Leaders from both parties joined Governor Steve Bullock on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to launch a comprehensive examination of Montana’s criminal justice system as the state faces a growing prison population and costly projections to expand capacity.
In 2012, West Virginia’s governor and legislative leaders faced some dire challenges. The state had the highest drug overdose death rate in the country, funding for treatment in the community was scarce, everyone from prosecutors to judges was clamoring for more treatment for people with substance use issues who were going through the courts, and supervision failures often stemming from substance use were fueling growth in the prison population, which was rising faster than nearly every other state in the nation.
When Kevin Kempf became director of the Idaho Department of Correction in December 2014, he knew he needed to take a hard look at the nearly $10 million the department spends annually on programs to reduce recidivism among the 22,000 people in prison or on probation and parole supervision.
In an effort to curb corrections spending, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety, Massachusetts state leaders announced the formation of a 25-member bipartisan working group that will partner with The Council of State Governments Justice Center to review the state’s criminal justice system.
North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania were awarded $5.2 million as part of the 2015 Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reform grant, which is given to states that have used the justice reinvestment approach to help further criminal justice reform efforts.
This webinar will review a best practices statement developed by the National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody. The webinar will outline the core principles and recommendations made in the statement, and also provides an update on the current status of laws, policies, and practices to assure that pregnant women are not restrained.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center is soliciting applications from communities interested in receiving training through the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses train-the-trainer event.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) GAINS Center is now soliciting applications from communities interested in developing integrated strategies to better identify and respond to the needs of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system.
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.
During webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explained the grant program application process.
This webinar provides an overview of violence among females involved with the criminal justice system, trauma-informed and gender responsive services, and a social-ecological model of violence.
This webinar discussed the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment (WRNA), and provided participants the opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of WRNA, best practices for implementing gender-responsive assessments with or without other assessment tools, and resources and recommendations to help address challenges to using WRNA.
This toolkit from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is designed to integrate the consideration on racial equity into polices, practices, and budget decisions.
This resource guide from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity provides information on how jurisdictions can employ comprehensive strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and organizational cultures, and organize to achieve racial equity.
This guidance from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides an overview of issues concerning girls in the juvenile justice system, a well as information on how states, tribes, and local communities can improve their responses to girls and young women who are in, or at-risk of entering the system.
The Harlem Parole Reentry Court, which provides support services to people returning to parole supervision in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, has reduced recidivism and improved employment and school-enrollment rates among its participants, according to a study conducted by the Center for Court Innovation.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice proposes federal legislation that would reverse the impact of harsh, punitive policies that led to mass incarceration.
Stateline By Teresa Wiltz When she was 11, KiAmber was arrested for defacing school property—a misdemeanor the Tallahassee, Florida, girl insists she did not commit. That experience scared her. By the time she turned 12, she was pregnant. School wasn’t […]
While there are many charities and organizations doing great work with offenders, Be Onsite is the only one focused on construction, not only supporting these individuals while they are in prison, but actually employing them during and after their sentence.
It’s been 2½ years since Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a landmark overhaul of Georgia’s juvenile justice system into law. The measure has resulted in a sharp drop in commitments to the state’s youth correctional system and is expected to save tens of millions of dollars by replacing incarceration with community supervision.
A new study suggests that despite its cost, testing all prison inmates for hepatitis C—and treating them when appropriate—is extremely cost-effective. It also found out that testing and treatment would lead to a significant decrease in the number of liver transplants, cases of liver cancer, and other liver-related deaths in the community.
Pierce County mental health court is modeled on successful drug court. Individuals with mental health needs commit to intense therapy and supervision.