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View an Overview of Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Grants, which includes grant award amounts, project descriptions, and site photographs.

For statistical information, visit the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) web site.

For research and evaluation information, visit the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) web site.

Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Members of Congress, DOJ, and others met with juvenile justice leaders in Washington, DC to discuss two publications released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which offer state and local governments recommendations to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. These publications are supported by BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Adds Education & Employment Findings

The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse now includes new and updated research findings on the role of employment and education programs in improving reentry outcomes. Having a job is often cited by those exiting incarceration as a key component to a successful transition back into the community. Research supports this notion, indicating that having a job reduces the odds of reoffending. However, the latest findings, now available on the Clearinghouse, suggest that the relationship between employment programs and reentry success is complex. Read more.

Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes

With support from BJA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States. This publication highlights reentry programs which focus on areas vital to reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with BJA and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, has released Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness. This white paper provides a new tool that can be used as a starting point for cross-systems collaborations to reduce reincarceration and unemployment among adults with criminal histories.

AG Holder Announces “Smart on Crime” Approach at ABA 2013 Annual Meeting

On August 12, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. "Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them," said Attorney General Holder. Read more

Justice and Health Connect Web Site Launched

With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) web site, JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. Read more.

Highly Effective Grant Program Management
Dates: 12/8/2015 - 12/10/2015
Location: San Diego, CA

North Carolina Correctional Association (NCCA) 2015 Training Conference
Dates: 12/9/2015 - 12/11/2015
Location: Wilmington, NC

Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute Corrections Technology Forum 2015
Dates: 12/11/2015 - 12/13/2015
Location: Arlington, VA

Second Chance Act (SCA) and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) National Conferences
Dates: 12/14/2015 - 12/16/2015
Location: Washington, DC

Implementing Policies and Practices on the Non-Use of Restraints with Incarcerated Pregnant Women (Webinar)
Dates: 12/14/2015 - 12/14/2015
Location: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET,

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InnerChange Freedom Initiative (Minnesota)
A voluntary, faith-based prisoner reentry program that attempts to prepare inmates for reintegration into the community, employment, family, and other significant relationships through educational, values-based programming.

Project BUILD
A violence prevention curriculum designed to assist youths in detention overcome obstacles such as gangs, violence, crime, and substance abuse.

Changing Course
An interactive journal designed specifically for offenders incarcerated in a local correctional setting (i.e., jail) who have been screened or identified as having a potential substance use disorder.

A juvenile court-based program designed to address the needs of juvenile offenders on probation who have emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. The approach is meant to be an integrated, seamless, coordinated system of care for children with mental health problems.

Little Village Gang Violence Reduction Project (Comprehensive Gang Model)
A comprehensive, community-wide program designed to reduce serious violence in Chicago's gang-ridden Little Village neighborhood.

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Best Practices in the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women and Girls Under Correctional Custody, This report provides a set of principles and best practices to guide policy and practice regarding the use of restraints with pregnant women and girls under correctional custody.

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results, BJA-Sponsored, June 2014. This report highlights significant reductions in recidivism rates in eight states: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Solutions for Safer Communities: BJA FY 2012 Annual Report to Congress, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2014. This Annual Report describes the funding, technical assistance, and diverse resources BJA provided to support jurisdictions in reducing and preventing crime and promoting fairness in the criminal justice system.

National Gang Center, Winter 2014, Volume 3, BJA-sponsored, 2014. This article presents highlights of the American Probation and Parole (APPA) probation and parole gang membership interviews.

Paroling Authorities: The Importance of Engaging Meaningful Partnerships, BJA-sponsored, 2014. This guide is designed to provide information and tools to help paroling authorities heighten their interest in forming strong collaborative partnerships with key criminal justice stakeholders in their state, and to provide them with concrete suggestions and strategies for building these partnerships to strengthen the criminal justice system and to enhance community safety.

Program Performance Report: Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Grant Program, July 2011-March 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report summarizes the performance data FY 2006-2010 Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) grantees reported between July 2011 and March 2012.

Program Performance Report: Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Program (SAVIN), January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, 2014. This report summarizes the self-reported performance data submitted by 29 SAVIN grantees between January and June 2013. These grantees received BJA SAVIN funding in Fiscal Years 2007–2011.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.

Program Performance Report: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program, January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report provides information about RSAT grantee activities during the January through June 2013 period.

Program Performance Report: Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands (CSCATL), April 2012-March 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report examines key findings of the CSCATL program, highlighting grantee progress toward achieving strategic plans, renovation, or construction projects.

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