Category: 50 state forum

North Dakota Explores Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration and Behavioral Health Services for People in the Criminal Justice System

By CSG Justice Center Staff North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford spoke at the state’s forum on public safety. At a North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee meeting last month, CSG Justice Center staff highlighted recent decreases in prison admissions that resulted from alcohol and drug offenses and probation revocations. These declines seem to be …

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Psych., Drug Treatment Gaps Drive Wyoming’s Prison Problem

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Gaps in Wyoming’s mental health and substance abuse treatment systems are contributing to the state’s prison overcrowding problem say experts who participated in a criminal justice reform forum in Cheyenne last week. Drugs, alcohol and mental health issues are driving people to commit crimes and the tools needed to combat such …

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Day Long Public Safety Forum Underway at Mitchellville Prison

Radio Iowa By O. Kay Henderson Iowa Department of Corrections director Jerry Bartruff says the state is facing “new and, in some cases, daunting challenges” when it comes to public safety. “The rise of the opioid crisis, rising violent crimes and arrests in rural areas, disparities in our criminal justice system and an ever-growing population of persons …

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms for Next Governor

Associated Press New Mexico state lawmakers began setting a course Tuesday for criminal justice reform during at a daylong forum that explored strategies to reduce crime without putting more people in jail. Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office at the end of the year after a prolonged standoff with lawmakers on major issues of crime …

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