Oregon Governor Signs Bill To Track Info About Jail Inmates

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require local and regional jails to provide the state with information about the people in their custody, as well as details about the health care inmates receive. “It is important as we seek to improve health care provided at local and regional correctional facilities that our efforts are based on good data …

Evaluation of North Carolina’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program (From the RAND Corporation)

Before 2013, incarcerated individuals in North Carolina could enroll in college correspondence courses, but there was no coordinated effort to provide a path toward a postsecondary degree or credential. Furthermore, there was no coordination around reentry. The Vera Institute of Justice’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project (Pathways) was a multistate demonstration project in three states — Michigan, New …

Trump pardons Pat Nolan, former GOP lawmaker taken down in FBI’s ‘Shrimpscam’ probe

President Trump has pardoned Pat Nolan, a former Republican state legislative leader who spent years in prison after being convicted in the “Shrimpscam” FBI sting in the 1990s and later became a high-profile conservative apostle for criminal justice reform. Reached by phone Wednesday evening, Nolan said he was “obviously very grateful.” “I had hoped to get one, but actually I’m really hopeful …

Giving ex-convicts healthcare helps all of us

The Transitions Clinic Network, founded by Yale Associate Professor Emily Wang manages the specific needs of patients with chronic illnesses on their release from prison, help improve their health outcomes, and facilitate their reintegration to the community. The program links people released from prison who have chronic illnesses with community health workers who also have a history of incarceration. They …

Jailing people with mental illness is a national problem. The solutions are local.

There are countless problems in this world that lack ready solutions. Jailing so many people with mental illness is not one of them. While it’s a national problem, addressing mental illness in America’s jails requires local people finding on-the-ground solutions. Progress requires teamwork among judges, police, sheriffs, mental health workers, probation officers and others who affect the lives of people …

Coordination and Communication are Key to Improving Mental Health and Criminal Justice in America

Mental health and criminal justice are a tangled mess in communities all across the country. Rather than supporting health from childhood through old age, our social systems show hardly any signs of understanding mental health at all. We don’t systematically recognize or have the capacity to respond to early indications for concern, and instead rely upon law enforcement to intervene …

In Billerica, Young Prisoners Give Freedom A Trial Run

At Middlesex House of Corrections in Massachusetts, the P.A.C.T. unit, which stands for People Achieving Change Together, opened in February, 2018. P.A.C.T. was born out of a collaboration between Middlesex County and the Vera Institute of Justice, a non-profit research group based in New York City. The premise of the unit is to reflect life on the outside. Inmates there …

A CRIMINAL PAST, AN UNWRITTEN FUTURE|

Their message to these young men was simple: “You may be locked up, but your mind can still be free.” Over time, what started as a book club transformed into a robust operation that supports D.C. men from the day they are arrested to the day they come home and beyond. “They helped me change my whole mindset of going …

Commentary: The Recidivism Trap

Recidivism is the reoccurrence of crime among people known to have committed crimes before. At all levels of justice, from local probation offices to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, if we judge the impact of interventions at all, we do so in part by measuring recidivism. In a report John Jay College published today with the Harvard Kennedy School, they conclude that …