September 2017 archive

Sep 30

Mass. Senate Panel Gets a Look at Justice Reform Bill

The Telegram By Andy Metzger BOSTON – Senate members of the Judiciary Committee on Friday advanced a 114-page criminal justice bill that would phase out the indigent counsel fee, require regular reviews to determine whether a prisoner should stay in solitary confinement, and allow people to effectively wipe old charges from a national database. The …

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Sep 29

Register for Webinar: Developing Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Date: Tuesday, Oct. 10 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery provided a framework for prioritizing supervision and treatment resources for …

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Sep 28

All-Pro Safety Malcolm Jenkins Argues for the Clean Slate Act

The Philadelphia Citizen By Malcom Jenkins, All-Pro Safety, Philadelphia Eagles There are many statistics you can call on to prove just how broken our criminal justice system is, but one of the most powerful is this: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 77 percent of those released from our federal and state prisons will …

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Sep 28

Register for Webinar: Tracking Progress on Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Hosted by the National Association of Counties, with support from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Date: Thursday, Oct. 12 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the sixth webinar in the Six Questions series. During this webinar, a national expert will provide an overview of …

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Sep 27

Sebastian County Criminal Justice Panel OKs Signature Bond Protocol

Times Record By Thomas Saccente The Sebastian County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee planning committee approved a protocol Tuesday to try to reduce jail overcrowding and provide a safe environment for staff and detainees. The committee recommended all non-violent class C and D felonies, with the exception of a felon in possession of a firearm, be …

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Sep 26

REENTRY: From Prison to the Streets

REPORT SUMMARY: Efforts to improve reentry outcomes are imperative to community well-being and cost-efficiency. Among those released from prisons in New Jersey today, about 53 percent will be rearrested and 31 percent will be re-incarcerated within three years. When individuals returning from prison receive no support, studies reveal that the results include unemployment, homelessness, increased …

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Sep 26

Panel: Laws Drive Higher Prison Population at Higher Cost

Columbia Daily Tribune By Rudi Keller In Missouri, a person becomes an adult eligible to drink at age 21, vote at 18 and commit a crime at 17. That law, combined with very low thresholds for felony charges for drug crimes, can mean a lifetime of lower wages, fewer opportunities and a greater chance of …

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Sep 26

Recovery Reinvented Takes First Steps

The Bismark Tribune By Jack Dura North Dakota’s rank of No. 1 on lists for binge drinking shouldn’t be a source of pride, according to the state’s first lady on Tuesday. “The culture of drinking is worn like a badge of honor in our state rather than a cause for alarm,” first lady Kathryn Helgaas …

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Sep 26

Millions of Drivers Lost Their Licenses for Failing to Pay Court Fees, Study Finds

The Washington Post By Justin Wm. Moyer Millions of drivers in the ­United States have lost their licenses for failing to pay court debts, according to a new report, and advocates say the practice unfairly punishes the poor. The report, released Tuesday by the Falls Church, Va.-based Legal Aid Justice Center, which represents low-income Virginians, says that …

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Sep 26

Realizing the Full Vision of School Discipline Reform: A Framework for Statewide Change

This report draws on the experience of five states to present strategies that all states can use to achieve significant reductions in their use of suspensions. The report also offers recommendations for applying a data-driven approach to ensure that school discipline reforms not only reduce suspensions, but also foster supportive learning environments and ultimately improve …

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