Monthly Archive: July 2017

Jul 23

Prison, Jail Reforms Need Joint Effort

The Bismarck Tribune North Dakota wants to reduce the number of inmates in the state prison and provide treatment for those with drug problems and behavioral issues. It’s the smart thing to do, but it won’t be easy and it will take time. There are growing pains involved and that was apparent in a story …

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Jul 20

Register for Webinar: Putting People at the Center—The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

Hosted by the Heartland Alliance The goal of this webinar will be to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. This webinar will explore the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and …

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Jul 19

Governor Touts Crime Bill Package

Great Falls Tribune HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock held ceremonial signings Wednesday to spotlight legislation to reform Montana’s criminal justice system, calling the 10 bills an “important step.” The bills use what officials called “evidence-based” practices, which are methods that have been scientifically tested and proven effective, officials said. The bills also will ensure that decisions …

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Jul 19

Bullock Signs Ten Bills Reforming Montana’s Criminal Justice System

KTVH/NBC By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock put pen to paper to ceremoniously sign a handful of bills aimed at changing protocols within the Department of Corrections. Ten bills were passed with bipartisan support during the 2017 Legislative Session and plan to use evidence based programs to help reduce the number of people …

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Jul 19

New Corrections Laws Promise Montana Money Savings

Montana Public Radio By Corin Cates-Carney Governor Steve Bullock formally signed a slate of bills today aiming to address the state’s problem of overcrowded prisons. A study released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center this January found that the number of people imprisoned in Montana was expected to grow by 13 percent over the next …

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Jul 19

Local, State Officials and Legislators Discuss Implementation of Community Behavioral Health System

The Bismarck Tribune By Sydney Mook and Grady McGregor DICKINSON – As the jail and prison populations across North Dakota continue rise along with the cost of incarceration, state officials are trying to ensure that first-time offenders and those with behavioral health issues stay out of the system. Area leaders in behavioral health, local legislators …

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Jul 19

County Making “Progress” to Keep People with Mental Illness out of Jail

East County Magazine By José A. Álvarez The County Board of Supervisors this week adopted a new alternative custody program that will help inmates with a mental illness re-enter the community. Programming for Reentry, Support and Stability, or PROGRESS, will address the mental health of sentenced offenders in an alternative custody setting. The County Probation Department, …

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Jul 19

Register for Webinar: Practical Impact of the Age of Criminal Responsibility

Hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention In this webinar, the Age of Criminal Responsibility Research Training and Technical Assistance Center, the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center, and the PREA Coordinator for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department will discuss how age of criminal responsibility policies impact youth being served in …

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Jul 18

New York Is Trying to Help Formerly Incarcerated People Find Jobs

VICE By Allie Conti Kathy Hochul showed up at VICE’s Brooklyn headquarters on Tuesday and asked if anyone had heard of the Erie Canal. As New York State’s lieutenant governor explained, the navigable water route was originally the idea of a Geneva flour merchant stuck in debtor’s prison. While he was locked up, the man wrote a …

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