To spark and sustain criminal justice reform reform beyond the biggest cities, The Vera Institute of Justice is awarding an inaugural round of grants to community-based and/or statewide organizations committed to reducing incarceration rates and resisting unnecessary jail expansion in small and rural communities.
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During this session, BJA will consult closely with tribal stakeholders to determine how tribal assistance funds will be awarded for comprehensive justice system planning; tribal justice facilities; court system enhancements; alcohol and substance abuse programs; civil and criminal legal assistance; alternatives to incarceration; addressing violent crime in tribal communities; and other priorities.
The RSAT program assists states and local governments in the development and implementation of substance addiction treatment programs in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention facilities.
Corrections facilities often cut corners on food in an effort to save money. But this may cost taxpayers more in the long run. According to a 2017 analysis by the Prison Policy Initiative, after staffing, health care is the public prison system’s largest expense, setting government agencies back $12.3 billion a year.
Rodney Votra, St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility Director of Inmate Programs, told the county Opioid Task Force that he no longer sees their work as “babysitting” and believes inmates gaining skills while locked up will reduce recidivism.
U.S. Representatives Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) today introduced a resolution expressing support for April 2019 to be recognized as Second Chance Month. A Senate companion bill is being introduced by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).