Dos and Don'ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System

"Young adults ages 18 to 24 are often considered the most challenging population under justice system supervision. Data show that they account for a disproportionately high percentage of arrests, particularly for violent crimes, and they are the most likely age group to reoffend. In addition, young adults of color—particularly black and Hispanic young adults—are over-represented in the justice system. Recent scientific research has clearly demonstrated that young adulthood is a distinct period of development, with significant cognitive changes occurring into the mid-20s In response to this enhanced understanding of young adults’ development, a growing number of jurisdictions have explored st

PowerUp Reentry hosts first ever hackathon aimed at reducing recidivism

The weekend-long “PowerUp Reentry: Digital Solutions Day” hackathon is presented by the Reentry Project, a coalition of 15 local media outlets that have spent the last year looking at ways to make the return from prison more successful for former inmates. It will be produced by Code for Philly, the local outpost of Code for America, which runs several hacking marathons a year on various topics. The event is in partnership with The Reentry Coalition, the Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services and the city’s Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation.

Restoration of Rights Project

"The Collateral Consequences Resource Center, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the National HIRE Network have launched the newly expanded and fully updated Restoration of Rights Project (first launched in 2014). This online resource offers state-by-state analyses of the law and practice in each U.S. jurisdiction relating to restoration of rights and status following arrest or conviction. Jurisdictional profiles cover areas such as loss and restoration of civil rights and firearms rights, judicial and executive mechanisms for avoiding or mitigating collateral consequences, and provisions addressing non-discrimination in

"Far Apart, Close In Heart:" Exploring how kids cope with parents in prison

Nearly 3 million children in the U.S. have a parent in jail or prison. Local author Becky Birtha, of Delaware County, is hoping her new children's book, "Far Apart, Close in Heart," will help those kids express how they're feeling — and teach their friends and classmates what it's like to have a parent behind bars.

Redemption Housing's Day One Challenge

"What would you do if you found yourself fresh out of prison, a social outcast in a strange city, with nowhere to lay your head?” This is the question reentry service organization Redemption Housing posed in its first ever Day One Challenge, a three-hour immersion into the experience of a person recently released from prison. Starting at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City, participants were sent out into the city to experience what it’s like to find employment and educational opportunities, obtain a state ID, and find a place to sleep on their first day out of prison. Afterwards, they were invited to regroup for reflection and discussion. Redemption partnered with other member organiza

Practicing Recovery: Recovery-oriented Approaches to Housing Instability

"A stable and safe place to live is a critical element to recovery for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI). In fact, “Home” is one of the four major dimensions identified by SAMHSA that support a life in recovery. In addition, safe and affordable housing is a social determinant of health highlighted in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (ODPHP) Healthy People 2020 program." This housing resource guide offers summaries and links to help individuals better understand and navigate housing barriers and access options for individuals with serious mental illness experiencing housing instability.

Planning and Implementing a Reentry Program for Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders: A Toolkit

"This toolkit, developed by the Crime and Justice Institute with support from the San Joaquin County California Probation Department, offers guidance to organizations planning a reentry program for people with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The toolkit recommends steps for ensuring successful program implementation using examples from San Joaquin’s Assisting Reentry for Co-Occurring Adults through Collective Support (ARCCS) program, which serves adults returning to the community from the San Joaquin County Jail. The toolkit provides an overview of the many important concepts to consider when developing a reentry program tailored to individuals who have behavioral health nee

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