January 2018 archive

Jan 30

Apply Now: 2018 Solicitation for State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications from State Statistical Analysis Centers to receive funding under the 2018 State Justice Statistics program. This program seeks to enhance these centers’ ability to collect, analyze, and publish statistical data that support the state’s strategic criminal justice planning needs. BJS expects to make approximately 40 awards …

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Jan 30

Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities

This policy brief from the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), the National Reentry Resource Center, and the CSG Justice Center  provides state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth …

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Jan 28

Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

The Crime Report By Edith Brady-Lunny and Ted Gest As states grapple with persistently high incarceration numbers, with more than two million people still in prisons and jails nationwide, the main focus has been on the back end of the justice system: reducing the time inmates stay behind bars. Some reformers are urging a similar focus …

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Jan 28

Does v. Stein hearing set for Feb 6

Does v. Stein hearing set for Feb 6 January 23, 2018 Robin  After more than a year since NARSOL was joined by NCRSOL and two John Doe plaintiffs in a civil rights challenge to North Carolina’s SORNA scheme, we finally have a hearing set before Judge Loretta Biggs. On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:30 am, …

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Jan 25

NARSOL’s Vander Wall selected as JLUSA Fellow

NARSOL is proud to announce that its vice chair, Robin W. Vander Wall, has been selected to serve as a Fellow in the 2018 Cohort of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction program. Each year, JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) identifies effective and successful advocate leaders throughout the United States and invites them to apply for acceptance into a Cohort …

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Jan 24

Environmental Programs Grow a Better Prison System

GreenBiz By Sarah Hicks The Prison Policy Initiative creates a yearly pie chart that details the makeup of the U.S. prison system. In 2017, 2.3 million U.S. citizens were imprisoned in 5,961 facilities nationwide, ranging from Indian Country jails to federal and state prisons. About a quarter were imprisoned for nonviolent drug crimes (including 7,200 youth), and 16,000 …

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Jan 22

Tennessee Governor Touts $30M Plan to Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. News & World Report By Jonathan Mattise Gov. Bill Haslam touted a $30 million plan Monday that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills at least three people a day in Tennessee. The Republican governor released details of the ‘TN Together’ initiative in a news conference Monday alongside …

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Jan 22

Apply Now: 2018 Youth in Custody Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is seeking applications for its 2018 Youth in Custody Certificate Program, which will be held at Georgetown University June 11–15, 2018. The training is designed to help leaders implement or accelerate systemic change to improve outcomes for youth in post-adjudication custody. As part of the program, participants are required to develop …

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Jan 21

Assessments Often Miss Mental Health Issues for Youth on Probation

Medical Xpress By Bert Gambini An assessment tool used by many jurisdictions within the juvenile justice system that is intended to help recognize the effects of adversity and trauma in children’s lives is not the best means of evaluating mental health problems faced by at-risk youth, according to new study by a University at Buffalo …

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Jan 20

How Tech Firms Are Embracing Ex-Prisoners

Fortune By Jennifer Alsever Richard Bronson made millions on Wall Street in the 1990s, but by 2005 he found himself destitute with no home and no money—and only his sister’s couch on which to sleep. No one would give him a job or even entertain the idea. “I tried to put the past behind me, …

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