criminal justice reform

December 30, 2014

Smart criminal justice programs funded by Congress

In encouraging news for smart approaches to crime, Congress recently passed the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes $26.7 billion to support United States Department of Justice programs, including the Second Chance Act, justice reinvestment and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration. The Second Chance Act, enacted in 2008, authorizes […]
July 30, 2014

Bills to support offender reentry enacted in several states in 2013

The Vera Institute of Justice recently identified the criminal justice trends found in legislation enacted in 2013, including support of the reentry of offenders into the community. The nonprofit organization also identified the reduction of prison populations and costs, the expansion or strengthening of community-based sanctions, the implementation of risk […]
June 25, 2014

Report: Reentry helps states in reducing recidivism

 A new report, “Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results,” highlights eight states that have successfully seen reductions in their statewide recidivism rates following an emphasis on reentry initiatives. The report, created by the National Reentry Resource Center, a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, focuses on statewide recidivism […]
May 28, 2014

Report finds reentry programs help to manage corrections costs, reduce recidivism

A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures has found that reentry programs not only help to manage corrections costs, they also can lead to reduced crime and recidivism. The report, “Managing Corrections Costs,” examined budget trends, changes to sentencing and corrections policies, the actions that are being taken […]