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."

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.

Reentry Essentials: Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults

June 18, 2018

Policymakers, practitioners, and advocates alike recognize that improving the juvenile justice system requires more than incarcerating fewer youth. What constitutes success is ensuring that, whenever possible, youth receive supervision and services that support them to avoid further contact with the justice system and transition safely to adulthood.

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: Effectively Engaging the Community in Juvenile Record Clearance

August 7, 2018

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 22
Time: 2–3 p.m. ET

Apply Now: 2018–19 Beyond the Bars Fellowship

July 24, 2018

Applications are due August 24.

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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Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers

August 7, 2018

This brief outlines the role that corrections, probation, and parole officers can play in informing victims of the supports to which they are entitled and how they can pursue restitution, compensation, or other means of financial support.

Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff to Reduce Recidivism

July 19, 2018

This brief provides guidance for correctional agency leaders to strengthen recidivism-reduction initiatives through organizational culture change

2018 Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-Up Period (2005-2014)

June 19, 2018

This report examines the post-release recidivism patterns of formerly incarcerated people and their involvement in criminal activity over a 9 year period.

Modern Justice: Using Data to Reinvent America’s Crisis Response Systems

June 14, 2018

This publication examines how public safety personnel, health professionals, and service providers can contribute to solving the problem of Frequent Utilizers—those who cycle in and out of jails, hospitals, shelters, and other social service programs at a startlingly high rate.

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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.

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

July 17, 2018

This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment.

Opioid Addiction Screening and Assessment for People in the Criminal Justice System

July 10, 2018

This webinar focusses on best practices for screening and assessment of people in the criminal justice system who have opioid addictions.

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