News: Insights

Community Solutions, Inc. will be posting articles on an ongoing basis written by employees, partners, stakeholders and members of our communities about a variety of issues related to our mission and target population.

June 2016

Three Risk Factors for Addiction

Though addiction is a risk we all experience, certain traits predispose some to addiction more than others. When your family has a history of addiction, knowing the risk factors can help prevent the vicious cycle. It can also be useful in preventing addiction early on when you recognize your child may be at risk for addiction. Here are a few of the main risk factors for addiction. Read More

Road to Recovery - Gloucester Police Department Paves the Way

Significant national attention has been drawn to a local response to the widespread problem of opioid addiction and the rising numbers of opioid overdoses. In June of 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello began the Angel program by initiating a public post on Facebook to give addicts a chance at treatment without facing arrest if they would come to the town's police station and seek help through the program. Read More

May 2015

Crime, Recidivism, and Solutions in Delaware

While crime in the United States has declined steadily since the early 1990s, a handful of states have had marked trouble in recent years. While places such as Louisiana, Florida, and Texas receive the lionís share of media coverage, some remain overlooked, including the nationís first state, Delaware. Read More

January 2015

Introducing - The Bridgeport AIC UNITY Program

On July 1, 2014, The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division rolled out a new pilot program, UNITY (Utilizing New Initiative with Today's Youth). UNITY has been implemented in five AIC (Alternative in the Community) locations: Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, New Haven, and Stamford. This new initiative was birthed to address the persisting challenge in terms of lowering the recidivism rate among young adult male probationers. Read More

Juvenile Crime and Justice: The State of America and How we Can Improve

Juvenile crime and justice is a hot-button issue in the United States. While statistics show improvements in crime rates (the nationwide juvenile Violent Crime Index arrest rate reached a historic low in 2011), media-saturated topics such as the "knockout game" and the rise of "superpredators" can skew viewpoints and generate fear, hopelessness, and confusion nationwide. Intervention strategies that were once lauded have been proven ineffective, while the public perception of "what works" lags behind fresh data. After decades of studies and reviews, a number of evidence-based practices have been proven effective in reducing youth crime rates and saving money. Read More

Juvenile Justice in Georgia - Examining the First Year of House Bill 242

As is the case in many states, juvenile justice is a highly scrutinized topic in Georgia. In 1994, state legislators made juvenile justice laws stricter, sending a segment of convicted youths to adult prisons and increasing sentences for violent offenders. After twenty years of analysis, legislators determined that the changes were not working. Felony recidivism rates were equal for youths incarcerated in both juvenile and adult detention centers (within three years of release, 24.6 percent in youth facilities and 24.7 percent in adult prisons committed a new felony). Read More

December 2014

Rehabilitation, not Incarceration: Changing Offenders' Paths to Reentry

Imagine being trapped in a cycle of poverty, crime, and helplessness. Imagine spending years of your life behind bars as society moves forward, then trying to catch up after your release. Every year, more Americans enter the job market, armed with increasingly expensive college degrees. These people have been immersed in the newest technology and education and don't face employment barriers due to a criminal record. Now imagine competing with these people for a job - and you don't have a high school diploma or GED. Read More

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