This week in the news: Read about the increasing populations of women in prison, the justice reform said to protect those who confront hunger and poverty upon reentry, a blueprint designed to help policymakers combat a mass incarceration, public defense for migrants and refugees, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: May 17, 2019”
Almost seven years ago, New York Times columnist Allina Tugend wrote an insightful column on redefining success, quoting author Katrina Kenison: “There’s a beauty in cultivating an appreciation for what we already have.” This National Drug Court Month, I wanted to congratulate all Juvenile Drug Treatment Court (JDTC) practitioners on your tireless work and encourage you to cultivate an appreciation of what you have accomplished; to think beyond the traditional measures of success, specifically the expectation we place on our participants to graduate.
Almost every time I travel to work with a JDTC, I end up telling this same story. It’s not even my own, it’s Dr. Jaqueline Van Wormer’s, but it’s a good one, so I’m going to share it with you:
Continue reading “Building Blocks to Success – Celebrating Achievements in Your Drug Court”
This week in the news: Read about leading states and candidates in justice system reform, the racial disparities recently unveiled within opioid addiction treatment, several legislative updates on public defense and education after reentry, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: May 10, 2019”
On recent visits to three drug courts in three different states, the concept of moving away from a traditional cookie-cutter approach to treatment for participants came up. In several conversations, drug court teams discussed the idea of working with participants to identify and better understand their unique needs. From that inquiry and conversation, drug court teams could develop a treatment plan tailored to the participant’s unique individual history, circumstances, and needs.
Continue reading “Let’s Get Your History”
This week in the news: Read about the presidential candidates’ debates over voting rights for individuals who are incarcerated, the unexpected surge of a possible meth crisis, problem-solving courts in Indiana, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: May 3, 2019”
This week in the news: Read about the new studies said to be shaping justice system reform, how Congress is considering a new bipartisan bill that would allow individuals who are incarcerated access to Pell Grants, additional roadblocks to the First Step Act, racial disparities in Baltimore’s justice system, and more.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 26, 2019”
April is Second Chance Month and, with that, we celebrate the important role legal aid organizations and public defense providers can play in helping people with criminal records. There are tens of thousands civil collateral consequences of having a criminal record, such as having to disclose prior convictions on job applications, difficulty securing an occupational license, or losing one’s drivers’ license. Receiving legal services can help stabilize housing and reduce barriers to employment for the almost 75 million, or one-in-three, American adults facing these consequences.
Continue reading “Civil Legal Aid Offers a Second Chance and Keeps Americans Working”
This week in the news: Read about the benefits of expungement, how more areas in the United States are turning to drug courts, what the US Department of Justice is doing to make sure opioids are responsibly distributed, and how juvenile justice systems in the country are working to give youth a second chance.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 19, 2019”
In 2014, Tracey Jones celebrated ten years working at the same daycare center. There is no question that Tracey is meant to work with children. Walk down Courtlandt Avenue with her, and you will hear kids yelling, “Hi, Miss Tracey!” When she hears the greeting, she stops what she’s doing and opens her arms. She scoops them up, remembers their names, the last time she babysat them, and in a few cases, the last time she babysat their parents.
Continue reading “Vacatur: Whose Second Chance Is It Anyway?”
This week in the news: Read about the legislation put out by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and US Senator Cory Booker in honor of Second Chances Month meant to ease the barriers to re-entry, the voting rights that could be in jeopardy, and the objections raised over president Trump’s top pick for the No. 2 post at the Department of Justice.
Continue reading “Friday News Roundup: April 12, 2019”