The American Institutes for Research (AIR), with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, operates the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), which was established by the Second Chance Act (SCA). SCA provides federal funding and support to jurisdictions and nonprofits that provide reentry services and those working to reduce recidivism.

During COVID-19 it has been challenging to connect people with appropriate medical care, especially incarcerated and recently released individuals. The rise in telehealth services can help address this problem and can be a cost-efficient and effective way to provide care.

Becoming Trauma Informed and Moving to Trauma Responsive (Part 2 of 3)

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program for their webinar “Becoming Trauma Informed and Moving to Trauma Responsive” on Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00–3:15 p.m. ET. Part two of a three-part series, this webinar will address ways that correctional and behavioral health professionals can address the complex issue of trauma in a way that moves from trauma informed to trauma responsive.

Building Inclusion Across Multi-disciplinary Teams

Join the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) for their webinar “Building Inclusion Across Multidisciplinary Teams” on March 31, 2021 at 1:00– 2:00 p.m. ET. This one-hour interactive webinar will “explore the benefits of building inclusion across multi-disciplinary teams in corrections to increase cultural awareness, operational effectiveness, and program efficacy.

Takeaways: Building Inclusion: (I.C.E.)

Second Look=Second Chance: The Case for Reconsidering Lengthy & Other Extreme Sentences

Join the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) for their webinar “Second Look=Second Chance: The Case for Reconsidering Lengthy & Other Extreme Sentences” on March 11, 2021, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will feature a discussion on “Second Look Sentencing,” an emerging legislative trend addressing mass incarceration. It seeks to reduce the number of people serving excessive sentences by reevaluating sentencing after an individual has served for a certain amount of time.

Impact Justice, with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, manages The National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center (PRC). The PRC helps state, local, and tribal agencies to implement PREA standards. The PRC also supports the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) audit function.

Webinar: Social Emotional Skill Development

Social and emotional development can be defined as a process through which individuals acquire skills to increase self-awareness, improve relationships with others, and achieve their goals. These skills are essential to succeed in family, school, workplaces, and communities and are increasingly recognized as important to one’s success in a variety of life outcomes. The benefits of social and emotional skill development can therefore be leveraged in tribal communities to maximize the protective impact of these skills against negative outcomes, including addiction. Attend this webinar to discuss the importance of social emotional skills (SES) among children, youth and adults and the buffering effect of SES on addiction and trauma. Examine strategies to support SES development. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Summarize how social emotional skill development occurs at various ages 
  • Explain the impact of SES on addiction and trauma 
  • Identify four specific strategies to support SES development

Webinar – “Implementing a Peer Mentor Program: Strategies for Engaging Peer Recovery Support Specialists in Adult Treatment Courts”

Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSSs) working in treatment courts are people with lived experience of behavioral health disorders and criminal justice involvement who are key members of the clinical team serving those participating in drug court and mental health court programs.

This webinar covers strategies for how to engage PRSSs in adult treatment courts to support people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. Topics covered will include: