DOC Deputy Secretary for Reentry Kelly Evans said research shows that quality early childhood education, especially for high-risk children, is one of the best ways to break the cycle of recidivism.
As the bipartisan movement to improve our criminal justice system continues its push across the country—and presidential candidates discuss the best ways to lower incarceration rates—reforming probation and parole presents an opportunity that should top the list.
A collaborative effort of Beaver County United and Deliverance Temple Ministries ROOTS Inc., both based in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, reintegrates former prisoners into society by providing help with housing, jobs, and drug and alcohol recovery, along with a duffel bag full of personal care items and informational resources.
Through HOPE for Prisoners, both High Desert State Prison and Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center offer course work through the College of Southern Nevada. By the end of the program, inmates have six credits worth of CSN classes to apply toward a degree after their release.
Wisconsin is one of 13 states where more than one in three people in prison are there for a supervision violation, The Council of State Governments Justice Center found.
The program, which is in development and may be ready to implement in about six months, was presented by Kate McEvoy, director of the Division of Health Services at the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and Christi Staples, New England Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Summit County officials are hopeful that recent changes at the Summit County Detention Facility will help to reduce rates of recidivism among incarcerated individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart said he is entirely behind the Chambers County Commission’s efforts to treat mental health needs inside the county jail.
Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law expands criminal record sealing to more types of offenses. Starting June 27, an automated computer process will begin wiping cases from public databases.
Pathways has an 85% housing retention rate, which means that percentage of those served retained housing for more than five years.
Megan Quattlebaum, director of The Council of State Governments Justice Center, said that “many states have made recidivism reduction a public safety priority, but the harsh reality is that supervision fails nearly as often as it succeeds.”
The Pitt County department has a jail “navigator” who helps place people into safe housing and reconnect them to benefits upon their release. The sheriff’s office is also preparing to launch a new treatment program for drug users housed in the jail.
In June, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 236, a Justice Reinvestment bill that aims to rebalance the use of criminal justice resources and invest in strategies that reduce recidivism, support law enforcement, and expand access to behavioral health services. The legislation will avert an estimated 63 percent of projected growth in the prison population over the next decade, saving taxpayers $543 million.
The Miami County Jail kicked off their involvement in the Stepping Up Initiative—a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails—on June 19, joining over 45 other Ohio counties.
About 4 to 5% of Americans are seriously mentally ill, compared with as many as 18% of those in jails, according to Risë Haneberg, who leads the Stepping Up initiative on behalf of The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
“Probation and parole are meant to help people avoid both crime and incarceration and live successful lives in their communities,” said Megan Quattlebaum, who directs the CSG Justice Center.
A groundbreaking report from The Council of State Governments Justice Center reveals nearly 1 in 4 people on any given day are incarcerated in state prison for violating probation or parole, costing states more than $9.3 billion a year.
Its crisis response team now has a licensed clinical social worker responding to calls for service along with officers. It’s part of their new Mental Health Co-Responder pilot program.
With only months remaining on a 10-year sentence for drug trafficking, 38-year-old Justin Mack says he wants something big to come out of his time behind bars.
Knowing many of the teens have been sitting in jail cells and thinking for hours about what landed them there, Bettina Graf—restorative practices lead for the San Mateo County Office of Education—focuses on helping them separate their actions from their identities before they begin classes in the county’s court and community schools.