Category: justice reinvestment

Nov 18

Column: Criminal Sentencing Reform in Georgia Has Become National Model

The Augusta Chronicle By Newt Gingrich and Kelly McCutchen Texas is celebrating 10 successful years of reform that has led to the lowest crime rates since 1967 and the lowest rate of incarceration in a generation. Meanwhile, the state of Georgia is following in the Lone Star State’s footsteps by increasing public safety and reforming …

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Nov 08

Addressing MT’s Substance Abuse; Summit Brings Former Surgeon General and State Leaders Together

KTVH By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – One in ten Montanans deal with substance abuse in some way and a shift in the way the country thinks about addiction is changing the way people get treatment. Millions of people across the country suffer from what is now known as substance abuse disorder. Tuesday, the Montana Healthcare …

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Oct 26

Massachusetts Chief Justice Ralph Gants Urges Legal Reforms to Reduce Recidivism

The Republican By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — On the same day as the Massachusetts Senate debated a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants laid out his own suggestions for reform. Gants used his annual State of the Judiciary address Thursday to stress the importance of taking steps to reduce the …

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Oct 25

Organization Says More Community Treatment, Policing Will Lower Missouri Prison Population

Missouri Net By Alisa Nelson The Council of State Governments says Missouri’s rising prison population could be reduced by investing in things that help to keep people out of prison to begin with. It suggests the creation of more community treatment programs and community policing. The council is working with the state to find ways …

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Oct 25

Missouri Prison Director says No More New Prisons

KREI (Jefferson City) Missouri Corrections Department Director Anne Precythe says locking up criminals and throwing away the key does not solve the underlying problems. She’s responding to the Council of State Governments suggesting more community treatment programs and community policing to help lower the state’s increasing prison population. She says building another prison is not …

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Oct 24

Missouri Panel Prepares to Make Criminal Justice Recommendations

Missouri Net By Alisa Nelson A task force charged with overhauling Missouri’s criminal justice system is expected to make policy recommendations by November. It was created to find ways to make better use of state funding of the system and is working with the Council of State Governments to develop suggestions. The state ranks 8th …

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Oct 24

Before the Massachusetts Legislature Breaks This Fall, What Needs to Get Done?

The Republican By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — On Nov. 15, the Massachusetts Legislature will go on break until January. During that time, the only bills likely to be passed are non-controversial items that do not face opposition. Lawmakers have some major bills still pending as they approach the recess. Here’s a look at what they …

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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 17

Transforming Nebraska’s Criminal Justice System

Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise By Governor Pete Ricketts Prisons play a key role in Nebraska’s criminal justice system by protecting public safety and preparing inmates for return to our society. Under the leadership of Director Scott Frakes over the past two years, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) has been making great strides and working to …

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Oct 17

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel: ‘It’s Frustrating, Sitting at the Back of the System’

Penn Live By Wallace McKelvey John Wetzel is in a unique position. As Pennsylvania’s corrections secretary, he’s developed a long-lens view of state politics. He has no power to enact laws or invest in social services but at any given time his department oversees more than 50,000 incarcerated people whose lives are directly affected by those laws and …

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