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.
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.
This report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics presents selected findings on the provision of health care services in U.S. state prisons based on a survey of state departments of corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
This presentation focuses on three areas: the parole decision-making process and preparation for release through programming and treatment; recent trends in Arkansas’s jail populations and the challenges faced by sheriffs and jail administrators; and the current landscape of behavioral health treatment and services in Arkansas.
Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing—and ultimately ending—our use of privately operated prisons.”
Since 1970, the female jail population has increased 14 times, surging from under 8,000 to nearly 110,000, according to a report released Wednesday from the Vera Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.
Ms. Martin became one of a growing number of impoverished women released from prisons and jails whose plight has been largely overlooked during continuing efforts to reverse mass incarceration, according to criminal justice experts.
While jails have been rightly recognized as a driver of mass incarceration, Swavola said, women are often left out of the national conversation because they comprise only a small percentage of the incarcerated population as a whole. But women’s pathways to incarceration are different than their male counterparts, she explained, and deserve to be investigated closely.
Virginia was one of three states to receive grants under the Second Chance Act, and the state has made the most of the opportunity, said Elizabeth Seigle, technical assistance manager in the Council of State Governments Justice Center.