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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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Susan Powell on Mon, Nov 21 2011
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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...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Susan Powell on Thu, Feb 2 2012
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    Strip Searching in the 21st Century

    On April 2, 2012, the US Supreme Court announced an opinion concerning the issue of strip searches in correctional facilities. In a 5-4 decision, the Court affirmed a lower court’s ruling and supported the use of strip searches “to ensure that jails are not made less secure by reason of what new detainees may carry in on their bodies”. Given the complexity of the issue, and the thoroughness of the opinion from the Supreme Court, it is not sufficient as a corrections professional...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Apr 11 2012
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    NYC DOC Announces Crime Victims Bill of Rights for Staff

    The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) released a groundbreaking bill of rights for its staff who have been victimized by crime. The Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights for the NYC Department of Correction Workforce was announced Monday, April 23, at a candlelight vigil on Rikers Island during the department’s annual recognition of National Crime Victims Rights Week. It is believed to be the first crime victim’s bill of rights anywhere that focuses on corrections. The new bill...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, Apr 26 2012
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    Parole Essentials: Shaping Parole in the 21st Century

    Paroling authorities play a critical role in correctional systems nationwide. They make thousands of decisions each year about the timing of release from prison for a significant number of offenders. They set conditions of release and respond to violations of post-release supervision for many thousands more. Recognizing this critical role, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is engaged in a major initiative to develop useful resources for parole board chairs, members, and their executive...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, May 3 2012
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    Pew Report: "Public Opinion on Sentencing and Corrections Policy in America"

    As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work with states to improve public safety and control corrections costs, the Pew Center on the States/The Pew Charitable Trusts collaborated with two of the nation's leading polling firms, The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, to explore public opinion on sentencing and corrections issues across the country. 2012 polling, consistent with 2010 research, indicates that voters are concerned first and foremost with keeping communities...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Fri, May 11 2012
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    Pew Forum on Religion: Religion in Prisons

    " Religion in Prisons: A 50-State Survey of Prison Chaplains ", conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, was released on March 22, 2012. Findings: Professional prison chaplains see America's state penitentiaries as places bustling with religious activity, ranging from efforts by inmates to proselytize or convert other inmates to religious switching by prisoners. More than seven-in-ten state prison chaplains say efforts by inmates to convert others...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Mon, May 14 2012
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    2012 U.S. Peace Index Shows Continuing Reduction in Violence

    “The last twenty years have seen a substantial and sustained reduction in direct violence in the United States.” This quote from the Executive Summary is just one highlight of the second annual 2012 United States Peace Index (USPI) . The USPI is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and provides a comprehensive assessment of U.S. peacefulness at the state and city levels and analysis of the costs associated with violence and the socio-economic measures associated with...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Susan Powell on Wed, May 16 2012
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    Military Veterans-Only Unit Opens in Georgia Jail

    What is claimed to be the first ever veterans only jail dorm is up and running. The Muscogee county jail in Georgia is giving special treatment to military veterans who are incarcerated. The Muscogee County Sheriff says there are specific programs set up for the vets to keep them from breaking the law once they get out. Sheriff John Darr says it doesn't cost taxpayers any more money than a regular dorm because programs addressing addiction, depression, and housing are all volunteer based. Organizers...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Thu, May 17 2012
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    Trends in Corrections – A Visual Tool

    Focusing on trends over the past several decades, The Sentencing Project has released a set of fifteen charts, Trends in U.S. Corrections , that provide a compilation of key developments in the criminal justice system. Among the issues featured in this collection are: Rate of incarceration from 1925 to 2010 International comparisons of incarceration rates Changes in the drug offender composition of prison populations over time Racial/ethnic disparities by gender in incarceration Increases in the...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Susan Powell on Tue, May 22 2012
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    A Report: The Future of California Corrections

    On April 24, 2012, CDCR released their report, titled: The Future of California Corrections: A Blueprint to Save Billions of Dollars, End Federal Court Oversight, and Improve the Prison System. The report covers departmental changes that CDCR is looking to undertake as part of their efforts to streamline their operations, which they believe will save billions of dollars, reduce the prison population and help to meet court ordered population reductions and heath care standards. Summary highlights...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Jun 5 2012
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    Stab-Resistant Body Armor Standard Revision Project

    The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is revising the stab resistant body armor standard through the efforts of a special technical committee of practitioners and technical experts. As part of the revision, NIJ is trying to quantify the threat improvised weapons pose to correctional officers in order to identify better protective equipment that is more suitable to the ergonomics and work environment of a correctional officer. An important part of the work involves characterizing the types of weapons...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 6 2012
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    PREA 101 Webinar Series

    The PREA 101 Webinar Series focuses on the U.S Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, released on May 17, 2012. Each webinar will provide a presentation on standards readiness and blueprints for moving forward in the various correctional settings including adult prisons, jails and lock-ups, community corrections and juvenile agencies. The goal of the series is to: (1) assist agencies in triaging their response to the standards; (2) share information...
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    Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice: University of Illinois

    On Thursday June 7th, the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice celebrated its official opening at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford. The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice will equip communities across the state to respond appropriately to the needs of people with behavioral health disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system. The Center of Excellence will provide technical assistance, resources, and training...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Tue, Jun 26 2012
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    Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect 56 Mississippi Inmates

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for states to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. In Mississippi, 56 inmates sentenced when they were 18 or younger are serving capital murder sentences in which there is no parole, says Mississippi Department of Corrections spokeswoman Tara Booth. It is unclear right now how the ruling will affect these inmates. From corrections.com Learn more: Read Supreme Court opinion...
    Posted to Thinking About Corrections by Anonymous on Wed, Jun 27 2012
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