Category: CSG justice center

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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Task Force Identifies Juvenile Justice Policies That Advance Colorado’s Effort to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Youth Outcomes

Office of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Gov. John Hickenlooper today praised the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Task Force for developing policy recommendations that, if passed into law by state legislators, would strengthen the juvenile justice system, increase public safety, and lead to better outcomes for youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice …

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After Issue 1 Fails, State Leaders Vow to Take up Criminal Justice Reform

Dayton Daily News By Laura A. Bischoff COLUMBUS — After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday. Ohio’s “big three” political leaders — Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine — each applauded the failure …

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State Looks at How Courts Deal with Mentally Ill, Substance Abuse

KTVZ21 By KTVZ21 SALEM, Ore. – The state of Oregon began work Wednesday on a data-driven approach to address challenges in how the state responds to people in the criminal justice system who have mental illnesses and substance addictions. Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee met to officially launch the state’s participation in the …

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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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