Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

August 20, 2018

The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.

WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Meets Face to Face with Client at Newly Opened Crisis Stabilization Unit

August 13, 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas became the latest elected official to participate in Face to Face (#MeetFacetoFace), an initiative that encourages policymakers to connect with people closest to the correctional system.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

July 5, 2018

Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. "I don't want to go back to that,” Davis said. “But I need to work, to make a living."

Iowa’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

June 28, 2018

Following four principles of corrections system improvement—organizational development, use of risk and needs assessments, quality improvement, and data collection and management—states like Iowa participate in SRR in an effort to reduce the likelihood of recidivism for every person under correctional supervision.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Visit the Funding and Training Opportunities page to see a list of open solicitations, including those for Second Chance Act (SCA) and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grants. SCA funding supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. JMHCP funding helps states, local government, and tribal organizations improve their responses to people with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system.

Funding & Announcements

Register for Webinar: SOAR—A Reentry Tool for Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System

October 3, 2018

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 3–4:40 p.m. ET

Apply Now: Soros Justice Fellowships

October 1, 2018

Applications are due by Monday, October 22.

Tribal Probation Academy Training

August 24, 2018

Dates: October 15–19, November 12–16, and December 10–14
Location: Reno, Nevada

New Online Resource Highlights Practical Ways to Implement and Volunteer in CoSA Models

April 30, 2018

This online resource provides volunteers, agencies, and other practitioners working to integrate CoSA models in their communities with the strategies, tools, and resources needed to implement the relevant practices supported by research.

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The Importance of the Company You Keep: The Effectiveness of Social Support Interventions for Prisoners

October 10, 2018

This report examines how the historical model of cutting people in prison off from the rest of society as a a means of punishment is less effective at lowering the risk of recidivism than the use of social support interventions.

Repairing the Road to Redemption in California

September 28, 2018

Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) convened a group of leading experts to develop a first-of-its-kind study on the impact of collateral consequences and the opportunity to advance solutions that will eliminate barriers to success and offer real second chances to millions of Californians.

Probation and Parole Systems Marked by High Stakes, Missed Opportunities

September 26, 2018

This issue brief identifies the most pressing problems and some promising solutions to issues surrounding probation and parole.

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Technology and Criminal Record Clearance

September 5, 2018

This webinar explores how technology has influenced criminal record clearance processes and improved service delivery around the country.

Effectively Engaging the Community in Juvenile Record Clearance

August 22, 2018

The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.

Addressing Barriers to Occupational Licensing for People Who Have Criminal Records

August 9, 2018

This webinar discusses some of the barriers to occupational licensing that people who have criminal records face, and presenters share best practices and policy options for policymakers to help address these barriers.

Best Practices for Successful Reentry for People with an Opioid Addiction

July 26, 2018

This webinar includes information on planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment, cognitive interventions, and community supervision practices as well as community resources such as housing and recovery support services.

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