December 2017 archive

Dec 18

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fifth Presentation

The fifth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy recommendations related to behavioral health challenges in Missouri that pertain to people in the state’s criminal justice system. The presentation also includes final policy options for the task force to consider and act upon. Source: JusticeCenter

Dec 15

Arkansas Judicial Task Force on Track to Reduce Prison Population by Ten Percent in Six Years

ArkansasMatters.com By Jessi Turnure Nearly two dozen agencies across Arkansas are working together to reduce the state’s prison population by ten percent in six years. According to the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, Act 423 passed during the last legislative session is expected to lower the state’s prison population by nearly 1,700 inmates and save the …

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Dec 14

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Jamel Bonilla, Lowell, Massachusetts

By CSG Justice Center Staff When Jamel Bonilla (pictured left) was released from the Middleton House of Correction, he knew what he needed most to stay out of prison. “I needed work,” Bonilla said. “I needed money.” Bonilla was sentenced to 18 months in the Essex County, Massachusetts, correctional facility with four years of probation …

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Dec 12

North Dakota to Reduce Debt of Incarcerated Parents

Associated Press By Associated Press Staff A new law in North Dakota will end monthly child support obligations for parents who are sentenced to jail or prison for more than 180 days. The Legislature recently approved the change as a way to prevent the accumulation of past-due child support owed by incarcerated parents, as a …

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Dec 12

Recidivism and Rutherford: Jail Staff Pushing to Open More Education Classes for Inmates

USA Today Network-Tennessee By Mariah Timms The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is in a period of transition, and nowhere are the winds of change felt more strongly than in the Adult Detention Center. “Of course we’re going to have our bumps here and there—it’s corrections, it’s a jail, things are going to happen—but our goal is …

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Dec 12

Practical Considerations Related to Release and Sentencing for Defendants Who Have Behavioral Health Needs

Hosted by the Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative Download a PDF of the slide presentation. This webinar announced the field-wide release of Practical Considerations Related to Release and Sentencing for Defendants Who Have Behavioral Health Needs: A Judicial Guide, a resource designed to assist judges in making informed connections to treatment for people with behavioral …

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Dec 10

Lake County Sheriff, Health Department, and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities to Train At-Risk Inmates

Grayslake Patch By Hannah Goering On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Health Department and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) launched a Naloxone education program for Lake County Jail inmates. The program kicked off with a Lake County Health Department representative visiting the pods and informing inmates of the opportunity …

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Dec 08

400th County Joins Stepping Up

By CSG Justice Center Staff In a little more than two years, more than 400 counties—representing 43 states and 40 percent of the U.S. population—have joined Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. With the 400th county joining, Stepping Up counties now comprise 13 percent of …

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Dec 08

Rhoda Bruington – CSI Administrative Support- passed away

11/25/2017 Rhoda Bruington, a remarkable woman, died Saturday morning, November 25, 2017. Born in Philadelphia PA on April 14, 1945, she left PA in 1960 and resided in Florida, where she held a variety of unskilled and skilled jobs, finished high school, and enrolled in college. In 1991 she was incarcerated in Women’s Prison. Rhoda accepted responsibility for …

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Dec 08

San Luis Obispo County Details Efforts to Address Mental Illness

SLO New Times By Chris McGuinness One week after the SLO County Jail experienced its third inmate death of 2017, the SLO County Board of Supervisors received an update on efforts to address growing concerns about the treatment and care of mentally ill individuals at the facility. Sheriff Ian Parkinson addressed the members of the board …

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