As a continuation of the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC, multiple states have been selected by the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to host individual state forums on public safety. Earlier this month, Vermont and Ohio became the first states to hold their forums, each of which was facilitated by staff from the CSG Justice Center.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation on March 30 making his state the first in the country to require all of its counties to collect data pertaining to courts, jails, policing, and prisons in a statewide system that is publicly accessible.
As a result of justice reinvestment legislation passed in Georgia in mid-2017, 17,570 active felony probation cases were moved to unsupervised status later that year, and more active cases continue to be transitioned at a steady pace. Probation officer caseload sizes have also decreased from an average of 170 people on active probation in 2016 to an average of 130 currently.
Alabama state leaders have appropriated $26.5 million in the FY2019 budget to support justice reinvestment legislation enacted in 2015. This includes $18.5 million to hire probation and parole officers and staff and expand behavioral health community-based treatment and services, as well as $8 million to support community corrections programs (CCPs). This appropriation brings Alabama’s total reinvestment between FY2016 and FY2019 to $95.6 million.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (right) recently signed two major pieces of criminal justice legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislature: HB 4012 and SB 2371. Together, these bills represent the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades.
The TTA provider must offer tribal jurisdictions assistance to plan, implement, or enhance community supervision practices and reentry programming strategies for tribal communities.
The Maryland Reentry Partnership Network will host a reentry practitioner symposium on collaboration and enhancing reentry partnerships.
The program provides funding to help agencies assess the highest priority needs of criminal justice communities, encouraging activities that will improve criminal justice policy and practice.
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.
In this webinar, BJS statistician Jennifer Bronson reviews the findings from two reports and discusses how jurisdictions around the country—namely Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees—can use this information.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and National Reentry Resource Center explain the FY2017 Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program solicitation and its application process.
This webinar—based on lessons learned from the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) pilot project underway in Milwaukee County, WI, and Palm Beach County, FL—raises key questions communities should consider to ensure the right people are connected to the right interventions at the right time in their reentry process. This webinar is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners.
In this webinar, presenters discuss the four steps involved in the Vermont Department of Corrections’ (DOC) policy-development process: identifying and approving the concept, drafting the policy, gathering comments from staff and the public, and finalizing the policy.
This presentation highlights key takeaways from the 50-State Summit on Public Safety, presents findings from a law enforcement survey conducted by the CSG Justice Center, and examines the behavioral health landscape in Ohio.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.
This report from Rights4Girls and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative examines the causes of girls’ increased contact with Washington, DC’s juvenile justice system, identifying information gaps that must be addressed in order to reduce the number of system-involved girls.
This report from the National Association of Counties is aimed at educating federal policymakers on issues involving Medicaid and justice-involved individuals.
This report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy argues for using more than just recidivism as a measure of the effectiveness of community corrections.
The health care that prisons provide affects more than simply the well-being of incarcerated people. Inadequate treatment for infectious diseases and behavioral health conditions, for example, can undermine efforts to strengthen public health and safety in the communities to which individuals return.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, each year, approximately 650,000 individuals complete prison sentences and rejoin society. Unfortunately, two-thirds of these individuals are re-arrested within 3 years of their release. We must do more—and use all the tools at our disposal—to break this vicious cycle of crime and diminish the rate of recidivism.
A bill signed by Governor Scott could better prepare prisoners for the job market by allowing the Florida Department of Corrections to partner with local school districts and the Florida College system to provide some prisoners with vocational training and post-secondary education.
In Ohio the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction partners with the state’s Medicaid agency to assist eligible offenders in applying for and enrolling in the federal-state health program and then selecting a Medicaid-managed plan 90 days before their release.
New York City is blessed with an array of community crime prevention programs, including dozens of youth development agencies and organizations implementing the Cure Violence model, originally developed in Chicago.