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

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.

Apply Now: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Apply Now: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, which supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.

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

Reentering Your Community, A Handbook

Reentering Your Community, A Handbook

This handbook, developed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, includes three checklists for individuals planning to return to to their communities after release from federal prison.

Federal Interagency Reentry Council Fact Sheet

The Federal Interagency Reentry Council was recognized in a 2014 GAO report as one of four model interagency collaborations, and the council’s collective work at the federal level–detailed in this fact sheet–has set a positive example for many states, several of which have started similar councils.

RECENT HEADLINES

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.

Strengthening Communities and Supporting Survivors in Reentry

As we come to the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Justice Department’s inaugural National Reentry Week, I am humbled and inspired by the department’s–and the entire Obama Administration’s–commitment to inclusive criminal justice reform efforts. For example, last month the White House convened a group of justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other advocates to talk about women’s access to justice.

Lawyers and Libraries: A Natural Fit

This week, Maryland Legal Aid and the Baltimore Library hosted a “Lawyer in the Library” event in honor of the Justice Department’s inaugural National Reentry Week. My colleagues at the Office for Access to Justice and I had the privilege of attending this event, which served more than two dozen individuals during the two-hour period. Events such as these continue to raise awareness about the significant support that civil legal aid provides to low-income and vulnerable populations, including those that are justice-involved.

NY Gov. Cuomo: Give Medicaid to Inmates Prior to Release

The Democratic governor says too many inmates leave prison with serious mental health and addiction challenges and that helping them get the care they need improves their chances of successfully re-entering society.