Insights & Information
from the fields of Criminal Justice, Recovery and Restoration of Citizenship
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has released a report, Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery. Introducing CSG's Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework, the report is intended for policymakers, system administrators, and service providers working to reduce recidivism among people with substance use and mental health issues who are under community supervision. The framework can be used by both correctional and behavioral health systems to guide the use of resources based on objective assessments of individuals’ risk of committing a future crime and their treatment and recovery support needs. To access the fully report, click here.
In a recent report, the Sentencing Project explores the potential costs and benefits regarding video visitation for children whose parents are incarcerated. The report finds that video visitation can potentially benefit children if costs are not prohibitive, if visitation can occur from home or a place near the home, if frequent visits are allowed, and if video visits are used to supplement face-to-face visits instead of replace them. Click here to read the full report.
Roosevelt University's Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and Project Nia are hosting a series of events focused on juvenile detention and incarceration. For more information about the series, click here. RSVP to Nancy Michaels, email@example.com.
18 S. Michigan
- Alternatives to juvenile detention and incarceration: Can we succeed? What will it take?
Tuesday, October 23, 5:30pm
- Youth with disabilities need education, not incarceration
Thursday, November 8, 5:30pm
- Reentry and life after juvenile confinement: Existing Services, or lack thereof, to ensure a successful transition and no recidivism
Tuesday, December 4, 5:30pm
Note: The deadline for the RFP has been extended to Tuesday, October 9th.
The Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to counties, groups of counties, or judicial circuits for funding to expand alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders. The Adult Redeploy Illinois program provides grants to increase programming in their areas in exchange for reducing the number of people they send to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Funding is currently being provided for planning, expansion, extension, and implementation ramp-up efforts for local Adult Redeploy Illinois sites. Applications are due September 28, 2012, for the grant period running from November 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The full RFP can be viewed here, the cover page template can be viewed here, and the budget template can be viewed here.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a report comparing three-year recidivism rates among seven states that have recently implemented targeted and evidence-based reentry reforms. Among the seven states, the report cites that recidivism rates decreased as much as 18 percent and not less than 6 percent. This is encouraging evidence that effective, evidence-based reforms can improve public safety and save tax dollars. Read the full report here.
With the 2012 election only two months away, the issue of voting rights has gained increasing public attention. A recent report by The Sentencing Project highlights the disparities between states regarding levels of felon disenfranchisement. Authors Christopher Uggen, Sarah Shannon, and Jeff Manza note that over the past 35 years, the number of disenfranchised people has risen from 1.17 to 5.85 million. Due to post-sentence disenfranchisement laws, 2.6 million of the total disenfranchised population have completed their sentences but still cannot vote. The African-American population is affected disproportionately by disenfranchisement laws, as 1 in 13 African Americans of voting age across the nation are prohibited from voting. Click here to read the full report.
- JHA Report: Menard Correctional Center
- Report: Investigating the Link Between Housing Vouchers and Crime
- Sentencing Project Report: Evaluating the Justice Reinvestment Initiative
- ALERT: HB2265 / SB1003 – Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Unlawful Use of Weapons Convictions
- ALERT: HB2404 - Raise the Age of Juvenile Court to 18 for All Offenses
- FAMM Report: How Sentencing Safety Valves Can Increase Public Safety and Save Money
- MacArthur Foundation Project: Mistakes Kids Make
- Restorative Justice Town Hall Meeting
- ACLU: Reducing Reliance on Incarceration in 2013
- Sun-Times: End Felony Charges for Prostitution in Illinois
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