Category: Second Chance Act

Feb 07

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Steimbridge

By CSG Justice Center Staff Britney Steimbridge (left) remembers the moment last year when she took a pen to the dotted line of her Pathfinders contract, where she committed to participate in reentry programming and prioritize her recovery. In January 2017, she had been sentenced to just over 5 months in the Tarrant County, Texas, …

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Feb 07

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Britney Stembridge

By CSG Justice Center Staff Britney Stembridge (left) remembers the moment last year when she took a pen to the dotted line of her Pathfinders contract, where she committed to participate in reentry programming and prioritize her recovery. In January 2017, she had been sentenced to just over 5 months in the Tarrant County, Texas, …

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Jan 17

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Ronald Forbes, Operation My Home Town, Alameda County, California

By CSG Justice Center Staff Ronald Forbes (left) sees great new things happening—and most of them are in his kitchen. A 55-year-old U.S. Army veteran, Forbes is on the brink of expanding his Oakland, California-based catering company in partnership with his sister, Catherine. Soon, he’ll move the business to a commercial space, but for now …

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Dec 21

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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Dec 14

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Jamel Bonilla, Lowell, Massachusetts

By CSG Justice Center Staff When Jamel Bonilla (pictured left) was released from the Middleton House of Correction, he knew what he needed most to stay out of prison. “I needed work,” Bonilla said. “I needed money.” Bonilla was sentenced to 18 months in the Essex County, Massachusetts, correctional facility with four years of probation …

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Nov 20

Department of Justice Announces FY2017 Second Chance Act Awards to Support Reentry Initiatives for Adults and Youth

By CSG Justice Center Staff The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced $36 million in FY2017 Second Chance Act (SCA) grants that were awarded to 68 jurisdictions across the country. Including this year’s cohort of grantees, more than 840 SCA grants have been awarded to agencies and organizations in 49 states, the District of Columbia, …

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Nov 17

Prosocial Employment Programs Create Positive Outcomes For Men in Michigan Correctional Facilities

By Erica Nelson and Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center staff Participants in the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Vocational Village learn cabinet making during a carpentry skills class. Looking forward 30 years from now, Curtis sees a future where he’s retired and living off the 401k he’s accrued after years of working a steady job he …

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Oct 12

Second Chance Act Grantee Receives National Criminal Justice Association Award

By CSG Justice Center Staff Accepting the award were (from left) Kelley Heifort, Community Reentry director, MN DOC; Lee Buckley, coordinator, Community Reentry, MN DOC; and Raeone Magnuson, executive director, Office of Justice Programs, MN Department of Public Safety. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (MN DOC) was one of five organizations in the country to …

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Sep 13

Palm Beach County Program Partners with Probation Officers to Improve Reentry, One Youth at a Time

By Cynthia Thaler and Katy Albis A Palm Beach County probation officer speaks with youth under his supervision about the importance of reentry services. Steven’s path to college had a few detours. As a child, he was in and out of foster care, and at 17 he was placed in a Florida Department of Juvenile …

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Jul 28

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff On July 27 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-1 vote the $56.4 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill, which provides $2.3 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) state and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state …

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