This report from the Urban Institute examines criminal background checks as a significant collateral consequence for people in the justice system and explores the importance of employment to reducing recidivism.
State officials are launching the first statewide council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. Gov. Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council, which aims to stop the trend of inmates being freed from prison, committing new crimes and heading back to jail. About two-thirds of convicts nationally end up re-incarcerated
"Pennsylvania became the third state to launch a statewide Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails, joining Ohio and California on April 4.“Every single meeting that I have with law enforcement, the number one issue that comes up is about people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system,” Wetzel said. “That’s why I’m excited about the Stepping Up Initiative, which takes a data-driven approach to solving this probl
BY Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, on NextCity, "Finding stable, affordable housing is rarely easy, no matter who you are. Doing so after years behind bars can be nearly impossible. Between 70 and 90 percent of people returning from prison move in with a family member or loved one, according to Carrie Pettus-Davis, a leading reentry expert and the director of the Institute for Advancing Justice Research and Innovation, a criminal justice think tank at Washington University in St. Lou
A new report from CLASP, Reconnecting Justice: Lessons Learned and the Agenda Ahead, lifts up the strong connections between education, jobs, and criminal justice. Continuing the discussion from CLASP’s Reconnecting Justice forum last fall, the report outlines our agenda for moving forward in the current political climate, where uncertainty surrounds criminal justice reform.While bipartisan support for criminal justice reform has gained momentum over the past decade, the coo