Monthly Archive: March 2017

Mar 23

Register for Webinar: Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Jails

Hosted by the National Association of Counties, with support from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation Date: Thursday, April 6 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the second webinar in the Six Questions series, which will feature key strategies for conducting timely screening and …

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Mar 21

Your Money, Your Goals: Focus on Reentry

This guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information to help social service providers, financial educators, legal aid, and community-based organizations address the unique financial challenges faced by people in the justice system, both before and after release from incarceration. Topics include prioritizing and managing debt, rights around background reports, and accessing and fixing credit reports. The guide is …

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Mar 21

County to Receive Federal Assistance

The News Guard (Oregon) Lincoln County’s effort to reduce the number of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system has received a major boost, according to county officials. Lincoln County is one of just seven jurisdictions in the country selected to receive the services of a federal agency for an intensive planning process. “Fifty-four …

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Mar 20

California Lawmakers Unveil a List of Bills Meant to Keep Children out of the Juvenile Justice System

Los Angeles Times By Jazmine Ulloa California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families. Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) have introduced eight proposals that would extend protections for …

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Mar 20

Why Every Indiana Inmate Could Soon Have a Tablet

IndyStar By Ryan Martin A plan to put a tablet in every Indiana inmate’s hands could help offenders stay connected with their families and improve their education, which are important ways to keep them from returning to prison. But the plan is also raising questions about fairness. Could a technology company providing specialized tablets made …

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Mar 18

Corrections Budget Offers $7 Million for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

The Bismark Tribune By Caroline Grueskin Probationers and parolees may be the first to see improvements in mental health and substance abuse treatment after this legislative session. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is requesting to cut its own costs by prioritizing who goes to prison, in order to provide services to people who …

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Mar 18

Former criminal, now a politician, explains support for North Carolina’s ‘Ban the Box’ bill

Mar 08, 2017 Charles Evans was convicted of several felonies in the 1990s after he became addicted to drugs and started embezzling from his job. He’s now a Cumberland County Commissioner and a prominent supporter of a bill that, if passed, makes it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs. He says it …

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Mar 17

Andrew Speno: State Has Two Choices on Crime — Change or Bankruptcy

Tulsa World By Andrew Speno Oklahoma stands on the brink of a monumental success with the potential to define our state for decades to come. A task force of lawmakers and stakeholders put out recommendations to decrease our bloated prison population, save billions in taxes, and increase public safety. But one step in the wrong …

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Mar 17

Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Three States’ Reductions in Prison Costs and Reinvestments in Public Safety

By CSG Justice Center Staff On March 8, state leaders from Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina convened at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. to discuss how these states have used the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—an approach designed to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest in more effective strategies to reduce recidivism and …

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Mar 17

Apply Now: 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for FY2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals, which support the integration of behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for people who are experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA funds …

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