JJ Report Released Today
Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) released its first-ever national report on state compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Titled A Pivotal Moment: Sustaining the Success and Enhancing the Future of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the report provides an eye-opening account of the present challenges facing states as they work to comply with the JJDPA and effectively argues for a recommitment by the federal government to promote JJDPA standards and to provide continued support for states in their delinquency prevention and juvenile justice reform efforts.
To download the full report click here .To download the executive summary click here .* * *Key Parole Study
Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS) recently released a study entitled Denying parole at first eligibility: How much public safety does it actually buy? Key findings of the study include: 1) parole denial upon initial eligibility does very little to reduce crime rates, 2) people convicted of homicide and sex offenses rarely commit new crimes, and 3) increased time served does not increase the likelihood of success upon release.
To view full copy of the report click here.
Innovative Program of the Month
Bell County Community Supervision and Corrections Department recently established a substance abuse/post-traumatic stress disorder program designed to assist probationers who have been in military combat operations to better cope with post-traumatic stress disorders caused by their military experience. The program provides participants with alternative tools and strategies to help them stop the use of alcohol or controlled substances.
This program, run by Phyllis Davis, MA., LCDC, CART, CAS, is twelve-weeks long and requires individuals to participate in both group and individual counseling and undergo acupuncture twice a week to help relieve stress and anxiety in support of counseling efforts.
Congratulations to Todd Jermstad and his team for being part of the solution!
For more information about the program, please click here !
Must Attend Policy Conference
The University Texas at El Paso will hold a Global Public Policy Forum discussing a 21st century approach to the U.S. war on drugs. This forum seeks to identify policies that will assist communities affected by drug use, addiction, and related drug war violence that impacts border communities and beyond.
Experts will discuss the history, success, and failures of the war on drugs movement and its impact on communities along the Mexico and U.S. border. Researchers will also discuss the social consequences of the war on drugs and suggest alternative strategies and policy proposals to effectively address the needs of affected communities.
The conference will be held September 20-22, 2009. Click here to see video on the conference.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
TCJC brings news on probation, parole, juvie justice and the drug war
These interesting items were mentioned in an email received this morning from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition:
Posted by Gritsforbreakfast at 1:19 PM