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

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.

Announcements

Twelfth Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

Twelfth Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health

The conference will provide a forum for researchers, clinicians, administrators, educators, policymakers, and grant funding leaders to network, share evidence, and learn about emerging research and relevant policy updates in the field of correctional health care.

WEBINARS

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explains components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expands awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system; and discusses new developments in the Veterans Administration and community interventions to provide services to veterans in the justice system.

Best Practices in Screening and Assessment for People with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

Best Practices in Screening and Assessment for People with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar features Roger Peters, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida. The webinar discusses the prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders among people involved in the criminal justice system, as well as effective screening and assessment instruments to use with this population.

Publications

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America

This report examines the links between mass incarceration and health equity by pairing data with examples of successful approaches, showing how mass incarceration negatively impacts health and well-being and suggesting solutions for reducing both incarceration and crime rates.

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Second Presentation

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Second Presentation

The second presentation to the New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Working Group summarizes findings and policy options related to reducing crime and supporting victims of crime, community supervision, and reincarceration rates.

RECENT HEADLINES

The Future of Prison Reform in Florida

Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg recently filed Senate Bill 642, the “Florida First Step Act,” which would allow judges to depart from mandatory minimums for drug trafficking charges. It also calls for allowing inmates to earn more time off of their sentences if they earn a diploma or participate in an entrepreneurship program.

State Gets $1.5M in Grants to Ease Inmates’ Re-Entry into Life ‘Outside’

Gov. John Carney and correction officials pledged to use the funding to implement new programs and expand others with the goal of reducing recidivism. Among the initiatives will be providing limited financial assistance for individuals on probation, giving inmates job know-how, and broadening treatment initiatives.

Delaware Department of Correction Awarded Two Rare Federal Grants to Help Fight Recidivism

Christian Kervick, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, helps run one of the many entities that will benefit from the federal funding. “It’s great to be reminded every once in a while that we have a great track record of going after competitive grants…Our office has been aggressive over the past decade in thinking outside the box.”