March 2017 archive

California Lawmakers Unveil a List of Bills Meant to Keep Children out of the Juvenile Justice System

Los Angeles Times By Jazmine Ulloa California lawmakers on Monday said they have filed a package of bills in an attempt to divert children from a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately affects low-income and black and Latino families. Sens. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) have introduced eight proposals that would extend protections for …

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Why Every Indiana Inmate Could Soon Have a Tablet

IndyStar By Ryan Martin A plan to put a tablet in every Indiana inmate’s hands could help offenders stay connected with their families and improve their education, which are important ways to keep them from returning to prison. But the plan is also raising questions about fairness. Could a technology company providing specialized tablets made …

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Corrections Budget Offers $7 Million for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

The Bismark Tribune By Caroline Grueskin Probationers and parolees may be the first to see improvements in mental health and substance abuse treatment after this legislative session. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is requesting to cut its own costs by prioritizing who goes to prison, in order to provide services to people who …

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Former criminal, now a politician, explains support for North Carolina’s ‘Ban the Box’ bill

Mar 08, 2017 Charles Evans was convicted of several felonies in the 1990s after he became addicted to drugs and started embezzling from his job. He’s now a Cumberland County Commissioner and a prominent supporter of a bill that, if passed, makes it easier for people with criminal records to get jobs. He says it …

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Andrew Speno: State Has Two Choices on Crime — Change or Bankruptcy

Tulsa World By Andrew Speno Oklahoma stands on the brink of a monumental success with the potential to define our state for decades to come. A task force of lawmakers and stakeholders put out recommendations to decrease our bloated prison population, save billions in taxes, and increase public safety. But one step in the wrong …

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Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Three States’ Reductions in Prison Costs and Reinvestments in Public Safety

By CSG Justice Center Staff On March 8, state leaders from Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina convened at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. to discuss how these states have used the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—an approach designed to reduce spending on corrections and reinvest in more effective strategies to reduce recidivism and …

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Apply Now: 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for FY2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals, which support the integration of behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for people who are experiencing homelessness. SAMHSA funds …

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Probation Performance: How Arizona’s County Probation Departments Increased Public Safety While Saving Taxpayers Millions

By CSG Justice Center Staff When the Arizona legislature pursued justice reinvestment in 2007, the state’s probation system was in need of repair. In 2008, people who violated the conditions of their probation accounted for one-third of all prison admissions and received, on average, a two-year sentence to prison for failing on probation. As a …

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Apply Now: Fifth Annual Youth in Custody Certificate Program

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is seeking applications for its Fifth Annual Youth in Custody Certificate Program, which will be held at Georgetown University July 10–14, 2017. The training is designed for juvenile justice system leaders and partners working to improve outcomes for youth in post-adjudication custody. Upon approval of a Capstone Project Proposal …

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Register for Webinar: Strategies for Improving Law Enforcement Responses to People with Behavioral Health Conditions

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation In the course of their work as first responders, police officers routinely encounter people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. However, many officers lack training in responding to mental health crises and considering options other than a hospital emergency …

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