February 2018 archive

Juvenile Injustice: Racial Disparities in Incarceration Start Early

Colorlines By Alfonso Serrano Much like its adult counterpart, the United States’ juvenile justice system teems with racial disparities and overcrowding in settings inundated with non-violent, low-level offenders, according to a new report. Nonprofit Prison Policy Initiative released Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie on February 27, 2018. Per the report, although Black kids represent less than 14 precent of all …

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Tucson Police Department Becomes National Leader in Mental Health Crisis Training

KGUN9 By Priscilla Casper The Tucson Police Department has become a national leader in dealing with the mental health crisis. The United States Department of Justice, Council of State Governments Justice Center and Police Foundation named TPD as a “National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site.” The department is one of four new agencies selected to be a learning site for other police and sheriff’s …

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Juvenile Record Clearance 2017 Legislative Reforms

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 Download a PDF of the presentation. In 2017, states around the country saw changes to their juvenile record clearance laws. This webinar explores the various state …

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Administration Pressed to Expand Mental Health Treatment

The New York Times By Associated Press Staff Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week, invoking …

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White House Hosts Governors and Business Executives to Discuss Benefits of Hiring People Who Have Criminal Records

The White House, joined by a bipartisan pair of governors, led a discussion today with executives from large and small businesses on the challenges and benefits of hiring people who have criminal records at a time when workers are in high demand and the labor pool is shrinking. Putting People with Criminal Records to Work: …

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For Dave’s Killer Bread, Giving ‘Second Chances’ Leads to Loyal Employees, ‘Exponential Growth’

By Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center When Genevieve Martin came on board at Dave’s Killer Bread as its retail and café manager eight years ago, she did what most people do in their first week on the job—she met the staff. Of the approximately 100 people she got to know in those first weeks, one stood …

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Tennessee Woman Finds Support, Hope in ‘Work Family’ After Returning Home from Jail

By Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center Haley George’s family life has taught her a lot over the last 12 years. When she was 16, she learned about the value of hard work after landing a job at her father’s business. When she was 18, she learned about the power of grief after losing her mother …

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White House Highlights Criminal Justice Reform with Tuesday Governors’ Meeting

Washington Examiner By Kelly Cohen A bipartisan group of governors and business executives will visit the White House Tuesday for a discussion on hiring workers who have criminal records. Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, will be joined by executives from Uber, Home Depot, Koch Industries, Brown-Forman Corporation, John …

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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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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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