This paper from the Community Corrections Collaborative Network seeks to identify and dispel three specific myths regarding the use of risk and need assessments within the criminal justice system.
Myth: Individuals cannot obtain a copy of or challenge an Identity History Summary, often referred to as a criminal history record or “rap sheet.”
Fact: The FBI is authorized to issue copies of FBI Identification Records to subjects of the records upon request.
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.
This brief from the American Probation and Parole Association and the Council of State Governments addresses the misperceptions around information sharing between health service providers and criminal justice agencies.
MYTH: Transfer of individual student education information from local school systems to juvenile justice agencies is prohibited by FERPA.
FACT: FERPA allows educational institutions and agencies to disclose student’s education records, without parental consent, as long as certain conditions are met.
The Reentry MythBuster Series from the Federal Interagency Reentry Council is intended to clarify federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. To view a PDF of the MythBusters in this series, click here.
MYTH: When police arrest parents, they must call child protective services to make decisions about the children’s placement.
FACT: At the time of their arrest, parents can make decisions regarding placement of their children.
MYTH: Incarcerated individuals cannot get a replacement Social Security card unless they have a current drivers’ license or United States passport.
FACT: The Social Security Administration can issue a replacement card for many inmates nearing release even if they do not have a current drivers’ license or U.S. passport.
MYTH: Child welfare agencies do not need to plan family reunification for children in foster care if they have incarcerated parents.
FACT: Child welfare agencies should make efforts to involve parents in planning for children in foster care, even if the parents are incarcerated.
MYTH: When parents are incarcerated, their children lose eligibility for Medicaid.
FACT: Many children remain eligible or gain eligibility for Medicaid coverage while their parents are incarcerated.
MYTH: Families of persons convicted of crime and incarcerated for more than 30 continuous days can no longer receive a portion of their social security payments.
FACT: If the family was eligible to receive a portion of the social security benefits prior to the conviction and incarceration, they should continue to receive the benefits.
MYTH: Noncustodial parents who lose their drivers’ licenses for nonpayment of child support cannot have them reinstated.
FACT: While federal law requires that state child support programs have mechanisms to suspend licenses, states have the flexibility to allow reinstatement or issue provisional licenses for employment
MYTH: If parents become ineligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, their children also lose eligibility. FACT: Children may be eligible for SNAP assistance even if their parents are not. To view a PDF of this MythBuster, click here.
MYTH: If parents become ineligible for TANF assistance due to a felony drug conviction, their children also lose TANF assistance. FACT: Children may be eligible for TANF assistance even if they live with ineligible parents. To view a PDF of this MythBuster, […]
MYTH: Medicaid agencies are required to terminate eligibility if a Medicaid beneficiary is incarcerated. FACT: Incarceration in and of itself does not impact Medicaid eligibility. States may suspend coverage during incarceration, enabling an individual to remain enrolled in the state Medicaid program, […]
Reentry Council Mythbuster Student Financial Aid
The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes standards for the protection and disclosure of health information. HIPAA rules do not apply to courts, court personnel, accrediting agencies, and law enforcement officials. There are special rules for correctional facilities.
This report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Officer Safety and Wellness describes a variety of suicide prevention and awareness training programs for law enforcement officers, including peer counseling, mentoring, employee assistance, and the use of staff psychologists.
This new online portal from the Addiction Policy Forum is designed to help individuals and families struggling with addiction find comprehensive information and resources.
This report from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) provides key insights and next steps from CLASP’s 2017 convening, which addressed the need for a multi-generational, multi-racial, youth-centered dialogue around policy change.