March 2017 archive

Mar 31

Temporary County Jobs Offer Former Foster Youth Pathway to Employment

The Chronicle of Social Change By Gabrielle Tilley Employment outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care are less than hopeful, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is looking to a new pilot program to change that. A California study found former foster youth to be 56 percent less likely than their low-income …

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Mar 31

Conservatives Are Leading the Way as States Enact Criminal Justice Reform

Slate By Brandon L. Garrett The United States incarcerates its citizens at a higher rate than any other country in the world, but over the past few years, there’s finally been some progress. Rates of incarceration have finally begun to decline, mostly due to sweeping changes made in progressive states like California, New Jersey, and …

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Mar 31

Report Urges Riverside County to Focus on Mental Health Care, Not Jails

The Press-Enterprise By Jeff Horseman Riverside County would be safer if more criminal justice dollars were spent on prevention rather than locking people up, according to a new report. The report, “Healthy and Safe Riverside County: Investing in What Works,” encourages the county to focus more on mental health, homeless outreach and other services and …

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Mar 29

Register for Webinar: Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison—Implementation Guide

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation Date: Thursday, April 20 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET This webinar will walk attendees through key elements of Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide, a new resource that …

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Mar 29

Here’s What Trump’s New Executive Order Means for Opioid Addiction

PBS NewsHour By Laura Santhanam New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will lead a new national opioid commission created Wednesday by an executive order from President Donald Trump that also maps out his administration’s latest strategy to combat the public health crisis. The fight against the opioid epidemic is “one that’s incredibly important to every family …

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Mar 29

An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration

Hosted by the Rothko Chapel and presented in partnership with the Criminology, Law and Society Department at the University of St. Thomas, Houston Date: March 30–April 1 Location: Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX This three day symposium will explore the human rights issues associated with the criminal justice system in the United States. It will offer workshops, panels …

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Mar 28

Justice Reinvestment Bill Moves Forward

The Bismarck Tribune By Nick Smith A centerpiece of state criminal justice reform efforts this session inched one step further in its legislative journey after unanimously clearing the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning. “There are some that will benefit from this,” said Sen. Larry Robinson, D-Valley City, adding the state should try to help those …

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Mar 28

Inside the Push to Give Ex-Offenders in Pennsylvania a Second Chance

Lawmakers and activists are leading an effort to open up expungement and sealing laws for misdemeanor convictions in the Keystone State. Pacific Standard By Amy McKeever Men and women wait by the dozen on this Saturday morning in late November. Some stare into their cell phones in a small waiting room, others lean against children’s …

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Mar 28

Experts Consider Developmentally Appropriate Responses to Young Adults in the Justice System at Harvard Meeting

Vincent Schiraldi (right), senior research fellow at Harvard’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, addresses the group. In partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center convened in late February a meeting of researchers, policymakers, and criminal and juvenile justice agency …

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Mar 28

Legal Aid Providers Work to Create Community of Practice Around Record Clearance

By CSG Justice Center Staff In a first step toward creating a national community of practice through the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, Sharon Dietrich of Community Legal Services recently reached out to public defenders and legal aid providers to find out what resources and information on record clearance would be helpful to the field. Some providers …

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