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Recent Posts

Spotlight on Young Adults: Emerging Approaches to a Population in Flux

Spotlight on Young Adults: Emerging Approaches to a Population in Flux

In 2012, young adults accounted for 10 percent of the U.S. population but nearly 30 percent of people arrested and 21 percent of all admissions to adult state and federal prisons. In response to criminal justice data trends and developmental research, states are exploring various approaches to better support young adults in the justice system.

U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Within the wide range of initiatives the omnibus bill supports are several significant criminal justice reform measures related to the issue of mental health, including the enactment of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act and the reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

The conference, which was hosted by United States attorneys of the six New England Districts—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine— uplifted the region’s approach to reentry efforts. Rather than focusing on individual locales, service providers, policymakers, and correctional agencies throughout New England collaborate to ensure a unified approach.

John Jay Conference Shines Light on Lack of Data on Latino/as in the Justice System

John Jay Conference Shines Light on Lack of Data on Latino/as in the Justice System

Latina/os represented 21.6 percent of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons in 2013, although they made up less than 17 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, a newly published compilation of essays and other entries about the Latina/o experience in the justice system.

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the country. For Workforce Connections Inc., an organization that serves people returning to their communities from incarceration in western Wisconsin, these problems were heightened by the rural and semi-rural environments from which the organization draws both participants and volunteers.

Announcements

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards, which recognize media that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

Webinars

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

Planning for Sustainability: Supporting Community Based Reentry Programs

This webinar discusses strategies and recommendations for sustaining reentry programs initiated by community-based organizations. With a particular focus on programs that incorporate mentors, presenters discuss how to consider sustainability throughout the program-development process beginning in the planning phase. Topics include leveraging multiple funding streams from public and private sources, asset mapping, and how to build an agency’s profile in the field and community.

Circles of Support and Accountability: An Innovative Approach to the Management of Sex Offenders

Circles of Support and Accountability: An Innovative Approach to the Management of Sex Offenders

In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the CoSA model and describe what implementation looks like across the country; review Vermont’s CoSA model, which has seen effective results in community reintegration and recidivism reduction; and, discuss how evidence-based programming can help improve outcomes and better integrate people with sexual offense convictions into broader reentry strategies

2016 Second Chance Act Adult Grantee Orientation

This webinar is for all 2016 Second Chance Act grantees that serve adults. During the webinar, National Reentry Resource Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees and Bureau of Justice Assistance staff provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.

Publications

Reentry MythBuster: On Repaying Federal Student Loans While Incarcerated

Reentry MythBuster: On Repaying Federal Student Loans While Incarcerated

Myth: It is not possible for incarcerated individuals to get out of default or avoid defaulting on their federal student loans.
Fact: If an incarcerated individual is not in default on their federal student loans they could be eligible for one of the income-driven repayment plans.

Recent headlines

Out of Prison, Uncovered

Nationwide, 16 state prison systems have no formal procedure to enroll prisoners in Medicaid as they reenter the community, according to a survey by The Marshall Project. Nine states have only small programs in select facilities or for limited groups of prisoners, like those with disabilities. These 25 states collectively release some 375,000 inmates each year.

Helping Ex-Inmates Stay out of the ER Brings Multiple Benefits

In a randomized control trial looking at 200 recently released prisoners in San Francisco, it was found that bringing that population to see doctors significantly reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. That lessens the strain on emergency departments, and the cost burden that emergency treatment puts on the health care system.

Nevada Task Force Considers Improvements to Juvenile Justice System

Judges, lawmakers, youth advocates and juvenile probation officials from across the state have formed a task force to look at ways to improve the juvenile justice system. After studying trends in juvenile arrests throughout Nevada, experts released recommendations to help prevent teens from breaking the law again.

Report: Nevada Spends $95 Million Supervising Juvenile Offenders

Nevada spends almost $95 million a year supervising juvenile offenders, but there is no way to tell if the money is being used wisely, a national organization says. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said about half of the youths on probation or parole reoffend in one to two years in Clark and Washoe counties.

Task Force Begins Weighing Overhaul of Nevada’s Juvenile Justice System

Governor Brian Sandoval established a task force in July to thoroughly review Nevada’s juvenile system and propose changes, and has indicated that overhauling the state’s approach to criminal justice for youths and adults will be on his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

Declaring Addiction a Health Crisis Could Change Criminal Justice

For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. surgeon general has declared substance abuse a public-health crisis. This new approach—if it were to become widespread—could profoundly impact the criminal-justice system, where addicts often end up.

Obama Grants 79 Prison Sentence Commutations

The prisoners are mainly non-violent drug offenders, a group the White House had hoped to reach through criminal justice reform bills that have stalled in Congress.