June 2017 archive

Jun 30

A Message from the Chair and Vice Chair of the CSG Justice Center

As you may know, Michael D. Thompson, the director of The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, informed the leadership of the CSG Justice Center’s board and David Adkins, CEO of the Council of State Governments, that he would be leaving the organization at the end of June to join The Pew Charitable Trusts. …

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Jun 30

Governor’s Task Force to Reform Corrections Is Short on Community Advocates

The St. Louis American By Chris King In the wake of a series of scandals in the Missouri Department of Corrections, Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order forming a task force to reform Missouri’s corrections system. The 21-member task force will be comprised mostly of politicians (such as the governor and state legislators), appointed …

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Jun 30

Missouri Governor Forming Task Force on Prison Problems

St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Kurt Erickson JEFFERSON CITY • Gov. Eric Greitens issued an executive order late Thursday calling for the creation of a task force designed to clean up the state’s embattled prison system. Faced with problems ranging from a high recidivism rate for prisoners to the recent suicide of a resident of a state-run halfway …

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Jun 30

MO Governor Forms Task Force to Reform Corrections System

KFVS By Alycia Dobrinick MISSOURI (KFVS) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens wants to fix the state’s corrections system. On Thursday, June 29, Greitens signed an executive order to form a task force that will “develop policies to improve public safety, reduce corrections spending, and reinvest savings in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism.” …

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Jun 29

Request for Proposals: Learning Collaborative on Paroling Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Governors’ Criminal Justice Policy Goals

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) will select up to four state teams to participate in a two-day policy summit in the fall of 2017 during which the teams will examine the latest research on parole best practices, develop recommendations for strengthening their state’s …

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Jun 29

Arkansas Sentencing Changes: New Standards Should Help Plea Deals.

Arkansas Times By Jacob Rosenberg In a move that could reduce departures from standard criminal sentences and reduce the growth of the state’s prison population, the Arkansas Sentencing Commission recently approved a new standards grid that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The grid helps judges and prosecutors determine appropriate sentences by taking into account an …

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Jun 29

Engaging Employers: A Sector-Based Approach to Employment for People with Criminal Records

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance A sector-based employment approach brings employers from the same industry together with educators, workforce development agencies, and others to address labor shortages and prepare job seekers for work and career advancement. With a sector-based approach, …

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Jun 28

PA’s Clean Slate Bill Was Just Unanimously Passed by the State Senate

Generocity  By Julie Zeglen  The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal …

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Jun 27

Expunction of records for first offenders under the age of 18

This bill has been ratified and presented to the Governor for his signature as of 6/27/2017 ——————————————————————————- “§ 15A‑145 Expunction of records for first offenders under the age of 18 at the time of conviction of misdemeanor; expunction of certain other misdemeanors. (a)        Whenever any person who has not previously been convicted of any felony, …

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Jun 27

Mental Health in Carson City: Closing the Gap

Nevada Appeal By Taylor Pettaway Carson City is building mental health resources but there still is a lot of work to ensure patients don’t fall through the cracks. One difficulty is transitioning patients through the system, and making sure there is a continuity of care so they don’t veer off the treatment path and back …

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