The Vermont DOC organized volunteers from local communities into citizen-based boards, which led, in 1998, to the creation of what are now known across the state as Community Justice Centers (CJCs). Today, there are 20 CJCs in Vermont—one in every county—managed centrally by the Vermont DOC. CJCs provide intensive support services in employment, housing, mentoring, and restitution management for people returning to their communities from incarceration. They rely primarily on volunteers to deliver these services.
Representatives from correctional systems in 12 states came to Washington, DC, in early March to set strategies for and share experiences around reducing recidivism in their states and across the country.
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.
After enacting justice reinvestment legislation, North Carolina and Pennsylvania embarked on extensive statewide supervision staff training aimed at improving supervision practices. This Q&A discussion with two agency administrators may benefit other jurisdictions considering similar approaches.
President Obama recently unveiled his $4.23 trillion budget proposal for 2017, which allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs.
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
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.
The Pew Charitable Trusts examined crime trends in the 23 states that raised their felony theft thresholds between 2001 and 2011, a period that facilitates analysis of each jurisdiction from three years before to three years after the policy change. This chartbook illustrates three important conclusions from the analysis.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the grant program and application process.
In this webinar representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process for the 2016 Second Chance Act Smart Supervision solicitation.
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.
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.
This podcast episode from DC Public Safety Radio examines the Employer-Driven Employment Model, a new framework developed by the National Institute of Corrections that aims to help improve employment outcomes for job seekers who have criminal records.
A series of eight Jail Tip Sheets on critical topics facing jails were developed by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women to facilitate the implementation of gender-informed approaches with women in jail settings.
The second presentation to the Pennsylvania Justice Reinvestment Initiative Working Group focuses on front-end drivers of the state’s criminal justice system, the impact of sentencing choices, and ways to strengthen community supervision.
The purpose of this issue brief from U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is to highlight the importance of health insurance coverage for criminal justice involved individuals, particularly the importance of the expansion in Medicaid coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act
This brief from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers tips to help individuals involved in the criminal justice system protect their credit and prevent identity theft.
This guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updates decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution.
The Supreme Court has said emphatically that it is morally and constitutionally wrong to equate offenses committed by adolescents with those carried out by adults. And research shows that prosecuting adolescents as adults needlessly destroys their lives and turns many of them into career criminals. Yet these lessons have not penetrated some states.
Seventeen-year-olds cannot vote, buy cigarettes or even adopt a dog from an animal shelter. But as of today, in nine states, including Louisiana, they are automatically handled as adults, rather than as juveniles. In two states, New York and North Carolina, 16-year-olds are as well.
In my role as head of the division of the Justice Department that funds and supports hundreds of reentry programs throughout the country, I have come to believe that we have a responsibility to reduce not only the physical but also the psychological barriers to reintegration. The labels we affix to those who have served time can drain their sense of self-worth and perpetuate a cycle of crime, the very thing reentry programs are designed to prevent.
Corrections reform has become one of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s key planks in his campaign for governor. The state’s prison system and most county jails are dealing with overcrowding issues. And, as Department of Corrections Director Leann Bertsch noted in the past, we can’t build our way out of the problem.
Each year more than 600,000 individuals are released from federal and state prisons. During National Reentry Week, the Department of Justice has been highlighting ways to help prisoners prepare for their eventual transition to the outside world.