Category Archive: JR Roundup

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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May 03

Congress Unveils 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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Apr 11

As Louisiana Eyes Criminal Justice Reform, Battle Lines Drawn over Growing Number of Long-Serving Inmates

The Advocate By Bryn Stole and John Simerman A thorny reality confronts Louisiana lawmakers as they begin to consider a series of measures designed to hack away at the nation’s highest incarceration rate. The inmates with the biggest impact on the prison population, according to state data, may also be the bloodiest. Though much of …

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Apr 11

Progress Made in North Dakota, but Work Ahead on Behavioral Health

Grand Forks Herald By Mike Jacobs The Legislature has made significant progress on an issue many haven’t thought about, advocates agree. The word “success” is used. So is “break through.” But there’s more work ahead. “It’s too early to celebrate,” Gov. Doug Burgum said. He’s made behavioral health a focus of his first months in …

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Apr 10

Criminal Justice Reforms Face Critical Juncture in Oklahoma Legislature

The Oklahoman By Randy Ellis Oklahoma criminal justice reform advocates are ecstatic — almost giddy. In less than two months, a dozen separate bills crafted with the overarching goal of lowering the state’s high incarceration rate while simultaneously improving public safety have received initial favorable votes in the House or Senate and are awaiting further …

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Mar 16

Arkansas Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Bill into Law

By CSG Justice Center Staff On March 8, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) signed the Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act (Act 423), which will enable the state to avert more than $300 million in corrections costs over the next six years, reinvest in better mental health services, and improve public safety by reducing recidivism …

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Mar 15

Smart Pretrial Competitive Solicitation for Technical Assistance

The Pretrial Justice Institute and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are partnering to provide technical assistance for up to five local jurisdictions through the Smart Pretrial Initiative to implement evidence-based pretrial practices. There are six categories of technical assistance: containing the costs of the criminal justice system, procedural justice at first sight, detention hearings, minimizing …

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Mar 15

International Community Corrections Association Conference

The International Community Corrections Association is holding its annual research conference on October 29–November 1, 2017 in Seattle. Key topics that will be covered include addressing opiate use to improve public health and safety, strengthening employment and housing supports to improve reentry, and understanding and preventing the criminalization of mental illness. All workshop proposals are …

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