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

Oregon Kicks Off Data-Driven Review of State’s Criminal Justice, Behavioral Health Systems

Oregon Kicks Off Data-Driven Review of State’s Criminal Justice, Behavioral Health Systems

Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee met on Oct. 31 to officially launch the state’s participation in the federally funded Justice Reinvestment Initiative. The committee will focus on developing a statewide policy framework to support local governments in improving recidivism and health outcomes for people who repeatedly cycle through both the public safety and health systems.

Illinois and Montana Hold State Forums on Public Safety

Illinois and Montana Hold State Forums on Public Safety

Illinois and Montana are the latest in a number of states to convene state forums on public safety to continue the conversations begun at the 50-State Summit on Public Safety that took place in November 2017 in Washington, DC.

Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

Following four principles of corrections system improvement—organizational development, use of risk and needs assessments, quality improvement, and data collection and management—states like Vermont participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

Announcements

Register for Webinar: Foundations of an Effective Familiar Face Framework

Register for Webinar: Foundations of an Effective Familiar Face Framework

In this webinar, participants will learn how to stratify justice system populations and build an integrated, strategic framework to successfully address the needs of persons often referred to as “familiar faces” or high utilizers, of justice, primary health, and behavioral health systems.

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

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

Justice Reinvestment in Rhode Island: Modernizing Supervision Practices

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Rhode Island passed legislation that will modernize probation and parole policies and practices, create more opportunities for community-based treatment for people with substance addictions and mental illnesses, and expand benefits for victims of crime, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Overview

Justice Reinvestment in New Mexico: Overview

This overview outlines several criminal justice challenges in New Mexico, including high crime rates and overdose death rates, a growing prison population, and an increase in the reincarceration rate, and provides a summary of the stages of the Justice Reinvestment process.

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening Public Safety

Justice Reinvestment in Massachusetts: Reducing Recidivism and Strengthening Public Safety

After using a Justice Reinvestment approach, Massachusetts passed legislation that focuses on incentivizing good behavior, diverting people from incarceration to treatment and programming, and strengthening community supervision, among other measures. This publication presents a summary of the Justice Reinvestment process and legislation.

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People Who Have Opioid Addictions

This fact sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful.

RECENT HEADLINES

An Old Minnesota Jail Is Now a Leader for Inmate Mental Health

The new, $52 million jail opened this fall in Moorhead with 209 beds. Its 18-bed behavioral health unit is in the back of the building. Soundproofing helps keep the noise down, and inmates housed there can get mental health care without leaving the unit.

Treatment Denied: The Mental Health Crisis in Federal Prisons

In 2014, amid mounting criticism and legal pressure, the Federal Bureau of Prisons imposed a new policy promising better care and oversight for inmates with mental-health issues. But data obtained by The Marshall Project through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that instead of expanding treatment, the bureau has lowered the number of inmates designated for higher care levels by more than 35 percent.

Majority of Polk County Inmates Receiving Mental Health Services

The county offers a crisis call line through Northwest Connections, which is a third-party organization the county’s mental health unit contracts with to handle the county’s crisis call work. This allows the county 24/7, 365-day coverage for crisis calls and is used in the jail.