February 2018 archive

Feb 22

SCA Grantee Takes Part in New Young Adult Correctional Program

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Middlesex, Massachusetts, Sheriff’s Office opened a new jail unit specifically for young adults this month. Established in partnership with the local nonprofit UTEC and the Vera Institute of Justice, the specialized unit—called People Achieving Change Together (PACT)—seeks to reduce recidivism by offering tailored programming to young people between the …

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Feb 22

Defining Justice: the Experience of Women and Children behind Bars Conference

The Defining Justice Series event, hosted by The Atlantic, will bring together leaders from Capitol Hill and around the country to discuss the state of criminal justice reform across America. In particular, the event will consider how renewed federal debate on the issue might impact women and youth in the justice system. The growing consensus around criminal …

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Feb 21

North Dakota Launches Recovery Services Program

By CSG Justice Center Staff North Dakota has launched Free Through Recovery, a substance use program that provides care coordination and recovery support services to people in the criminal justice system. Launched on February 1, the program grew out of the state’s justice reinvestment initiative, which allocated $7 million for behavioral health services for people …

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Feb 21

Justice Reinvestment Bills Filed in Missouri

By CSG Justice Center Staff These bills are the culmination of a months-long justice reinvestment process in the state that began in June 2017 with the goal of addressing a number of significant criminal justice challenges, including recent upticks in violent crime, insufficient behavioral health treatment resources, a fast-growing female prison population, and high recidivism. …

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Feb 21

Wisconsin Assembly Approves Juvenile Prison Overhaul

Associated Press By Todd Richmond and Scott Bauer The state Assembly passed a sweeping bipartisan overhaul of Wisconsin’s juvenile justice system Wednesday, approving a bill that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison by 2021 and authorize $80 million in borrowing for new state and county youth facilities. Gov. Scott Walker supports the measure but …

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Feb 20

The White House to Host Governors and Business Executives to Discuss Benefits of Hiring People with Criminal Records

The White House, joined by a bipartisan pair of governors, will host a discussion next Tuesday with executives from large and small businesses on the challenges and benefits of hiring people with criminal records at a time when workers are in high demand and the labor pool is shrinking. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks with …

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Feb 20

Apply Now: Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative

The Vera Institute of Justice—with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance—is soliciting applications from public housing authorities (PHAs) that, in collaboration with their justice system partners, are seeking technical assistance to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their admissions policies regarding people with conviction histories. PHAs that manage their own …

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Feb 20

Beyond the Bars Conference

The 8th annual Beyond the Bars Conference at the Center for Justice at Columbia University seeks to contribute to the growing movement to close jails and prisons as a part of the larger struggle to end mass incarceration. In particular, the event will focus on elevating the efforts led by grassroots organizers that include formerly incarcerated …

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Feb 20

Register for Webinar: Advocating for LGBTQ+ Young People in Schools and Juvenile Justice Facilities

Hosted by the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education The Legal Center for Youth Justice—a national collaboration of the Juvenile Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Education Law Center-PA, and the ABA Center on Children and the Law—will host a webinar exploring the intersection of education and the juvenile justice system for LGBTQ+ youth, …

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Feb 20

Call for Nominations: National Criminal Justice Association Outstanding Criminal Justice Programs Awards

The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) is seeking nominations for its annual Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards. These awards honor successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities. Programs are evaluated using the following criteria: Does the program address an important criminal justice issue? Does the …

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