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Recent Posts

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

In 2011, Georgia resident Jennifer DeWeese knew very little about the juvenile justice system in her state. She had never heard of a Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), nor did she have reason to believe that she would one day end up being an influential voice of personal experience in Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. But then her teenage son stole their neighbor’s car and served more than a month in an RYDC.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

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.

Announcements

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

#SchoolsNotPrisons Tour Travels California

Throughout California this summer and fall, the #SchoolsNotPrisons tour is combining arts and community engagement to raise awareness around criminal justice, school discipline reform, and public safety issues.

Webinars

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

This webinar discusses the challenge of keeping participants engaged in fatherhood reentry programs after they have been released from incarceration and examines some techniques and strategies that have been employed by different programs.

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees and features speakers from three different grant programs that are utilizing MAT in jail and community-based settings for people involved in the justice system.

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

In this webinar, participants learn about current data and trends on youth and young adult homelessness; how homelessness intersects with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and lessons learned and promising strategies to connect youth and young adults in contact with the justice system to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

In this webinar, presenters cover basic facts about homelessness, and how homelessness intersects with the criminal justice system; discuss potential solutions to homelessness, and how homeless services and access to temporary and supportive housing are delivered through local Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Continuums of Care; and discuss how reentry service providers can work better with their local CoCs, and how to better serve people experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness.

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

In this webinar, Erik Vecere, vice president of program support for the National Fatherhood Initiative, discusses common implementation challenges that occur with family-focused approaches to reentry. And Ron Tijerina, co-executive director of The Ridge Project, a Second Chance Act Young Fathers mentoring grantee, discusses how their program has addressed some of these challenges.

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act (SCA) Smart Reentry Solicitation and how state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments can apply for funding.

Publications

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

This report, a compilation of a national survey of state parole boards and the U.S. Parole Commission, is a resource for parole and correctional authorities, policymakers, and other criminal justice system stakeholders who are interested in seeing how parole boards across the country compare with one another

National Reentry Week: After Action Report

National Reentry Week: After Action Report

This report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) highlights the over 550 events that were held during the inaugural National Reentry Week and that were designed to improve reentry outcomes and raise awareness of the importance of successful reentry.

National Survey of Prison Health Care: Selected Findings

National Survey of Prison Health Care: Selected Findings

This report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics presents selected findings on the provision of health care services in U.S. state prisons based on a survey of state departments of corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Recent headlines

There Are More Women in U.S. Jails Than Ever Before

Since 1970, the female jail population has increased 14 times, surging from under 8,000 to nearly 110,000, according to a report released Wednesday from the Vera Institute of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.

Women in Jail Are Fastest Growing Segment of America’s Incarcerated Population

While jails have been rightly recognized as a driver of mass incarceration, Swavola said, women are often left out of the national conversation because they comprise only a small percentage of the incarcerated population as a whole. But women’s pathways to incarceration are different than their male counterparts, she explained, and deserve to be investigated closely.

The Elusiveness of an Official ID after Prison

A flat piece of plastic can mean so much to a former inmate. It can mean stable housing, a better job, access to social services, educational opportunities, and more.

Improved Expungement Laws, More Funding Needed Moving Forward

Over the past few years, West Virginia officials have created a number of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic and to provide addiction treatment options, such as the Justice Reinvestment Act and Help-4-WV. But according to state leaders many additional measures must be taken, such as improved expungement laws for nonviolent felons, acceptance of medication-assisted treatment programs and increased funding for treatment centers.

Start Early for Real Criminal Justice Reform

Impoverishment aligns itself with violence, crime, drug abuse, dysfunctional families, loss and hopelessness, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told a room full of attendees wrapping up breakfast at the National Forum on Criminal Justice at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel Monday morning.