This infographics series detail three critical challenges faced by states to improve outcomes for youth, identify the key questions that policymakers should ask, and offer strategies for protecting public safety and using resources more efficiently.
Justice Center Publications
This factsheet, produced by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center in partnership with the National Employment Law Project, is designed to educate policymakers about fair-chance hiring policies, including the consideration of criminal records in hiring decisions.
The survey findings reveal variability regarding the extent to which respondents’ beliefs about various sex offender-related matters align with current research.
This report is designed to provide foundational knowledge and a working framework of risk assessment instruments for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
In “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” the National Reentry Resource Center highlights eight states that have achieved reductions in statewide recidivism in recent years
This one-pager provides a short introduction to the NRRC’s work.
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.
The appropriate use of federal Medicaid dollars to help expand health care coverage for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity to achieve reductions in state and local spending, while minimizing known health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration.
The program snapshots in this publication illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to successful reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies white paper was written to address the challenges that service providers cannot successfully serve every adult on probation or leaving prison or jail who needs a job.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice contains recommendations on how community health providers and police can work together to promote access to health services for marginalized populations with criminal justice system.
This toolkit from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is designed to integrate the consideration on racial equity into polices, practices, and budget decisions.
This is an updated public housing arrests guide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Written for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), it outlines that arrest records may not be the basis for denying admission, terminating assistance or evicting tenants; and reiterates that HUD does not require PHAs and owners to adopt “One Strike” policies.
This resource guide from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity provides information on how jurisdictions can employ comprehensive strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and organizational cultures, and organize to achieve racial equity.
This web resource from REDF features 8 different social enterprises in Chicago, Detroit, and Denver that have at least two things in common: they craft high quality products and employ individuals who are considered hard-to-employ, including individuals with criminal records.
This guidance from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides an overview of issues concerning girls in the juvenile justice system, a well as information on how states, tribes, and local communities can improve their responses to girls and young women who are in, or at-risk of entering the system.
The Harlem Parole Reentry Court, which provides support services to people returning to parole supervision in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, has reduced recidivism and improved employment and school-enrollment rates among its participants, according to a study conducted by the Center for Court Innovation.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice proposes federal legislation that would reverse the impact of harsh, punitive policies that led to mass incarceration.
Today, states are re-examining their policies to produce more effective responses to youth crime and improve overall justice systems. This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures examines these state efforts and other recent trends in juvenile justice legislation across country.
Federal social assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP, and federal housing assistance programs, have an restrictions on eligibility based on drug felonies and other criminal records. This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview and discussion of these restrictions and their impact. In addition, it also discusses the use of drug testing in federal assistance programs.