Recent CSG Justice Center Posts

Pennsylvania Sees Steady Decline in Crime Rate over Last 20 Years

Pennsylvania Sees Steady Decline in Crime Rate over Last 20 Years

Since 1998, Pennsylvania has seen its overall crime rate drop 45 percent and remain consistently lower than the national crime rate. A new infographic from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections illustrates crime trends from 1998 to 2018 and shows how […]

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.

WEBINARS

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative

During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Community Based Adult Reentry Grantees

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Community Based Adult Reentry Grantees

During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Community-Based Adult Reentry award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.

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.

PUBLICATIONS

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on analysis of DOC data, including prison and supervision population trends, as well as assessments of community supervision and behavioral health interventions.

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Overview

This overview outlines a number of criminal justice challenges in Maine, including high opioid overdose death rates and a growing prison population, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.

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 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.