Kicking off the country’s first-ever National #ReentryWeek, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch invited states to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice in helping people returning home from federal prisons to “turn the page” on their criminal justice involvement. In letters to all 50 governors, Lynch urged state governments to work with the DOJ to enable people leaving federal prisons to use their Bureau of Prisons inmate ID card and official release documentation to secure state-issued IDs.
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.
On April 4, the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued “Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records,” which states that the broad exclusion of people with criminal records in the sale or rental of housing or other real estate transactions may be in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
From Prison to Prosperity, a new program offered by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, seeks to curb recidivism and improve reentry outcomes among young adults by prioritizing employment and financial literacy programming.
Representatives from correctional systems in 12 states came to Washington, DC, in early March to set strategies for and share experiences around reducing recidivism in their states and across the country.
From watching his son struggle with bi-polar disorder, to witnessing the treatment of the 1,200 individuals with mental disorders in a Miami-Dade County jail, journalist and author Pete Earley’s experiences have coalesced into a common theme concerning mental health and the criminal justice system.
This initiative supports statewide juvenile justice reform efforts to reduce reoffending, improve outcomes for youth, and reduce racial and ethnic disparities.
The program is designed to provide school and district staff, court professionals, juvenile justice, law enforcement, child welfare and other child serving leaders with the knowledge and understanding necessary to address the educational and related needs of children known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center will explain the Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation and how state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments can apply for funding.
In this webinar, presenters review the latest findings on the relationship between improved housing stability and reduced recidivism for registered sex offenders; share stories from two communities that have found effective solutions to housing registered sex offenders; and discuss the numerous barriers to developing housing options for registered sex offenders and strategies for overcoming them.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and its application process.
This webinar was presented to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees discussed strategies for developing information sharing collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems.
This resource guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides reentry information for behavioral health providers, criminal justice practitioners, people returning home from incarceration, and state and local policymakers.
The Federal Interagency Reentry Council was recognized in a 2014 GAO report as one of four model interagency collaborations, and the council’s collective work at the federal level–detailed in this fact sheet–has set a positive example for many states, several of which have started similar councils.
This report from the White House Council of Economic Advisors examines the historical growth in criminal justice enforcement and incarceration, along with its causes. The report also presents a framework for evaluating criminal justice policy, weighing its crime reducing benefits against its direct government costs and indirect costs for individuals, families, and communities.
The new Medicaid guidance updates decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution. It also extends coverage to Medicaid-eligible individuals living in community halfway houses where they have freedom of movement, improving access to care for as many as 96,000 individuals in Medicaid expansion states over the course of the year.
The Obama administration, with the help of some prominent conservatives, is mounting a full-court press this week to push the case to rework the nation’s criminal justice system. The argument: too many people are in prison at great economic and human cost to the United States.
If America does not embrace a Second Chance culture, we miss the opportunity to reduce victimization, save precious public safety resources, and, most importantly, capitalize on the potential of people who have paid their debt to society and now want to contribute to their communities.
About two-thirds of those incarcerated in state prisons are arrested for a new crime within three years, and about three fourths are arrested within five years, according to a 2014 Department of Justice study of prisoners in 30 states. These high recidivism rates are what prompted the Justice Department to declare the country’s first National Reentry Week, which calls attention to programs aimed at helping former inmates return to their communities.
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary Today, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will highlight how communities are coming together to make education tuition-free for hard-working students. This announcement celebrates the 27 new free community college programs that […]