CSG Justice Center

Republican and Democratic leaders from all branches of government shared their experiences using this data-driven, consensus-based approach to reduce corrections spending and increase public safety.

Seven states profiled in a new brief from The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center have reported significant reductions in recidivism in recent years.

Individuals released from prison and jail and who are on community supervision have complex needs. If those needs are not met, the likelihood of their successful transition to the community is reduced, which can pose a threat to public safety. Despite the fiscal challenges many state governments have faced in recent years, policymakers and community stakeholders are increasingly aware that, in many cases, the cycle of reoffending can be broken if the right tools and approaches are used. With continued federal support and strong state and local leadership, the chance for meaningful and lasting change is within reach.

The House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice and Science included the Second Chance Act in their 2013 justice funding bills released April 17.

Congress passed the Second Chance Act in 2008; it supports evidence-based strategies proved to reduce recidivism.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Law enforcement officials, judicial leaders and behavioral health experts briefed Congressional staff in March on the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act and the collaborative criminal justice-mental health programs that it supports.