The ACEs Connection Network is a movement to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), heal trauma and build resilience.
Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in U.S. urban neighborhoods by providing transformational opportunities to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses and placing them in a high-touch, personalized fellowship.
The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization.
The Anti-Recidivism Coalition provides a support network for formerly incarcerated young men and women, and advocates for fairer criminal justice policies.
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, an office of the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, summarizes findings of a literature review and research in three areas – implementation science, early care and education quality, and costs – to guide development of measures for the implementation and costs of early care and education in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age five (May 2016).
Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: A Review of the Literature.
Back on Track — Los Angeles, launched in 2014, is an intensive recidivism reduction pilot program designed by the California Department of Justice’s Division of Recidivism Reduction and Re-Entry, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Probation Department. By providing a broad set of education, cognitive behavior training and reentry services to incarcerated men, the program helps offenders gain employment, find housing and reunite with their families – all in order to build new, crime-free lives.
Back on Track — LA.
Back on Track — San Francisco, founded in 2005 by then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, is a reentry initiative that aimed to reduce recidivism among certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Over a two-year period, the program reduced recidivism among its graduates to less than 10 percent. Back on Track was designated as a model for law enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Back on Track — San Francisco.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development identifies evidence-based positive youth development prevention and intervention programs.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development.
Californians for Safety and Justice’s first-ever survey of California crime survivors reveals a different perspective than that commonly held about the views of crime survivors (July 2013). California Crime Victims’ Voices: Findings from the First-Ever Survey of California Crime Victims and Survivors.
A transparency initiative led by the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) leverages statistical data maintained by the CA DOJ and other publicly available datasets. California DOJ Open Justice Initiative.
The California Health and Human Services Agency’s Open Data Portal improves access to the state’s health data and provides tools to visualize and download datasets (February 2015).
California Health and Human Services Open Data Portal.
The California Health Care Foundation commissions research and analysis aimed at helping state and local governments address barriers to data sharing. These efforts include briefing documents and informational webinars, an open portal initiative and case studies about successful implementation of health care services.
California Health Care Foundation.
On October 19, 2016, the White House and the U.S. DOJ announced the launch of the first national campaign to raise awareness, teach skills and inspire public action to address children’s exposure to violence and childhood trauma. The “Changing Minds” campaign will motivate teachers, coaches, counselors, health professionals, law enforcement officers, social workers and others who regularly interact with children to take meaningful action in supporting children who may be affected.
Changing Minds Campaign.
Kaiser Permanente and the Berkeley Media Studies Group argue that to prevent violence, we need to discuss crime as a public health problem in which after-the-fact responses are coupled with strategies for preventing violence before it starts (2016).
Changing the Discourse About Community Violence: To prevent it, we have to talk about it.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s GAINS Center prepared this easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of evidence-based practices with justice-involved adults (August 2012).
Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project provides 47 policy statements that can improve the criminal justice system’s response to people with mental illness (2002).
Consensus Project Report.
The annual County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income and teen births in nearly every county in America. The goal is to provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
The National Network for Safe Communities offers practical tools for engaging communities in efforts to sustain the closure of drug markets, including police-community reconciliation and dealer notifications (2015).
Drug Market Intervention: An Implementation Guide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses steps to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments in order to prevent child maltreatment and to assure that children reach their full potential (August 2014).
Essentials for Childhood Framework.
The U.S. DOJ’s National Institute of Corrections presents eight evidence-based principles that have been proven to influence positive behavior change during community supervision (2013).
Evidence-Based Practices in the Criminal Justice System: An Annotated Bibliography.
The Mijente organization addresses how cities can protect all residents from criminalization and deportation by expanding sanctuary city policies (January 2017).
Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?
The Vera Institute of Justice’s Family Justice Program offers training and technical assistance to community-based and government agencies to adopt case management styles that are strength-based and family-focused.
Family Justice Program.
Former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing discusses how to establish and nurture trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve (May 2015).
Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
The California Health Care Foundation explains the federal and state laws that apply to sharing behavioral health information in California (July 2015).
Fine Print: Rules for Exchanging Behavioral Health Information in California.
generationFIVE argues that child sexual abuse is a social justice issue, and works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families and communities.
The National Network for Safe Communities lays out steps that a community can take to cease the gun violence that destabilizes communities, creates fears in citizens and claims the lives of many young people of color (2016).
Group Violence Intervention: An Implementation Guide.
SAMHSA’s GAINS Center argues that health and corrections agencies should develop cross-system approaches to effect a successful transition for those with behavioral health disorders (2013).
Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ Housing First Checklist assesses projects and systems for a housing-first orientation (September 2016).
Housing First Checklist.
The U.S. DOJ’s National Institute of Corrections’ manual provides step-by-step instructions for local corrections personnel who want to use statistical data to improve their organization’s efficiency and provide support for funding initiatives (July 2007).
How to Collect and Analyze Data: A Manual for Sheriffs and Jail Administrators.
The Child Welfare Council helps agencies identify and engage with child victims of commercial sexual exploitation (2015).
Improving California’s Multi-System Response to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Resources for Counties.
The U.S. DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Council of State Governments Justice Center discuss how criminal justice officials can work with health professionals to reduce criminal justice involvement for people with mental illnesses and provide better links to treatment (2010).
Information Sharing in Criminal Justice – Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago assesses the influence of a range of factors on achievement of successful outcomes for workforce development programs (2012).
Inside the Black Box: What Makes Workforce Development Programs Successful?
Code for America’s Jail Population Management Dashboard gives judges, corrections staff and police an in-depth view of the local jail system, for real-time decision-making driven by data.
Jail Population Management Dashboard.
The U.S. DOJ outlines how justice-involved individuals can access coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs under the Affordable Care Act (June 2014).
Mapping the Criminal Justice System to Connect Justice-Involved Individuals with Treatment and Health Care under Affordable Care Act.
Using rarely accessible data from the criminal justice system, the Spatial Information Design Lab and the Justice Mapping Center have created maps of the “city-prison-city-prison” migration flow in five of the nation’s cities and “million dollar blocks” – neighborhoods in the country’s biggest cities where the concentration of residents who are incarcerated is so dense that states are spending in excess of a million dollars a year to incarcerate the residents of single city blocks.
Million Dollar Block Project.
This document describes California’s Board of State and Community Corrections’ minimum standards for local detention facilities (September 2012).
Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities.
In response to a rise in homicides and other violent crime involving youth, the City of Minneapolis initiated a year of strategic planning and community forums to respond to youth violence as a preventable public health condition (August 2013).
Minneapolis Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence.
Based on years of practice and research, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness identifies 10 objectives and 66 strategies to end homelessness (2015).
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
This document describes the California Board of State and Community Corrections’ set of commonly available performance metrics that can help policymakers better understand how local criminal justice systems are working (February 2015).
Performance Metrics for Community Corrections.
Based on its technical assistance to 175 U.S. communities, the Center for Mental Health Services’ National GAINS Center compiled advice on developing appropriate and comprehensive services for justice-involved persons with mental illness (2007).
Practical Advice on Jail Diversion: Ten Years of Learning on Jail Diversion from the CMHS National GAINS Center.
The CDC’s Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention is a four-step process that is rooted in the scientific method and can be applied to violence and other health problems that affect populations.
The Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention.
The Public Health Institute (PHI) generates and promotes research, leadership, and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices.
Public Health Institute.
This document from Impact Justice provides a compilation of resources on restorative justice, from a basic overview to more in-depth webinars.
Restorative Justice Resources.
This guide from the U.S. Department of Education provides a number of resources for creating school environments that are safe, supportive and conducive to teaching and learning while minimizing suspensions and expulsions.
The Council for State Governments’ summary of research examines the performance of instruments designed to assess the risk of recidivism, including the risk of committing a new crime and violating conditions of supervision, among adult offenders (March 2013).
Risk Assessment Instruments Validated and Implemented in Correctional Settings in the United States.
James Bonta and D.A. Andrews’ summary describes the role of risk, need and responsivity in the development of risk-assessment instruments (June 2006).
Risk-Need-Responsivity Model for Offender Assessment and Rehabilitation.
The Pew Charitable Trust’s Public Safety Performance Project discusses how data can be used to individually tailor services to justice-involved individuals.
Risk/Needs Assessment 101: Science Reveals New Tools to Manage Offenders.
The U.S. DOJ outlines principles of reform that help those who have paid their debt to society prepare for substantive opportunities beyond the prison gates (April 2016).
Roadmap to Reentry: Reducing Recidivism through Reentry Reforms at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
SAMHSA provides a framework for understanding trauma as well as guidelines for implementing trauma-informed approaches to care (July 2014).
SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach.
This report by the Board of State and Community Corrections details how it allocated its Public Safety Realignment funds (July 2015).
Two Thousand and eleven Public Safety Realignment Act: Third Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans.
U.C. Berkeley School of Law’s Institute on Law and Social Policy discusses how crime survivors’ lack of access to trusted services often leads them to be vulnerable to further criminal acts (April 2014).
Untold Stories of California Crime Victims: Research and Recommendations on Repeat Victimization and Rebuilding Lives.
This document by Californians for Safety and Justice provides an overview of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and tools to bring funding to communities (April 2016).
Victims of Crime Act and the Need for Advocacy.
The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention provides research, resources and technical assistance aimed at stopping violence before it begins.
Violence Prevention at CDC.
This material from the Council of State Governments provides a “one-stop shop” for research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry programs and practices.
What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse.
The Vera Institute of Justice describes the principles of a strength-based, family-focused approach to corrections practices, policy and reentry planning (2011).
Why Ask About Family?