Category: CSG justice center

In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

Governing By Alan Greenblatt When you think about crime, what do you picture? Probably the dark and scary streets of a crowded city. After all, cop shows always seem to be set in big cities. But while violent crime is still a problem in urban areas, many of them are in fact safer now than they’ve been in …

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Opinion: Lack of Data Turns Jails into Psychiatric Units

USA Today By Franklin County (OH) Sheriff Dallas Baldwin and Pacific County (WA) Sheriff Scott Johnson Doctors diagnosed Tiffany Barrett with bipolar disorder in 2004 after she tried to take her own life. But that information failed to reach a critical destination: Ohio’s Franklin County Jail. Instead, she spent the next seven years cycling in and out of …

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Juvenile Justice Reforms Making Impact in Connecticut

The Day By Lindsay Boyle The state’s efforts to keep juveniles out of the criminal justice system appear to be having a long-term positive effect, a University of New Haven lecturer said Monday during the Connecticut State Forum on Public Safety. The forum, an outgrowth of last fall’s 50-State Summit on Public Safety, outlined Connecticut’s …

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Locked up for Three Decades without a Trial

The Appeal By George Joseph and Simon Davis-Cohen Mario Ramos can’t remember much from his life before he was sent to Rikers Island. His brother Frank, visiting him in jail, tries to jog his memory, reminding Mario of the time they saw an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie together in 1986, just before Mario was arrested. But Ramos, …

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Psych., Drug Treatment Gaps Drive Wyoming’s Prison Problem

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Gaps in Wyoming’s mental health and substance abuse treatment systems are contributing to the state’s prison overcrowding problem say experts who participated in a criminal justice reform forum in Cheyenne last week. Drugs, alcohol and mental health issues are driving people to commit crimes and the tools needed to combat such …

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Day Long Public Safety Forum Underway at Mitchellville Prison

Radio Iowa By O. Kay Henderson Iowa Department of Corrections director Jerry Bartruff says the state is facing “new and, in some cases, daunting challenges” when it comes to public safety. “The rise of the opioid crisis, rising violent crimes and arrests in rural areas, disparities in our criminal justice system and an ever-growing population of persons …

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms for Next Governor

Associated Press New Mexico state lawmakers began setting a course Tuesday for criminal justice reform during at a daylong forum that explored strategies to reduce crime without putting more people in jail. Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office at the end of the year after a prolonged standoff with lawmakers on major issues of crime …

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Counties Across the Country Participate in National Stepping Up Day of Action

By the Stepping Up Initiative The Stepping Up initiative marks its three-year anniversary today with a national Day of Action to raise awareness of the progress happening in counties to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses in jails. During this Day of Action, county officials are hosting events or participating in local activities to …

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Colorado Launches Comprehensive Review of Juvenile Justice System

Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a comprehensive review of Colorado’s juvenile justice system. The Governor was joined by Sen. Bob Gardner (R), Rep. Pete Lee (D), and Justice Brian Boatright of the Colorado Supreme Court in the effort to ensure that youth who find themselves in corrections at an …

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Diversion Program Would Help Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail

Bill would establish crisis-intervention training for law enforcement to reduce number of mentally ill people arrested or in court system NJ Spotlight By Lilo H. Stainton Nonviolent offenders with mental illness could be diverted away from New Jersey’s mainstream criminal justice system and into a rehabilitation program designed to provide treatment for their psychiatric disorder, …

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