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Transition from Jail to Community Initiative Phase 2 Site Reports

This brief from the National Institute of Corrections summarizes themes and relevant information about TJC sites’ implementation experiences. "TJC [Transition from Jail to Community] represents an integrated approach spanning organizational boundaries to deliver needed information, services, and case management to people released from jail. Boundary-spanning collaborative partnerships are necessary because transition from jail to the community is neither the sole responsibility of the jail nor of the community. Accordingly, effective transition strategies rely on collaboration among jail- and community-based partners and joint ownership of the problems associated with jail transition and the

From Incarceration to Reentry: A Look at Trends, Gaps, and Opportunities in Correctional Education a

Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success (CLASP), October 2016 "With record levels of men and women incarcerated—totaling 2.2 million—the United States places more people in prison at a higher rate than any other developed nation. That total also represents 20 percent of the world’s prison population, which is disproportionately high considering that the U.S. makes up less than 5 percent of the world’s population. For low-income communities, the disparities are even more alarming. In 2014, the median annual income for people prior to incarceration was less than $20,000. Furthermore, Blacks and Latinos, who are disproportionately impacted by poverty, also have the highest rates of impris

Report: Criminal Justice Reform: Issues and Options for the Next President

This brief is part of Election 2016 and America’s Future— an institution-wide initiative in which Brookings scholars have identified the biggest issues facing the country this election season and are providing individual ideas for how to address them. "Americans across partisan, ideological, and racial lines are rethinking the country’s criminal justice system. This is entirely appropriate—and necessary. And yet, conversations, debates, and policy prescriptions around this issue often are not rooted in sound data. All too often, convoluted and even contradictory facts are cited, undermining efforts to improve a system that is in many ways broken. In this brief, we seek to provide citizens a

See Us, Support Us Resource Toolkit to Help Support Children of Incarcerated Parents

This toolkit was created by the Osborne Association as part of a month-long campaign to increase the visibility of children of incarcerated parents. The kit includes: including a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents, a social media guide, and guidance on identifying and supporting children of incarcerated parents in child welfare.

New PA Law Limits Access to Criminal Records

PennLive, October 4, 2016 The new law taking effect on November 14th will allow ex-offenders with certain second- and-third degree misdemeanors to put their criminal history in the past.

More Colleges Commit to the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

"Last month, 61 higher education institutions and systems signed the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge, a White House initiative to reduce barriers to admission for individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. The latest group to sign on represents 172 campuses that enroll 1.8 million students, adding to the inaugural group of 25 institutions that signed on in June."

Improving Outcomes for Justice-Involved Programs with Lessons from Veterans Programs

Health Affairs Blog, October 6, 2016. An unusual combination of national programs—the Veteran’s Justice Programs and the Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program—can inform future work to improve the health and well-being of a highly vulnerable population. "Over 10 million individuals were incarcerated in the United States at some point in 2014. Incarcerated individuals are disproportionately poor, black, and homeless, and suffer from higher rates of mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic disease than the general public. Most were uninsured prior to 2014. However, in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), nearly all individuals are presumed to be

Register for the Feb 1 Winter Reentry Coalition Meeting Stakeholder Showcase

We hope you will join us for a Stakeholder Showcase at our first Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting of 2017 on February 1st. The event will be a great chance to network with others working on reentry in Philadelphia, and will provide a structured opportunity to connect with other Coalition members (who you choose) and learn about their programs and services or other reentry topics. We will provide registered attendees a list in advance of the stakeholders being showcased, so you can think about which mini-sessions you want to attend. To register to attend the Stakeholder Showcase/ Quarterly Meeting, visit the event page.

***Deadline Extension! Apply Now for the Spring 2017 Partnership with the Philadelphia Reentry Think

What problem could a group of returning citizens help you solve? The Philadelphia Reentry Think Tank brings together a group of formerly incarcerated individuals from across the city, to work with artists, advocates, and reentry sector stakeholders to engage the city's pressing reentry issues. Different Reentry Coalition members each nominate a returning citizen they work with who then become Think Tank Fellows. Throughout the year, the Think Tank is creating powerful photos, films, radio pieces, mobile murals, and media campaigns to shift the public opinions and meaningfully push progressive policies and services. The Think Tank is simultaneously working with reentry sector stakeholders to

How to read a PA criminal record

This brief from Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity is meant to help employers understand how to read a criminal record. Pennsylvania law allows an employer to consider felony and misdemeanor conviction(s) for hiring purposes only to the extent that the felony and/or misdemeanor conviction(s) relates to the applicant’s suitability for employment in the position for which he or she applied. A conviction disposition, which an employer may consider during the hiring process under Pennsylvania law are Guilty, Guilty Plea, and Nolo Contendre as defined more fully in this document.

U.S. Senate Approves 21st Century Cures Act

Following approval by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act (#CuresNow) in a bipartisan vote of 94-5. The $6 billion public health and medical research bill, which will now head to President Obama, is an umbrella for a variety of health initiatives, from authorizing money to combat the nation’s opioid crisis to funding the “moonshot” project to cure cancer. Included in the omnibus bill’s range of initiatives are several criminal justice reform measures related to the issue of mental health, including the enactment of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (CJMHA) and the reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTC

Fair Chance Hiring in Philanthropy

This step-by-step guide supports foundations, their grantees, and vendors in implementing best-practice hiring policies that expand employment opportunity for formerly incarcerated people. It is a joint publication of the Executives’ Alliance, the National Employment Law Project, and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement. Click here to learn more!

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