While many approaches were touted, governors urged the use of research-based strategies proven to be effective, including technical skill and workforce development programs as well as addiction and mental health treatment provided during incarceration.
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.
For the Record is produced by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse and features conversations between Rashawn Davis—a policy analyst at The CSG Justice Center—and people who are involved in the criminal record clearance field, including elected officials, lawyers, social workers, and people who have or have had a juvenile or criminal record (or individuals who are all four, or more).
The inaugural episode of For the Record features an interview with criminal justice reform advocate Khalil Cumberbatch, an associate vice president with the Fortune Society and someone who has an intimate knowledge of the series’ subject: he spent almost seven years in prison, and four years after that with a criminal record until he received a pardon in 2014.
The White House, joined by a bipartisan pair of governors, led a discussion with executives from large and small businesses on the challenges and benefits of hiring people who have criminal records.
When Dave’s Killer Bread managers find out an applicant has a record, they see it not as a deterrent, but as “an opportunity to have a candid conversation about that person’s past and what they’re looking for in the future.”
Top officials from every state contributed to the research effort that culminated in these workbooks, which were developed to provide a framework for discussions that took place at the 50-State Summit on Public Safety held in November 2017 in Washington, DC.
The program provides funding for probation and parole agencies to implement more effective practices to reduce recidivism, and for a training and technical assistance provider to assist in developing a model for probation agencies to partner with other justice agencies to further mutual public safety goals.
The program provides funding to effectively target and address significant and violent crime issues in neighborhoods with high rates of crime through collaborative cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood development goals.
In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.
The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses the program’s processes in three key areas: 1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; 2) staff training; and 3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.
This webinar highlights strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models from across the country that juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners may consider in adopting to effectively implement evidence-based programs and services and promote positive outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
During this webinar grantees received information about the grant program, including development of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and grant expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from OJJDP answered questions and discussed additional resources that are available to grantees.
This webinar highlights innovative practices around the country that are increasing access to critically needed record clearing services.
During this webinar, grantees receive information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) expectations. Technical assistance providers from the National Reentry Resource Center and representatives from BJA answer questions and discuss resources that are available to grantees.
During this webinar, presenters from the National Reentry Resource Center and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance reviewed expectations of the grant program, and provided an overview of the technical assistance opportunities available to grantees.
This interactive report from the Vera Institute of Justice identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.
This study from the Southern Poverty Law Center details how many jails and school districts across Florida—which prosecutes more children as adults than any other state—provide little to no education for children held in adult facilities.
This report from John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Research and Evaluation Center reviews a number of prominent frameworks that are available to help youth justice systems rely on positive outcomes rather than recidivism to measure their effectiveness.
This policy brief from the Sentencing Project describes key reforms from 2017 that were designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and lessen the impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction.
This policy brief provides state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities.
Among those selected through a Washington, D.C.-based research institute that analyzed jail and hospital data, 60 people now live at the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Sanderson Apartments, where natural light floods the hallways and outdoor gardens offer quiet space.
The Lycoming and Clinton Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Department has two mental health professionals who provide mental health first aid training to community members as well as a type of suicide prevention training called QPR, or Question Persuade Refer.
Doug Deason, a Dallas investor and GOP megadonor, hopes the study will yield a reentry model that will one day be scalable in red and blue states, urban and rural areas across America. Improving the lives of formerly incarcerated people, he said, should be a goal on which everyone can agree.
In order to provide an equal opportunity for formerly incarcerated youth to succeed, schools and the juvenile justice system should work together to ease a student’s transition back into school; specifically, a student’s home school should not be permitted to deny them the opportunity to reenroll.
President Trump recently launched, by executive order, the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. The president enacted the council with the aim of reducing crime while looking for ways to “provide those who have engaged in criminal activity with greater opportunities to lead productive lives.”
New York City is blessed with an array of community crime prevention programs, including dozens of youth development agencies and organizations implementing the Cure Violence model, originally developed in Chicago.
Paroled to Pride’s program has been around since 2007, and is proud to have an 85% success rate of graduates finding successful career paths.
All told, fewer than half of juvenile justice schools offer all the core courses students need to graduate, and more than 60 percent of the students who return to their communities drop out of school altogether.
If we believe education is a civil right that improves society and increases civic engagement, then the purpose of prison education shouldn’t be about training people to develop marketable skills for the global economy. Instead, learning gives us a different understanding of ourselves and the world around us, and it provides us tools to become more empathetic.
One option, California Senate Bill 215, would empower judges to place defendants who commit low-level offenses as a result of their mental illness in diversion programs for up to two years in lieu of prosecution.