Earlier this month, Hawaii enacted Senate Bill 2964, which—among other measures—changed the penal code to raise the felony theft threshold for the first time since 1986, from $300 to $750.
If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should take action to identify how the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover.
States across the country have reduced corrections spending by using a data-driven justice reinvestment approach and are investing savings in programs to reduce crime and recidivism. However, just as most people wouldn’t buy a house without first inspecting it to see if it needs extensive repairs and is worth purchasing, policymakers shouldn’t fund programs without periodically evaluating whether they’re in need of renovating and are worth investing in.
The tragedies of the past week weigh heavily on us. As public safety officials in our respective states, we were outraged to see the very people working to protect the public murdered because of the uniform they wear. We also feel deeply for residents of communities who, because of the color of their skin, fear the people who have sworn an oath to protect them.
A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, the CSG Justice Center offers comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system.
Throughout California this summer and fall, the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour is combining arts and community engagement to raise awareness around criminal justice, school discipline reform, and public safety issues.
The 12-month program is specifically tailored for mid-senior level leaders who have a proven track record in advocacy, activism, and community organizing, and have been incarcerated or under supervision in the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
The general fund budget was signed into law by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and will go into effect on October 1, 2016, bringing appropriations in FY2016 and FY2017 for justice reinvestment implementation to a total of more than $42 million.
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.
This report, a compilation of a national survey of state parole boards and the U.S. Parole Commission, is a resource for parole and correctional authorities, policymakers, and other criminal justice system stakeholders who are interested in seeing how parole boards across the country compare with one another
This presentation outlines proposed policy options for the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which are designed to address current pressures on prisons, county jails, and the state’s supervision system.
The Urban Institute released a report in November 2014 that summarized interim findings related to those justice reinvestment efforts. “Local Justice Reinvestment: Strategies, Outcomes, and Keys to Success” is the continuation of that report and summarizes policies that have been implemented, outcomes of those policies, and keys to effective reform.
The treatment and programming presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on policy options designed to improve North Dakota’s behavioral health treatment.
The fourth presentation to the Incarceration Issues Committee focuses on policy options designed to support victims of crime, to avert growth in the prison population and corrections costs, and to reduce recidivism by strengthening community supervision.
The federal government’s announcement this month to phase out the use of private prisons has sparked a national debate on the privatization of prisons. It also comes on the heels of a series of changes made by the Idaho Department of Correction in the last two years, in part due to the state’s takeover of the Idaho State Correctional Center from a private company.
HOT SPRINGS — The backlog of inmates in state prisons can be eased by limiting the amount of time parole and probation violators spend locked up, a policy group hired to propose criminal-justice changes told lawmakers Thursday.
A study by the Council of State Governments indicates that Nebraska could reduce recidivism by providing more access to programs. A report from the organization’s Justice Center said the state currently misses opportunities to identify risks and needs of inmates and to target program resources accordingly. About a third of inmates with one year of parole eligibility are not getting parole hearings because they have not finished programming, or don’t have access to programs.
Arkansas’s prison population is among the fastest growing in the country. The state now spends more than half of a billion dollars on corrections, a 68 percent increase since 2004, and our prison population, which increased by 21 percent between 2012 and 2016, is expected to rise by another 19 percent between 2016 and 2023 to 21,345.
We’ll get a good sense of what criminal justice reform legislation might look like in the 2017 General Assembly later today — as well as some potential stumbling blocks to its passage.