Category Archive: CSG justice center

Mar 18

Corrections Budget Offers $7 Million for Mental Health, Addiction Treatment

The Bismark Tribune By Caroline Grueskin Probationers and parolees may be the first to see improvements in mental health and substance abuse treatment after this legislative session. The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is requesting to cut its own costs by prioritizing who goes to prison, in order to provide services to people who …

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Mar 17

Andrew Speno: State Has Two Choices on Crime — Change or Bankruptcy

Tulsa World By Andrew Speno Oklahoma stands on the brink of a monumental success with the potential to define our state for decades to come. A task force of lawmakers and stakeholders put out recommendations to decrease our bloated prison population, save billions in taxes, and increase public safety. But one step in the wrong …

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Mar 16

Spartanburg County Makes Some Progress on Mental Health Care for Inmates

GoUpstate.com By Daniel J. Gross and Chris Lavender Seven months after Spartanburg County made a public commitment to reduce the number of inmates with a mental illness, progress has been made in some areas but not in others. Among the advances, more inmates are being screened for behavioral health issues. In September 2016, the jail …

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Mar 16

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation establishes scholarship in honor of Darryl Hunt

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation establishes scholarship in honor of Darryl Hunt; money will go toward people convicted of crimes who are seeking higher education   By Michael Hewlett Winston-Salem Journal Mar 13, 2017 Darryl Hunt, exonerated of murder in 2004, spent his years of freedom advocating for reforms in the criminal justice system and helping …

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Mar 15

Community Centers To Implement Arkansas’s New Corrections Vision

KUAR/NPR By Sarah Whites-Koditschek They sit in rows, 150 closely shaven men in yellow uniforms and white identification badges, before opposing walls, in a cinder-block walled gymnasium. A selected group of four sit in plastic chairs forming a circle before their co-residents. Two stand up and shake hands, and the others say, “Squash it!” and …

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Mar 13

Out of Prison, Then Back In? Unique Plan Aims to Break Cycle

Boston Herald By the Associated Press BOSTON — Tykeam Jackson’s soft voice and warm smile give little hint of how the 21-year-old spent his youth: in and out of juvenile detention and jails, leading a life in Boston’s mean streets centered on gangs and guns. “I was always having guns to protect myself. I just …

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Mar 13

Seminar Tackles Mentally Ill and Incarceration

The Gainesville Sun By Cleveland Tinker Two national experts on reducing the incarceration rate of the mentally ill will be the featured guests at a seminar aimed at dealing with the issue locally. The free seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bob Graham Center at Pugh Hall at 396 Buckman Drive …

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Mar 11

Supervisors Seek to Reduce Ontario County Jail Population

Finger Lakes Times By Mike Hibbard HOPEWELL (New York) — The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has backed several measures designed to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail — and to lower costs related to the operation of the facility. At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors approved resolutions that came from …

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Mar 11

Marin Launches Effort to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill in Jail

Marin Independent Journal By Richard Halstead The county of Marin has joined a national campaign to do something about the inordinately large number of mentally ill people who are being incarcerated in local jails. At last count more than 300 counties had signed on to the “Stepping Up Initiative,” which is being spearheaded by the …

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Mar 10

Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan

Mackinac Center for Public Policy By Kahryn Riley It seemed everyone was ready to tackle criminal justice reforms after the Council of State Governments released its study of Michigan in 2013. The Legislature, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Supreme Court issued a joint invitation to the CSG to observe Michigan’s criminal justice system, and the …

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