Within the wide range of initiatives the omnibus bill supports are several significant criminal justice reform measures related to the issue of mental health, including the enactment of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act and the reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.
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.
The conference, which was hosted by United States attorneys of the six New England Districts—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine— uplifted the region’s approach to reentry efforts. Rather than focusing on individual locales, service providers, policymakers, and correctional agencies throughout New England collaborate to ensure a unified approach.
Latina/os represented 21.6 percent of people incarcerated in state and federal prisons in 2013, although they made up less than 17 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, a newly published compilation of essays and other entries about the Latina/o experience in the justice system.
Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the country. For Workforce Connections Inc., an organization that serves people returning to their communities from incarceration in western Wisconsin, these problems were heightened by the rural and semi-rural environments from which the organization draws both participants and volunteers.
The Connection Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, was one of five organizations in the country to receive the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award from the National Criminal Justice Association.
The McCourt School of Public Policy’s LEAD Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and key stakeholders to examine a particular policy challenge and discuss potential solutions.
The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards, which recognize media that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare.
The Second Chance Summit is an opportunity for business, nonprofit and government leaders to explore opportunities and resources for employing people with criminal backgrounds.
This webinar discusses strategies and recommendations for sustaining reentry programs initiated by community-based organizations. With a particular focus on programs that incorporate mentors, presenters discuss how to consider sustainability throughout the program-development process beginning in the planning phase. Topics include leveraging multiple funding streams from public and private sources, asset mapping, and how to build an agency’s profile in the field and community.
This webinar discusses how data can be used to help identify racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, determine the best course of action to address disparities, and track progress toward reduction goals.
During the webinar, BJA staff provide an overview of the Second Chance Act, requirements of the co-occurring disorders grant program, and grant management, and NRRC staff provide an overview of the training, technical assistance, research, tools, and Planning & Implementation (P&I) Guide related to the grant.
In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of the CoSA model and describe what implementation looks like across the country; review Vermont’s CoSA model, which has seen effective results in community reintegration and recidivism reduction; and, discuss how evidence-based programming can help improve outcomes and better integrate people with sexual offense convictions into broader reentry strategies
This webinar is for all 2016 Second Chance Act grantees that serve adults. During the webinar, National Reentry Resource Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees and Bureau of Justice Assistance staff provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.
In this webinar, panelists discuss best practices to ensure collaborative responses are maintained based on the drug of choice in a given community, effective training for agency staff is utilized, and that effective communication between community supervision and treatment providers is maintained.
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.
Myth: It is not possible for incarcerated individuals to get out of default or avoid defaulting on their federal student loans.
Fact: If an incarcerated individual is not in default on their federal student loans they could be eligible for one of the income-driven repayment plans.
This report features findings from a study that examined the skills of incarcerated adults in relationship to their work experiences and to their education and training in prison.
This guide provides a comprehensive overview of available information on victims’ rights and services.
This publication series contains policy briefs on several Medicaid-related policies that each state may consider implementing to help bolster criminal justice reform.
This brief from the Vera Institute of Justice examines how tribal communities and the state of South Dakota are working together to provide effective supervision to Native Americans who are on parole.
The Los Angeles City Council recently voted to pass the Fair Chance Initiative, an ordinance that prohibits most employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer has been made.
The Washington, D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary unanimously voted to advance a bill that would prohibit landlords from asking about prior convictions before extending a housing offer.
The White House recently announced a series of Administration actions to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system including the final Office of Personnel Management “Ban the Box” Rule, Federal Bureau of Prison reforms, and the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable Report.
Judges, lawmakers, youth advocates and juvenile probation officials from across the state have formed a task force to look at ways to improve the juvenile justice system. After studying trends in juvenile arrests throughout Nevada, experts released recommendations to help prevent teens from breaking the law again.
Nevada spends almost $95 million a year supervising juvenile offenders, but there is no way to tell if the money is being used wisely, a national organization says. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said about half of the youths on probation or parole reoffend in one to two years in Clark and Washoe counties.
Governor Brian Sandoval established a task force in July to thoroughly review Nevada’s juvenile system and propose changes, and has indicated that overhauling the state’s approach to criminal justice for youths and adults will be on his agenda for the upcoming legislative session.
For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. surgeon general has declared substance abuse a public-health crisis. This new approach—if it were to become widespread—could profoundly impact the criminal-justice system, where addicts often end up.
The prisoners are mainly non-violent drug offenders, a group the White House had hoped to reach through criminal justice reform bills that have stalled in Congress.
The 13 organizations receiving funding will use evidence-based strategies to reduce recidivism and reliance on incarceration. These programs, which range in duration from three months to up to a year, include job placement services, as well as cognitive behavioral intervention and services to increase job readiness, including transitional employment. Approximately 2,500 individuals will be served by these programs annually.
The bill also changes parole revocation. If the violation is not a felony, the Wyoming Board of Parole may send the offender back to prison for 120 days for the first violation and 180 days for the second. Currently, people who violate parole are sent back to prison for an average of 2½ years, Christensen said.