Category Archive: justice reinvestment

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 19

Local, State Officials and Legislators Discuss Implementation of Community Behavioral Health System

The Bismarck Tribune By Sydney Mook and Grady McGregor DICKINSON – As the jail and prison populations across North Dakota continue rise along with the cost of incarceration, state officials are trying to ensure that first-time offenders and those with behavioral health issues stay out of the system. Area leaders in behavioral health, local legislators …

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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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Jul 14

Group: Millions in Criminal Justice Costs Could Be Averted as Soon as 2018

Missoulian By Ashley Nerbovig Montana has committed several million dollars to fund criminal justice reform measures passed by the 2017 Legislature, but federal government funding to aid future efforts is not yet a sure thing. Friday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that included about $25 million in funding for the Justice …

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Jul 12

Task Force Delves into Missouri Prison Data

News Tribune By Tyler Wornell Analyzing data could be the key to effectively reforming Missouri’s criminal justice system, which has the eighth-highest incarceration rate in the nation. That will be the goal of the Justice Reinvestment Task Force — established by Gov. Eric Greitens via executive order June 30 — as it uses a data-driven …

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Jul 11

Four Applications Submitted for Facilities to House State’s Mentally Ill

Arkansas Online By John Moritz Hospitals, a counseling center and a former nursing home are the locations being pitched to house the state’s first facilities aimed at diverting the mentally ill from jail, according to applications submitted to the state earlier this month. A special task force created by state law will now have to …

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Jul 05

What Will We Do About the ‘Egregious Overcrowding’ at Maui Community Correctional Center?

Maui Time By Lantana Hoke Recently, I went into the Maui Community Correctional Center. I was there to meet with the Warden and another official to talk with them about the problems facing MCCC that are becoming increasingly critical, namely the vast overcrowding that is plaguing all jails and prisons in Hawaii. I entered through the …

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Jul 03

State Corrections Leader Hopes to See Results Soon After Reform Efforts

WDAZ8/ABC By John Hageman BISMARCK — The head of North Dakota’s corrections department hopes to see results soon in the state’s efforts to slow and reduce a growing inmate population after the recent passage of criminal justice reform legislation. Leann Bertsch, director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, pointed to a provision …

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