prisoner reentry

September 30, 2014

Senate committee votes to reauthorize Second Chance Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which would extend the Second Chance Act for an additional four years. The act, authored by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rob Portman (R-OH), provides resources to state and local governments and community-based organizations in support of reentry […]
September 16, 2014

NIJ release study on impact of ‘prison cycling’

The National Institute of Justice recently released a report on the impact of “prison cycling,”—the flow of inmates into and out of prison—on crime rates in communities. The report found that prison releases have a negligible impact on crime in general, but prison reentries increased crime in disadvantaged neighborhoods but […]
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 […]
April 26, 2012

South Dakota’s prison population spikes, judges seek alternatives to detention

South Dakota’s prison population hit record highs in recent months, and state officials described stepped-up efforts to reduce the number of people sentenced to prison and cut the number of parolees who end up back behind bars. South Dakota’s inmate population had remained stable for a number of years, but […]