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Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.

Second Chance Act Grantee Takes Part in New Young Adult Correctional Program

Second Chance Act Grantee Takes Part in New Young Adult Correctional Program

The Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office opened a new jail unit specifically for young adults this month. Established in partnership with the local nonprofit UTEC and the Vera Institute of Justice, the specialized unit—called People Achieving Change Together (PACT)—seeks to reduce recidivism by offering tailored programming to young people between the ages of 18 and 24 at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction.

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

Announcements

Apply Now: 2018–19 Beyond the Bars Fellowship

Apply Now: 2018–19 Beyond the Bars Fellowship

This fellowship offers students at Columbia University and community members from throughout New York an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of mass incarceration and social change.

Webinars

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

In this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center and the New York City Department of Probation discuss emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system. Drawing on guidance gathered at a 2017 convening of practitioners, policymakers, and researchers hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Harvard Kennedy School, the CSG Justice Center developed Do’s and Don’ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System—a resource that details proven and promising practices for working with the young adult population.

Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state reforms that took place during the year. Attendees hear directly from state advocates who discuss what it took for their state to expand its juvenile record clearance laws.

Publications

Girls Matter: Centering Gender in Status Offense Reform Efforts

Girls Matter: Centering Gender in Status Offense Reform Efforts

This guide from the Vera Institute for Justice examines how gender can profoundly shape the circumstances leading girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming children into court and the juvenile justice system for status offenses.

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

This publication from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness lays out a plan for ending homelessness that focuses on identifying and describing essential federal strategies to build effective, lasting systems that aim to work both in the present and to be able to respond quickly and efficiently when housing instability and homelessness occur in the future.

Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being

Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being

This publication from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at trends in child well-being between 2010 to 2016, a time that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education, and family and community factors.

Recent headlines

Opinion: Vermont Leads the Way on Juvenile Justice Reform

Vermont recently became the first state in the 119-year history of America’s youth court to allow 18- and 19-year-olds to be treated in the juvenile justice system. The goal is to increase public safety and the evidence from research indicates that this approach has the potential to be a game-changer in a field in desperate need of innovation.

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund Awards Nearly $10 Million in Second Round of Grants

“With this round of grants in particular, the Art for Justice Fund is emphasizing support to women and children,” said Gund. “We know that children whose parents get trapped in the criminal justice system are more likely to be incarcerated later themselves. We need to break this vicious cycle that is devastating the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities.”