Monthly Archive: October 2017

Oct 18

Register for Webinar: Criminal Record Clearance and the Clean Slate Clearinghouse

Hosted by the Clean Slate Clearinghouse, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Thursday, Nov. 2 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET For individuals with a criminal record, certain restrictions exist that affect their ability to obtain gainful employment, housing, …

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Oct 18

JRI Maximizing State Reforms Awards Announced for FY2017

By CSG Justice Center Staff The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the recipients of this year’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms awards. The JRI Maximizing award began in FY2014. Under the grant program, states may apply to receive up to $1,750,000 over a period of 36 months. According …

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Oct 17

Transforming Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System

Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise By Governor Pete Ricketts Prisons play a key role in Nebraska’s criminal justice system by protecting public safety and preparing inmates for return to our society. Under the leadership of Director Scott Frakes over the past two years, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has been making great strides and working to …

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Oct 17

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: ‘It’s Frustrating, Sitting at the Back of the System’

Penn Live By Wallace McKelvey John Wetzel is in a unique position. As Pennsylvania’s corrections secretary, he’s developed a long-lens view of state politics. He has no power to enact laws or invest in social services but at any given time his department oversees more than 50,000 incarcerated people whose lives are directly affected by those laws and …

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Oct 13

Apply Now: Open Society Foundations Soros Justice Fellowships

The Open Society Foundations is seeking applications for its Soros Justice Fellowships. Prospective fellows can apply for funding through either the advocacy, media, or youth activist fellowship. Grants of up to $120,000 will be awarded to outstanding individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice …

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Oct 13

Call for Participants: Statewide Initiatives for Children with Incarcerated Parents Survey

The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated is seeking participants to take part in a survey about state-level initiatives intended to support children with incarcerated parents. The initiatives may be underway or in the planning phase and must be statewide rather than specific to a particular location or facility (e.g., a single prison), unless that location or facility …

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Oct 12

Second Chance Act Grantee Receives National Criminal Justice Association Award

By CSG Justice Center Staff Accepting the award were (from left) Kelley Heifort, Community Reentry director, MN DOC; Lee Buckley, coordinator, Community Reentry, MN DOC; and Raeone Magnuson, executive director, Office of Justice Programs, MN Department of Public Safety. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (MN DOC) was one of five organizations in the country to …

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Oct 12

Rhode Island Governor Signs Bills to Increase Public Safety, Promote Rehabilitation and Treatment

By CSG Justice Center Staff Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signs justice reinvestment legislation with the support of state and community leaders. On October 5, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a package of justice reinvestment bills, which are expected to improve the state’s criminal justice system by supporting rehabilitation and informed decision making …

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Oct 11

Forgiving and Forgetting in American Justice: A 50-State Guide to Expungement and Restoration of Rights

This report from the Collateral Consequences Resource Center catalogues and analyzes the various provisions for relief from the collateral consequences of conviction that are now operating in each state, including judicial record-sealing and certificates of relief, executive pardon, and administrative nondiscrimination statutes.  The report’s goal is to facilitate a national conversation about how those who have a …

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Oct 11

Opinion: Congress Can Help Strengthen Families and Communities by Acting on Criminal Justice Reform

The Hill By U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) Families are the basic building block of society. I‘ve witnessed this reality after nearly two decades in ministry counseling individuals and families from all walks of life. I noticed that when family life thrived, so too did my congregation. Inversely, when families suffered, the negative effects reached …

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