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Prioritizing Mental Health in Criminal Justice

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on the significance of mental health and advocating for increased understanding, support, and resources. While mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being for everyone, its importance within the criminal justice system cannot be overstated. This blog post aims to explore the vital connection between mental health awareness and the criminal justice system, highlighting the challenges faced

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Japan’s Volunteer Probation Officers

In 2015, I had the honor of speaking with a delegation of Probation Administrators from Japan and learning core elements of their community supervision practices.  One specific component that was very interesting to me dealt with their utilization of Volunteer Probation Officers. This article shares information specific to that model, as well as points that we may consider for application in our local operations.  To see the full article, as

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Improving Reentry from the Inside

Today, I attended the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) Webinar: “Reducing Reoffending and Enabling Reintegration”, with Professor Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow, Scotland.  This talk was scheduled for presentation at the UN Crime Prevention Congress in Kyoto in April 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Professor McNeill argued that, in order to reduce re-offending, it is crucial to enable reintegration and in fact, this

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