Category: justice reinvestment legislation

Oct 23

What Is Justice Reinvestment Without The “Reinvestment”?

MassINC The comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation up for debate this week in the Senate is a noteworthy achievement in every respect but one–its failure to take on the delicate subject of reinvestment. Criminal justice reform is largely about offering alternatives to incarceration and providing evidence-based programs to reduce recidivism for those returning from incarceration. These …

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Oct 05

Raimondo Signs Series of Bills to Overhaul Criminal-Justice System

Providence Journal By Katie Mulvaney PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State lawmakers, public defenders, corrections officials, community activists and police came together with Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday to hail a series of new laws as the most historic changes to the criminal justice system in Rhode Island to arise in decades. “This has been a change …

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Oct 05

Gov. Raimondo Signs Justice Reinvestment Legislation

WPRI By Sarah Doiron PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Governor Gina Raimondo signed the package of legislation known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Thursday. The bills aim to improve Rhode Island’s criminal justice system while also reducing costs by promoting rehabilitation and informed decision-making in sentencing, probation and parole. “Today represents the culmination of years …

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Jul 19

Governor Touts Crime Bill Package

Great Falls Tribune HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock held ceremonial signings Wednesday to spotlight legislation to reform Montana’s criminal justice system, calling the 10 bills an “important step.” The bills use what officials called “evidence-based” practices, which are methods that have been scientifically tested and proven effective, officials said. The bills also will ensure that decisions …

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Jul 19

Bullock Signs Ten Bills Reforming Montana’s Criminal Justice System

KTVH/NBC By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock put pen to paper to ceremoniously sign a handful of bills aimed at changing protocols within the Department of Corrections. Ten bills were passed with bipartisan support during the 2017 Legislative Session and plan to use evidence based programs to help reduce the number of people …

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Jul 19

New Corrections Laws Promise Montana Money Savings

Montana Public Radio By Corin Cates-Carney Governor Steve Bullock formally signed a slate of bills today aiming to address the state’s problem of overcrowded prisons. A study released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center this January found that the number of people imprisoned in Montana was expected to grow by 13 percent over the next …

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Jul 15

How Republican Legislature Adopted Progressive Criminal Justice Reform

Missoulian By Keila Szpaller The criminal reform bills might not have passed the Montana Legislature if the 2017 session was business as usual. In a state with Republican majorities in both chambers, the bills were carried by liberal Democrats, Sen. Cynthia Wolken and Rep. Nate McConnell — from Missoula, no less. The laws pushed some …

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Apr 23

Legislation a Key Step in Prison Change

The Bismarck Tribune The Tribune has advocated for some time for changes to reduce the number of inmates serving time in North Dakota. The Legislature has passed legislation this session that should help reach that goal. It wasn’t easy for legislators to make the changes in what’s known as a law and order state, but …

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Apr 21

Burgum Announces Signatures on Bills to Curb Prison Population, Boost Help for Addicts

KFYR/NBC By Max Grossfeld BISMARCK, ND – Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials estimate it costs more than $70 million per year to house the about 1,800 inmates in the state’s prison system, and that doesn’t even take into account the about 1,700 more in county jails. Governor Doug Burgum, R-N.D., announced Friday that he’s …

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Apr 21

Chief Justice Calls Corrections Reform ‘the Right Thing to Do’

The Bismarck Tribune By Caroline Grueskin The state’s top jurist said a package of corrections bills signed by the governor this week was more than fiscally savvy. “It is not only money, it is the right thing to do,” said Gerald VandeWalle, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court. VandeWalle was speaking at a press …

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