Category: gov’t affairs

U.S. Senators Express Support for Key Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Senate leaders in April took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs in FY 2020—the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels. U.S. Senators …

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President Trump Signs Legislation to Fund the Federal Government for Fiscal Year 2019

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff President Trump signed the omnibus fiscal year (FY) 2019 spending bill, which provides $30.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $3.02 billion for various state and local law …

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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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U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism. By CSG Justice Center Staff The House Appropriations Committee recently approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill on a vote of 32-19. The bill provides $30.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.9 …

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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff On July 27 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-1 vote the $56.4 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill, which provides $2.3 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) state and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state …

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Congressman Scott Taylor Supports Continued Funding for Second Chance Act

Office of Congressman Scott Taylor The CJS FY 2018 bill  provides $68 million in continued support for Second Chance Act programs. Second Chance, which was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008—authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process and …

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U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Yesterday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the $54 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill  on a vote of 31-21. The bill includes $29 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help fund programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state and local level …

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Bill to Reauthorize Second Chance Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

By the CSG Justice Center Staff Second Chance Reauthorization Act Co-sponsors Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA] Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL] Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI] Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX] Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL] Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA] Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC] Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA] Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA] Rep. Johnson, Bill …

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Congressmen Sensenbrenner Introduces the Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Office of U.S. Congressman Sensenbrenner Today, Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017 builds on the success of the original Second Chance Act of 2008 and continues to authorize funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education …

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Opinion: Prioritizing Corrections Reform Will Keep Offenders on Right Track

The Hill By John Wetzel and Heidi Washington  One of the most significant developments in criminal justice policy over the past 15 years has been the fundamental shift in thinking about the primary purpose of prisons and jails. Not long ago, corrections administrators saw their main responsibility as essentially ensuring the people they supervise didn’t …

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