Category: alternative sentencing

The Council of Accountability Court Judges: Processes and Outcomes

This report from Georgia’s Council of Accountability Court Judges highlights the role that accountability courts—such as drug, mental health, veterans treatment, and other courts—play in reducing recidivism in Georgia. In fiscal year 2017, 1,729 people graduated from accountability courts in Georgia, saving the state nearly $5,000 per person as compared to the cost of incarceration. The …

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Kentucky Looks at New Reforms to Cut Jail, Prison Population

The Sentinel Echo By The Sentinel Echo Staff Staying out of jail may be as easy as having a steady job for some former Kentucky inmates. Former inmates who stay employed for one year are about 35 percent less likely to return to jail than those who don’t work, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet …

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Arkansas Sentencing Changes: New Standards Should Help Plea Deals.

Arkansas Times By Jacob Rosenberg In a move that could reduce departures from standard criminal sentences and reduce the growth of the state’s prison population, the Arkansas Sentencing Commission recently approved a new standards grid that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The grid helps judges and prosecutors determine appropriate sentences by taking into account an …

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