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Canines (and Cats!) in Correctional Institutions: Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Companion Animal Programs

Approximately one in 107 adults in the United States is incarcerated in some type of correctional institution. Many correctional institutions have adopted a philosophy of “restorative justice” to not only manage inmates while incarcerated, but also provide them with the opportunity to develop skills needed to succeed once they are released. The recent trend of establishing companion animal programs is consistent with this philosophy. This Article focuses on the legal and ethical issues involved with keeping companion animals in this very specific institutional environment. First, the Article analyzes various types of programs that correctional institutions have established and assesses common benefits of and challenges for the programs. Second, it considers programs that may allow for inmates to have their “own” animals in a facility, including the question of whether service or assistance animals must be accommodated. Third, the Article evaluates the risks to humans involved with these programs and makes recommendations to ensure the safety of the participants to reduce the liability to the institutions and organizations involved. Fourth, it considers the ethical implications of having companion animals in these environments – focusing on whether it is an appropriate placement for companion animals and providing guidance for those who wish to consider implementing or supporting such programs.

Step-down Programs and Transitional Units: A Strategy to End Long-term Restrictive Housing

This brief will examine the concept of step-down or transitional programs, including their goals, different ways in which they can operate, key components of effective programs, and common pitfalls that should be avoided to promote their success.

Jail-based reentry programming to support continued treatment with medications for opioid use disorder: Qualitative perspectives and experiences among jail staff in Massachusetts

Individuals with opioid use disorder released to communities after incarceration experience an elevated risk for overdose death. Massachusetts is the first state to mandate county jails to deliver all FDA approved medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). The present study considered perspectives around coordination of post-release care among jail staff engaged in MOUD programs focused on coordination of care to the community.

Programs That Support Jails

This document provides a series of brief descriptions of Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) programs that have the purpose of supporting jails and criminal justice through funding, training and technical assistance (TTA), and other methods. Each program listed includes a brief scope note and links to relevant websites.

Programs That Support Behavioral Health

This document provides a listing of 19 Bureau of Justice Assistance programs that support behavioral health initiatives, and includes descriptive paragraphs and links to relevant websites.

Programs That Support Tribes

This document provides a series of brief descriptions of Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) programs that have the purpose of supporting initiatives for tribes through funding, training and technical assistance (TTA), and other methods. Each program listed includes a brief scope note and links to relevant websites.

Programs That Support Corrections

This document provides a series of brief descriptions of Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) programs that have the purpose of supporting correctional facilities and programming through funding, training and technical assistance (TTA), and other methods. Each program listed includes a brief scope note and links to relevant websites.

Reentry Programs and the Researchers Who Evaluate Them: What It Takes to Build an Effective Partnership

CSG Justice Center staff spoke with four Second Chance Act (SCA) Innovations in Reentry Initiative grantees—New York City’s Harlem Reentry Court; the Executive Office of the Governor of Delaware’s Individual Assessment, Discharge, and Planning Team (I-ADAPT) Program; the Indianapolis, Indiana, Department of Public Safety Second Chance Act Offender Reentry Project; and the Alameda County, California, Transition Day Reporting Center (TDRC) Demonstration—about their experiences fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice practitioners and the researchers evaluating their programs. These programs span the country and the justice system, serving clients within courts, prisons, jails, and in the community.

NSA I.G.N.I.T.E.

NSA’s national initiative to help jails replicate a program of the Genesee County (MI) Sheriff’s Office, that offers comprehensive education, job certification, and post-incarceration work opportunities and assistance to incarcerated individuals. The program, started by Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson, is called I.G.N.I.T.E., which is an acronym for Inmate Growth Naturally and Intentionally Through Education.

National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement

The programs on this site are varied in the populations they serve and services provided. This database is intended for correctional stakeholders working across front end decision-making, pre-trial release, jail and prison reentry and covers topical areas such as parenting programs and substance abuse and/or behavioral health. We have found this site to be a resource in correctional case planning, management, and supervision and treatment of women in correctional systems but also as a source of information for those interested in developing programs to serve women.