July 2017 archive

Statement from NC Justice Center

Today Governor Cooper signed a bipartisan bill into law that will significantly expand access to criminal record expungement for North Carolinians. July 27, 2017 The Justice Center was there alongside members of the NC Second Chance Alliance – a statewide group of men and women committed to expanding opportunities for North Carolinians with criminal records …

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New NC law makes clean slates easier

@NCCapitol  WRAL TV Raleigh NC New NC law makes clean slates easier for some criminals   July 28, 2017 Raleigh, N.C. — Some people convicted of crimes in North Carolina will soon find it easier to clear their records. Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday signed into a law a measure that changes the process by …

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NC Gov Cooper signs bills

July 28, 2017 Raleigh NC NC Gov Cooper signs bills today to reduce time for expungement and Raise the Age (16 and 17 year olds now treated as juvenile vs Adults)  

Lots of Help for Mentally Ill, If They Can Find It

Times-News By Isaac Groves “Alamance County is one of the best in the state of North Carolina,” said Art Springer, president of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “There are a lot of services available, but people don’t know how to access the system.” Years ago there was a county mental …

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Apply Now: Substance Abuse Program Grant

The Hanley Family Foundation is accepting pre-proposals for grants to support organizations whose primary focus is to help individuals recover from, or avoid, substance use disorder. Due to the lack of treatment services, opportunities to support new or expanding programs that will allow more people to seek recovery are particularly welcome, but prevention-oriented projects are not …

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Apply Now: Pearson Early Career Grant

The American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Psychological Association, is accepting applications from early-career mental health clinicians for projects designed to improve areas of critical need in society. Through the Pearson Early Career program, the foundation will award a single grant of $12,000 to an early-career clinician for an innovative, scientifically based clinical project …

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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff On July 27 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-1 vote the $56.4 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill, which provides $2.3 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) state and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state …

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Ban the Box and Beyond: Ensuring Individuals with a Criminal Record Have Access to the Labor Market

This report from the Center for American Progress discusses the reforms needed to ensure people with criminal records have equitable access to the labor market and economic security. It outlines the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and recent advancements in the U.S. criminal justice system’s approach to reentry. Also discussed are federal, state, and local “ban the box” policies …

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Troubleshooting Training: How Three Programs Prepare Volunteers to Mentor People Leaving Prison and Jail

By Katy Albis, CSG Justice Center Staff at the CSG Justice Center talked to three reentry programs with promising training practices about their experiences developing and delivering training to volunteer mentors. Photo credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Training mentors to support the reentry population is not an exact science. For many reentry programs that offer mentoring services, the …

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Register for Webinar: Prioritizing Policy, Practice, and Funding Improvements for People with Mental Illnesses 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, Aug. 10 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the fifth webinar in the Six Questions series. During this webinar, a national expert will discuss how county …

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