discuss how to consider sustainability throughout the program-development process beginning in the planning phase. Topics include leveraging multiple funding streams from public and private sources, asset mapping, and how to build an agency’s profile in the field and community.

Circles of Support and Accountability: An Innovative Approach to the Management of Sex Offenders

Circles of Support and Accountability: An Innovative Approach to the Management of Sex Offenders

In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the CoSA model and describe what implementation looks like across the country; review Vermont’s CoSA model, which has seen effective results in community reintegration and recidivism reduction; and, discuss how evidence-based programming can help improve outcomes and better integrate people with sexual offense convictions into broader reentry strategies

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Fifth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Fifth Presentation

The fifth working group presentation is an analysis of probation and parole supervision that focuses on supervision’s alignment with risk, need, responsivity best practices, including how risk of recidivism is managed, how probationer and parolee needs are assessed and addressed, and what sanctions and incentives exist to respond to behavior of probationers and parolees.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Fourth Presentation

The fourth working group presentation provides an overview of the research regarding what works to reduce recidivism, as well as an analysis of Houses of Correction and Department of Correction programming, releases to the community, and reentry data.

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Rhode Islanders on Probation

There are now nearly 24,000 Rhode Islanders on probation. Rhode Island has a relatively low rate of incarceration, but the second highest rate of individuals on probation in the nation. About 9,000 are actively supervised and the remaining are banked — meaning they remain in the system, unmanaged. The state’s antiquated practice of keeping individuals on probation for an average of six years — three times the national average — is pushing up the prison population as it is projected to add about $28 million to the Department of Corrections budget. In fiscal 2016, 25 percent of all sentenced admissions to the Adult Corrections Institutions were probation violators.

Nevada Task Force Considers Improvements to Juvenile Justice System

Judges, lawmakers, youth advocates and juvenile probation officials from across the state have formed a task force to look at ways to improve the juvenile justice system. After studying trends in juvenile arrests throughout Nevada, experts released recommendations to help prevent teens from breaking the law again.

Report: Nevada Spends $95 Million Supervising Juvenile Offenders

Nevada spends almost $95 million a year supervising juvenile offenders, but there is no way to tell if the money is being used wisely, a national organization says. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said about half of the youths on probation or parole reoffend in one to two years in Clark and Washoe counties.