Category: justice reinvestment

Psych., Drug Treatment Gaps Drive Wyoming’s Prison Problem

WyoFile By Andrew Graham Gaps in Wyoming’s mental health and substance abuse treatment systems are contributing to the state’s prison overcrowding problem say experts who participated in a criminal justice reform forum in Cheyenne last week. Drugs, alcohol and mental health issues are driving people to commit crimes and the tools needed to combat such …

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Day Long Public Safety Forum Underway at Mitchellville Prison

Radio Iowa By O. Kay Henderson Iowa Department of Corrections director Jerry Bartruff says the state is facing “new and, in some cases, daunting challenges” when it comes to public safety. “The rise of the opioid crisis, rising violent crimes and arrests in rural areas, disparities in our criminal justice system and an ever-growing population of persons …

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Lawmakers Prepare Criminal Justice Reforms for Next Governor

Associated Press New Mexico state lawmakers began setting a course Tuesday for criminal justice reform during at a daylong forum that explored strategies to reduce crime without putting more people in jail. Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office at the end of the year after a prolonged standoff with lawmakers on major issues of crime …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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