Category: justice reinvestment

Mar 01

Governor Helps Open Sebastian County Crisis Stabilization Unit

Arkansas News By Thomas Saccente With the help of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a new facility in Sebastian County that has been years in the making was opened Wednesday morning. Elected officials from all across the state and other guests convened at the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center campus in Fort Smith for a ribbon …

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Feb 13

Defining Reform in Corrections

The North Platte Telegraph By Pete Ricketts Public safety and protecting Nebraska’s families and communities are key to the quality of life that makes Nebraska the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family. According to U.S. News and World Report, Nebraska has the 15th lowest violent crime rate in the …

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Feb 04

Editorial: ND’s Free Through Recovery Is a Bold Experiment

Inforum North Dakota is trying to avoid a prison-building boom. The state has watched its prisons and jails fill up in recent years and has spent $64 million for construction and renovation of the new state penitentiary. Now the state faces the daunting projection that its prison population could double by 2025 if present trends …

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Jan 16

Montana State Prison Launches New Chemical Dependency Program

KTVQ By Cat Hill HELENA – Montana state prisoners are getting another chance to overcome addiction. Department of Corrections officials announced Tuesday that 30 inmates are the first accepted into a new chemical dependency treatment program at the state prison in Deer Lodge. The secure, remodeled facility provides a 90 to 180-day intensive therapy program, Corrections officials said. The center …

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Jan 16

Prison’s New Drug Treatment Program to Impact Local Center

Great Falls Tribune By Phil Drake HELENA — The Department of Corrections said Tuesday it opened a chemical dependency treatment program at Montana State Prison, a move that may bring change to a Great Falls facility that helps criminal offenders be returned to society with a new program that helps veterans who have had encounters …

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Jan 11

Editorial: A Blueprint for Reforming Missouri’s Broken Corrections System

St. Louis Post Dispatch Missouri’s leaders are doing taxpayers no favors by repeatedly delaying the fixes that the state’s corrections system so badly needs. The system is running at 105 percent of capacity and needs a significant economic investment to relieve the pressure. A comprehensive study says that if Missouri doesn’t invest now, two new …

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Jan 10

Missouri’s Incarceration Rate Highest for Women

Public News Service JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system, including an uptick in violent crime and crowded prisons – and research shows women are at the epicenter. Researchers at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, asked to study Missouri’s incarceration problem, are warning …

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Jan 05

Missouri Faces Choice: Improve Prison System or Build Two New Lockups, Task Force Warns

St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Jesse Bogan and Kurt Erickson JEFFERSON CITY • In early 2017, a state lawmaker shot up a flare, saying Missouri may be on a “collision course” to building a new prison. That was an apparent understatement. If major improvements aren’t made at the Department of Corrections, two new prisons will be …

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Dec 26

“Good” and “bad” people

Houston attorney Mark Bennett explains the principle duties of the Defense/Prosecution attorney relating the presentation of the character of the accused. There is also a great life lesson here as well. Ric ——————————————————————— Fundamental attribution bias is the cognitive bias that leads us to attribute people’s actions, good or bad, to their character rather than …

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Nov 30

Missouri County Jail Woes

KREI (Jefferson City) Missouri’s county jail admissions have been relatively flat since 2010 but jail populations have climbed by 50-percent. The Council of State Government’s Justice Center research also says Missourians in jail for felonies spend an average of 191 days behind bars before they’re sentenced. State Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe says a …

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