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Reentry Essentials: Prioritizing Treatment for Substance Addictions

A large proportion of people in the criminal justice system have substance addictions. While there is an overwhelming need to provide effective treatment, challenges exist in quantifying the extent of that need, providing appropriate treatment programming, and taking a strategic approach across systems.

New England Conference Highlights Regional Approach to Reentry

The conference, which was hosted by United States attorneys of the six New England Districts—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine—uplifted the region’s approach to reentry efforts. Rather than focusing on individual locales, service providers, policymakers, and correctional agencies throughout New England collaborate to ensure a unified approach.

Technology Bridges Distances for a Reentry Program in Western Wisconsin

Low recruitment numbers. Poor attendance. Lackluster quarterly reports. These are concerns that burden many nonprofit, community-based outreach programs around the country. For Workforce Connections Inc., an organization that serves people returning to their communities from incarceration in western Wisconsin, these problems were heightened by the rural and semi-rural environments from which the organization draws both participants and volunteers.

Hamilton Project Panel Stresses Importance of Reentry Programs

Individual panelists offered differing perspectives on what work needs to be done to reduce recidivism, but the group agreed that there are a number of straightforward, nonpartisan measures that state and local governments can adopt in order to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

Clearing a Path, from Conviction to Employment

After a conviction, people often face severe, unanticipated penalties beyond the court’s sentence, commonly known as collateral consequences. More than half of all collateral consequences are employment related, according to the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction. For example, in an effort to advance public safety and ensure high-quality services, states require licenses for particular businesses or occupations, such as health care professionals, transportation specialists and cosmetologists.

HUD Publication Outlines Promising Reentry Housing Models

It Starts With Housing is a new publication from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that encourages public housing authorities to collaborate with partners to “make second chances real for the men and women returning” from jail and prison.

RNR Simulation Tool Gives Probation, Parole Officers a Clinical Take on Reentry in Louisiana

People who are returning to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, from two correctional facilities in the state are receiving individualized roadmaps to successful reentry from an unexpected place: the RNR Simulation Tool—a web-based, decision-support system designed in part to assist agencies in determining what types of programming will be most effective in reducing a person’s likelihood of committing another crime.

Risk and Needs Assessment and Race in the Criminal Justice System

A recent ProPublica story on risk and needs assessment asked some important questions about a particular risk and needs assessment tool and the broader implications of its use. As the national discussion continues about the use and value of risk and needs assessment, the CSG Justice Center offers comments on risk and needs assessment as it relates to racial disparity and bias in the criminal justice system.

Allegheny County Officials, Employers Join Push to Eliminate Labels for People with Criminal Records

Often times, one word stands in the way of connecting people who need jobs with the jobs that need to be filled, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary and member of The Council of State Governments Justice Center Board John Wetzel. “Think of the term ‘offender,’” said Wetzel. “We tell someone coming out of the back end of our system, ‘We want you to do well. We want you to work,’ but then we put a nametag on their chest that says ‘offender.’ That’s not setting folks up for success.”

Wichita-Area Businesses Hear from Local, State Voices on Hiring People with Records

In Kansas, four out of nine people possess a criminal record. Although the Wichita City Council voted in July 2015 to “ban the box” that asks whether applicants have a criminal record on its job applications—following the lead of dozens of other states and hundreds of cities and counties —there’s still more to be done, said Wichita City Council member LaVonta Williams.

Second Chance Act Grantee Achieves Dramatic Results for High-Risk Women

When Toby Jones first meets her clients, she finds that many of them are shocked that someone wants to help them. Jones is the mentoring program director for Family Pathfinders of Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas, where she serves women in Tarrant County Jail’s Intensive Day Treatment program for substance use.

Brownies and Jobs: Greyston Bakery Employees Get a Second Chance

In its hiring process, Greyston doesn’t ask applicants background questions, including questions about criminal records. People interested in working at the bakery fill out an application, and are placed on a wait list until entry-level positions become available.

After Prison, a Fresh Start Through PACE

“It’s so easy to get in trouble,” Spruill said, “but it can take a lifetime to get out of it. That’s why you need that support, to help you remember to stay on track, stay patient.”

Q & A with Margaret Love of the Collateral Consequences Resource Center

Margaret Love, executive director of the recently launched Collateral Consequences Resource Center, talks with the CSG Justice Center about the center’s mission, goals, and featured resources, including national and state-specific information on post-conviction restoration of civil rights laws and policies.

Policy and Corrections Leaders Weigh Tactics to Curb Recidivism

Teams of policymakers—including governors’ advisors and corrections agency administrators from 13 states—met in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 27th to discuss strategies to improve success rates for people released from prison.

Launch of Fair Employment Opportunities Project

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law have launched the Fair Employment Opportunities Project.

Social Impact Bonds Gain Momentum in the Criminal Justice Field

As publicly-funded programs and services across the country are experiencing budgetary constraints, many are beginning to look to social impact bonds (SIBs), also known as pay-for-success bonds or social innovation financing, as a possible solution.

National Debate on 2014 GED Changes

Beginning January 1, 2014, the General Education Development (GED) test is getting a facelift: it will be academically more challenging, more costly, and offered only in a computer-based format.

Science and Its Impact on Reentry Policy and Practice

Founded in 1941, the American Society of Criminology (ASC) encourages collaboration among researchers and practitioners to advance and apply criminological knowledge. ASC held its 69th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on November 20-23, 2013.

Pew Center on the States: Reducing Recidivism Video

States spend $50 billion a year on corrections, yet four out of ten prisoners wind up back behind bars within three years of release. In this short video, produced by the Pew Center on the States, learn how states are breaking this cycle of recidivism, and saving money, by implementing evidence-based programs and policies including risk assessment, fiscal incentives and swift and certain sanctions.

NRRC: SCA Conference: Creating the Strategic Plan

A topic discussion where participants share their experiences with strategic planning and learn from other similarly situated grantees who have experience with strategic planning. Facilitators: Leonard Engel, Senior Policy Analyst, Crime and Justice Institute; Meghan Guevara, Managing Associate, Crime and […]

NRRC: SCA Conference: The Intersection of Faith and Justice

Speakers describe the Healing Communities Model to illustrate the many possibilities that exist in exploring the intersection of faith and justice and discuss how to develop an effective mentor program that can compliment a broader strategy for strengthening pro-social support. […]

NRRC: 2010 SCA Conference: Welcome

Members of Congress and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the CSG Justice Center welcome grantees, discuss the importance of the Second Chance Act, and introduce the National Reentry Resource Center. Speakers: The Honorable Sam Brownback (KS), United […]