Category: CSG justice center

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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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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