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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

Beyond the Bars Conference

Beyond the Bars Conference

The event will focus on elevating the efforts led by grassroots organizers that include formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people.

Webinars

Reentry Mentoring: Conversations from the Field on Working with System-Involved Youth

Reentry Mentoring: Conversations from the Field on Working with System-Involved Youth

Thousands of youth are arrested each year, beginning a gateway for many into the juvenile justice system. Throughout the country, mentoring programs are providing system-involved youth with the opportunity to be connected to a mentor in their own community to stop the cycle. Watch this webinar to learn about evidence-based strategies that can help mentoring programs support system-involved youth.

Building and Implementing Research Partnerships

Building and Implementing Research Partnerships

This webinar reviews effective methods for building and implementing a research partnership, with a particular emphasis on agencies that have recently established a new research partnership or are planning on starting a research partnership.

Publications

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2017

This policy brief from the Sentencing Project describes key reforms from 2017 that were designed to reduce the scale of incarceration and lessen the impact of the collateral consequences of a felony conviction.

Recent headlines

Wisconsin Assembly Approves Juvenile Prison Overhaul

The state assembly passed a sweeping bipartisan overhaul of Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system, approving a bill that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison by 2021 and authorize $80 million in borrowing for new state and county youth facilities.

Ensuring the Last Chance for Kids in the Arizona Justice System Isn’t a Dead End

Griller Clark was a teacher for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, which operates its own one-school district at Adobe Mountain. Its teachers are all Arizona-certified and subject to the same requirements as public school teachers outside the fence for core content areas. Some are certified in vocational education, and those are the teachers Griller Clark is working with to improve the odds of success for youths who leave Adobe Mountain.

Tennessee Governor Proposes Juvenile Justice Reform

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing legislation that would make several changes to the state’s juvenile justice policies and spending plans, including limitations on the use of detention and increased resources for rural parts of the state.