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.
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.
The IMPACTS (Improving People’s Access to Community-Based Treatment, Supports, and Services) grant program will offer supports and services to aid people with mental illnesses and substance addictions who frequently end up in the state’s jails, courts, and hospitals, which is currently costing these systems millions of dollars annually.
This pilot program stems from policy recommendations made during the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015. As a result of this initiative, Massachusetts invested more than $1 million in providing specialized treatment services to people who have substance addictions, mental illnesses, or co-occurring disorders and are at a high risk of reoffending.
Harris and Maricopa County serve as examples of the many people and communities that are using ISI grant funds to promote positive behavior change, accountability, and more.
The fellowships fund outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system.
This annual conference will bring people together to support the expansion of quality higher education in prison, discuss how to empower students in prison and after release, and to work to shape public discussion about education and incarceration.
This 44-hour training experience will prepare participants to deliver the Thinking for a Change program to incarcerated people.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center will describe the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) grant program and application process.
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.
Read how the Justice Reinvestment Initiative helps states’ local law enforcement agencies tackle public safety challenges by providing resources to address law enforcement training needs; crime-fighting strategies; data system upgrades; people experiencing behavioral health crises; and victims services.
The second presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on Vermont’s adult criminal justice system design and programs, including front-end community-based alternatives to incarceration, reentry programming and services, and supervision statuses and structures.
The first presentation to the Maine interbranch Commission on the Sentencing, Supervision, Incarceration and Management of Offenders introduces the Justice Reinvestment process and examines criminal justice and behavioral health trends and challenges in Maine.
This report offers a comprehensive review of the money that the criminal justice system takes from people accused or convicted of crimes that can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of a prison term.
This snapshot from the National Juvenile Defender Center is based on statutory analysis and interviews with juvenile defenders in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It examines how state laws governing money bail in delinquency proceedings are put into practice in local jurisdictions and how those practices can impact youth and their families in the juvenile legal system.
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.
Arnold Ventures has committed $720,000 to assist 16 counties across the country in providing opioid treatment in jail. Through a facilitated nine-month planning process, each jurisdiction will build comprehensive jail-to-community treatment programs.
Alabama law does not allow for changes to be applied retroactively; the people in prison who wouldn’t be sentenced the same way today for their crimes are basically out of luck.
Ear Hustle is the award-winning podcast about life inside prison—specifically my prison, San Quentin—that has around 30 million downloads in total.
At the Mountain View Unit west of Waco last week, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice unveiled STRIVE, a new reentry program for women soon to be released from prison.