As April comes to a close, so does Second Chance Month, a time designated to focus attention on the millions of people returning from prison or jail each year. Ensuring their reentry back into communities is safe and successful matters to everyone. So it’s heartening to reflect on the momentum that now exists, and begin defining the future of reentry.
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.
“Reentry is a process. It begins when individuals first enter our corrections system, not when they are about to exit it. We assess their needs, engage them in a plan for the future, provide them opportunities for positive change through treatment and programming, and equip them with job skills and healthy relationship habits.”
“Since the Second Chance Act was implemented, more than 160,000 men, women, and youth have benefitted from Second Chance Act grants. For example, in my home state of Wisconsin, we saw a 20 percent decrease in recidivism over a 10-year period after implementing reentry support programs. I’d call that a success.”
“The vast majority of people in our criminal justice system will one day be released. We all have a stake in ensuring they can succeed. It reduces recidivism and saves money. It’s also just the right thing to do.”
Congressional leaders in April took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs in FY 2020—the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels.
This webinar will focus on the programming developed specifically for veterans in two jurisdictions—the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in California—and explain how these jurisdictions developed partnerships with their Veterans Affairs resources and other entities in their criminal justice systems.
The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides funding for parole and probation agencies to help prevent recidivism and reduce crime through the use of principles underpinning the Hawaii Opportunity Probation with Enforcement Program.
In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center will review the FY19 Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness application process.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center will describe the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) grant program and application process.
During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center describe the FY2019 Innovative Reentry Initiative (IRI) grant program, the application process, and tips for a strong application.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center review the Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry grant program and its application process.
The National Reentry Resource Center and JustLeadershipUSA hosted this webinar about ways to promote your reentry work. The presenters discuss resources that have been created to help you achieve your goals and raise awareness about successful reentry.
Featuring Becki Ney of the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women, this webinar covers system-level strategies to maximize outcomes for women in the criminal justice system and ensure the sustainability of gender-responsive services.
During this webinar, recipients of 2018 Second Chance Act (SCA) Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning grants received information on the requirements and deliverables of the program. Specifically, grantees learned how they will develop a strategic plan that is comprehensive, collaborative, and multisystemic in its approach to increase economic mobility and reduce recidivism for people returning to the community from incarceration.
During this webinar, grantees received information about the grant program, including steps for getting the program started, submission of the Planning and Implementation Guide, and Bureau of Justice Assistance expectations.
The resource is an online searchable directory that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on topics that cover housing, education, employment, family support, mental health, and other topics related to reentry.
This collection of stories highlights participation in Face to Face by a number of governors and features the voices of those who stand to benefit from criminal justice policy that is developed with personal experiences in mind.
This publication from the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution outlines how prosecutors can better serve the needs of those who frequently interact with the criminal justice and other social systems by implementing collaborative and community-centered solutions.
This publication examines how jails across the United States are implementing the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model, which is designed to help people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness with access to Social Security Administration disability benefits.
The project raises awareness of criminal record clearance options for survivors of human trafficking and helps to build sustainable post-conviction representation practices across the country.
The Sonoma County Probation Department recently launched a comprehensive review of its juvenile justice system to determine how well department policies and practices align with what research shows works to improve outcomes for youth while using resources efficiently.
The bills would reform prison education and encourage colleges and universities to keep criminal records out of the admissions process.
Home to Stay is essentially a resource fair with a plethora of reentry services available on the spot to help people in housing, healthcare, driver’s license recovery, expungement, legal issues, child support, restorative justice support, literacy GED programs and employment opportunities.
This focus on an incarcerated person’s overall well-being represents a shift in how reentry programs are modeled, Carrie Pettus-Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University says. It’s based on helping them develop healthy thinking patterns, effective coping strategies, meaningful work trajectories, positive social engagement, and favorable interpersonal relationships.
My story, and others celebrated during April, provide support for a wholesale rethinking of America’s approach to extreme prison sentences. Incarceration must be based on acceptance of responsibility and taking steps to improve your life, not simply to punish.
The resolution commits the county, led by the County Administrative Office, Sheriff’s Office, and the Probation and Health Departments, to a “call to action” that includes “sharing lessons” learned from other counties in the state and nationally.
Erroneous or outdated criminal charges that linger on a person’s record for years—also known as “sticky warrants”—can result either from prosecutors and probation departments refusing to drop minor cases from the distant past, or from outright clerical errors.
The Administrative Office of the Courts identifies eligible cases and notifies the Department of Public Safety to expunge records. The office estimates about 30,000 cases will be eligible each year.
The Just Housing amendment “will provide greater family stability for more than 3,300 people who return to communities in my district each year from prison,” said Commissioner Brandon Johnson, the amendment’s chief sponsor.
According to the USDA, funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools.