The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
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Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
At Detroit Central City Community Mental Health in Wayne County, Michigan, clients used to arrive to see their clinicians or a doctor. Now, more frequently, they come to see their mentor.
The RIDGE Project is today divided into an adult division, a workforce development division, and a youth division. The adult programming begins inside the prison; fathers whose children are younger than 22 and who are within six months from release are eligible.
After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.
This webinar will explore how school-based mentors can increase academic performance and youth development outcomes through the use of early warning indicators related to absenteeism, behavior, and coursework.
This webinar will explore training opportunities and internship strategies for disconnected youth and young adults. It will also discuss how the federal government is supporting local efforts, and will conclude with a policy discussion on the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.
The American Jail Association (AJA) is now accepting nominations for 35 of the best corrections professionals who work in jails under the age 35, as part of its 35th Anniversary celebration.
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.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process. These grants will provide up to $750,000 to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes for a 36-month project period. The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of individuals through technology-based career training.
During this webinar, experts provide an overview of an easy-to-use toolkit designed to help organizations improve the financial literacy of clients who are identified as low-income or vulnerable, including those who are returning to the community from incarceration.
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
This webinar shares approaches for building positive relationships between mentors and participants, including the importance of communication skills, problem-solving strategies, and conflict management tools.
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.
Federal social assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP, and federal housing assistance programs, have an restrictions on eligibility based on drug felonies and other criminal records. This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview and discussion of these restrictions and their impact. In addition, it also discusses the use of drug testing in federal assistance programs.
Modeled after drug courts, Driving While Impaired (DWI) courts are effective with reducing general and DWI recidivism by an average of more than 12 percent, according to report by the National Center for DWI Courts.
Informed by research and experience working in corrections, the authors of this report argue that unwinding mass incarceration requires more than stopping current practices or reversing course by mass commutations and early release programs—it requires a new infrastructure of coordinated community-based facilities and services.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, particularly those involved in the juvenile justice system, are at heightened risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. This guide from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, designed to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in the system, covers a wide range of policies and practice.
Shifting Gears, an effort launched in 2007 by the Joyce Foundation in several Midwest states has helped adults with low-level work skills gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials to advance and succeed in the 21st century economy. This report from the Foundation highlights the initiative in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, where these strategies were tested and it summarizes results from the program’s evaluation.
In tackling tough issues, to include victim’s rights, DNA expungement when found innocent of a crime, voting rights restoration, banning the box on applications asking about criminal records, and the formation of an independent pardon council, I have drafted legislation seeking to address these areas.
The Justice Department recently announced that it will award grants totaling $53 million to 45 jurisdictions, to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement. The Second Chance Act programs, administered through the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention support state, local and tribal community organizations in their efforts to reduce recidivism, provide reentry services and support research programs.
Officers in Multnomah County, Ore., don’t want their parolees to think of their “POs” as adversaries. Officer Andrew Skidmore sees himself as a mentor and role model.
A new criminal justice bill was unveiled in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the latest sign of momentum for a bipartisan cause that backers hope will produce reforms by the end of the year.
The Justice Department announced today that it was awarding grants of more than $41 million to increase the effectiveness of adult, family and juvenile drug courts across the country.
The congressional push to overhaul the criminal justice system took a major step forward recently with the introduction of Senate legislation that has the backing of key leaders in both parties. With broad backing, a bipartisan coalition unveiled a major proposal to cut mandatory minimum sentences and bolster prisoner reentry programs.
A new bill, AB 1056 from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, aimed at reducing the rate of released inmates committing new crimes was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law will provide funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist ex-inmates with housing, behavioral health care, drug treatment and other services.
Research in neurobiology and developmental psychology has shown that the brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid-20s, far later than was previously thought. Despite this knowledge, across many state criminal justice systems in U.S., young adults are treated as fully mature adults at age 18.
A recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system.
Alabama and Texas are the latest states to lift restrictions on food stamps for drug offenders, part of a growing number of states opting out of a ban enacted by Congress in 1996.