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Recent Posts

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Stembridge

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Stembridge

“The connections through Pathfinders [are] really what made the difference for me,” Steimbridge said. On top of the short-term housing assistance she received, she also credits Pathfinders’ individualized mentoring support with helping her stay on track in recovery.

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes

A 55-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Ronald Forbes is on the brink of expanding his Oakland, California-based catering company in partnership with his sister, Catherine. Soon, he’ll move the business to a commercial space, but for now he’s practicing his recipes for barbecue chicken, ribs, and his mom’s potato salad at home.

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

Staff and a program participant of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry (MTRR) Program in Franklin County, TN, a 2015 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantee, recently offered insights to fellow grantees as part of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) training event Engaging Local Employers in Promising Practices for Hiring People Who Have Criminal Records.

Announcements

Apply Now: Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative

Apply Now: Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative

The initiative will provide technical assistance for public housing authorities that, in collaboration with justice system partners, are seeking to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their admissions policies regarding people with conviction histories.

Beyond the Bars Conference

Beyond the Bars Conference

The event will focus on elevating the efforts led by grassroots organizers that include formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people.

Webinars

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

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.

2017 Second Chance Act Orientation for Community-Based Adult Reentry Grantees

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.

Publications

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

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.

Jails: Inadvertent Health Care Providers

Jails: Inadvertent Health Care Providers

This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts explores how jails administer their health care programs and whether these programs further county public health and safety goals.

Recent headlines

Prison Parenting Program Helps Connect Families

The parenting program provides services for women in the months leading up to and following the birth of their child. It includes both pre- and post-natal support groups as well as mental and emotional support from staff members.

New Program Provides Drug Treatment, Job Training for Youth

Daybreak’s new facility houses employment services and the Lindy & Company gourmet pet treats bakery, which is staffed and operated by homeless young people. In the lower level, YouthBuild has a lab to teach young people the building trades.

Programs Aim to Prepare Inmates for Jobs Prior to Release

The Second Chance Job Fair was held at Job Service’s Bismarck office and included employers who indicated they were willing to consider hiring those with felony convictions. For the first time, Heberholz arranged for a handful of inmates at the North Dakota State Penitentiary to attend.

Incarceration and Mental Illness

Aided by a national initiative aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and local providers have partnered to provide additional services to inmates with mental illnesses.

Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

There has been a policy shift towards probation as the preferred disposition in non-violent criminal cases. The move to provide defendants with several chances to succeed before sending them to prison has the support of all levels of the local justice system, including the judiciary