WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office of Justice Programs' National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today released "Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Re-Entry They Create," a paper published in partnership with Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. The paper describes trends in the use of financial obligations for formerly incarcerated individuals. The paper also discusses issues such as restitution and alternative models for successful use of fines, fees, and restitution.
The report is the most recent addition to a series of papers published as a result of the Executive Session on Community Corrections. The Executive Sessions at Harvard Kennedy School bring together experts who take joint responsibility for rethinking and improving society's responses to an issue.
More information about today's publication and other NIJ programs is available here: www.nij.gov.
TITLE: Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Re-Entry They Create
AUTHORS: Karin D. Martin, Assistant Professor of Public Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
Sandra Susan Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Wendy Still, Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County, California
The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; 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 Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.
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SOURCE Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs