I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.
Gov. Doug Burgum became the latest governor to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action encouraging policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system.
The U.S. Congress recently voted to approve the landmark, bipartisan First Step Act, which also reauthorizes the Second Chance Act.
New Mexico’s newly established Justice Reinvestment Working Group recently met to work on a data-driven approach to analyze and address challenges in the state’s criminal justice system.
Missouri recently became the fifteenth and final state this year to host a state forum on public safety and continue the discussions begun at the 50-State Summit on Public Safety in November 2017 in Washington, DC.
The conference will bring together over 1,500 elected and appointed county officials to focus on federal policy issues that impact counties and their residents.
This conference is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. Topics this year will include issues related to mental health; bail reform; comprehensive reentry for people with opioid addictions; trauma-informed training; and caring for veterans.
This training event will focus on understanding the history of disproportionality and disparity and its impact today, as well as relevant alternatives, cultural competencies, youth development, the effect of trauma on youth, and the role of the justice system and the community in improving youth-justice interactions.
This webinar provides an overview of the San Joaquin County program and discuss the program’s processes in three key areas: (1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; (2) staff training; and (3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Innovations in Reentry Initiative (IRI) and application process.
This webinar provides an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explains components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expands awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system; and discusses new developments in the Veterans Administration and community interventions to provide services to veterans in the justice system.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) and application process.
This webinar features Roger Peters, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. The webinar discusses the prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders among people involved in the criminal justice system, as well as effective screening and assessment instruments to use with this population.
This report describes how lifting the current ban on awarding Pell Grants to incarcerated people would benefit workers, employers, and states.
The third presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee helped guide discussion about building upon the project framework to improve individual and system outcomes for people cycling through Oregon’s criminal justice and health systems.
This report compiles data on each state’s various systems of correctional control to help advocates and policymakers prioritize targets for reform.
The first presentation to the New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Working Group summarizes findings related to crime and victimization, behavioral health challenges that pertain to people in New Mexico’s criminal justice system, and probation policies and practices in the state.
After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Rhode Island passed legislation that will modernize probation and parole policies and practices, create more opportunities for community-based treatment for people with substance addictions and mental illnesses, and expand benefits for victims of crime, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.
One of Ron Jackson’s first acts as warden after being appointed by the tribal executive board in 2016 was to gather the inmates in a circle and lead them in a prayer for redemption. He also allowed prisoners to travel overnight to powwows and other Native ceremonies. Although many of them struggle with substance abuse, they all passed drug tests on their return.
Within six months, the inmates will have the opportunity to participate in two hours a week of out-of-cell computer time or educational classes, including GED programs. They also get to keep prison-issued tablets in their cells at all times.
With city and county governments typically spending more than half of their annual budgets on public safety and criminal justice operations and programs, PFM recently announced the launch of the Center for Justice & Safety Finance.
Motivated by the growing mental health crisis, photographer Lili Kobielski set out in 2015 to capture portraits of the inmates, now compiled in the book I Refuse for the Devil to Take My Soul, which was released in December and includes transcripts of their interviews, plus poems they wrote during their incarceration.
The First Step Act ostensibly acknowledges the difficulties with maintaining economic stability that many, if not most, of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system face. However, the depth and persistence of these difficulties demands more robust reentry measures than those currently provided by the First Step Act.