Category Archive: community corrections

Jul 18

Life on Parole

Around half of all the inmates put on parole in the U.S. end up violating the terms of their release and are sent back to prison. But across the country, states are trying to change the way their parole systems work in an effort to lower recidivism rates and reduce prison populations. In a new …

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Jun 29

Request for Proposals: Learning Collaborative on Paroling Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Governors’ Criminal Justice Policy Goals

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) will select up to four state teams to participate in a two-day policy summit in the fall of 2017 during which the teams will examine the latest research on parole best practices, develop recommendations for strengthening their state’s …

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Jun 29

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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Jun 26

Pennsylvania Officials Announce Release of Criminal Justice Report and Recommendations

Policies Would Increase Public Safety, Support Victims of Crime, and Reduce Costs By CSG Justice Center Staff Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (front) talks about the progress of the Justice Reinvestment Working Group. Behind him from left to right is Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, CSG Justice Center Senior Legal and Policy Advisor Carl Reynolds, …

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Jun 14

North Dakota’s Justice Reinvestment Approach: Investing in Community-Based Behavioral Health Services Instead of Prisons

In North Dakota, a justice reinvestment approach resulted in sweeping changes to improve community-based treatment for people in the criminal justice system and to increase the number of treatment providers to serve this population. The state will also prioritize prison bed space for people convicted of the most serious offenses by utilizing probation and limiting …

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Jun 12

CSG Justice Center Releases Checklist to Help States Analyze Risk and Needs Assessments

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center today released an innovative Risk Assessment Quality Improvement (RAQI) checklist to help state and local corrections agencies, community supervision agencies, and treatment/programming providers analyze how well their risk and needs assessment tool is working. The checklist helps identify potential problems with assessment tools quickly and efficiently. State …

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Jun 08

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center profiles seven states in which recidivism has significantly decreased over the last decade according to several different measures. Using the most up-to-date data from Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, the brief highlights data on people under community supervision for a more comprehensive picture of …

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May 26

Montana Governor Signs Bills to Increase Public Safety While Curbing Prison and Jail Population Growth

By CSG Justice Center Staff In the spring of 2017, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a series of bills that were developed as part of a justice reinvestment approach and are expected to significantly improve the state’s criminal justice system. What Does This Mean for Montana? Prison space will be reserved for people who pose …

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May 05

Apply Now: Juvenile Probation Reform Academy

The American Probation and Parole Association, The Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice have partnered to deliver a Juvenile Probation Reform Academy for juvenile probation and parole leaders and managers. The academy will take place August 30–31 in New York, New York. The Juvenile Probation …

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Apr 13

North Carolina Reduces Probation Revocations with Short, Swift Sanctions

By CSG Justice Center Staff Repeated probation violations and few tools to respond caused probation officers in North Carolina to revoke so many people from probation that they accounted for more than half of the state’s prison admissions in FY2009. Three-quarters of those people were revoked for technical violations, such as missing a curfew or …

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