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Legislators Consider Justice Reinvestment Suggestions

The Sheridan Press By Ashleigh Fox SHERIDAN — More than half of prison admissions in 2017 were from probation and parole revocations, resulting in an estimated cost of $30 million per year for people incarcerated from supervision. The Council of State Governments Justice Center suggested increasing access to community treatment and improving swiftness and certainty …

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Criminal Justice Reform Solutions Await Lawmaker Action

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Outside experts from the Council of State Governments presented lawmakers last week with targeted solutions to stem Wyoming’s ever-deepening prison crisis: Invest in substance abuse and mental health treatment for offenders and retool probation and parole programs. Now it’s up to legislators on the Joint Judiciary Committee to move those fixes …

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County Officials Express Concerns about Judiciary Bills

Laramie Boomerang  By Daniel Bendtsen A few measures proposed during the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee meeting in Laramie drew some scrutiny from Albany County’s elected officials. The two-day meeting began Thursday and mostly consisted of analysis of a report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which made recommendations on Wyoming’s criminal justice system …

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Study Looks at Ways to Cut Corrections Costs

Gillette News Record By Katie Kull CHEYENNE — Wyoming’s prisons are full, and inmate populations are on pace to continue to swell by 9 percent, increasing costs for the state by an estimated tens of millions of dollars by 2023. That’s why analysts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center analyzed Wyoming’s criminal justice …

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Drugs, Probation/Parole Violations Main Concern in Criminal Justice System

Wyoming Tribune Eagle By Katie Kull LARAMIE – Wyoming’s prisons are full, and inmate populations are on pace to continue to swell by 9 percent, increasing costs for the state by an estimated tens of millions of dollars by 2023. That’s why analysts from the Council of State Governments Justice Center analyzed Wyoming’s criminal justice …

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Lawmakers, Law Enforcement Spar over Justice Reinvestment Impacts

Idaho Press By Betsy Z Russell Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett told state lawmakers Monday that his county jail is being overrun with state prisoners including parole violators, and he blames the state’s justice reinvestment initiative. But state officials said JRI, which the state adopted in 2014, actually didn’t change anything on when state inmates …

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Missouri Pilot Program Reinvests in Options for Former Offenders

KBIA By Janet Saidi A three-county pilot program that seeks to improve community services for former prisoners is rolling out in Missouri. Offering an array of so-called “wraparound” community services, the initial $5 million dollar pilot program focuses on services for former offenders with behavioral challenges like addiction or mental health issues. The program arose …

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Five States Prove That ‘Substantial’ Cuts in Prison Populations Are No Pipe Dream

The Crime Report  By TCR Staff Bipartisan collaboration and consistent funding of evidence-based reforms helped slash prison populations in five states with dramatically different demographics and political leanings, according to a study by The Sentencing Project. The results, charted over roughly a decade in Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Carolina, should be a …

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Initiative to Reduce Fort Smith Recidivism Sees Success

Associated Press  By Max Bryan FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A state initiative to reduce recidivism in the Fort Smith region has yielded positive results in its first year, one official said. Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope Arkansas, said inmates returning to the Fort Smith area who are in the program have experienced …

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Reforms Seem to Be Helping Justice System

The Bismarck Tribune The Bismarck Tribune has supported justice reforms for some time and believes last week’s report showing the penitentiary population declined 6.5 percent is a sign of improvement. An awareness of criminal justice reforms and not overusing incarceration, as well as sentencing practices such as “good time” for pretrial defendants in county jails, …

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