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    Listen to the Podcast – Research on Women Offenders

    This DC Public Radio program interviews Nancy G. La Vigne, Director, Justice Policy Center of The Urban Institute. The topic is “ Research on Women Offenders ” as documented by “Returning Home: Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry,” which represents the only published empirical research with a sample size sufficient to identify statistical differences in the experiences of women versus men released from prison. Listen to the podcast here For additional information...
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    Funding Restored for the Second Chance Act

    On Friday, November 18, 2011, President Obama's signing of the “minibus” appropriations bill restored funding for the Second Chance Act in the amount of $63 million. The Second Chance Act (P.L. 110-199) was first signed into law in April, 2008 and was designed to improve outcomes for people returning to communities from prisons and jails. The legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment...
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    New Research Reports on Reentry

    Followers of the literature on reentry may be interested in a new post on the Correctional Research Roundtable forum regarding three new reports from the Urban Institute's Returning Home study.
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    Public Safety and Reentry

    The Urban Institute , Justice Policy Center , under an award from a JEHT Foundation grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance , with assistance from the National Institute of Corrections , has published, "Putting Public Safety First: 13 Parole Supervision Strategies to Enhance Reentry Outcomes." This report is a collaborative effort of national policymakers and leading practitioners to articulate policies and strategies regarding "parole supervision, violation, and revocation practices"...
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    Release Planning for Successful Reentry, A Guide

    New from the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center is Release Planning for Successful Reentry : A Guide for Corrections, Service Providers, and Community Groups. The guide covers release planning's role, key components of a release plan, and opportunities and challenges of release planning. Appendixes include case studies and a state-by-state "scan of practice." Also new from the Urban Institute are two Reentry Mapping Briefs, one on the future of justice mapping, and the other...
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    An Interactive Web-Based Reentry Tool

    The Council of State Governments Justice Center has unveiled "a first-of-its-kind interactive online tool for state and local government professionals working to make prison and jail reentry safer and more successful." The tool is organized by topic areas, such as physical health, substance abuse, and mental health, each divided by timeframes, and includes descriptions of information to gather and links to assessment instruments.
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    Examining the Parole Experience

    New in the Urban Institute's Returning Home series of reports examining the challenges of prisoner reentry is a research brief focusing on the impact of parole supervision. Returning Home on Parole : Former Prisoners' Experiences in Illinois, Ohio, and Texas includes findings regarding the usefulness of parole officers in the transition process, the relationships between parole supervision and employment and substance use, the effect of supervision on reincarceration, and who benefits more...
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    A Trio of Resources Addressing Families

    Newly posted by Ohio's Institute for Excellence in Justice are two best practice tool kits, plus proceedings from a seminar on family relationships. The tool kits are " Family Involvement During Incarceration and Reentry ," and " Incarcerated Parents and Parenting Programs ." Video and presentations are available from the Institute seminar on Coming Home from Prison: Family Matters .
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    What Works/Does Not Work in Reentry

    As Federal, state, and local governments look toward reentry programming as a means to improve outcomes for prisoners returning to the community, researchers are beginning to produce results regarding the effectiveness of these efforts. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has just posted an extensive review of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Community Orientation and Reintegration (COR) program, research done by Linda G. Smith and Denise R. Suttle of the International...
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    More About What Influences Reentry

    The Urban Institute has just posted a significant addition to its extensive examination of the reentry process. In Health and Prisoner Reentry : How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration, authors Kamala Mallik-Kane and Christy A. Visher examine the experiences of a representative sample of 1,100 inmates returning from state prisons in Ohio and Texas. The report documents the pervasiveness of health problems among returning prisoners and the effect of...
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    Returning Home: How Can Reentry Be Improved?

    The Urban Institute has been examining reintegration issues in a series of in depth reports, Returning Home : Understanding the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry. A new release, One Year Out : Experiences of Prisoners Returning to Cleveland, details the challenges offenders face in real life and identifies factors associated with reintegration success and failure.
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