Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Program

This program helps executive-branch policymakers and state corrections departments plan and implement systemwide reforms aimed at reducing recidivism.

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Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

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.

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

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.

Announcements

WEBINARS

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative

During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Community Based Adult Reentry Grantees

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Community Based Adult Reentry Grantees

During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Community-Based Adult Reentry award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovative Reentry Initiatives

2019 Second Chance Act Orientation: Innovative Reentry Initiatives

During this webinar, recipients of the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovative Reentry Initiatives award receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Fourth Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Vermont: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Vermont Justice Reinvestment II Working Group focuses on analysis of DOC data, including prison and supervision population trends, as well as assessments of community supervision and behavioral health interventions.

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Overview

This overview outlines a number of criminal justice challenges in Maine, including high opioid overdose death rates and a growing prison population, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Third Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Maine: Third Presentation

The third presentation to the Maine Commission to Improve the Sentencing, Supervision, Incarceration and Management of Prisoners focuses on analysis of sentencing practices as well as key trends in prison and probation populations and admissions.

Justice Reinvestment: Prioritizing Prison Resources Where They Matter Most

Justice Reinvestment: Prioritizing Prison Resources Where They Matter Most

Last month, the Crime and Justice Institute released “Justice Reinvestment: Prioritizing Prison Resources Where They Matter Most,” a brief highlighting how four states—Mississippi, Utah, Alaska, and Louisiana—have increased the portion of prison beds occupied by people convicted of violent offenses in […]

RECENT HEADLINES

Dane County Grant Builds on Efforts to Strengthen Mental Healthcare Access for Inmates

A report from the Dane County Behavioral Health Needs Assessment found approximately 46% of inmates within the county’s jail system were diagnosed with some form of mental health ailment. Given that nearly half of Dane County’s inmates may require varying degrees of mental health assistance, the county moved to address the issue.

Ohio Jail to Tackle Mental Illness as Opioid Crisis Abates

“Every jail in our country, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 percent of the people … are diagnosed mentally ill,” said National Sheriffs’ Association president Sheriff Daron Hall of Davidson County, Tennessee. Adding in the number of inmates addicted to drugs, the proportion shoots to at least 90 percent.

Stepping Up Initiative Reduces the Number of People With Mental Illness in Jail

Risë Haneberg, deputy division director for county initiatives for the CSG Justice Center, explains that since its inception, the Stepping Up initiative has gotten nearly 500 counties in 43 states to “focus on early forms of diversion” to keep mentally ill people from getting trapped in the penal system.