October 16, 2012
This Models for Change guidebook presents a framework for reviewing the policies and procedures of a probation department to ensure it’s working efficiently and effectively. The guidebook is based on a probation review undertaken in Jefferson Parish, LA as part of the work in the four core states associated with the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative, and in Los Angeles County, CA. Be sure to share it with your local stakeholders!
Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Releases an Educational Primer for Texas Legislators
Recently, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, an NJJN member, made it a bit easier for Texas legislators to commit to necessary criminal justice and juvenile justice reforms when they sent every candidate running for a state-level Texas legislative office an educational primer detailing cost-saving strategies for reform.
In the new publication, Cost-Saving & Public Safety-Driven Strategies for Texas’ Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems, the coalition outlines six criminal and juvenile justice areas in need of improvement, with realistic reform solutions in each area.
In the past year, the practice of solitary confinement has received a great deal of attention and now, a new report from Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union details what has become an excessive use of solitary confinement and the harm it imposes on youth. The report, Growing Up Locked Down: Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States, includes interviews from individuals held in solitary confinement and prison and jail officials, as well as quantitative data and the advice of experts.
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Upcoming PREA Webinars and Trainings:
The National PREA Resource Center and The Project on Addressing Prison Rape present some great opportunities to get educated on the national Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards.