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North Dakota Explores Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration and Behavioral Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

North Dakota Explores Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration and Behavioral Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

At a recent North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee meeting, CSG Justice Center staff highlighted recent decreases in prison admissions that resulted from alcohol and drug offenses and probation revocations. These declines seem to be the cause of a 6.5-percent drop in the state’s total prison population in FY2018, which exceeded expectations, and have reinforced the state’s efforts to increase behavioral health services for people in the criminal justice system.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

“I have the motivation to be in control of my own choices—for how I see my future and how I see my children’s future,” Darius Dennis said. “That’s what the program taught me. So it was absolutely the right thing for me at the right time.”

Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

Reentry Essentials: The Role of Corrections in Reentry

The primary function of correctional supervision was once seen as control and custody; however, corrections agencies have increasingly come to recognize that focusing on rehabilitation and planning for reentry are fundamental to their missions to increase public safety.

Announcements

Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit

The inaugural Palm Beach County Inspiring Change Reentry Summit will allow leaders who are committed to criminal justice system reform the opportunity to share best practices and identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions.

Webinars

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

Best and Promising Practices in Integrating Reentry and Employment Interventions

This webinar is based on lessons learned from integrating reentry and employment interventions to help people returning home after incarceration find and keep employment. The presentation is especially useful for corrections, reentry, and workforce development administrators and practitioners that are interested in maximizing scarce resources and improving recidivism and employment outcomes.

Publications

The High Cost of Recidivism

The High Cost of Recidivism

This publication from the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council examines data on recidivism in the state of Illinois, describing key findings and costs, how those costs accumulate over time, and how evidence-based policies and practices can help reduce recidivism.

Modernizing Parole Statutes: Guidance from Evidence-Based Practice

Modernizing Parole Statutes: Guidance from Evidence-Based Practice

This publication from the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is aimed at states and paroling authorities that are interested in updating their parole statutes. The paper provides an array of recommendations focused on three main areas: the parole decision-making process, post-release supervision conditions, and the administration of the paroling authority.

The Changing State of Recidivism: Fewer People Going Back to Prison

The Changing State of Recidivism: Fewer People Going Back to Prison

This study from The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzes data showing that the share of people who return to state prison three years after being released—the most common measure of recidivism—dropped by nearly a quarter over a recent seven-year period.

Recent headlines

Shifting Social Gears to Tackle Poverty, Recidivism

The Heights By Alessandro Zenati Outside the double doors of an atrium leading to Google’s Cambridge headquarters, in the center of the MIT academic nucleus, the sounds of derailleurs clicking into gear and handlebar bells ringing signal an encouraging transition […]

Michigan Drops Conviction Box from Job, License Applications

Snyder, who announced the changes and issued an executive directive on Friday, said the box is being replaced with a statement by which applicants can affirm their good character. He encouraged private employers to also remove the checkbox, so people are not automatically disqualified or are discouraged from applying in the first place.

Opinion: The Financial Knowledge Inmates Need to Reenter Society

We have found that inmates too often do not have fundamental knowledge, skills or experience to face the complex financial realities of life. Upon reentry into society, too often they repeat poor financial decisions that helped put them on the path to incarceration.

Potter Co. Commissioners Talk Criminal Justice Reform

The Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board has developed a DUI Treatment Court, Drug Treatment Court and a pilot Pre-Trial Diversion Program to help people stay out of jail by offering substance addiction treatment and related services.

New York Alternative Facility Emphasizes Rehabilitation for Raise the Age Candidates

At first glance, Crossroads looks like many other imposing, foreboding jails for juveniles around the country. But a walkthrough is enough to suggest a different possibility—that of a place where young offenders are given a chance to build on the time they’re forced to spend away from the home, while still being able to be what they are: children.

Franklin County Program Helps Frequently Jailed Women Chart New Path

Pathways, launched by the county in early 2016, is designed for women dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues who were funneling into and out of jail, said Patrice Palmer, a reentry social-support specialist at the Franklin County Office of Justice Policy and Programs.

Kentucky Looks at New Reforms to Cut Jail, Prison Population

Some solutions are expected to come from 2017 Senate Bill 120, sponsored by Rep. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton. The legislation, now law, is expected to reduce the inmates in Kentucky jails and prisons through alternative sentencing—including reentry programs—and so-called prison industry enhancement programs.

Inmates at FCC Learn Iron Working Skills

The Iron Workers Local 751 is working with the Fairbanks Correctional Facility teaching basic iron working skills. The 40 foot trailer is mobile, which gives the union an opportunity to reach a specific group of people with resources on hand.