Category Archive: CSG justice center

May 11

Mass. Voters Strongly Back Criminal Justice Reform

CommonWealth Magazine By Michael Jonas Massachusetts residents strongly support reform of the state’s criminal justice system, including elimination of mandatory minimum sentences and a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and education programs than incarceration, according to a new poll. Two-thirds of residents said prevention programs for youth and job training and education for inmates should be higher …

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May 09

Governor Brought to Tears; Darryl Strawberry Shares Criminal Redemption Story

The Telegraph By Liz Fabian Gov. Nathan Deal’s voice cracked and tears welled in his eyes Tuesday morning while sharing success stories from Georgia’s Drug Court. “If you ever attend one of their graduations, you’ll understand why,” Deal said of his welling emotions. “These are people who have lost everything. They have hit the bottom. …

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May 09

Gov. Deal Signs Craft Beer, Criminal Justice Bills Into Law

WABE/NPR By Tasnim Shamma Today is the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign or veto bills that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. He signed 58 bills into law on Monday. The first one he signed, Senate Bill 85, allows craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of beer per year directly to consumers. …

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May 09

Deal Signs Justice System Changes to Offer ‘Redemption’ for Ex-Convicts

The Atlanta Journal  Constitution By Greg Buestein Macon – Gov. Nathan Deal ushered into law the next phase of criminal justice changes on Tuesday, signing a trio of bills that promise smaller-scale changes that he said would bring another “meaningful step forward” for the state’s prison system. With the most sweeping elements of the overhaul …

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May 08

Levin: Texas Should Close Prisons, but Strengthen Alternatives

Houston Chronicle By Marc Levin Texas has gained national acclaim for closing prisons while achieving declines in crime that exceed the national drop. Since 2005, crime has fallen 33.4 percent in Texas while the incarceration rate has declined 16.6 percent. How did it happen? In 2005, the state launched a grant program whereby probation departments …

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May 07

Reducing Mental Illness in Jails With Evidence

By Taylor Knopf North Carolina Health News Several hundred county commissioners, sheriffs, court officials and mental health providers from across North Carolina will meet in Raleigh on Tuesday to discuss a new initiative to reduce mental illness in jails. County jails are the largest provider of residential mental health care in the United States, said …

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May 07

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum: Expect ‘Bold Steps to Challenge the Status Quo’

Grand Forks Herald By Doug Burgum BISMARCK—As North Dakotans, we have always been an aspirational people. We see beauty and opportunity where many don’t. We dream big and work hard. Yet when our administration assumed office on Dec. 15, we were facing fiscal challenges and civil unrest of historic proportions. Sluggish oil and farm commodity …

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May 06

SCI Fayette Program Preps Inmates for Productive Life After Prison

Tribune Review By Michael Walton Edward Bohna says his job is just like that of any other principal, except his students serve time — including life sentences — for crimes ranging from assault and armed robbery to murder. Bohna, 55, leads the school at SCI Fayette, a state prison in Labelle. Inmates take traditional academic …

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May 05

Legislative Session Opens Pathways to Change

The Bismarck Tribune By Nick Smith Addressing historic protests, putting together a team and learning how to navigate a legislative session: Gov. Doug Burgum, who inherited a budget marked by the largest cuts in modern state history, more than had his plate full when he took office. “We’re feeling really good about where we are,” …

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May 01

Register for Webinar: From the Correctional System to the Workforce—How State Policies Can Support Re-Entry

Hosted by the National Skills Coalition In this webinar, presenters from the National Skills Coalition, the CSG Justice Center, the Center for Employment Opportunities, and Washburn Tech University will discuss opportunities for supporting people with criminal records under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The webinar will include examples of how states have incorporated …

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