Category: JPLI

Prosecutors and Frequent Utilizers: How Can Prosecutors Better Address the Needs of People Who Frequently Interact with the Criminal Justice and Other Social Systems?

For many individuals who are arrested and charged, a combination of challenges—including mental illness, substance addiction, poverty, and trauma—can lead to frequent stays in local jails, emergency rooms, or homeless shelters. This publication from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecution outlines how prosecutors can better serve the needs of those who frequently …

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[Apply Now] The Council of State Governments Toll Fellowship Program

Each year, the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship Program (Toll Fellows) brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Kentucky, for an intensive leadership development program. The program includes a lineup of dynamic speakers and sessions designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth, while providing priceless networking and relationship-building …

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2019 Course: Drugs in America Today—What Every Judge Needs to Know

With opiate addiction at epidemic levels in both urban and rural America, the National Judicial College has crafted a new course that focuses on the neurology of addiction with an emphasis on heroin and painkillers. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the science behind addiction and will offer practical solutions for judges to …

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[Apply Now] Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to establish or enhance drug court services, to include coordination, management of drug court participants, and recovery support services. This grant program provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal …

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[Apply Now] Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for funding under the Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center (ADC TTA) Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems …

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Apply Now: Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for FY 2019 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder treatment services—which include recovery support services, screening, …

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Four CSG Justice Center Staff Members Receive Training to Help Jurisdictions Implement Assessment Tool

After receiving training this summer, four CSG Justice Center staff members are now able to provide technical assistance to jurisdictions interested in using the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a pretrial risk assessment that provides judges with information about defendants that can inform their release decisions. The PSA was developed by the Laura and John Arnold …

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Register for Webinar: Effectively Engaging the Community in Juvenile Record Clearance

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: Wednesday, Aug. 22 Time: 2–3 p.m. ET Does your office provide juvenile record clearance representation? Are there many young people in your community who are …

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Early Criminal Defense Yields Large Reductions in Pre-Trial Detention

In October 2017, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office piloted the Pre-Trial Release Unit (PRU) to enhance access to pre-arraignment legal representation for indigent arrestees. Using data provided by the Office, this brief from the California Policy Lab finds the pilot program doubled the likelihood of release at arraignment–from 14% to 28% for arrestees who …

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Juvenile Defenders and Civil Legal Aid Attorneys Collaborating for Record Clearance

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 This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the …

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