California Arrests Study

The unprecedented study answers one question: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

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Criminal Justice Reform Focus of Pennsylvania Initiative

Criminal Justice Reform Focus of Pennsylvania Initiative

A new bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Working Group composed of members from all three branches of Pennsylvania’s government met for the first time on March 9 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg for a presentation by The Council of State Governments Justice Center on pressing criminal justice issues in the state.

Announcements

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced nearly $25 million in support for plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. The MacArthur Foundation is awarding 11 jurisdictions grants between $1.5 million and $3.5 million over two years to reduce their jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in their justice systems

Apply Now for Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program

Apply Now for Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program

The goal of this program is to support jurisdictions in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges to increasing public safety and reducing recidivism for medium- to high-risk individuals reentering communities from incarceration.

WEBINARS

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

This webinar examines secondary trauma and compassion fatigue as experienced by corrections professionals. It brings together the latest research on the physiological impact of trauma exposure with simple, realistic techniques that can mitigate the negative effects, improve personal well being, and enhance professional longevity.

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

This webinar shares emerging research regarding the importance of establishing policies around the use of social media by community corrections administrators, managers and supervisors including the administration of social media content; setting expectations for appropriate employee personal use; and investigation and supervision standards.

Publications

Federal Interagency Reentry Council Fact Sheet

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council was recognized in a 2014 GAO report as one of four model interagency collaborations, and the council’s collective work at the federal level–detailed in this fact sheet–has set a positive example for many states, several of which have started similar councils.

Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System

Economic Perspectives on Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System

This report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors examines the historical growth in criminal justice enforcement and incarceration, along with its causes. The report also presents a framework for evaluating criminal justice policy, weighing its crime reducing benefits against its direct government costs and indirect costs for individuals, families, and communities.

State Identification: Reentry Strategies for State and Local Leaders

State Identification: Reentry Strategies for State and Local Leaders

This fact sheet is designed to educate policymakers on the impact of, and models for, issuing state identification for people leaving prisons and jails across the country. State-issued identification is often required to secure housing, apply for employment, and access social services—all factors that can play a critical role in reentry.

Roadmap to Reentry

Roadmap to Reentry

This publication from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identifies five evidence-based principles guiding federal efforts to improve the correctional practices and programs that govern the lives of those who will reenter society after incarceration. DOJ takes the view that “reentry begins on day one,” and these corrections principles span the cycle of custody and beyond: from intake, to incarceration, through to release.

RECENT HEADLINES

NY Gov. Cuomo: Give Medicaid to Inmates Prior to Release

The Democratic governor says too many inmates leave prison with serious mental health and addiction challenges and that helping them get the care they need improves their chances of successfully re-entering society.

Opinion: From the Criminal Justice System to the Department of Justice

If America does not embrace a Second Chance culture, we miss the opportunity to reduce victimization, save precious public safety resources, and, most importantly, capitalize on the potential of people who have paid their debt to society and now want to contribute to their communities.

DOJ Launches Initiative to Help Former Prisoners Reenter Society

About two-thirds of those incarcerated in state prisons are arrested for a new crime within three years, and about three fourths are arrested within five years, according to a 2014 Department of Justice study of prisoners in 30 states. These high recidivism rates are what prompted the Justice Department to declare the country’s first National Reentry Week, which calls attention to programs aimed at helping former inmates return to their communities.