CSG Research & Expertise in the News: Military Education; Offender Re-entry; Reducing Recidivism; CSG Justice Center Study

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of Aug. 14-20 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

School liaisons bridge gap between military families and quality education
Aug. 18, 2011

Every parent wants their child to be successful in life, but with the constant relocations associated with the military lifestyle, it can be difficult for children to cope and thrive in school. This can add a lot of stress on military families and shouldn’t be a road they have to travel alone.

And they’re not alone. The school liaisons here are scheduled to host a Back to School Readiness Resource Fair at the field house, Aug. 26, to give military families the resources and support they need when considering education opportunities for their children. More...

Johnson County Prison Program Gets High Praise From National Consultants
KCUR 89.3 (NPR Affiliate)
Aug. 18, 2011

Experts from The Justice Center of The Council of State Governments in New York, and The Criminal Justice Institute in Boston, were in Johnson County this week talking with administrators of an innovative inmate- reentry program.

The consultants say the Johnson County program is becoming a national model. More...

North Dakota joins 36 states in Military Education Compact
Wells Fargo Pioneer
Aug. 17, 2011

North Dakota is now part of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, an agreement with 36 other states to streamline the transition between various schools, for military families, as they deploy and move from state to state.

The state’s involvement was marked by a special event Friday, Aug. 12, at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. It is the result of legislation passed during the 62nd North Dakota Legislative Assembly and signed by Gov. Dalrymple earlier this year. More...

National Groups Partner To Address BH Needs Of Offender Population
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Aug. 16, 2011

Citing an overlap of services in addressing a shared population, along with limited resources, officials from mental health, substance abuse and corrections organizations say they intend to develop a consensus paper and share best practices for moving forward to help offenders in the criminal justice and corrections system access appropriate services and transition into the community.

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the National Association of State Alcohol / Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) will collaborate on this effort, said officials, who convened in June. More...

Texas study questions use of harsh disciplinary policies
New York State School Boards Association
Aug. 15, 2011

A study of almost one million Texas schoolchildren by researchers at Texas A&M University chips away at the popular notion that strict disciplinary measures such as suspension or expulsion are the best way to address disruptive student behavior.

“A school that makes frequent use of suspension and expulsion does not necessarily create an environment that enables the overall school to achieve better academic outcomes,” according to Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement. More...

Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center Releases Guide for Transforming Probation Departments
Aug. 15, 2011

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center announced today the release of a guide for policymakers committed to reducing the likelihood that probationers will reoffend. A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism provides probation leaders with a roadmap to overhaul the operations of their agencies so they can increase public safety in their communities and improve rates of compliance among people they are supervising.  More...