Category Archive: justice reinvestment

Sep 20

Justice Reinvestment Task Force Continues Review of Criminal Justice System

KMIZ/ABC By Sara Maslar-Donar JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s incarceration rate is the eighth highest in the nation, and according to state data, it’s not losing that rank anytime soon. According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri’s population growth is projected to grow 5 percent in the next five years. Under current trends, MDOC will …

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Sep 08

MassHealth, Immigration, Sentencing Top Beacon Hill Agenda

Gloucester Times By Christian M. Wade BOSTON — Reducing MassHealth costs, easing drug sentences and responding to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies top the agenda for the Democratic-controlled Legislature as it gets back to work. Lawmakers returned to Beacon Hill this week, following an August recess, with a full agenda ahead of them and facing …

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Sep 07

We Need a Long-Term Plan for Reducing Reincarcerations

The Hill By Sam Schaeffer From the 1970s until just a few years ago, “tough on crime” policies such as militarized policing, severe sentencing laws and eliminating services like prison education defined our approach to criminal justice. Officials in both parties championed these approaches despite evidence showing they were ineffective, created untenable costs and eviscerated …

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Sep 07

Sebastian County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee Plans for Crisis Stabilization Unit

Paris Express By Thomas Saccente Local officials in Sebastian County got together on Tuesday to discuss implementing a crisis stabilization unit. The planning committee of the Sebastian County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee held its first meeting at the Sebastian County Courts Building in Fort Smith at noon Tuesday. The Sebastian County Quorum Court approved an …

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Sep 06

Crime Oversight Panel Has First Meeting

Great Falls Tribune By Phil Drake HELENA – A 15-member panel created by 2017 Legislature to ride herd over a slew of new bills targeted at changing Montana’s criminal justice system had its inaugural meeting Wednesday, with members hearing of the hurdles they face. One of them was the state budget. Reginald Michael, director of …

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Sep 01

Private Contractors Will Play Key Role in Correctional Reforms

KXLH By Mikenzie Frost BILLINGS – As Montana launches an ambitious push to reduce the number of criminal offenders in its correctional system, a key piece of the puzzle operates outside state government: Private contractors running community-based programs. How these multimillion-dollar programs help meet the goals of fewer people in prison is part of the …

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Aug 30

Newly Configured Parole Board a Linchpin of MT’s Correctional Reforms

KXLH By Mikenzie Frost (DEER LODGE) For the first time in Montana’s history, the state board deciding parole for thousands of criminal offenders now has full-time members with a background in corrections – a key piece of sentencing reforms enacted by the 2017 Legislature. Scott Cruse, a former FBI agent and the board’s new chair, …

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Aug 28

Montana Launches Ambitious Sentencing Reforms to Slow the Growth of Prison Population

KXLH By Mike Dennison From prisons to pre-release centers to probationary supervision, Montana has 15,000 criminal offenders on the books – an amount projected to grow in coming years, even though crime rates have been relatively stable or declining. But in a rare bipartisanship push on a major issue, state lawmakers this year enacted a …

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Aug 24

State Prison Reforms Should Get More Time

The Grand Island Independent It has been threatened for years, and it has finally come about. The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Nebraska inmates in U.S. District Court, alleging that overcrowding in the state’s prisons has led to unsafe conditions and that many prisoners aren’t having medical conditions treated. The state …

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Aug 23

Sebastian County Prosecutor Appointed to Task Force

Times Record Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue has been appointed to the Interagency Task Force for the Implementation of Criminal Justice Prevention Initiatives. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Shue had been appointed to the task force Monday, according to a news release from Shue. His appointment was made for a period of two years and …

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