Category Archive: JR Roundup

Jul 25

Justice Reinvestment in Georgia: Strengthening Probation and Increasing Public Safety

In Georgia, a justice reinvestment approach led to changes that will strengthen probation. High probation officer caseloads will be reduced in part by providing people who are sentenced to probation for first-time offenses with a behavioral incentive date (BID). If the person meets certain conditions, his or her probation will be terminated by the BID. …

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Jul 11

Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Overview

This publication outlines several criminal justice trends in Missouri, including an increase in violent crime; a rapidly growing female prison population; and prison admissions that are largely driven by recidivism, and summarizes the stages involved in utilizing a justice reinvestment approach to address these trends. At the request of Missouri’s governor, legislative leaders, chief justice, and other key …

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Jun 29

Request for Proposals: Learning Collaborative on Paroling Authorities as Key Partners in Achieving Governors’ Criminal Justice Policy Goals

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) will select up to four state teams to participate in a two-day policy summit in the fall of 2017 during which the teams will examine the latest research on parole best practices, develop recommendations for strengthening their state’s …

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Jun 26

Pennsylvania Officials Announce Release of Criminal Justice Report and Recommendations

Policies Would Increase Public Safety, Support Victims of Crime, and Reduce Costs By CSG Justice Center Staff Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (front) talks about the progress of the Justice Reinvestment Working Group. Behind him from left to right is Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, CSG Justice Center Senior Legal and Policy Advisor Carl Reynolds, …

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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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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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