While out of jail pending trial, the vast majority of people who were diverted from county detention facilities under a pilot program in Montana have made all their court appointments and remained law-abiding, according to preliminary statistics.
The Vera Institute of Justice and the MILPA Collective announced recently an expansion of Restoring Promise, a program that aims to shine a light on our nation’s jails and prisons and change them for the better.
Nationally, Missouri ranks eighth highest in prison population, according to 2018 Prison Policy Initiative data. Among Missouri state prisons, local jails, juvenile centers, involuntary commitment and federal prisons, over 51,000 people filled the facilities in 2018.
The Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center allows people with mental illness who commit non-violent offenses to skip jail. They are offered space in the 28-bed diversion center, counseling, and case workers to prevent the person arrested from cycling in and out of jail.
I imagine the vulnerable strangers who I will meet in church basements. Over the years I have built some powerful relationships with colleagues—writers, editors, producers—but if I don’t prioritize relationships in recovery when I get out, those other relationships won’t matter in the end.
A new study published in the journal BMC Public Health reports that children who were physically or sexually abused, neglected or otherwise treated badly, are at higher risk of showing delinquent behavior or offending the law, as they grow into their teens and later into young adults.
Each person coming in to the jail is screened for drug use and withdrawal symptoms. They’re asked if they’ve been prescribed medication and if they want it. About half say they’re addicted to heroin.
It took five years of effort in federal court, but my organization, The Fortune Society just won a precedent-setting settlement of a landmark civil rights case that shows how advocacy groups can bring lawsuits against private landlords who impose blanket bans on renting apartments to people with criminal records.
County officials representing urban counties at the 2019 Large Urban County Caucus Symposium in Miami-Dade County in Florida toured a new facility that will offer a full continuum of care for justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses.
Currently, Alabama’s recidivism rate is at 31%, which compares favorably to the national average of 34%. But Alabama can do better — and the central figure to keep in mind is that only 7% of inmates with a marketable job skill commit a second crime.
Judges, law enforcement officials and health agency representatives filled a room on Wednesday at the Hawaii State Supreme Court for the inaugural Hawaii Summit on Improving the Governmental Response to Community Mental Illness.
A coalition of criminal justice groups issued a statement today voicing opposition to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recent proposal to amend its so-called “disparate impact” rule under the Fair Housing Act. The disparate impact rule permitted people to bring legal claims against housing policies and practices that, while not motivated by discriminatory intent, predictably harmed protected groups, including people of color.
About 18 month ago, the state launched its participation in the federal Justice Reinvestment Initiative. This was an ambitious two-year effort with the goal of controlling state spending on corrections and reinvesting the money saved into alternative programs.
Jessica Hinojosa thinks she could prove that she’d be a trustworthy tenant if a landlord would consider how she’s changed since prison. But her rental applications never get that far.
There are more than 30 participants in Community Action of Greater Indianapolis’ We CANN program, which works with young men from some of Indianapolis’ highest-crime areas.
Nature spoke to three US researchers who went from prison to PhD programs to senior posts in academia, and who now aim to help others to find their academic footing.
The reentry simulation was intended to show participants stumbling blocks for reentrants and to spark conversation about ways to fix some of those, said Sara Gray, executive assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska.
For too many women who survive abuse and violence, particularly women of color and women living in poverty, the support and the care needed to cope with and heal from pain and trauma is simply not available in prisons or jails.
A new reentry program called Project Blue is a first-of-its-kind partnership to help formerly incarcerated individuals in Erie County transition back into society.
A legislatively mandated commission on Tuesday recommended that New Jersey take 100 steps to improve re-entry services for those released from prison, from improving health care and addiction treatment to creating more opportunities for training and employment.