December 2017 archive

For an Increasing Number of Youth in Juvenile Detention, Learning Is Possible

Slate By Francesca Berardi Before Malik was locked away in a juvenile prison in Woodsbend, a small town tucked into Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains, he didn’t care much about school. No one in his immediate family has a high school diploma and his teachers, it seemed, only cared about the successful students. Malik, who is 18, spent …

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Children on Sex Offender Registries

Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests Other risks include sexual assault, being approached by an adult for sex and mental health problems 12/6/2017 Johns Hopkins Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse The most troubling findings, the authors say, pertained to suicidal intent and victimization experiences. The study …

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Editorial: Stepping Up’s Aim to Cut Inmate Population Has Merit

Herald-Whig By Herald-Whig Staff Marion County is considering becoming part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jail, who pose no safety risk. The Stepping Up program was launched in May 2015 and is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of …

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“Good” and “bad” people

Houston attorney Mark Bennett explains the principle duties of the Defense/Prosecution attorney relating the presentation of the character of the accused. There is also a great life lesson here as well. Ric ——————————————————————— Fundamental attribution bias is the cognitive bias that leads us to attribute people’s actions, good or bad, to their character rather than …

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Second Chance Act-Funded Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Program Highlighted in Grantee Training and Media Coverage

By Elizabeth Fleming, CSG Justice Center Staff and a program participant of the Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry (MTRR) Program in Franklin County, TN, a 2015 Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training grantee, recently offered insights to fellow grantees as part of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) training event Engaging Local Employers in Promising Practices …

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As Colorado’s Rural Sheriffs Struggle on Front Lines of Mental Health Care, They Will Stop Throwing Mentally Ill in Jail without Charges

The Denver Post By Noelle Phillips The isolation cell at the Delta County jail is stark. Its bright-white walls are padded with a dense rubber so people can’t thrash against a cinder-block wall and harm themselves. There’s a floor drain that serves as a pit toilet, and there’s a bench built into the wall for …

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Oklahoma Opioid Commission Lays out Legislative Priorities

The Oklahoman By Meg Wingerter The Oklahoma attorney general’s commission fighting the opioid crisis proposed at a meeting Tuesday a mix of changes to law enforcement, new rules for prescribers and increased data collection. The commission, which has met multiple times this year under the direction of Attorney General Mike Hunter, laid out five initial recommendations …

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Assessing Housing Needs and Risks: A Screening Questionnaire

This questionnaire from the National Reentry Resource Center is intended to help reentry professionals better assess an individual’s unique housing needs and risk of homelessness upon returning to the community. Departments of correction, reentry service providers, service intake coordinators, case managers, and others should use the questionnaire as a supplement to any existing intake or …

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Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

The fifth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy recommendations related to behavioral health challenges in Missouri that pertain to people in the state’s criminal justice system. The presentation also includes final policy options for the task force to consider and act upon. Source: JusticeCenter

Arkansas Judicial Task Force on Track to Reduce Prison Population by Ten Percent in Six Years

ArkansasMatters.com By Jessi Turnure Nearly two dozen agencies across Arkansas are working together to reduce the state’s prison population by ten percent in six years. According to the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, Act 423 passed during the last legislative session is expected to lower the state’s prison population by nearly 1,700 inmates and save the …

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