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.

Recent Posts

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.

Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

This pilot program stems from policy recommendations made during the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015. As a result of this initiative, Massachusetts invested more than $1 million in providing specialized treatment services to people who have substance addictions, mental illnesses, or co-occurring disorders and are at a high risk of reoffending.

Announcements

2020 National Conference on Juvenile Justice

2020 National Conference on Juvenile Justice

The conference will explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth involved in the delinquency system.

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 related to the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.

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 […]

Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex

Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex

The Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan criminal justice think tank, has released Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex, a report that examines race and gender disparities among probation, parole, prison, and jail populations. The report notes that although considerable disparities still exist, […]

RECENT HEADLINES

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.

[Opinion] What I Think about When I Think about Freedom

I imagine the vulnerable strangers who I will meet in church basements. Over the years I have built some powerful relationships with colleagues—writers, editors, producers—but if I don’t prioritize relationships in recovery when I get out, those other relationships won’t matter in the end.