Continued education is proven to have a notable impact on reducing recidivism. Yet, the vast majority of states have major barriers to postsecondary education opportunities for people during incarceration and upon release. Laying the Groundwork provides a comprehensive, state-by-state analysis of postsecondary education policy and practices. The report identifies four fundamental “building blocks” that states should have in place to ensure that high-quality postsecondary education is readily accessible to currently and formerly incarcerated people.
This fact sheet, developed by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center, provides an overview of the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies project and discusses a recently released report on the three-year pilot project that tested the framework in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Palm Beach County, Florida.
The IRES Pilot Project Process Evaluation Report details the findings of comprehensive analysis of two pilot sites–Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and Palm Beach County, Florida–seeking to integrate the efforts of their corrections and workforce development systems.
Drawing on first-of-its-kind survey data collected from all 50 states in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, this new brief from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center establishes an unprecedented baseline for understanding how juvenile correctional agencies are preparing youth for employment.
This online course provides a ten-step action plan to help a probation department visualize transformation of its practices from beginning to end and to align it with the four practices of recidivism reduction.
This policy brief highlights five emerging cross-systems strategies local law enforcement and homelessness response leaders can use to respond to people who experience unsheltered homelessness and have frequent contact with law enforcement.
In 2018, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the National Reentry Resource Center partnered to better understand challenges facing the community supervision workforce and identify ways to address them. APPA spoke with community supervision leaders from 15 states in interviews that focused on front-line staff recruitment, training, retention, and performance evaluation. This brief summarizes APPA’s findings and presents promising practices from the field.
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 self-assessment from the National Reentry Resource Center helps programs gauge their capacity to provide integrated reentry and employment interventions, including work readiness, to people with varying risks and needs.
This fact sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center describes the best practices that correctional, community-based behavioral health, and probation and parole agencies can implement within their systems to ensure reentry for people who have opioid addictions is safe and successful.
The Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan criminal justice think tank, has released Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex, a report that examines race and gender disparities among probation, parole, prison, and jail populations. The report notes that although considerable disparities still exist, […]
This podcast features a conversation between host Tess Terrible and experts in the field, including The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Behavioral Health Division Director Ayesha Delany-Brumsey.
This publication reviews the different ways people with disabilities have contact with the criminal justice system through examining existing work in the field and interviews with impacted community members and people with disabilities who have been incarcerated.
This report finds that although there is a gap between adults who are incarcerated and the general public in both literacy and numeracy skills, completion of a postsecondary credential or participation in job training ameliorates the gap.
This toolkit reviews promising strategies that state Medicaid programs are adopting to address the substance use disorder crisis, specifically the opioid epidemic, including for people involved in the criminal justice system.
This report proposes building a new future-proof Workforce Equity Trust Fund that will enshrine fundamental workforce protections into law.