Category: CSG justice center

States Miss Chances to Help Youth in Justice System Find Work

The Crime Report By Crime Report Staff State juvenile correctional agencies do a poor job of preparing youth in the juvenile justice system for employment, The Council of State Governments Justice Center says in a new report. States miss opportunities to help youth get critical career skills to overcome hurdles they face seeking jobs, the center …

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Ask the Experts: Evaluating Jumaane Williams’ Proposal to Reform Mental Health Crisis Response

City & State By Annie McDonough New York City is failing individuals experiencing mental health crises, a new report from the office of New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams finds, but Williams has a proposal for an approach to intervention that would minimize the involvement of law enforcement. One highlight of this proposal is …

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Opinion: Epstein Suicide Highlights Staffing Crisis in U.S. Prisons and Jails

The Hill By Megan Quattlebaum Jeffrey Epstein’s recent suicide in a federal jail in Manhattan is still being investigated. But what we know thus far suggests that his story reflects a broader, painful truth: Many prisons and jails in the United States are severely understaffed. According to news reports, the officers in the unit where …

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Nevada Passes Justice Reinvestment Bill Aimed at Addressing Behavioral Health Needs and Reducing Recidivism

By The Crime and Justice Institute Staff In June, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 236, a Justice Reinvestment bill that aims to rebalance the use of criminal justice resources and invest in strategies that reduce recidivism, support law enforcement, and expand access to behavioral health services. The legislation will avert an estimated 63 …

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DA Seeks to Reduce Probation in Many Cases

The Philadelphia Tribune By John N. Mitchell Pointing to the punitive nature of parole and supervision in Philadelphia and across the state, District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced his office’s new policy of working with judges to reduce parole and supervision in both felonies and misdemeanors. “There is data that points to the fact that …

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Nebraska Prison Population Hits New High; ‘I Hope It’s an Anomaly,’ Corrections Chief Says

Omaha World-Herald By Paul Hammel LINCOLN — Here’s a record Nebraska leaders didn’t want to set: a new high for prison overcrowding. On Monday, state prisons held 5,515 inmates, the most in history and a surprising landmark in light of several efforts to reduce overcrowding. “I hope it’s an anomaly,” State Corrections Director Scott Frakes …

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County Joins National Initiative to Reduce Jail Bookings, Connect Mentally Ill Inmates to Help

South Washington County Bulletin By Jackie Renzetti Joining a national movement, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry has pledged to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail. Alongside the county’s community corrections, public health and community services departments, the Sheriff’s Office has signed on to a national initiative called Stepping Up. Co-founded in …

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Georgia Supreme Court Justice Appointed to Lead National Criminal Justice Board

Michael P. Boggs, a Georgia Supreme Court Justice, has been appointed chair of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center’s Advisory Board. Justice Boggs previously served as vice chair of the board, which is composed of a bipartisan group of legislators, court officials, law enforcement executives, and state executive branch officials, all of whom …

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Key Missouri Departments Are Working Toward a Turn-Around of State’s Incarceration Rates

KSMU  By Janet Saidi State directors and staff in the fields of public safety, mental health, social services, and corrections are rolling out implementations of the state Justice Reinvestment Initiative. It aims to turn around Missouri’s rising incarceration rates by investing in treatment and other services rather than in prisons. Missouri has one of the …

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Portman and Leahy Introduce Second Chance Reauthorization Act to Reduce Recidivism and Help Ex-Offenders, as Congress Considers Criminal Justice Reform

Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday introduced their Second Chance Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and amend the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism. Then-Congressman Portman originally authored the Second Chance Act with the …

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