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Recent Posts

HUD Publication Outlines Promising Reentry Housing Models

HUD Publication Outlines Promising Reentry Housing Models

It Starts With Housing is a new publication from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that encourages public housing authorities to collaborate with partners to “make second chances real for the men and women returning” from jail and prison.

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

Georgia Juvenile Justice Task Force Shows Commitment to Parental Engagement

In 2011, Georgia resident Jennifer DeWeese knew very little about the juvenile justice system in her state. She had never heard of a Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), nor did she have reason to believe that she would one day end up being an influential voice of personal experience in Georgia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. But then her teenage son stole their neighbor’s car and served more than a month in an RYDC.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Bias in Risk Assessment

If your agency is using a risk and needs assessment, you should take action to identify how the tool is performing and develop a plan to remediate any issues (e.g., scoring inconsistencies or low predictive accuracy) you may discover.

Announcements

Apply Now: Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice

Apply Now: Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice

The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice project funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, is convening various criminal justice agencies to work with research institutions across seven jurisdictions to analyze trends related to low-level offenses such as misdemeanors and summonses/citations. Applications are due October 15.

Webinars

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

Grant funding often provides seed money to help agencies launch new programs. However, once the grant has expended, finding additional funds to sustain a program can be challenging. This webinar discusses how other funding streams can be leveraged, and partnerships developed, to help sustain a program.

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

Keeping Fathers Engaged in Reentry Programs Post-Release

This webinar discusses the challenge of keeping participants engaged in fatherhood reentry programs after they have been released from incarceration and examines some techniques and strategies that have been employed by different programs.

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees and features speakers from three different grant programs that are utilizing MAT in jail and community-based settings for people involved in the justice system.

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

In this webinar, participants learn about current data and trends on youth and young adult homelessness; how homelessness intersects with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and lessons learned and promising strategies to connect youth and young adults in contact with the justice system to safe, stable, and affordable housing.

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

Homeless Services 101, What Reentry Service Providers Need to Know

In this webinar, presenters cover basic facts about homelessness, and how homelessness intersects with the criminal justice system; discuss potential solutions to homelessness, and how homeless services and access to temporary and supportive housing are delivered through local Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Continuums of Care; and discuss how reentry service providers can work better with their local CoCs, and how to better serve people experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness.

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

Fatherhood and Reentry: Engaging Families in the Reentry Process

In this webinar, Erik Vecere, vice president of program support for the National Fatherhood Initiative, discusses common implementation challenges that occur with family-focused approaches to reentry. And Ron Tijerina, co-executive director of The Ridge Project, a Second Chance Act Young Fathers mentoring grantee, discusses how their program has addressed some of these challenges.

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

Responding to the FY16 Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Solicitation

In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act (SCA) Smart Reentry Solicitation and how state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments can apply for funding.

Publications

Education and Interagency Collaboration: A Lifeline for Justice-Involved Youth

Education and Interagency Collaboration: A Lifeline for Justice-Involved Youth

This brief reviews research on education for youth involved in the system, details recent efforts to improve education outcomes for the population, and highlights a school-based transition program that focuses on bridging the education achievement gap for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in the state of Washington.

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

This report, a compilation of a national survey of state parole boards and the U.S. Parole Commission, is a resource for parole and correctional authorities, policymakers, and other criminal justice system stakeholders who are interested in seeing how parole boards across the country compare with one another

Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform

Overlooked: Women and Jails in an Era of Reform

This report offers a portrait of women in jail, explores how jail can deepen the societal disadvantages they face, and provides insight into what drives women’s incarceration and ways to reverse the trend.

National Reentry Week: After Action Report

National Reentry Week: After Action Report

This report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) highlights the over 550 events that were held during the inaugural National Reentry Week and that were designed to improve reentry outcomes and raise awareness of the importance of successful reentry.

Recent headlines

SUNY’s Wise Move on Admissions

Trustees of the 64-campus State University of New York did the right thing last week when they voted to remove the felony question from admissions applications.

U.S. House Committee Advances Bill to Support Youth Opportunity, Improve Juvenile Justice System

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently approved H.R. 5963, the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act. Introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), the bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to help state and local leaders better serve at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. The bill passed unanimously by voice vote.

Recovering Addicts in North Dakota Seek Peer Coaches

Seen by experts as an important piece in drug and mental health treatment, peer coaches are rare in North Dakota, where there is no common certification process. But new funding sources and a growing interest in making them more available could bring them to cities around the state, potentially adding manpower to a thin treatment workforce.