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.
The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. To learn more, click here.
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.
The Connection Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, was one of five organizations in the country to receive the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from the National Criminal Justice Association.
Individual panelists offered differing perspectives on what work needs to be done to reduce recidivism, but the group agreed that there are a number of straightforward, nonpartisan measures that state and local governments can adopt in order to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
“These grants are an important step in fulfilling our promise as a land of second chances by moving beyond locking people up and instead working together to unlock their potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
The McCourt School of Public Policy’s LEAD Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and discuss potential solutions.
The Second Chance Summit is an opportunity for business, nonprofit and government leaders to explore opportunities and resources for employing people with criminal backgrounds.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that $53 million in grants will be awarded to 45 jurisdictions under the Second Chance Act program in FY 2015. Including this year’s cohort of grantees, more than 700 SCA grants have been awarded to agencies and organizations in 49 states since 2008.
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.
This webinar discusses how data can be used to help identify racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, determine the best course of action to address disparities, and track progress toward reduction goals.
During the webinar, BJA staff provide an overview of the Second Chance Act, requirements of the co-occurring disorders grant program, and grant management, and NRRC staff provide an overview of the training, technical assistance, research, tools, and Planning & Implementation (P&I) Guide related to the grant.
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 publication series contains policy briefs on several Medicaid-related policies that each state may consider implementing to help bolster criminal justice reform.
This brief from the Vera Institute of Justice examines how tribal communities and the state of South Dakota are working together to provide effective supervision to Native Americans who are on parole.
The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to pass the Fair Chance Initiative, an ordinance that prohibits most employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.
The Washington, D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary unanimously voted to advance a bill that would prohibit landlords from asking about prior convictions before extending a housing offer.
The White House recently announced a series of Administration actions to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system including the final Office of Personnel Management “Ban the Box” Rule, Federal Bureau of Prison reforms, and the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report.
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.
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.