California Arrests Study

The unprecedented study answers one question: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?

Recent Posts

Vermont DOC Builds Commitment to Restorative Justice

Vermont DOC Builds Commitment to Restorative Justice

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.

Criminal Justice Reform Focus of Pennsylvania Initiative

Criminal Justice Reform Focus of Pennsylvania Initiative

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.

Announcements

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

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

Apply Now for Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program

Apply Now for Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program

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 Effects of Changing State Theft Penalties

The Effects of Changing State Theft Penalties

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.

WEBINARS

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

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.

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

Social Media in Community Supervision: Promising Practices for Policy and Implementation

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.

Publications

Jail Tip Sheets on Justice-Involved Women

Jail Tip Sheets on Justice-Involved Women

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.

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Second Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Pennsylvania: Second Presentation

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.

RECENT HEADLINES

Editorial: New York Teenagers Dumped in Adult Jails

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.

States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults

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.

U.S. Assistant Atty General Mason: Justice Dept. Agency to Alter Its Terminology for Released Convicts, to Ease Reentry

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.

Editorial: Time to Find Alternatives to Jail Time in North Dakota

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.

Job Training Helps Female Inmates Prepare for Life After Prison

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.