Following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s backing of legislation to provide greater sentencing flexibility for certain low-level drug offenders, President Barack Obama advocated for a fairer and more effective criminal justice system guided by data and evidence-based approaches.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) have named a senior policy fellow to provide support to California policymakers interested in learning more about “what works” in reentry as well as promising approaches from around the country on specific issues.
“The timing of the pope’s visit puts the spotlight on the crucial area of reentry as a way of conveying that these people are down, they’re looking for a second chance at life, and we have an opportunity to help them make the most of it, and make our communities safer as a result,” Arn Quakkelaar, executive director of Milwaukee-based nonprofit Brothers and Sisters in Christ Serving.
The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
This webinar will review a best practices statement developed by the National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody. The webinar will outline the core principles and recommendations made in the statement, and also provides an update on the current status of laws, policies, and practices to assure that pregnant women are not restrained.
The Urban Institute, in partnership with Manatt Health is now accepting applications from state and local jurisdictions interested in serving as learning partners for the Connecting Criminal Justice to Health Care (CCJH) Initiative. This initiative is an action-oriented, practical project at the intersection of broad national debates about mass incarceration, the opiate epidemic, and the crisis in America’s mental health system.
This webinar will share highlights from a first-of-its kind report, “Locked Out: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth,” on the accessibility and accountability of educational and vocational services for incarcerated youth.
During this webinar, FY2015 Smart Supervision Grantees receive information about the grant program including expectations around and available support for grant activities, as well as evaluation requirements.
During this webinar, FY2015 Technology-Based Career Training Grantees received information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.
During this webinar BJA staff provide an overview of the Second Chance Act, requirements of the adult demonstration program grant, and grant management, and NRRC staff provide an overview of training, technical assistance, research, tools, and the Planning & Implementation (P&I) Guide.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice contains recommendations on how community health providers and police can work together to promote access to health services for marginalized populations with criminal justice system.
This toolkit from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is designed to integrate the consideration on racial equity into polices, practices, and budget decisions.
This is an updated public housing arrests guide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Written for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), it outlines that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance or evicting tenants; and reiterates that HUD does not require PHAs and owners to adopt “One Strike” policies.
Even after a felon pays his or her debt to society, the costs—in lost productivity and potential—continue to add up.
As US lawmakers grapple with reform to mass incarceration, they are also facing the challenge of improving the integration of former inmates, whose records become a barrier to entry in housing and employment, and who are often unprepared for the challenge of transitioning to life outside of prison.
People who want to work for Dallas County and have a criminal record will now have a much easier time getting a foot in the door. The county will no longer ask questions about applicants’ criminal backgrounds on initial job applications.
Holding up San Antonio as an example, a report by a justice system policy group recommends that law enforcement agencies change their practices regarding mental illness, sex workers and addiction without waiting for legislative action.
When juvenile justice leaders gathered in Texas earlier this month, policymakers from the Council of State Governments greeted them with some good news and some troubling news.