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Berkeley Study Shines Light on the Pressures of Being a Corrections Officer

It’s widely known that jails and prisons can be violent and stressful places to work. But the well-being of corrections officers, while a priority for corrections departments across the country, has rarely been the subject of formal study.

This is a gap that Dr. Amy Lerman at the University of California, Berkeley; the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) union; and the CCPOA Benefit Trust Fund aim to fill.

“We started this project because we want to better understand the impact of the work environment on our members and the research wasn’t there,” said Stephen Walker, director of Governmental Affairs for the CCPOA union.

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Legislation to Fund the Federal Government for Fiscal Year 2019 Includes $87.5M for Second Chance Act

President Trump signed the omnibus fiscal year 2019 spending bill, which provides $30.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice and includes $3.02 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.

Funding Opportunities

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Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children

This program provides funding to promote and expand services for incarcerated parents and their children under the age of 18 as well as helps children of incarcerated parents gain more access to services that support their needs. The deadline to apply is April 15. 

Innovations in Supervision Initiative–Community Corrections-Led Violence Reduction Grant Program

This grant program is inviting proposals from states, localities, and federally recognized tribal jurisdictions to serve as models for probation and/or parole partnerships with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies to reduce violent crime and recidivism among people under supervision. The deadline to apply is March 8. 
“How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses” Train-the-Trainer Events for Individuals
Deadline: Feb. 22
Policy Advancing Transformation and Healing (PATH): A Young Adult Mental Health Policy and Systems Change Initiative
Center for Law and Social Policy
Deadline: Mar. 6
Adult Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiative
Deadline: Apr. 16

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives Program
Deadline: May 13

Featured Publications and Resources

In Focus: Collecting and Analyzing Baseline Data
Stepping Up Initiative
Fact-Based Policy: How Do State and Local Governments Accomplish It?
The Hamilton Project

Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco
Top Trends in State Criminal Justice Reform, 2018
The Sentencing Project

Tribal Reentry Advocacy Guide: A Roadmap for Increasing Access to Justice & Opportunity for Tribal Members with Criminal Records through Collaboration & Partnership
Root & Rebound and the Yurok Tribal Court
Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit
Society for Human Resource Management in partnership with Koch Industries

State Strategies for Establishing Connections to Health Care for Justice-Involved Populations: The Central Role of Medicaid
The Commonwealth Fund
Investing in Futures: Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Postsecondary Education in Prison
Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Making Good on the Promise: Building Trust to Promote Equity in Career Technical Education (CTE)
Advance CTE

Upcoming Events

2019 Legislative Conference
National Association of Counties
Mar. 2–6, Washington, DC

2019 Winter Training Institute
American Probation and Parole Association
March 7–13, Miami, FL
Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Program [New Applicant Webinar]
Mar. 15
Twelfth Academic Health & Policy Conference on Correctional Health
Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health
Mar. 21–22, Las Vegas, NV
Twenty-fifth Annual Conference
National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities
Apr. 29–May 1, Cleveland, OH
Thirty-eighth Annual Conference and Jail Expo
American Jail Association
May 18–22, Louisville, KY
2019 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program
Annie E. Casey Foundation, CSG Justice Center, and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Nov. 4–8, Washington, DC

Media Clips

How California Wants to Help Ex-Offenders Get Jobs at Community Colleges
The Future of Prison Reform in Florida
[Opinion] Lock the Parole-Prison Revolving Door—Rethink a System That's Sending Far Too Many People Away for Minor Violations
Daily News—New York
Cummings and Other Lawmakers Press to Eliminate Job Discrimination against Former Felons
Baltimore Fishbowl—National
Prison Animal Programs Are Benefitting Both Inmates and Hard-To-Adopt Dogs in Florida, Experts Say
ABC News—Florida
Tennessee Will Open First Prison Housing Units for Military Veterans
Nashville Tennessean—Tennessee
Delaware Department of Correction Awarded Two Rare Federal Grants to Help Fight Recidivism
Newsom Plans to Move California Juvenile Justice Division out of Corrections Department
Los Angeles Times—California
[Opinion] Rehabilitation Through Spirituality and Faith: Why Isn’t the Prison and Reentry Reform Movement Focused on the Capacity Building of Responsive and Compelling Change Agents?
Berkley Forum—National
New Mental Health Screening for Inmates Could Change Lives, Anderson Officials Say
Independent Mail—South Carolina
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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