October 2017 archive

Register to Watch Livestream of 50-State Summit on Public Safety

On November 13–14, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the Association of State Correctional Administrators, is hosting an unprecedented convening of lawmakers, corrections administrators, law enforcement officials, and behavioral health professionals from all 50 states to analyze and discuss local trends in public safety. The event will examine crime, corrections, and …

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National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction

Source: JusticeCenter

Black Girls, Who Often Have History of Trauma, Are 11 Times More Likely to Encounter Justice System

WESA By An-Li Herring Black girls in the Pittsburgh region are 11 times more likely than white girls to have contact with the juvenile justice system, according to a 2016 study, Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Nationally, the study notes, black girls are sent to juvenile justice three times as often as …

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Massachusetts Chief Justice Ralph Gants Urges Legal Reforms to Reduce Recidivism

The Republican By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — On the same day as the Massachusetts Senate debated a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants laid out his own suggestions for reform. Gants used his annual State of the Judiciary address Thursday to stress the importance of taking steps to reduce the …

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After 20 Years, Still Haunted by a Drug Conviction

The Marshall Project By Jason Bost I love my daughter. That goes without saying for most parents, but I am truly crazy about mine. She literally came out of the womb with a smile on her face — no crying, just a big smile, shocking the doctor and all the nurses in the room. As …

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Time Spent in Solitary Confinement Drops Dramatically in Illinois Youth Facilities

ProPublica Illinois By Duaa Eldeib After years of sending youths to solitary confinement for days, weeks and even months at a time, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice has taken drastic steps to reduce the time young offenders spend in isolation. The decision to move away from solitary confinement, or segregation, came as part of …

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Register for Webinar: Addressing Housing Needs of People in the Criminal Justice System Who Have Mental Illnesses

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, Nov. 9 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for a webinar about evidence-based strategies for addressing housing needs for people who have mental illnesses and have had contact …

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Organization Says More Community Treatment, Policing Will Lower Missouri Prison Population

Missouri Net By Alisa Nelson The Council of State Governments says Missouri’s rising prison population could be reduced by investing in things that help to keep people out of prison to begin with. It suggests the creation of more community treatment programs and community policing. The council is working with the state to find ways …

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Missouri Prison Director says No More New Prisons

KREI (Jefferson City) Missouri Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe says locking up criminals and throwing away the key does not solve the underlying problems. She’s responding to the Council of State Governments suggesting more community treatment programs and community policing to help lower the state’s increasing prison population. She says building another prison is not …

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Raise the Age Summit Sheds Light on Michigan’s Tough Juvenile Justice Laws

WLNS By Alexandra Ilitch Michigan is one of five states that automatically allows 17 year-olds to be tried and sentenced as adults. An effort, called Raise The Age in Michigan is working to showcase some of the pitfalls of that system and details why it says 17 year-old offenders should be tried as minors. Being …

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