Category: Second Chance Act

Reentry Programs and the Researchers Who Evaluate Them: What it Takes to Build an Effective Partnership

By CSG Justice Center Staff Source: vectorfusionart/Shutterstock.com CSG Justice Center staff spoke with four Second Chance Act (SCA) Innovations in Reentry Initiative grantees—New York City’s Harlem Reentry Court; the Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware’s Individual Assessment, Discharge, and Planning Team (I-ADAPT) Program; the Indianapolis (IN) Department of Public Safety Second Chance Act Offender …

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Darius Dennis, Norfolk, Virginia

By CSG Justice Center Staff “When I got out, my kids were my number one priority.” Darius Dennis couldn’t have predicted how intertwined his path to reentry and the well-being of his young family would be when he left jail in 2017. Today, more than a year after completing the Strengthening Fathers reentry program, Dennis …

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Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff to Reduce Recidivism

This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center provides guidance for correctional agency leaders to strengthen recidivism-reduction initiatives through organizational culture change. Historically, corrections staff have had a straightforward mandate: to protect the safety and security of people who are incarcerated. But today, reducing recidivism is a core focus for corrections leaders, and as a …

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Second Chance Act Spotlight: Byron Davis, Birmingham, Alabama

By CSG Justice Center Staff Byron Davis used the end of his sentence in Limestone Correctional Facility near Huntsville, Alabama, to get ready for his next step: searching for work back home in his community, just outside of Birmingham. He intended to put his conviction for dealing drugs behind him. “I don’t want to go …

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Second Chance Act Grantees Use a Continuous Quality Improvement Approach in Corrections and Community Supervision

By the CSG Justice Center Staff Across the country, criminal justice professionals have committed to analyzing drivers of recidivism and implementing evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) that can help to reduce the likelihood of people reoffending. As the corrections and community supervision paradigms shift toward implementing EBPs, there is an emerging need for leaders in …

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Apply Now: Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives program, which seeks to build knowledge on best practices in reentry initiatives. Specifically, this NIJ solicitation requests proposals for rigorous research to examine reentry initiatives that incorporate promising practices, strategies, or programs. For …

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10-Year Anniversary of the Second Chance Act Celebrated on Capitol Hill

By CSG Justice Center Staff As policymakers continue to focus on the importance of safe and successful reentry among people leaving prisons and jails, and with President Trump designating April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” a group of national leaders paused last week to reflect on the impact of the Second Chance Act—a law passed in …

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Register Now for Webinar: Responding to the 2018 Solicitation for the Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents with Minor Children Program

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Date: Thursday, May 3 Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Reentry Resource Center will review …

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Apply Now: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents With Minor Children

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is accepting applications for the FY2018 Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents With Minor Children Program, which is funded through the Second Chance Act. This program provides funding for states (including territories), and units of local government to promote and expand services in detention …

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Reentry Essentials: A Look at National Progress on the 10th Anniversary of the Second Chance Act

By CSG Justice Center Staff This is the second in a series of posts on aspects of successful reentry. Each post will include curated resources related to the featured reentry topic. Thinking on Reentry Has Evolved President George W. Bush signs the Second Chance Act in April 2008. The Second Chance Act (SCA) was signed …

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