Category: CSG justice center

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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Dec 27

Editorial: Stepping Up’s Aim to Cut Inmate Population Has Merit

Herald-Whig By Herald-Whig Staff Marion County is considering becoming part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jail, who pose no safety risk. The Stepping Up program was launched in May 2015 and is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of …

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Dec 15

Arkansas Judicial Task Force on Track to Reduce Prison Population by Ten Percent in Six Years By Jessi Turnure Nearly two dozen agencies across Arkansas are working together to reduce the state’s prison population by ten percent in six years. According to the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments, Act 423 passed during the last legislative session is expected to lower the state’s prison population by nearly 1,700 inmates and save the …

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Dec 04

Local Governments “Stepping up” to Help Inmates with Mental Illnesses

WTAJ By Jackie Padilla According to the Stepping Up Initiative, about 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are booked into local jails each year. And now representatives from across the state are working together to lower that number. Representatives from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania were invited to a two-day summit at the Penn Stater …

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Dec 04

New program will allow treatment

New program will allow treatment instead of arrests for low-level offenses in New Orleans   By Marie Simoneaux, | The Times-Picayune Officials in the New Orleans Police Department’s 8th District are working with the city’s Health Department to connect low-level, non-violent offenders with social services as an alternative to incarceration. The district began piloting …

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Nov 30

Missouri County Jail Woes

KREI (Jefferson City) Missouri’s county jail admissions have been relatively flat since 2010 but jail populations have climbed by 50-percent. The Council of State Government’s Justice Center research also says Missourians in jail for felonies spend an average of 191 days behind bars before they’re sentenced. State Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe says a …

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Nov 27

Mental Health Court Could Lower Recidivism, Cut Costs

Las Cruces Sun-News By Carlos Andres López Establishing a mental health court in Doña Ana County in New Mexico officials say, would help get into treatment people who commit crimes because of underlying mental health conditions. It could also reduce recidivism and cut incarceration costs. So-called mental health courts serve as jail-diversionary mechanisms and have been …

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