January 2018 archive

Jan 13

Did a Newspaper Inspire a Murder Attempt?

Life on the list. Jan 11, 2018 Last July, the Hudson Star Observer in western Wisconsin wrote a story about a man moving into a building in town. His name was Brandon Langel. He was on the state’s sex offender registry for crimes he’d committed in 2008, for which he spent four years in prison. …

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Jan 11

Editorial: A Blueprint for Reforming Missouri’s Broken Corrections System

St. Louis Post Dispatch Missouri’s leaders are doing taxpayers no favors by repeatedly delaying the fixes that the state’s corrections system so badly needs. The system is running at 105 percent of capacity and needs a significant economic investment to relieve the pressure. A comprehensive study says that if Missouri doesn’t invest now, two new …

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Jan 10

Missouri’s Incarceration Rate Highest for Women

Public News Service JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system, including an uptick in violent crime and crowded prisons – and research shows women are at the epicenter. Researchers at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, asked to study Missouri’s incarceration problem, are warning …

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Jan 05

Missouri Faces Choice: Improve Prison System or Build Two New Lockups, Task Force Warns

St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Jesse Bogan and Kurt Erickson JEFFERSON CITY • In early 2017, a state lawmaker shot up a flare, saying Missouri may be on a “collision course” to building a new prison. That was an apparent understatement. If major improvements aren’t made at the Department of Corrections, two new prisons will be …

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Jan 04

Douglas County, Oregon Commissioners Sign ‘Stepping Up’ Resolution

KPIC By KPIC News Staff The Douglas County Commissioners signed a resolution supporting a call to action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the county jail. “Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in the Jails” is a national initiative, the county says. To date, 17 counties …

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Jan 04

Kansas Jail Expands Re-Entry Program to Reduce Recidivism

Topeka Capital-Journal By Katie Moore The Shawnee County Jail is expanding its re-entry program in an effort aimed at reducing recidivism. Jail director Brian Cole said offenders who are released may find securing housing and employment to be a challenge. Last month, a newly formed re-entry advisory board met for the first time. The group …

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Jan 03

Register for Training: Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies

The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, in partnership with the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, will host a training that explores strategies that enhance collaboration between law enforcement agencies and tribal communities to reduce crime and improve community quality of life. Participants will practice working in organized problem solving teams to …

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Jan 03

Governor Cuomo Unveils 22nd Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Office of the Governor On January 3rd, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 22nd proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda – a sweeping, five-pronged reform package to overhaul the State’s criminal justice system. This comprehensive package—the most progressive set of reforms in the nation—will guarantee fairness for the accused by reshaping New …

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Jan 02

Apply Now: Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program. The grant program is designed to develop and implement outreach strategies targeted at providing victim services to adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking in underserved …

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Jan 02

At 18, Kingsley Rowe Went to Prison for 10 Years. Now He’s 47 and Still Wonders When He’ll Be Free

Salon By Rachel Leah “I’m formerly incarcerated,” and “I spent 10 years in prison for an accident,” Kingsley Rowe told Compass Charter School’s founders during his initial interview for a position there. Rowe was not inexperienced in presenting himself to potential employers, but this was one of the first times Rowe had ever disclosed his …

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