Leading a statewide effort to reform criminal justice policies can be daunting because the stakes are high for everyone involved. That is why many state leaders turn to a data-driven justice reinvestment approach to identify the drivers of rising corrections costs and develop state-specific solutions that reduce corrections spending and reinvest a portion of those savings into strategies that can reduce recidivism.
Recently, the FBI released its annual report on crime, which included distressing news: violent crime—while still at levels far below what it was 20 years ago—increased between 2014 and 2015. Whenever elected officials see anything indicating their constituents are less safe, they are understandably and appropriately anxious.
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.
This public forum–which will be held in Washington, DC and live streamed–will explore the intersection between criminal justice reform and postsecondary education and employment.
The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families.
Participants will have the opportunity for self evaluation of current agency practice around restrictive housing, participation in skill-building activities, discussions, problem-solving exercises, and information sharing with peers facing similar challenges from across the U.S.
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 fourth working group presentation provides an overview of the research regarding what works to reduce recidivism, as well as an analysis of HOC and DOC programming, releases to the community, and reentry data.
This presentation to Georgia’s Probation Subcommittee and Sentencing Subcommittee focuses on draft policy goals regarding probation sentencing, supervision lengths, and other areas that address challenges within Georgia’s adult criminal justice system, for the subcommittee members to consider.
This report analyzes state and local data on individuals moving through California’s county correctional systems.
This brief summarizes themes and relevant information about Transition from Jail to Community sites’ implementation experiences.
The Justice Reinvestment Policy Framework presented to the Incarceration Issues Committee offers four pragmatic policy options that are projected to reduce the forecasted prison population in 2022 by 13 percent, avoiding $36.3 million in contract prison bed costs.
The Obama administration, in its final weeks, plans to ease the legal obligations on prisoners to pay for child support while they are locked up, targeting practices that critics say can saddle ex-convicts with crippling debts.
Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from across the U.S. raised their hands to answer a simple question on Monday: “How many in this group (have) a story – either personal or (professional) – about confronting somebody with a mental health problem?” National Sheriff’s Association Director Jonathan Thompson asked.
Starting this month, debit cards will be issued to inmates leaving the Hennepin County, Mn. jail or workhouse, who can immediately withdraw money for transportation, food, or other needs, 24 hours a day.
Winona County, Minnesota recently won $450,000 in federal and state grants to fix problems with how the criminal justice system handles mental illness and to help ex-offenders move successfully from jail to jobs.
Developing discharge plans for reentering individuals who are Medicaid eligible can improve important health outcomes, save money, and reduce re-incarceration.