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

Vermont and Ohio Kick Off State Forums on Public Safety

Vermont and Ohio Kick Off State Forums on Public Safety

As a continuation of the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC, multiple states have been selected by the U.S Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to host individual state forums on public safety. Earlier this month, Vermont and Ohio became the first states to hold their forums, each of which was facilitated by staff from the CSG Justice Center.

Changes to Georgia’s Probation System Yield Positive Early Results

Changes to Georgia’s Probation System Yield Positive Early Results

As a result of justice reinvestment legislation passed in Georgia in mid-2017, 17,570 active felony probation cases were moved to unsupervised status later that year, and more active cases continue to be transitioned at a steady pace. Probation officer caseload sizes have also decreased from an average of 170 people on active probation in 2016 to an average of 130 currently.

Alabama Allocates .5 Million for Justice Reinvestment in FY2019

Alabama Allocates $26.5 Million for Justice Reinvestment in FY2019

Alabama state leaders have appropriated $26.5 million in the FY2019 budget to support justice reinvestment legislation enacted in 2015. This includes $18.5 million to hire probation and parole officers and staff and expand behavioral health community-based treatment and services, as well as $8 million to support community corrections programs (CCPs). This appropriation brings Alabama’s total reinvestment between FY2016 and FY2019 to $95.6 million.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Massachusetts Governor Signs Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (right) recently signed two major pieces of criminal justice legislation that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the legislature: HB 4012 and SB 2371. Together, these bills represent the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades.

Announcements

WEBINARS

Integrating Best Practices from Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Services

Integrating Best Practices from Corrections and Workforce Systems to Match Jobseekers to Services

This webinar—based on lessons learned from the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies (IRES) pilot project underway in Milwaukee County, WI, and Palm Beach County, FL—raises key questions communities should consider to ensure the right people are connected to the right interventions at the right time in their reentry process. This webinar is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners.

Publications

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Second Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio: Second Presentation

This presentation highlights key takeaways from the 50-State Summit on Public Safety, presents findings from a law enforcement survey conducted by the CSG Justice Center, and examines the behavioral health landscape in Ohio.

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

Corrections-Based Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.

Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.’s Juvenile Justice System

Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.’s Juvenile Justice System

This report from Rights4Girls and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative examines the causes of girls’ increased contact with Washington, DC’s juvenile justice system, identifying information gaps that must be addressed in order to reduce the number of system-involved girls.

RECENT HEADLINES

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, each year, approximately 650,000 individuals complete prison sentences and rejoin society. Unfortunately, two-thirds of these individuals are re-arrested within 3 years of their release. We must do more—and use all the tools at our disposal—to break this vicious cycle of crime and diminish the rate of recidivism.

Florida Expands Education Opportunities for Prisoners

A bill signed by Governor Scott could better prepare prisoners for the job market by allowing the Florida Department of Corrections to partner with local school districts and the Florida College system to provide some prisoners with vocational training and post-secondary education.

State Prison Partnerships Can Improve Public Health and Safety

In Ohio the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction partners with the state’s Medicaid agency to assist eligible offenders in applying for and enrolling in the federal-state health program and then selecting a Medicaid-managed plan 90 days before their release.