Category: gov’t affairs

Jul 28

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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Jul 14

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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Jul 14

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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Jun 13

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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Jun 13

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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Jun 12

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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Jun 08

Capitol Hill Event Showcases Progress in Reentry and Recidivism Reduction

By the CSG Justice Center Staff U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) addresses attendees at the event on Capitol Hill. The National Reentry Resource Center and The Council of State Governments Justice Center today released two briefs at an event on Capitol Hill highlighting efforts to reduce recidivism in communities throughout the country. Making People’s Transition from …

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May 25

U.S. Senate Members Express Support for Key Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Congressional leaders in May took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs—the Second Chance Act (SCA), 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 level. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ …

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May 23

President’s Budget Recommends Continued Funding for Key DOJ Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Recently President Trump unveiled his $4.1 trillion 2018 budget proposal, which allocates $27.7 billion for Department of Justice programs, including programs aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the state and local level. The proposed budget provides $48 million in continued support for the Second Chance Act (SCA). …

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May 03

Congressional Leaders Agree on Bill Funding Key Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Congressional leaders reached a deal on Sunday, April 30, on a more than $1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide new funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year. Congress will need to clear the spending package before current appropriations expire at midnight on Friday, May 5. …

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